With India’s economy booming and the country poised to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy, there’s a growing sense that the country’s tourism industry could be the next big thing.
The Indian Tourism Board (ITB) is keen to take advantage of this momentum and, by opening up more tours, has been experimenting with new experiences.
These include trips to the Himalayas and the Indus Valley, as well as more exotic destinations such as the Arabian Sea, the Tibetan plateau and the Arabian peninsula.
As well as offering more diverse and exciting tours, the ITB is also experimenting with different ways to showcase the country and its natural wonders.
These range from a “walk through the ancient city of Kolkata”, to a “visit a small town that looks like it’s been here for thousands of years”, to “visitor-friendly experiences that are all about history and culture”.
While the travel agencies have been pushing for new opportunities to showcase India’s natural wonders and the diversity of its people, it’s the tour operators who have been leading the charge.
As a result, the tour industry in India has been transformed in recent years.
While India is not a tourism powerhouse, it does boast one of the highest per capita numbers of travellers, with over 8,000,000 people visiting its shores annually.
India also boasts some of the most beautiful and authentic tourist destinations in the world, such as Kashmir, Nepal and Bhutan.
India’s tourism has grown over the last decade and there are a number of ways tour operators can take advantage.
Here are a few things to consider when booking your Indian tour:1.
Where are you planning to visit?
There are a range of options to choose from, with the best options in the country depending on your destination.
The ITB recommends visiting cities in South Asia, such to Kathmandu, New Delhi, Delhi, Jaipur and Gwalior, which are all in South East Asia.
In contrast, you can also explore some of India’s northern states, such Gujarat and Maharashtra.2.
Are you planning a family?
The ITB advises that you plan to stay with family for a maximum of four nights during your visit.
This is because you want to avoid overcrowding on the tour.
In some cities, such Bangalore and New Delhi are popular, while other areas such as Kolkatta and Chennai are not as popular.3.
Is it safe?
As a rule, tours in India have not been particularly safe, and there have been a number incidents where people have been killed, and even a tourist on the island of Goa was seriously injured.4.
What’s your itinerary?
Many of the more popular options include overnight trips, and you can take a short tour with your family as well.
In other parts of India, such places such as Jaipuri and Nagpur are more popular, as are places in the Northern and Southern India.
In addition, you should definitely choose tours with a higher level of accessibility, and a shorter length, which is especially important when visiting cities like Jaipura, Jaisalmer and Agra.5.
How many people are on the trip?
As India is home to around 20 million people, and most of them are well-educated, the tourist numbers will vary.
You can find out how many people have booked their Indian tour in our guide to India’s popular tourist destinations.