Welcome to Incredible India! India is one of the top tourist destinations with more than 22.57 million tourists arriving in the country as per the 2014 data. It is ranked as the 38th country in the world in terms of foreign tourist arrivals.
The United Nations observe the World Tourism Day on Sunday, 27 September and the theme for this year is "One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities".
The official tourism day programmes will be hosted in Burkina Faso.
Here is a compilation of some of the best tourist spots one should not miss in India.
When one thinks of visiting India, the iconic Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World will definitely find a spot in the bucket list. The historical building has made India popular throughout the world. The amazing white marble mausoleum located in Agra on the banks of the Yamuna river was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in 1632. The construction was believed to have been completed in 1653 at a cost of 32 million Indian rupees.
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Other tourist destinations in and around New Delhi include the Red Fort, Qutb Minar, Agra Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar and the India Gate.
It's party time. Goa is always one of the top tourist spots in India, and it is best known for the number of beaches, historical churches, seafood and feni - a spirit made of cashew and coconut, only sold in Goa. Adventure sports like paragliding, water bike and banana boats are also the major attractions of the smallest Indian State.
The South Indian State, Kerala, is known as "God's Own Country" due to its breathtaking backwaters, hill stations and forests in Munnar, Kumarakom, Athirappally, Wagamon, Fort Kochi, Wayanad and Kovalam, among many others. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Kerala and the State has found a spot among the "ten paradises of the world" and "50 places of a lifetime" in the National Geographic Traveller magazine.
Know more about the best tourist spots in Kerala from Keralatourism.org
Mysore, the third largest city in Karnataka, was once ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. The major attractions of the city include the historic Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Srirangapatna, Tipu Sultan fort, St Philomina's Church, Mysore Zoo and Brindavan Gardens, among others. The best time to visit Mysore is during the Dasara festival, which falls during the month of September or October.
Hyderabad, known as the city of pearls, also offers a variety of tourist spots from heritage monuments, lakes, gardens to museums. The major attractions of the place include the Charminar, Golconda Fort, Birla Mandir, Nehru Zoological Park, Hussainsagar Lake and the Nizam's Silver Jubilee Museum, among many others.
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