India has always been a country of cultural aura and known to be a reflection of heavens. Though there are whispers about the untidy roads and the clumsy narrow lanes which are seen commonly in this country, it still holds the reputation of being one of the most attractive tourist destinations. The number of international visitors is increasing every year and this has always been like climbing a mountain where you never once fall. The Indian heritage is so purely rich and still exists. The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India. India’s languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture often tagged as a weave of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old.
With these distinctive attractive features, India has attracted people from all over the world and this in itself is a record. Talking further, India welcomed a high record number of international visitors in the first quarter of 2017. The total of 2.85 million arrivals for the January-March 2017 period marked a 13.7% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016. International tourism revenues also soared to record levels, rising 14.6% to INR 463.1 billion. In March 2017 alone, India welcomed a total of 905,000 international visitors, 10.7% up year-on-year.
Bangladesh was the country’s top source market during the month, accounting for 21.3% of the total. The U.S followed by 10.4%, UK by 10.3%, Russia by 4.3% and Malaysia by 3.4%. Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka, China and France completed the top 10 list of international visitors. India’s e-tourist visa scheme also grew in popularity in the first quarter; the country issued 467,000 e-visas during the three-month period, up 45.6% year-on-year. This is like a huge turnover in the world of tourism for India as the digits keep rolling higher each passing day. But this is not just a random count. The achievement has costed us a lot of creativeness along with our ancestors’ attractions.
The government, along with the culture minister planned on providing free sim cards to all the tourists for their conveniences. The SIM cards have been made available by Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), initially at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3. In future it will be progressively rolled out to the other 15 Indian airports where e-tourist visas are issued.
Dr.Sharma said “this unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India”.
Not only that, India has also set up alluring packages for the ‘stay and travel around’ plans and this has been even more advantageous to the tourists. So with all the things made easier and with our colorful attractions and valuables to offer we have managed to climb a step higher in the field of travel and tourism.