Tourism sector of Indian Economy

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The Tourism sector of Indian economy is at present experiencing a huge growth. The Tourism sector of Indian economy has become one of the major industrial sectors under the Indian economy. The tourism industry earns foreign exchanges worth ` 21,828 crore. Previous year the growth rate of the tourism sector of Indian economy was recorded as 17.3% .

The growth in the tourism industry is due to the rise in the arrival of more and more foreign tourists and the increase in the number of domestic tourists. Tourists from Africa, Australia, Lain America, Europe, Southeast Asia, etc are visiting India and their are growing by the thousands every year.

Indian Tourism offers a potpourri of different cultures, traditions, festivals, and places of interest. There are a lot of options for the tourists. India is a country with rich cultural and traditional diversity. This aspect is even reflected in its tourism. The different parts of the country offers wide variety of interesting places to visit. While the international tourism is experiencing a decelerated growth, the Indian counterpart is not affected.

The factors for the growth of the Tourism sector of Indian economy
  • Increase in the general income level of the populace
  • Aggressive advertisement campaigns on the tourist destinations
  • Rapid growth of the Indian economy
The objectives of the National Action Plan for Tourism
  • Socio economic development of areas
  • Increase in the opportunities for employment
  • Development of the domestic tourism for the middle class segment of the society
  • Preservation and restoration of the national heritage and environment
  • Developing international tourism
  • Promotion of tourism based product diversification
  • Increasing the Indian share in global tourism
Some of the important tourist destinations in India
  • North India:
    • New Delhi: The capital city of India and has a rich cultural past
    • Agra: The city of the Taj Mahal and one of the greatest tourist attractions in India
    • Simla: A splendid hill station in the Himalayas
    • Dehradun: The capital of Uttaranchal and famous for its fantastic scenery
  • East India:
    • Kolkata: The cultural capital of India, the city of Tagore, and Satyajit Ray
    • Guwahati: Important base for tourism in the region
    • Shillong: The capital of Meghalaya, and famous for its breathtaking lush green landscapes
    • Patna: One of the oldest cities in India and famous for its historical relics
    • Jamshedpur: An important industrial township, home of the Tata industries
  • Central India:
    • Allahabad: The city of the Prayag and the Kumbha Mela
    • Varanasi: The holiest city for the Hindus, famous for its temples and ghats
    • Bhopal: The capital of Madhya Pradesh and important center of tourism
  • West India:
    • Mumbai: The commercial capital of India and the city that never sleeps
    • Panjim: The main city in the state of Goa which is famous for its golden beaches and pristine waters
    • Udaipur: The city of palaces famous for its Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola
  • South India:
    • Chennai: The Automobile capital of India
    • Bangalore: The Silicon Valley of India, famous for its software companies and a has a beautiful weather
    • Trivandum: The city of the famous Kovalam Beach
    • Cochin : A coastal city famous for its historical relevance
    • Ooty: A fabulous hill station in the Nilgiris famous for its verdure valleys