Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes". Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. After slowly recovering from the contraction resulting from the late-2000s recession, where tourism suffered a strong slowdown from the second half of 2008 through the end of 2009, and the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus,international tourist arrivals surpassed the milestone 1 billion tourists globally for first time in history in 2012. International tourism receipts (the travel item of the balance of payments) grew to US$1.03 trillion (€740 billion) in 2011, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 3.8% from 2010. In 2012, China became the largest spender in international tourism globally with US$102 billion, surpassing Germany and United States. China andemerging markets significantly increase their spending over the past decade, LOCATION(A)
Rajasthan, literally meaning "Land of the Kings", is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Northern India. The vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert attract millions of tourists from around the globe every year. Places To Visit:
* Jaipur – The capital of Rajasthan, famous for its rich history and royal architecture. * Jodhpur – Fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert, famous for its blue homes and architecture. * Udaipur – Known as the "Venice" of India.
* Jaisalmer – Famous for its golden fortress.
Jaipur iis the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja SawaiJai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. The city today has a population of 3.1 million. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India. JAISALMER:
Jaisalmer nicknamed "The Golden city", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 575 kilometres (357 mi) west from the state capital Jaipur. It was once known as Jaisalmer state. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples.
Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate receiving over 650 millimetres (26 in) of rainfall annually but most rains occur in the monsoon months between June and September. Temperatures remain relatively high throughout the year, with the summer months of April to early July having average daily temperatures of around 30 °C (86 °F). During the monsoon there are frequent, heavy rains and thunderstorms, but flooding is not common. The winter months of November to February are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 15–18 °C (59–64 °F) and with little or no humidity. There are however occasional cold waves that lead to temperatures near freezing.
Climate chart (explanation)|
J| F| M| A| M| J| J| A| S| O| N| D|
8 238| 12 2611| 6 3216| 4 3721| 16 4025| 66 4027| 216 3426| 231 3224| 80 3323| 23 3319| 3 2913| 3 249| Average max. and min. temperatures in °C|
Precipitation totals in mm|
Source: India Weather On Web|
Places To Visit:
* Hawa Mahal,
* Amber Fort
* Nahargarh Fort,
* City Palace,
* Jantar Mantar,
* Jal Mahal,
* Rambagh Palace,
* Central Museum,
* Albert Hall Museum.
The prior rulers of Rajasthan patronized a number of arts and crafts. They invited skilled artisans, artists and craftsmen from India and abroad. The communities settled in the city and made Jaipur their home. As a result, Rajasthan is a major hub for arts and crafts. Some of the crafts include bandhani; block printing; stone carving andsculpture; tarkashi; zari, gota, kinari and zardozi; silver...