Tourism is an important part of the country's economy and the sector is growing rapidly. The world Travel and Tourism Council calculated that Indian tourism generated Rs 16.91 lakh crore, or 9.2.% of India's GDP in 2018 and supported 42.673 million jobs or 8.1 percent of its total employment. India's medical tourism is also a booming industry, worth around US $6 billion. Over 17.9 million foreign tourists arrived in India in 2019.
Indian tourism is booming because of the cornucopia of delights that the country has to offer, from the highest mountains to the depeest ravines, pristine white sand beaches to the sprawling Thar desert, reefs, archipelagoes, coastlines and dense forests, to some of the world's largest rivers. Ancient architecture, art, music and dance also draw people from around the world. India offers great diversity in tourism, from mountain ranges to unexplored coastlines, Indian art and culture, cinema and mysticism.
Indian tourism FAQS
What tourism is India famous for?
the main reason why India is famous for tourism is the range of things on offer. Wildlife safaris, desert safaris, nature, adventure tourism, history and spirituality make Indian tourism a hugely popular and constantly growing sector. The Taj Mahal, the Holy City of Varanasi, The Golden Temple of Amritsar, The Golden City (Jaisalmer), Mumbai's The Gateway of India, as well as the ancient Pallava and Chola architectural sites in the South and tiger reserves of central India are known around the world.
How big is India's tourism industry?
The estimated worth of the Indian tourism sector in FY26 is US $125 billion, from around $75 billion in FY20.
How many tourists visit India each year?
India saw around 18 million tourists in 2019. However, as the pandemic struck, 2020 saw a significant drop to 6.3 million international tourists and NRIs.
Is India a tourist-friendly country?
Indian tourism has high potiential, with so much to offer, ffrom the salty marshlands in the Rann of Kutch, to Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth, the snow-capped Himalayas and the tropical havens that are Goa and Kerala.
Which city has the most tourism in India?
Delhi, Mumbai and Agra top the list of Indian cities with global tourists. Delhi is expected to become the eighth most popular city in the world.