Importance of Tourism in India
Tourism plays an important role in Indian Economy. The Central and State Governments acknowledges the importance of tourism industry. Tour is a part of education.
India is an ancient country. Historical monuments, archaeological wealth and relics are spread all over the country. Therefore, people of various countries come to India every year to see innumerable lovely spots, historic sites and places of pilgrimage. During travel a tourist must assimilate what nature has to offer, what relics of history seems to teach and what would life ultimately seeks to convey.
Tourism helps the visitors get acquainted with the culture, customs, language and way of life of the local people. The modern life of Indian people are very complex. Tour and holidays brings the much-need relaxation to our mind, body and soul. It refreshes our body and gives back our fitness. The spirit of happiness becomes visible on our beaming faces.
The concept of tourism has become a new coinage in the field of travelling. Few years hack travelling was a term which men used in case of tour. People now are more habituated with the concept of ‘tourism’ and all want to know the unknown historic sites and also to see the unseen. In India, from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari there are so many lovely spots, historic sites places of pilgrimages, various temples and Musjids spread over the country. In ancient times, Uttaranchal was the land of God. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath, Gangotri, and Hemkund- all surrounded by snow-capped peaks attract pious souls and tourists alike. The beautiful places like Simla, Nainital and Ranikhet with snow-clad ranges attract the tourists of India and abroad. Trips to Puri, to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of land in India, to Chennai, Mumbai and Goa are equally excellent. Tajmahal of Agra, the Red-Fort of Delhi, the ruins of Nalanda, cave-temples of Ajanta and Ellora, shrines of Mathura, Somnath and Benaras charm the tourists. Kashmir and Shillong are also great places in the tourist Map.
Tourism is flourishing as an industry. The economy of many tourist places depends upon tourism. The important hill stations of India are Ooty, Manali, Simla, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Mirik, etc. These beautiful hill stations draws tourists’ attraction. The wild life sanctuary of Dooars also attracts the tourists. Wilderness of the Sunderbans, Gour and Pandua of Malda, Lalbag of Murshidabad and Mayapur of Nabadwip are also places for tourists from both India and abroad. Presently, tourism industry is a big source of income of foreign money.
‘Spiritual Tourism” is the new aspect in the concept of tourism. It is more about visiting hearts and minds of intellectuals and rich civilizations than just seeing places and their physical dimensions. Therefore, the Tourism is a force and it can guide us in the period of unrest.