India is called a tourist's paradise where not only the natural beauty but also glorious historical places, monuments are existing. The splendor of Taj Mahal, ancient architectural beauty of Ajanta, Ellora caves, the temples of Tamilnadu, the fort places of Rajasthan, the flora and fauna of Kanyakumari, the Puri temple of , the hill stations of Ooty, Darjeeling, Kodaikanal, Shimla, Manali, the show mountains of Himalayas, all are such attraction for the tourists, rarely found in other country or continent to the world. Tourism in India is the largest service industry, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. India witnesses more than 5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 562 million domestic tourism visits. The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate. Rajasthan (Land of Kings), Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were the top four states to receive inbound tourists. According to World Travel and Tourism Council, India will be a tourism hotspot from 2009–2018,having the highest 10-year growth potential. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007ranked tourism in India 6th in terms of price competitiveness and 39th in terms of safety and security. Conclusion
In spite of lndia, endowed with such beautiful spots, the tourist's are not coming India in such multitude is a point to ponder. Though flow of tourists rose from 1.2 ion in 1981 to 3 million in 2003, yet the number is not as expected. To promote tourism as a flourishing business the government has to initiate proper measures to facilitate the tourists coming to India. Be it an Indian or a foreigner, must be taken to see that the time spent by the tourists at a place must be enjoying, comfort and they must cherish the sweet memories of the place, of the people. The journey enjoyed by rail, bus, or by air must be comfortable. Tourists also like safe destinations, cheap and comfortable accommodation and hygienic condition is and restaurants. Separate windows be provided to cater the needs of the at all Railway/Bus/ Air platforms. We can remove all such obstacles for promoting tourism, if the people, the government, and all those involved in the tourism industry work together honestly and whole heartedly. Everyone should realize that tourism not only helps us earn money and foreign exchange but also generates employment, and thus enhance the living standard of the people. It also promotes national integration, and international understanding and boosts indigenous handicraft industry and local cultural activities. India, always warm and inviting, is a place of infinite variety - one that favours you with a different facet of its fascination every time you come on a visit.
The Tourist spots of India can be grouped under these categories: * World Heritage Sites
* Wildlife (National Parks)
* Hill stations
* Pilgrimages and Spirituality
World Heritage Sites in India
The World Heritage Sites in India recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) are 28, as of 2010. These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Agra Fort
Agra fort is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. Akbar made it his capital and arrived in Agra in 1558. His historian, Abdul Fazal, recorded that this was a brick fort known as 'Badalgarh' . It was in a ruined condition and Akbar had it rebuilt with red sandstone from Barauli area inRajasthan.
Kajuraho group of monuments
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District. Khajuraho has the largest group...