Given proper attention, tourism  can earn foreign exchange as much as IT does, or even more.

 

India has a tremendous potential for tourism, both in terms of geography and history. It is an important destination for the domestic and foreign tourists. There are desert, seas, hills and mountains—inhabited by people from diverse cultures, religions, languages, food habits wearing colourful costumes. Not this alone , look at our history from before Indus valley civilization through various reigns and kingdoms, their relics, monuments etc. What India projects as a single country to foreign tourist, a continent–say Europe, in its whole can not.  Even when our illiterate/ half-literate people colorfully attired goes to vote on foot or on the back of a camels is a sight  enjoyed by a foreigner.

Tourism is just not an event in isolation, it means a lot to our economy. In 2016, India Govt earned Rs 1,55,650 crores in foreign exchange from tourism. It contributes approx7%-directly and indirectly, as compared to 2% from mining and 7% from much touted IT outsourcing, to our GDP, and in direct and indirect way provides employment to approx 11% of our people. Tourisn brings business to cottage industries, agriculture, hotels etc.

But tourism potential has not been fully exploited. In spite of its size, India is 38th most visited nation in the world—8.89 million visitors received by continent-sized India in 2016 while 16.4 million received by city-sized Singapore. There is infrastructural problem, there are shortage of quality  hotels—above all there are acute security problem. Women tourists are not safe; often there are reports of rape. Judicial delays does not allow justice to be met in a reasonable time. All these damages the image of India, ultimately coming in the way of fully realizing the tourist potential. There is another sector which needs Govt attention. This is medical tourism. India has a huge no of efficient doctors and paramedic staff  as also some well equipped hospitals where patients from rich countries come and take medical treatment or undergo surgeries at much lesser cost than their own countries. This group of doctors and paramedical staff have worked in those developed countries, worked with sophisticated medical equipments for treating the patients. Those experiences will help them to treat the patients from developed countries at a much cheaper cost. Our Govt may create necessary infrastructure and improve law and order situation to attract foreign tourists. Thus, tourism as a whole can create a lot of wealth for the nation.

 

 

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Darjeeling, the Qeen of Hills.

Darjeeling is a tourist place, it is known throughout the world for Darjeeling tea mainly. Darjeeing town is located in West Bengal. It is located in lower Himalayas at an elevation of 6700 feet. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site. Darjeeling town is the Headquarters of Darjeeling district, a popular tourist destination in India. The place was discovered originally by the British as a hill station, later with the progress of time and increase of economic activity, more and more people started settling there. It has several public schools, the students coming from all over India, and also neighbouring countries.

It’s scenic beauty is remarkable, to enjoy the beauty tourists form India and abroad regularly visit this place. Pictures of life in Darjeeling is posted along for your enjoyment.


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GANAPATIPULE

Shri Rudra Mondal , leader of Milon mancha, enjoying a ride on the beach of Ganapatipule.

Ganapatipule is a small town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, some 375 km south of Mumbai, along the Konkan coast. It is a calm, quite and serene place inhabitated by a very small no of people. There is a Ganesh temple 400 years old, hence it is a place of pilgrimage for devout Hindus. In addition to its clean beach and clean waters, Ganapatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms.

At the top of the world

Shri Rudra Mondal of Four Banglas in Andheri, is almost a wanderer. All his life he was an avid traveller. His retirement from job, has added a big opportunity to travel frequently. He leads a team of like minded people who lose no opportunity to travel  as soon as they arrive.  Not only this he is a great photographer, for him photography is an art. All the photographs used in this blog post were snapped by him, If you enjoy the beauty of photographs, do not forget to give credit to him.

 

 

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to house the the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaj Mahal. In terms of majesty and magnificence, unrivalled, the Taj Mahal is the only one of its kind across the world. Usually, number of visitors approx 1 crore a year. There are numerous websites including that of Govt of India which will tell you Bus route, train route, flight details, hotels and lodging etc