By Ambuj Saxena,
Have you ever stood in front of the Taj Mahal and gazed at its beauty? Have you ever wondered performing Yoga asanas in the lap of Himalayas? Have you ever booked a trip to India to get a medical treatment from the best of the doctors at the most economical rates? If you haven’t done any of the above, you are missing out on an emerging global destination.
India is a country of immense cultural and natural heritage. It boasts of 9000-year old Indus Valley civilization, 5000 years of Ayurveda and Yoga, 476 forts and palaces, and 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Furthermore, it is the birthplace of 4 prominent religions of the world namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and 147 dance forms.
Yet, India ranks 24th in cultural resources all over the world and accounts for only 0.68% Foreign Tourist Arrival in India.
Isn’t it intriguing?
Though there are security concerns in India, yet we witness so many travelers (including female travelers) come to India and rave about it! Let us try and figure out why is India a hot tourist destination despite security concerns?
The Indian sage Patanjali was one of the earliest expositions of Yoga. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras defined the word Yoga as “to join”. The union referred to is that of the individual self-uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit. Though Yoga is like ages old but its benefits are manifold. Yoga has something to offer to everyone! Whether you are a kid or an octogenarian, yoga shall benefit you!
You can find travelers from around the globe traveling to exotic Indian locations such as Rishikesh to meditate and rediscover themselves. Now the whole world celebrates International Yoga Day on 21st June to celebrate the benefits of Yoga.
India boasts of state of the art medical facilities and with a hardworking cum diligent workforce, it is the hub of efficient medical doctors and services. Of late, there has been technological development that has led to better post rehabilitation services which makes India a top choice for medical treatment. With major surgeries and operations being conducted at one-third the rate as compared to USA, India is a favorite for medical tourists.
India has upheld its family values and non-violent ethos in a world of turbulence. The world is fascinated by the way India keeps up the concept of joint family and how an Indian carries himself in the face of difficulties.
The best way to experience Indian culture and values is not by staying in a hotel where a traveler is just a hotel room number but by staying in an Indian home with an Indian family. When a traveler watches the whole family getting down at the dinner table and watches them share a laugh, the traveler understands something beautiful about the Indian family values. You can place a request to book a homestay on [email protected]
Major Steps taken by Government of India to promote Tourism in India:
E- Visa facility- The e-Tourist Visa enables the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online. This facility has been extended to 161 countries.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)- GST is one indirect tax for the whole nation, which will make India one unified common market. GST has standardized the rate of taxes across the tourism sector and has brought it down to 18% from the earlier 20-27% tax range.
Incredible India Bed and Breakfast scheme- This scheme aims to provide clean and affordable place for foreign and domestic tourists alike including an opportunity for foreign tourist to stay with an Indian family to experience Indian customs and traditions and relish authentic Indian cuisines.
About the Author:
Ambuj Saxena is an avid Traveler and a Blogger from India. He is passionate about all things digital! BnBNation, the current venture that he has co-founded, he helps travelers find a nice hospitable Bed and Breakfast room in India while arranging their trip around India. Additionally, he helps travelers stay abreast with the latest policies that affect tourism in India. He is proud of Indian ethos and loves interacting with travelers and always wears a smile.
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