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To say that Indian tourism potential is awesome and diverse is nothing more than stating the obvious. Tourism in India is flourishing and attracts millions of tourists every year. From bewitching beaches to tranquil hill stations, from jungle safaris through dense forests teeming with wildlife to camel rides over the golden sand dunes, from languid backwater cruises to introspective historical odyssey. India Tourism is full of enchanting options to explore and unravel.

Various India Tourism Options

Tourism of India is flourishing, serving its charm on platter - Beach destinations in India can leave you mesmerized. Goa and Kerala are famous for their exotic beaches and a beach combing of India would be complete, just with trips to Candolim and Colva (Goa), or Kovalam and Varakala (Kerala). The other options of India tourism are eating bhelpuri in the evening on the Chowpatty beach in Mumbai, taking extended strolls on the Marina beach on the onset of dawn, with historical buildings and historic sculptures gazing you by.

Along with these obvious beach destinations, you must also explore some offbeat sea resorts like Ganpatipule in Maharashtra, Digha in West Bengal or Gopalpur in Orissa. And of course, without witnessing the sunrise and the sunset on the Puri beach, with catamarans scouting its turbulent sea of three-storied waves, your beach tour of India can't even be remotely complete.

Incredible India

Tourism of India also talks of several other features. To talk to the hills (not only when your heart is lonely) and enjoy the panoramic view on summit, India tourism offers a wide range of options. The sunrise in Darjeeling's Tiger Hill is an ethereal experience, while the Buddhist monasteries dotted on the laps of hills give Darjeeling tour an introspective appeal. Walking on its mall still gives a feeling of getting transported to the romance of the Raj era. In fact, all the established hill stations of India has a mall to stroll and shop, meet and recoup; it is a remarkable feature of the colonial legacy, that still soothes our senses with a tranquil charm. Tourist attraction in India includes hill stations like Mussoorie in Uttaranchal, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Munnar in Kerala, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, and Shillong in Meghalaya among others. Our erstwhile British rulers, to have a gateway to escape the scorching heat of India, created all these hill stations that are jewels in the cap of the Tourism of India.

Though their original pristine environment has shown signs of erosion during the last two decades or so, but still, their cool, hilly climes bring a refreshing breath of fresh air to our tension inflicted nerves and still holds its position as popular tourist attractions. The picturesque valleys complement all these wonderful hill stations. Scenic beauty of hill station gives ambit to the Tourism of India. Kashmir, with leisurely shikara glides on its placid lakes, and its many verdant gardens, pregnant with possibilities of romantic rendezvous, can give you glimpses of heaven, while on earth. At the same time, Manali with its breathtaking scenery, apple orchards, temples and skiing options, provides enough option for the religious and the adventurous alike, while inducing both of them to be nature lovers at first.

India has a rich five-millennia-old history, during which it has been influenced by diverse cultural traits; largely due to the successive invasions to which the land had been subjected to down the ages. It adds to the diversity to the tourism of India. And it is no wonder that the country has an impressive reflection of its past in the form of many glorious and captivating pieces of historical architecture and remnants. The most famous among them is of course the Taj Mahal, but there are many, many others. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Fathepur Sikri, Jamma Masjid, the Sanchi Stupas, Ajanta and Ellora sculptures, Khajuraho and Konark temples, Jagannath Temple, the ruins of Hampi, Victoria Memorial, the Gateway of India... the list of India's historical tourism sites especially promoted by tourism of India is virtually endless. They help the tourists to wonder the wonder that was India. Many cities and towns in India, such as Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Lucknow, Nalanda, etc. resonate with the music of history.

Religious Tourism in India

India is also an important centre for religious tourism. Several colossal structures and pilgrimages are the tourist attractions of India. As its pluralistic society is a place for diverse religious practices; beautiful religious shrines, targeted at practitioners of various religions, are abundantly found across the length and breadth of the country. Tirupati, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Ajmer, Puri, Rameshwaram...there are a galore of pilgrimage destinations in India, which attract devotees in droves year around, both of the domestic and inbound variety.

Four wildlife lovers, travel in India, hold special attraction. Despite the encroaching greed of the poachers, the country's forest cover still manages to sustain a rich ecosystem and an enchanting diversity of wildlife, which intrepid travelers do like to explore and shoot... with their cameras. India has a number of national parks as tourist attractions like Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Sunderbans, Sariska National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Periyar National Park and Bandipur National Park among others. They are situated across the length and breadth of the country, and jeep safaris through these jungle terrains could afford wonderful and fascinating glimpses of the wild side of the nature in its full glory, which serves as prime tourist attractions. While game watching, one may soon realize that life, after all, is a big game.

India is not only a civilization with a great past, but also a country with a great future. With its impressively skilled human resource base in various areas, but more specifically in the realms of medicine and IT, the Indian tourism is also fast emerging as a hub for medical tourism. Some of the hospitals and hospital chains in India (such as Fortis, Apollo, Escorts, AIIMS) can match the best of the medical facilities in the west, but provide critical treatments/surgeries at a fraction of the medical costs, which the patients would have incurred in the west.

Thus many foreign tourists are also flocking to India to heal themselves. Heart surgery, knee replacement and cosmetic surgery are the most common forms of medical redressals that the western patient-tourists are opting for in India. Hyderabad has already emerged as a prominent center of medical tourism in India.

India has also been the home to alternative medications and therapies like Ayurveda and Yoga. Now many foreign tourists are discovering and adopting the indigenous medical practices of India, which have survived and thrived over the course of millennia, and in their quest, these inbound tourists are fueling medical tourism in India in a big way.

Last Updated On: 2011/08/18