India has long been a favourite destination for backpackers and adventurers, but these days, it’s becoming more and more of a popular tourist destination. In fact, in 2015 alone, the travel and tourism industry in India contributed a total of $124.8 billion to the country, accounting for approximately 6% of the total GDP.
Studies conducted in 2014 found that India is one of the fastest-growing destinations for tourism worldwide. Ranked eleventh in the world during the study, it was and is still expected to become one of the biggest contributors to travel and tourism worldwide, expected to grow an average of 6% globally between 2014-2024. So, exactly why is travelling to India becoming so popular? Let’s have a look at some of the amazing reasons to visit this country.
#1. The Taj Mahal:
One of the most symmetrically perfect man-made structures in the world today, the Taj Mahal truly is a sight to behold and there’s no surprise as to how and why it has made its way to the bucket lists of many people around the world today. Seeing this majestic building in the flesh is just one of the many reasons as to why tourism to India is booming these days. The Taj Mahal is made entirely of white marble and is famed around the world for its exquisite workmanship of calligraphy, lapidary, pietra dura work and intricate carvings.
#2. Spirituality and Self Discovery:
People from all around the world are beginning to increasingly choose India as their next destination on a journey of self-discovery and spirituality. There are several major spiritual centres in this country, including Pushkar, Hardwar, Benares, Bodhgaya, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Auroville. The quest for spirituality has seen more and more urgency as global societies become increasingly more capitalistic, and India is a country where spiritualism is encouraged and bred, allowing all religions and people to thrive and prosper in peace and harmony.
#3. The Himalayas:
As more and more people embark on adventures around the world, mountain climbing in India is becoming an increasingly more popular activity. And, India is home to some of the highest mountains in the world; the Himalayas range runs along the eastern border of the country for almost 2,500km. Cradled in the Greater Himalayas, Ladakh is one of the most daunting, yet beautiful and mesmerising frontiers, famous around the world for some of the highest motor passes and the Pangong Tso Lake.
As more people around the world embark on their quest for spirituality, yoga retreats are becoming increasingly popular. There is a wide range of yoga centres, teachers and retreats to visit in India, making it a top destination choice for those wanting a calming and revitalising trip. And with the Indian outbound and domestic travel market increasing, it’s easier than ever to travel around the country on yoga tours, for a combination of both physical and mental therapy.
Is India on your list of destinations to visit? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.