India’s Best Awards: Here Are The T+L Champions

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia is back with the 11th edition of its annual flagship property—the readers’ choice India’s Best Awards. This time, we celebrate the best in the travel, hospitality, and lifestyle industries, as chosen by YOU, our readers.

After celebrating everyone’s favourite destinations virtually for two years Travel + Leisure India & South Asia has returned on-ground to stir excitement once again at the 11th edition of its annual flagship property — the readers’ choice India’s Best Awards. And this year, the celebrations are bigger with the introduction of new categories that will help you rediscover the world.

With international border restrictions easing after pandemic-induced lockdowns, the traveller’s itch is more real than ever before and the surge in travel is a testimony to that. Moreover, there’re many international destinations to choose from which our readers have been exploring and voting for.

Whether it is taking a trip to the best country, choosing a destination to tie the knot, planning a romantic holiday, savouring local cuisines, enjoying a family getaway, or even lazing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, it’s only natural to want to do so at the best of places and we are here to help you with exactly that.

While we celebrate the best in destinations and establishments, this year’s India’s Best Awards includes a category for individuals who have made an impact across diverse fields — T+L Champions. After all, Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is all about #GoingPlacesWithPeople!

T+L Champions is an editorially-led category that felicitates changemakers and trendsetters across travel, hospitality and lifestyle industries. These individuals are visionaries who create meaning in the world and add value to the ever-evolving industry.

These are the T+L Champions chosen by you

Princess Gauravi Kumari is the daughter of Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur. She is deeply involved with her mother’s initiative—Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF) to empower the women of Rajasthan. 

Maharawal Chaitanya Raj Singh is the 44th Maharawal (or king) of Jaisalmer. He is deeply connected to the people of Jaisalmer and has worked for the community and their empowerment. He also promotes and supports local tourism in Jaisalmer.

He is an Indian activist and entrepreneur. He heads the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and the is the brain behind the famed Kitty Su in Delhi. He is a LGBTQIA+ icon and is working towards building an inclusive nation.

He is an avid and responsible traveller who documents his slow life. His focus is on making travel responsible and sustainable. He has travelled around the world and has also published a book.

The women behind the Belgadia Palace in Mayurbhanj, Odisha the sister duo are royals, the daughters of the 47th ruler of the Bhanja dynasty. The duo actively supports community tourism and local arts and crafts.

The internet sensation Kusha Kapila is a renowned name. From talking about everyday topics to embracing one’s body, she has a lot of noteworthy moments.

Fondly called AA, Amit is a Delhi-based couturier, who is renowned for his iconic pieces. What sets him apart is sustainability. He is known for pairing recycled material with traditional Indian craftsmanship to create the best.

If there is anybody how knows how to make a destination come alive with visuals, it’s Anunay Sood. He travels extensively and has documented his journey via pictures, videos, reels and more.

Diipa is the Global Indian Founder of Inde Wild and is based between London and Amsterdam. She is an influencer, entrepreneur and an advocate for loving your own skin. Her brand combines Ayurvedic superfoods with skin chemistry.

The famed designer is now a household name. His work spans over a long time and he is an industry leader. He has worked extensively with Bollywood celebrities and his clothes come with a fashion sense and a touch of Indian traditions.

One of the firsts to use ‘Brand India’ to position fashion, Rathore is a pioneer. His designs come with heritage, culture, and a bold sense of fashion. Elegance and classic panache best describe his work.

India’s Best Awards: Here Are The T+L Champions

Nishtha Grover

Senior Editor, Growth

A travel fanatic who loves exploring new dishes and cultures only to later write about them. Nishtha has previously worked with The Hindustan Times and India Today as a Lifestyle Journalist. You will either find her reading, trying new skincare products or sleeping during her spare time.


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