Top 10 Most Visited States of India by Foreign Tourists

India is Incredible and has a vast geographical and cultural diversity, From the snow capped hill stations of Kashmir to sea beaches of Kanyakumari. Tourism in India is the major revenue generating industry, Here is the list of top 10 states of India in number of foreign tourist visits in 2015.

1. Tamil Nadu – 4,684,707

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Tamil Nadu is most visited tourist states destination by both Indian and International tourists. The state is most popular medical tourism destination in India along with Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Chennai, Ooty, Kodaikanal and Yercaud hill stations and hottest biodiversity hotspots.

Temple Tourism in Tamil Nadu offers Great Living Chola Temples, Mahabalipuram, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple,Kanchipuram, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ,Ramanathaswamy Temple,Airavatesvara Temple,Gangaikonda cholapuram Temple and Arunachaleswara Temple.

2. Maharashtra – 4,408,916

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Maharashtra is second most visited state in India by foreign tourists and boasts of a large number of popular monuments,Bollywood and colonial architecture. Aurangabad is the tourism capital of Maharashtra and tourism hub for historical monuments and heritage sites,

Tourist Attractions in Mumbai and Maharashtra include ancient Elephanta Caves,Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves,Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Bibi Ka Maqbara at Aurangabad,Mahalakshmi temple and numerous religious and adventure tourism destinations.

3. Uttar Pradesh – 3,104,062

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Uttar Pradesh state of India is one of the most popular tourist destination and home to Taj Mahal, holiest city of Varanasi and important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Tourism in Uttar Pradesh contains historical monuments, religious places and Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc cities of Agra and Lucknow.

4. Delhi – 2,379,169

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The National Capital Territory of Delhi is first in India by foreign visitors in 2015 and home to many historic landmarks and mughal monuments New Delhi is famous for numerous political landmarks, British colonial architecture and Mughal monuments such as Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb,Safdarjung’s Tomb and Purana Qila.

5. Rajasthan – 1,489,500

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Royal Rajasthan attract millions of foreign tourists from around the globe. Thar Desert of Rajasthan, largest living forts and magnificent palaces of Rajasthan are most popular tourist attractions in India for international tourist.

6. West Bengal – 1,475,311

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West Bengal in the eastern state of India and known for marvelous landscape,natural beauty and India’s most preferred travel destination. Tourist attractions in West Bengal include several heritage structures,British colonial architecture of Murshidabad and Coochbehar, Kolkata City of Joy,Singalila National Park and famous The Sunderbans.

7. Kerala – 977,479

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Kerala is famous for its backwater tourism, listed as one of the top 10 paradises of the world by National Geographic. Tourism in Kerala include beautiful backwaters,its Eco-tourism initiatives, Hindu temples and Wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar and Eravikulam.

8. Bihar – 923,737

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Bihar is dotted with list of ancient monuments and famous for its rich history and royal architecture. The state attracts large numbers of tourists from all over the world, Popular tourist attractions in Bihar include Mahabodhi temple,Nalanda university,Sonepur cattle fair and Asokan pillar.

9. Karnataka – 636,502

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Karnataka ranked one of the most popular destination for foreign tourism among other states of India. The state has second highest number of national protected monuments, thousands of Forts,Hoysala architecture temples and world heritage sites at Hampi,Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal.

10. Goa – 541,480

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Goa is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India by large number of foreign tourists. The state is famous for its excellent beaches,Basilica of Bom Jesus,Goa Carnival,Churches and Convents of Goa,Hindu temples and best floating casino in India.