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Top 10 Hotspots In India Visited By Foreigners ( Latest Trends )

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Brown Wooden Bridge.

 India has been a hot tourist destination for foreign tourists for many years. Its geographical and cultural diversity makes it a unique place to visit. From the snow-capped hill stations of Kashmir to the sea beaches of Kanyakumari, every state has a distinction of its own. Tourism Industry in India is one of the main revenue-generating industries. Different destinations in India receive a large number of tourists every year. 

A blend of various cultures in India makes it different from other countries. Foreigners love to visit to know the truth, as to how so many cultures peacefully live in India. India has been a symbol of traditional, cultural, and natural beauty. That is why an immense number of tourists from all over the world come to visit India every year. Here is the list of the top 10 hotspot places in India visited frequently by foreign tourists:

The Top 10 States Are:

1. Tamilnadu. ( 6,075,346 )

2. Maharashtra. ( 5,078,674 )


3. Uttar Pradesh. ( 3,790,751 )

4. Delhi. ( 2,741,674 )

5. Rajasthan. ( 1,754,350 )

6. West Bengal. ( 1,617,105 )

7. Punjab. ( 1,200,999 )

8. Kerala. ( 1097604 )

9. Bihar. ( 1088971 )

10. Goa. ( 933,943 )

1. Tamilnadu ( 6,075,346 )

Historical building in Tamilnadu.

Tamilnadu is a state with a high number of temples, a vast coastline, and panoramic hill stations. The food cuisine of Tamilnadu is famous for its mouth-watering taste and variety. Availability of good hotels is also in plenty. That is all, that an ideal destination requires.

Among the famous places in Tamilnadu ‘ Ooty ‘ tops the list and has been designated with the title ” Queen of Hill Stations.” Temples, churches, beaches, artwork belonging to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Nilgiri mountain railway, etc all are a treat to watch.

Kodaikanal is another famous hill station in Tamilnadu known for its exquisite beauty. Lush green Western Ghats can be visualized from the top of Kodaikanal.

Madurai city in Tamilnadu is famous for Madurai Temple, Coonoor is famous for its trekking site in Nilgiri hills, Rameshwaram Island is famous for its glorious city, etc. All these places are the main attractions that foreigners love to visit.

That is why Tamilnadu is the number one destination in India that is visited by the maximum number of tourists every year. You are also invited to join this enjoyment and recreational trip.

2. Maharashtra ( 5,078,674 )

A famous fort in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra used to be the ruling state of the Marathas, where the Great Shivaji once ruled. It is formed by the combination of two words, Maha+Rashtra. Maha means Great and Rashtra means country/state. So, the complete meaning becomes a great state.

Maharashtra is one of the most beautiful places in India. Economically, it is the richest state in India. Maharashtra’s contribution to the total GDP of our country ( India ) is nearly 14%.

Maharashtra is also known as the City Of Dreams where youngsters from all parts of the country come to fulfill their dreams. The famous Gateway Of India, the Siddhivinayak temple, and the historical Elephenta caves are some of the famous spots in Maharashtra. The famous Mausoleum ‘ Bibi Ka Maqbara which is also known as ‘ Tomb Of The Lady ‘, lies in Aurangabad ( Maharashtra ). The presence of historical Ajanta-Ellora caves makes it a special place to visit.

Mahabaleshwar is a famous hill station where foreigners throng in thousands. This spot is famous for its trekking and camping for tourists to enjoy. You can also enjoy the folk music and native dances of this area.

Pune, the place where Peshwas used to rule, is yet another site that will attract your attention. Other notable places that you should visit are Solapur Fort, Siddeshwar Temple, Alibagh and its Forts, Alibagh Beaches, Ratnagiri and its lighthouse, etc.

3. Uttar Pradesh ( 37,907,51 )

Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh is situated in the Ganga basin and is famous for its scenic beauty, ghats, tombs, temples, forts, etc. Foreigners like to visit The Taj Mahal in Agra, the symbol of love and a wonderful monument. The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s seven wonders. You can have a glimpse of the piece of masterwork constructed during the Mughal Empire.

