Tourism in India is an important economic sector, contributing 6.23% of national GDP and 8.78% of total employment in India. India witnessed more than 5.5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 740 million domestic tourism visits. The tourism industry in India generated around US $100,000,000,000 in 2008 and is expected to increase to US $275,500,000,000 in 2018 with a growth rate of 9.4% per year. In 2010, 17.9 million foreign tourists visited India. The majority of foreign tourists come from the United States and the United Kingdom. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the top 5 states to receive inbound tourists. Domestic tourism in the same year was large at 740 million. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra receive a large share of visitors. The Department of Tourism is a nodal office for formulating national policies and programs for tourism development and promotion. In this process, the Department consults and collaborates with other stakeholders in the sector including various Central/Bureau bureaus, Union/Territory Government Offices and representatives from the private sector. Joint efforts are being made to promote new forms of tourism such as rural, cruise, medical and eco-tourism. The Department of Tourism is a nodal institution for the development and promotion of tourism in India and maintaining an Incredible India campaign. Check out the most amazing tourist attractions in India state-wise list.
The main attraction of Nainital is the Naini Lake. In the Skanda Purana, it is also called Trishusi Sarovar. It is said that when Atri, Pulastya and Pulah Rishi could not find water in Nainital, they dug a pit and brought water from the Mansarovar Lake and filled it. It is said about this lake that by taking a dip here one gets as much virtue as one gets by bathing in the Mansarovar River. Millions of domestic and foreign tourists visit this beautiful lake to enjoy boating. The reflection of the surrounding mountains is seen in the lake water. When there is light of bulbs all around at night, then its beauty increases even more.
Marina Beach is a beach in the Chennai metropolis of South India. It is counted among the largest in India and the second beach in the world. This coast is spread 13 km from the Vice City in the south to Fort St. George in the north. Marina Beach is predominantly sandy, unlike the rocky formations that overlook Juhu beach in Mumbai. Bathing and swimming have been banned due to the dangers of Marina Beach. It is one of the most crowded beaches in the country with around 3,000 visitors on weekdays and around 50,000 on holiday days.
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park (IGWLS and NP) is a protected area named after the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who visited the park on October 7, 1961. It is often called the topslip which is a village located in the northeast corner of the park and is the main center for visitors. This name originated from a local practice of the 19th century, in which the wooden logs of teak were rolled down from the hills. It is located in the Anaimalai hills of Polachi, Velparai and Udumalpet talukas in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu state of South India. Spread over 108 sq km, this national park is an important area of 958 sq km Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, which was previously called the Animalai Wildlife Sanctuary.