Tourism Destinations in India Update – 1
India is a country of diverse cultural traditions, dresses, cuisine, languages and lifestyle. You start from one corner, and you can see the change at every corner varying from one state to another. This unity in diversity is seen in everyday life making it an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world. There are so many tourist spots in India that it becomes a big exercise to choose the right tourism destination in India.
A visit to this magnificent land is always an exhilarating experience that is treasured because the country holds so many wonders. Examples are the outstanding Taj Mahal-one of the seven wonders of the world, enormous forts and fabulous palaces of the Rajasthan, Natural beauties like the impressive Himalayan peaks with unblemished Valleys, perfect beaches, religious artefacts such as temples, gurudwaras, mosques, churches and synagogues.
Tourism industry is the biggest service industry in India, contributing about 6.5% to the national GDP and approx. 9% of the entire employment in India. More than five million foreign tourists visit India annually and 562 million domestic tourists visit various tourist spots in India. This industry generates about hundred billion US dollars in 2008-09 and is expected to increase to 275 dollars billion by the year 2018. The nodal agency for the promotion of tourism in India is Ministry of Tourism.
As per the World Travel and Tourism Council, India will be the top tourism hotspot from year 2009-2018. In year 2007, India was ranked sixth in terms of price competitiveness and in safety and security, it ranked 39th.
In this update, we will discuss the hill stations of India. Here you can experience an enchanting walk on the mountains and in the valleys and feast your eyes on with evergreen hills. Before independence, many hill stations functioned as summer capitals of Indian princely states and as of today, all these hill stations are well-liked summer resorts. Most famous hill stations are: Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Gulmarg in Srinagar, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Darjeeling in West Bengal, Shillong in Meghalaya, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Nainital in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Munnar in Kerala, Shimla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Gangtok in Sikkim and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
In addition to these tourist spots in India, there are also many tranquil and serene natural retreats for a nature lover. Some of them are Kausani, Leh, Ladhak, Dunagiri, Binsar and Mukteshwar, which are also popular tourism destination in India.