Lucknow is yet another place in the basket of Uttar Pradesh. Popularly known as the City Of Nawabs, the city has maintained its past glory. The famous classical music, dance, and art of Allahabad ( Uttar Pradesh ) are still alive. 

Mathura is famous for being related to Lord Krishna. It is the best place for relieving your stress while chanting mantras while sitting in any of the temples in Mathura.

Varanasi ( UP ) is famous for its numerous ghats. Visualizing these ghats will be soothing to your eyes and mind as well.

Vrindavan is best known for its extravagant atmosphere where you will find records related to Lord Krishna in front of your eyes. It’s an unbelievable sight to witness.

4. Delhi ( 2,741,674 )

India Gate in Delhi.

Delhi, the capital of India has been a hot spot for foreign tourists. It has dozens of monumental buildings and historical sites which attract tourists. India Gate is a world-famous place that foreigners like to visit and get them clicked to keep their memories alive. Qutab Minar, the tallest tower in India is a treat to watch. Himayun’s tomb is also not far behind in attracting foreign tourists and is also a treat to watch. The tomb is a masterpiece of work that describes the art and architecture of the Persian era.

If you are in Delhi, never miss your visit to Redfort. The entire fort is made up of red stone which makes it distinct from others.

The Lotus temple in Delhi depicts the brilliant art form of modern architecture. India’s first two mosques are found in Delhi. Quwwat-Ul-Islam and Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid has got the distinction of being the largest Mosque in India.

Connaught Place, Chandni chowk, Akshardham temple, Lodi Gardens, Agrasen Ki Baoli, and Rashtrapati Bhavan are some of the famous places to visit in Delhi.

5. Rajasthan ( 1,754,350 )

Camels moving along with their owners in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is the most colorful destination in India. Foreigners mostly like and visit this spot. One of the main sources of attraction is the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. Hawa Mahal and the other forts in the city have been preserved by the locals. The people of this city are known for preserving their old culture.

Udaipur is a famous part of Rajasthan where so many royal families still reside. You will feel as if you have entered into the royal Rajasthan Kingdom.

Mehargarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India. Jaisalmer and Pushkar are famous for their sand deserts. Don’t forget to enjoy a camel ride in these deserts.

Mehargarh Multi-Cuisine dinners of Rajasthan are world famous for their taste. It is believed that the Kings of Rajasthan used to have such royal multi-cuisine dinners. If you are in Rajasthan or have planned to visit it, just taste the royal experience yourself.

You can enjoy camel safari in Jaisalmer, Pushkar, and Bikaner. Hot-Air-Balloon rides over the city will let you see the majestic view of the whole pink city.

Chittorgarh fort has its own story to tell. Chittorgarh fort is the largest fort in India which shows, how rich the Rajput architecture used to be.

6. West Bengal ( 1,617,105 )

Historical building in West Bengal.

West Bengal in India is not only a hot destination but is a symbol of deep-rooted culture and urbanization. The most popular city of West Bengal is Kolkata which is also called,” The City Of Joy “. Hoogly and Darjeeling are famous as they have several exemplary buildings constructed during British rule and depict their architecture. Indian museum is full of Mughal paintings which indicate that the Mughals were great lovers of art.

West Bengal lies in Eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. It is the 8th most populous state in India and the thirteenth largest state by area in India.

Sunderbans, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site is famous for the largest mangrove forests and the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Rabindranath Tagore point presents the knowledge of one of the most colorful shops in the country.

Darjeeling is a world-famous hill station and is known for its mountains and natural beauty.

Siliguri, Digha, Hoogly, and its art, influenced by the Portuguese, Duch, and French architecture are the other famous spots worth visiting in West Bengal. Sunrise and Sunset scenes from Siliguri are a treat to watch.

West Bengal is also famous for its delicious food ranging from seafood to traditional food. There is every reason behind its being called the sweetest state of India.

7. Punjab ( 1,200,999 )

Golden temple in Punjab.

