Tourism in India

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Tourism in India
Tourism is the largest service industry in India, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. India witnesses more than 5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 562 million domestic tourism visits.[2][3] The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate.[4] In the year 2009, 5.11 million foreign tourists visited India. Majority of foreign tourists come from USA and UK and Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were the top four states to receive inbound tourists. Domestic tourism in the same year was massive at 650 million. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh
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(It is also known as the Lotus Temple.) ▪ The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur also known as Palace of Winds is major attraction in Jaipur. ▪ The Taj Mahal Palace is an icon of Mumbai. ▪ The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata
Nature Tourism

India has geographical diversity, which resulted in varieties of nature tourism.

▪ Water falls in Western Ghats including Jog falls (highest in India). ▪ Western Ghats ▪ Hill Stations ▪ Wildlife reserves ▪ Deserts
[edit]Wildlife in India
Main article: Fauna of India

India is home to several well known large mammals including the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger,Asiatic Lion, Leopard and Indian Rhinoceros, often engrained culturally and religiously often being associated with deities. Other well known large Indian mammals include ungulates such as thedomestic Asian Water buffalo, wild Asian Water buffalo, Nilgai, Gaur and several species of deer and antelope. Some members of the dog family such as the Indian Wolf, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal and the Dhole or Wild Dogs are also widely distributed. It is also home to the Striped Hyaena, Macaques, Langurs and Mongoose species. India also has a large variety of protectedwildlife. The country's protected forest consists of 75 National parks of India and 421 Sanctuaries, of which 19 fall under the purview of Project Tiger. Its climatic and geographic diversity makes it the home of over 350 mammals and 1200 bird species, many of which are unique to the subcontinent.

Some well known
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