Every state is now developing its tourism as an industry because it is a great source of revenue. The tourist facilities, available in India, are still behind the desirable standard.
By ‘tourist spots’ we mean places, houses, hills, valleys, mountains gardens, forests etc. which have uncommon natural attractions of historical associations and heritage. People come from far and abroad to have a look at these things.
Fortunately, India is a land of great variety and contains great many tourist spots. It has snow-covered mountains, deep blue seas and oceans, dense forests and burning deserts of golden sand. It has much cultural and architectural splendour.
We have the Aryan culture in North India, the Dravidian culture in South India and non-Aryan tribal culture sprinkled all over India and in the Andamans, etc. The Dravidian architecture is in the Southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, etc, and Mughal architecture is in Delhi, Agra and Lucknow, etc. We have hill stations like Shimla, Nainital, Kulu and Manali, Shillong, Darjeeling, etc. One can enjoy the sunrise on the Tiger Hills in Darjeeling.
However, Kashmir, the paradise on earth, is now, somewhat turbulent, but it is expected that it will regain its worldwide fame as a most attractive tourist spot.
One can also visit the Vivekananda Rock at Kanyakumari in the South where Swami Vivekananda felt a spurt of universal love for mankind.
The Tajmahal at Agra is considered to be one of the great wonders of the world. It appears to be a dream in marble on a moonlit night.
One can also see the beautiful caves of Ajanta and Ellora and the temple of Khajuraho, with remarkable specimens of ancient Indian art and sculpture.
The Buddhist Stupas of Sanchi, the Sun Temple of Konarak, Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, Sea beach of Goa, etc. are also worth visiting.
We have some tourist spots in West Bengal too. Tourists can enjoy the open-air beauty of nature at Bakkhali or the wild animals at Sundarbans, especially the Tiger Project or the Crocodile Project. One can go to ‘Jaldapara Abhayaranya’ to see the rare species of one-horned rhinoceros. Bankura and Bishnupur are the towns of the temple with wonderful sculptures of ‘terracotta’. Those with historical interests will find Gaurh and Murshidabad for fascinating relics of the past.
All these can be projected to the tourists within India and abroad, especially to the rich countries like the USA and European nations and China, Japan, etc.
Thanks to the internet. It has given ample scope of wide publicity of tourism all over the world. But tourists will not be eager to visit any place if it is dirty and infested with mosquitoes and beggars and cheats. Good hotels, neat and clean surroundings, safety and security and good transport communication are essential as infrastructural requisites for any successful tourist trade.
To attract the foreign tourists the Customs clearance rules must be simplified. The Department of Tourism should pay more attention to all these things very seriously.
Otherwise, the tourists will lose their attraction to visit India and appreciate its heritage. Consequently, India will lose its good ground to gain foreign exchange from the worldwide tourism business. So we should improve our tourism industry for better economy.