Free essay on tourism in India
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"If you have money take an air ticket and see the world". So goes the modern adage. Every country goes out of its way to welcome the tourists and attract the maximum number of them, not out of the idea of pure hospitality, but for its own profit. The tourists bring the much needed foreign exchange. Also personal contacts between the foreigners and the natives lead to better understanding and present a better image of the country to the world at large. Even the countries behind the iron curtain like China and Russia are opening out their doors to tourists. Some tourists write books on the Countries they visit and others write articles for the ...view middle of the document...
Foreign travel is a status symbol. The airplane and the wireless have made the world smaller.
For a long time tourism has been miserably neglected in India. It is only recently that the vital role it can flay in the development, of India's economy has been fully appreciated. It has now been recognized that if tourism is properly developed in India, it can make an appreciable contribution to our foreign exchange earnings. Tourism can also help in the popularization of Indian goods, thus leading to the establishment of the better business contracts with the external world. People abroad still carry strange nations about India and her people. They still think of India as pre-eminently a land of snakes; elephants and beggars. With developed tourism our image abroad will get a face-lift and our relations with other countries will considerably improve.
Despite our poor showing in this sphere, India's potential for attracting tourist traffic is unlimited. India is on the air route of travelers' itinerary. Now many of them slip this country. We should try to make them spend a few days here. That would be twice blessed; it will bless the traveler as well as India. Again, India is a vast country, with all sorts of attractions for visitors with different tastes. Kashmir heads the list and its people largely depend on tourist earnings from inside and outside the country. Kashmir's beauty spots and house-boats and facilities for fishing, boating, golf and a lot of other pleasures have the strongest appeal to any foreigner. For others, the Taj Mahal at Agra and the neighboring Fatehpur Sikri and Moti Masjid are perennial attractions.
Those interested in architecture flock to the temples and palaces of Rajashthan and the famous temples in South India such as Meenakshi temple at Madurai with its 2,000 pillars, Brihadeeswara temple at Tanjore famous temples in South India such as Meerakshi temple at having 190 ft. high tower, the famous temple at Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram and Triupati. It may be recalled that art con-noisseurs like Aldous Huxley have called the Hindu architecture of temples of the south and of Rajashthan as superior to the Mophul art of the Taj Mahal. The rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora and Elephant caves are great attractions to some others. There are the erotic sculpture at Khajuraho, the sun-temples Konark, Msdurai and Jagannath Puri Then, there in the modern city of Chandigarh, and the modern centres of pilgrimages—the Bhakra and Nangal dams.
But we have to put our own house in order, if we are not to lag far behind other countries in the sphere of tourist traffic. The foreign tourists visit any place, not for dry education and instruc-tion, but for entertainment and relaxation and so they do not relish such puritanical restrictions as prohibition. Also they have no unlimited time to travel by our slow-moving trains and buses. All places of tourist interest should be linked by air. And then there is the question of finance. We...