Tourism plays a vital role in a country’s economy. According to the latest Tourism Index, India ranks at 34th position in tourism. India is full of cultural diversity where there are beautiful natural and traditional places best known to everyone. Indian culture is the best reflection of traditional values. Its natural beauty like high mountains, temples, deserts, traditional dances, folk songs, and different designs of houses mesmerize everyone. The best tourist states in India that are mostly visited by foreigners are as follows:
Top Most Tourist Sates In India
- Tamil Nadu:
According to the survey conducted in 2020, the most visited place of India is the Tamil Nadu. This place is famous because of its vast variety of temples depicting the historical background along with the various coastlines and captivating hill stations. It is the best cultural representative of the 2nd and 3rd century. Tamil Nadu is one of the best tourist states in India with following tourist places:
Maharashtra is the second best tourist state in India that is famous for its traditional culture of Marathas and the epic warrior Shivaji. The meaning of Maharashtra is “The Great State”. This is situated along with the Arabian Sea. This state is also a very important part of the country in economic view as it contributes 13.3% of GDP.
Mumbai is the capital city of this state that is famous for Gateway of India, Shri Siddhivinayak Temple, Elephanta Caves, Juhu Chowpatty, Marine Drive, and much more beauty to explore. Ajanta & Ellora Caves, the representative of Buddhist culture are 433km far from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar hill station with the height of 1,353 m and Lonavala with the height of 622 m is full of eye-catching surroundings.
Besides this Kolhapur famous for the Mahalakshmi Temple, Nashik for grape production, Pune for Aga Khan Palace, Shirdi for tomb of shrine of Sai Baba, Tadoba Andhari National Park for visiting habitats of tigers and Alibag for white beaches are the best tourist sites to be visited in Maharashtra state of India.
- Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has religious value for India situated on the bank of river Ganga, the most famous place visited by the tourists. This state is the third best tourist state in India and is mainly famous for the Ghats, forts, temples and shrines. The meaning of the word Uttar Pradesh is the “north state”. Agra is one of the most traditional cities of this state that depicts the traditional culture of Mughal emperors.
Taj Mehal is the most famous place of Agra that is full of art design and cultural value. Varanasi that is also known as Banaras is the pilgrim city of Hindus. Other religious cities like Prayagraj that is situated at the connection point of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswat rivers, Sarnath, and Vrindavan are the most attractive sites for the tourists.
The National Capital of Delhi is the 28th most visited city in the world and is the first choice for foreign tourists to visit as it contains a large number of historic and modern landmarks, and also contains Mughal and British era Monuments.
Delhi is one of the best tourist states in India, and is home to three UNESCO Heritage Sites including Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Red Fort. Other main attraction points include Chandni chowk a marketplace, Jantar Mantar consists of astronomy instruments, Lodhi Gardens, Akshardham temple, third largest temple in the World, Viceroy Church, India Gate.
Rajasthan is one of the best tourist states across India for foreign and local visitors. Millions of tourists visit this place every year, which is rich in natural beauty and astonishing history. Rajasthan is well known for its Thar Desert, forts, palaces and captivating festivals.
Its most visited places are: Amber Fort known for Hindu architecture, Chittorgarh Fort largest fort in India, Sonar Qilla, Monsoon Palace, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur city is five story pyramid shape, Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh also known as Great Wall of India.
Goa is one of the most visited and best Tourist states in India, specifically attractive to foreigners. Goa offers a blend of culture between India and Portugal. Churches built by Portuguese are still intact and the Goa festival is the perfect example of blended culture. Goa is famous for its stunning beaches, waterfalls, jet skiing and water sports. Foreigners with limited means visit here just for parties. Goa has been listed at number 6 among top 10 Nightlife cities in the world. Goa has about 40 beaches and few of them are still virgin. People also visit here for its best cuisines especially its seafood which includes crabs, prawns etc.
Karnataka also is one of the best tourist states in India and is one of main destinations visited by foreign tourists. Karnataka is best known for its ancient temples, palaces, beaches and monuments. The most visited places here are: Mysore palace, ruins of Hampi, Badami rocks, Belur Temples, Gokarana Beach at Arabian Sea, Bidar Fort, Bijapur Tomb, Jog Waterfalls.
- West Bengal:
West Bengal situated in eastern part of India between Himalayas and Bay of Bengal is known for its natural landscapes and architectural heritage. West Bengal is the best tourist state in India to visit and every year a large number of foreign visitor’s visit to witness the natural Scenic beauty of this state.
The main tourist destinations in West Bengal include: Kolkata oldest port of India, Darjeeling also known as Queen of Hills famous for tee, kalimpong, Bishnupur famous for temples, Chandannagar, Hooghly having rich Bengali heritage, Murshidabad famous for palaces, Jaldapara National park famous for forest.
- Himachal Pradesh:
Himachal means having “Snowy Slopes” is one of the eleven mountain and best tourist states in India. It is situated in the northern part of India and in western part of the Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is famous for its landscapes and hill stations. The state’s main contributor to economy and growth is its tourism. Chitkul, Manali and Kasol that is also known as the ‘Little Israel of India is famous for mesmerizing landscapes, waterfalls and beautiful mountains covered with snow.
The Shimla is called the Queen of Hills because of its captivating hill station. Spiti Valley, a mountainous village is an attractive site for Buddhist tourists. Bir Billing that is also called ‘Paragliding Capital of India’ is an attractive site for adventurer tourists. Khajjiar is at an altitude of about 2000 meters and sits on a small plateau consisting of a small lake of Dhauladhar range.
It is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by Meadows and dense forests. Khajjiar attracts No. of visitors for its adventure sports like horse riding, paragliding, trekking etc.
- Jammu and Kashmir:
Jammu and Kashmir is famous as a “Paradise on earth”. This mesmerizing land is located in the mountains of Himalaya. This state is divided into the three main parts, Jammu famous for the shrine of Amarnath, Kashmir for landscapes and Himalaya for its green and snowy landscapes and captivating nature.
Srinagar is the capital of this state that presents a beautiful image of snowy mountains in winter and blossom of flowers in summer. Pahalgam is famous for the Saffron production. Sonamarg, also known as “meadow of gold” because of its beautiful blossom of golden flowers in spring is the best tourist site to be visited.