Indian states that see highest domestic tourists

Cushman and Wakefield’s report on the hospitality sector reveals that Uttar Pradesh is leading in the domestic tourist visits, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Uttar Pradesh: 18.30%
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India, and is geographically very diverse, with Himalayan foothills in the extreme north and the Gangetic Plains in the centre. It is also home of India’s most visited site, the Taj Mahal and Hinduism’s holiest city, Varanasi.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Tamil Nadu: 16.20%
Home to the second longest beach, the Marina Beach, in the world, Tamil Nadu is known for its temples and carnatic music. It also houses UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Chola temples, monuments in Mahabalipuram and the Nilgiri mountain railway.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Karnataka: 9.90%
Karnataka operates The Golden Chariot, a luxury tourist train that connects the important tourist spots in Karnataka and Goa. The state is also home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India and has two world heritage centres: Hampi and Pattadakal.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Maharashtra: 6.50%
Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai is said to be the financial capital of the country and houses a number of beaches such as Juhu and Chowpatti. Ajanta and Ellora caves are one of the main tourist attractions. Ellora is also a world heritage site known for its Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Madhya Pradesh: 5.20%
Madhya Pradesh, which is located in the heart of the country, has a pleasant climate and a medley of cultures. With a number of natural preserves, national parks and long rivers, Madhya Pradesh is one of the favorite tourist destinations. The state’s tourism industry is constantly growing, fueled by wildlife tourism and a number of places of historical and religious significance.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Rajasthan: 3.20%
Rajasthan, a rich architectural and cultural heritage was where the world’s first and oldest civilization was located. Features of Rajasthan are the Thar Desert and Aravalli range. The state is famous for its frescos, forts, intricately carved temples, and decorated havelis and attracted 14 percent of total foreign visitors during 2009–2010 which is the fourth highest among Indian states.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Uttarakhand: 3%
Located in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand draws the attention of a large number of tourists. Ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks are the highlights of the place. The state has always been a destination for mountaineering, hiking, and rock climbing in India. A recent development in adventure tourism in the region has been whitewater rafting in Rishikesh.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
West Bengal: 2.60%
West Bengal is known for its terracotta temples of Bishnupur. Kolkata, its capital is known for its iconic monuments like Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu) etc. The state also houses World heritage sites that include the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Sundarbans National Park.

Top 10 Indian states that see domestic tourist arrivals
Gujarat: 2.50%
Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatman Gandhi, is the only place in the world to see Asiatic lions. The Laxmi Vilas Palace was designed by British architect Charles Mant in Indo-Saracenic style and it was completed by architect R F Chisholm. The state is also known for its bandhani work and houses Dwaraka, one of the seven most ancient sites in the country.

Courtesy: http://in.finance.yahoo.com

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