People travel mainly to remove monotony from their lives. Travel is something that makes people more responsible, valiant, and agile. The experience that one draws from traveling can be used in every other department in life. The birth of tourism industry happened to aid the travelers in every way. The industry of tourism is a vast one and it is one of the budding sectors which holds tremendous caliber to invest in the economy of a country.
India is a vast land of diversity. This diversity is something that attracts people from domestic as well as international locations to explore. From breezy sea beaches to lofty mountains, sultry deserts to engaging plain lands – there is an interesting facet to every place here.
World Tourism Day is on 27th September and this year India is the host country. The theme this year is “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’. The discussions would be mostly on how tourism can be more convenient for creating more avenues for jobs and secure future of people. As India is the host country, learning some startling facts about Indian tourism would be imperative.
Know Some Interesting Facts About Tourism In India Below:
- The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calculated that only from tourism, India generated INR ₹16.91 Lakh Crore.
- Tourism in India contributes to 9.2% of the GDP.
- Tourism in India provides job to 42.673 million people which is 8.1% of the total employment.
- In India, tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors. It is expected that by 2028 the contribution from tourism to our economy would be 32.05 Lakh Crore. This figure will then be 9.9% of the GDP.
- What is startling is the fact that many people from across the world come to India for medical treatment. As per Wikipedia, in October 2015, India’s medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion, and it is projected to grow to US$7–8 billion by 2020. Also in 2014, exactly 184,298 foreign patients traveled to India to seek medical treatment.
- The two major gates of foreign tourism in India are New Delhi & Mumbai.
- Do you know which those countries are that mostly take a tour of India and increase our income? They are – France, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, USA, and Bangladesh.
- There has been a growth of 15.6% from 2016 to 2017 in terms of the number of tourists visiting India. In 2016, the number was 8.89 million foreigners while it grew to 10 million foreigners in 2017.
- As per the “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019” India is at 34th position among 140 countries. The improvement as compared to the last year is almost 25% which is a great sign.
- When it comes to the worldwide ranking of cities in terms of foreign tourist arrivals, then Delhi ranks 28th, while Mumbai is ranked 30th, Chennai 43rd, Agra 45th, Jaipur 52nd, and Kolkata 90th.
- Do you know that the people from Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal do not require a travel visa to enter India? Also, know that the citizens of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa, and Uruguay are not required to pay any fee when obtaining an Indian visa.
- You must know that you would require a PAP or Protected Area Permit to enter the states of Nagaland, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh? You would also require a RAP or Restricted Area Permit to travel to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and some parts of Sikkim.
- The National Tourism Day in India is 25th January.
- The 2011 Kumbh Mela saw the largest gathering of people ever on this planet. The count was over 75 million and this gathering was so huge that it was visible from space also
- The Taj Mahal alone witnesses a footfall of at least 7-8 million people annually.
- During Brahmotsavam held annually at least, 500,000 devotees visit the Tirupati Temple and that makes Tirupati one of the most-visited holy places in the world.
- Another startling fact is that the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations.
- India has the second-largest network of roads in the world and that aids the huge flow of tourists visiting our country.
- There are many factors for people visiting our beautiful country and our cuisine is one of them. Do you know that Indian cuisine is the oldest continuously prepared cuisine in human history?
- Also, you must know that India is the home to the 60% total tiger population which is one of the attractive factors for wildlife photographers or adventure tourists to visit our country. The lovers of history and culture never forget to take a trip to the Varanasi which is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Our big country has many such interesting factors. Aren’t these aforementioned factors inspiring you to travel some more and know our country a bit more?