India is a country known for its lavish treatment to all visitors, no matter where they come from. Its visitor-friendly traditions, varied life styles and cultural heritage and colourful fairs and festivals hold abiding attraction for tourists. The other attractions include beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife and landscapes for eco-tourism, snow, rivers and mountain peaks for adventure tourism technological parks and science museums for science tourism, centres of pilgrimage for spiritual tourism and heritage trains and hotels for heritage tourism. Besides, yoga, ayurveda and natural health resorts also attract tourists.
Tourism has emerged as an instrument of employment generation, poverty alleviation and sustainable human development. It has vast potential for earning large sums of foreign exchange besides giving a fillip to the country’s overall economic and social development. Much has been achieved, but much more has to be done. It is a multi-dimensional industry and basically a service industry. It would be necessary that all wings of the Central and State governments, private sector and voluntary organisation become active partners in the endeavour to attain sustainable growth in tourism to make India a world player in the tourist industry.
This book covers all aspects of the industry. After basic introduction of the subject, its chapters include Tourism in India: Past and Present Scenario; Geographical Basis of Tourism in India; Indian Panorama; Travel Logistics; Socio - Cultural Heritage; Nature of Tourism and Regional Set-Up. It is bound to be useful for all tourists besides those teaching and studying the subject and all those involved with the tourism industry in any manner.