Travel and Tourism report of 2015 ranks India at 52nd out of 141 countries, Domestic tourists have been visiting more states in India compare to the foreign tourist. Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Agra and Kolkata have been the five most visited cities of India adn Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh were most popular states for tourist. Other most famous Indian states for domestic and International travelers also includes Delhi, Telengana, Uttarakhand,Punjab,Jharkhand,Bihar,Haryana and Seven Sister States.
Tamil Nadu is renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites and has some of the most remarkable temple architecture in the country. Tamil Nadu is the most popular state for tourism in the country and a living tradition of music, dance and folk arts. Famous temples of Tamil Nadu includes Meenakshi Amman Temple,Great Living Chola Temples,Group of Monuments in Mahabalipuram and famous Lord Shiva Temples.
Maharashtra state is the most visited state by domestic tourists in country and attracts many tourists from different states and foreigners too. Aurangabad is the tourism capital of Maharashtra and other major urban centers include Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nanded and Nagpur. The geography of Maharashtra shows its divine nature in full glory, especially during the monsoon season and when every destinations offer natural landscape and better holiday experience.
Uttar Pradesh has a large number of historical monuments and places of religious significance. The state is one of the most popular and an established tourist destination for both Indians and international tourists and also home of India’s most visited sites, the Taj Mahal, and holiest city of Varanasi.
Karnataka ranked as the fifth most popular state in India for tourism and home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India. Tourism in Karnataka can be divided as Hill Stations,Coastal town,ancient temples and protected monuments, The most popular protected monuments of Karnataka includes Virupaksha Temple Hampi,Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Chennakesava Temple,Mysore Palace,Badami cave temples and temple groups at Aihole.
Rajasthan is the most popular tourist destination in India for both domestic and international tourists and part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India. The Royal State attracts tourists for historical forts and palaces, that includes lakes palaces of Udaipur,palaces of Jaipur and desert forts of Chittorgarh,Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
Kerala is one of the ten paradises in the world and one of the niche holiday destinations in India. The state is famous for for its ecotourism initiatives,hill stations,wildlife sanctuaries and beautiful backwaters. Kerala -God’s Own Country is one of the most visited tourism destinations in India.
Goa is famous for its beaches,foreign tourist,places of worship,culture and a heritage museum. The smalles state of India host large number of both domestic and international tourists every year and major tourist attractions of Goa includes Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, wax museum and the Churches and Convents of Goa heritage site.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill stations include Manali,Shimla,Fagu,Kufri and Kasauli. The state capital of Shimla is very popular among tourists for outdoor snow activities such as ice-skating,skiing,Snowboarding,heli-skiing along with Kalka Shimla Mountain railway.
Madhya Pradesh is called as the Heart of India and was awarded as the best tourism state award in 2012. Tourism in Madhya Pradesh includes cultural heritage,carved temples, stupas and world heritage sites. Several cities in Madhya Pradesh are extraordinary for wildlife and scenic beauty such as Bandhavgarh National Park,Kanha National Park,Satpura National Park,Pench National Park and National Chambal Sanctuary.
The long coastline, temples, monuments,lakes and frolicking rivers of Odisha are the major tourist attractions in the country. Odisha is one of the major tourism sectors of India with various attractions and places such as temples of Bhubaneswar,beautiful beaches,Buddhist monuments,wildlife reserves, the arts and festivals.
Jammu and Kashmir state of India is the most important tourist places of the country with number of natural paradise that includes the Mughal Gardens,houseboat on Dal Lake, snow capped mountains and valley of Kashmir. Tourist places of Kashmir also incudes Gulmarg,Sonmarg,Pahalgam and Srinagar.
The state of Andhra Pradesh is known as the Koh-i-Noor of India and has a variety of tourist attractions including sea beaches, rolling hills, natural caves, amazing wildlife and temples. Some of the tourist spots in Andhra Pradesh are beautiful beaches,Borra Caves,Araku Valley,Buddhist centres and five ancient Hindu temples of Lord Shiva.
Gujarat is one of the most popular tourist regions in the country and visited by large number of domestic and international tourists. Tourism in Gujarat includes the hills of Saputara, Great Rann of Kutch,birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and the only place in the world to see Indian Lions. The Khushboo Gujarat Ki campaign has increased the tourism in Gujarat and that covers Wildlife tourism,Religious tourism,Cultural tourism,heritage tourism and Medical tourism.
West Bengal has some of the marvelous landscape features,natural scenic beauty and India’s most preferred travel destinations like Darjeeling, Sundarbans,Sandakphu,Howrah Bridge,Great Banyan Tree and Bishnupur Temples. The state of West Bengal has significant architectural and natural heritage, that attracts tourists from around the world.
Uttarakhand popularly known as land of Gods due to the presence of pilgrimage sites that includes Char Dham,Panch Badri,Panch Kedar,Panch Prayag and Haridwar. The state is also home to the first national park in India,Valley of Flowers,Kumbh Mela festival and hill stations. Most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand includes Kedarnath,Badrinath,Gangotri,Tungnath,Karnaprayag and Jageshwar.
Telangana is one of the 29 states in India and ranked one of the best place in the world for tourist places that includes historical places, monuments, forts, water falls, forests and temples. Tourism in Telangana includes Charminar,Kakatiya Kala Thoranam,Golconda Fort,Yadagirigutta,Thousand Pillar Temple and Bhadrachalam Temple.
Bihar has a rich culture and heritage, known as one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. The state is dotted with innumerable ancient monuments and these tourist attractions visited by large numbers of tourists from all over the world, specially Mahabodhi temple,Asokan pillar,peace pagoda and Buddhist Stupa.
The Seven Sister States are eastern-most region of India, relatively untouched and unexplored paradise. These seven states are blessed with natural beauty,exotic places and wide variety of beautiful wild animals such as rhinoceros,golden langur,Sangai deer and red panda.
North East India consists of Seven Sister States and one brother Meghalaya Tourist attractions in the Northeast region of India includes biodiversity hotspot,largest national park,Buddhist monastery,Brahmaputra River island,tallest Waterfalls of Cherapunjee, Deep caves of Meghalaya, Kangchenjunga highest mountain,Garo-Khasi and Jaintia Hills.