Punjab is the most visited destination by foreign tourists in India, is the most fertile part of India, and is the largest producer of rice. Golden temple and Jalianwalla Bagh are the places that most tourists love to visit. The specialty of the Golden Temple is that its walls have been coated with pure Gold. This state is full of natural beauty. You can witness open big fields in Punjab.

Attari Wagah Border is yet another place in Punjab that attracts a large number of tourists. This is the only road in India that connects to Pakistan.

As Punjab is a Sikh-dominated state, you will find many Gurudwaras in it. You can visit various Sikh shrines here. Sheesh-Mahal in Patiala is a monument having historical value. Ranjit Sagar Dam near Pathankot has a beauty of its own.

The famous retreat ceremony called the lowering of flags is something everyone wants to witness. You can also be a part of this ceremony if you visit Punjab at Wagah Border.

8. Kerala ( 1,097,604 )

A floating boat in Kerala.

This state seems to be crafted by God with complete devotion and in spare time. The beautiful beaches, Alleppey’s/Alappuzha backwaters, houseboat cruise, Temples, Lakes, etc, everything here is mesmerizing. Out of all these places, Munnar is a place with having cool and soothing climate throughout the year. In Munnar, the hill stations and cool weather makes it a most romantic place. It best suits the honeymooners.

Kovalam is yet another place where you can have a lot of fun on the beautiful beaches. This place is famous for its best beaches where you can perform various activities like enjoying a ride in the floating houseboats in the backwaters along with enjoying the local Malabar Delicious food.

Kerala is also known for surfing at the Kavalam beach, sunbathing at Cochin, Paragliding over the Varkala beach, etc. Paragliding is an activity that is going to excite you.

9. Bihar ( 1,088,971 )

Maha Bodh Temple in Bihar.

Bihar is a state having its roots connected to Buddhism and Jainism. Many important dynasties developed and flourished in this state. This state holds an important place because of having historical importance. The remains of these dynasties indicate their diversity in art and architecture.

Bodh Gaya is a place in Bihar that is considered to be the place where Buddhism originated. Nalanda University, World’s oldest University is also in Bihar. The tree under which Buddha got enlightenment also is in Bihar. Several foreigners especially visit this state to have a glimpse of this historical tree.

Patna in Bihar is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the World. Vaishali, World’s first Republic also is in Bihar.

Bhagalpur which is also known as Silk city is famous for its landscapes and the sacred Ganga river. You can visit Navlakha palace, the tomb of Sher Shah Suri, and Valmiki National park to make your trip enjoyable.

You can also enjoy the famous dish Litti-Chokha, Cruise across the Ganges, Visit Nalanda, Pawapuri ( where Lord Mahavira was buried. ), etc. Tourists can enjoy an overall package in the city.

10. Goa ( 933,943 )

Beautiful Goa beach.

Goa is world-famous for its stunning beaches. It is also called the ” Sun Shine ” state of India. You will often see foreign tourists enjoying Sunbath on the shores here. Majestic architecture, beautiful waterfalls, colonies, and forts are the identities of Goa.

The most popular three beaches in Goa are Quiet Morjim Beach, the ever-vibrant Baga Beach, and Calangute Beach.

The Chapora Fort gives a spectacular view of the virgin natural beauty of Goa. The Temples, Churches, Seafood, etc are the most famous attractions in Goa.

Foreign visitors also love to perform Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, River Rafting, Wake Boarding, and Water Skiing in Goa.

Which City Is Most Visited By Foreign Tourists In India?

Delhi is a city that is visited by Foreigners in large numbers. Most of the travelers to India land in Delhi. As it is a historical city having many forts, historical monuments, a variety of delicious food, and plenty of accommodation. That is all that tourists are fond of. Moreover, Delhi is the Capital of India, and a hub for political activities makes it a developed city and center of tourism.

Most Visited Places By Foreign Tourists In India

1. Taj Mahal in Agra.

2. Goa.

3. Delhi.

4. Jaipur.

5. Varanasi.

6. Udaipur.

7. Gateway of India in Delhi.

8. Red Fort.

9. Jaisalmer.

10. Jodhpur.

11. Mysore Palace.

12. Ooty.

13. Hawa Mahal.

14. Shimla.

15. Himayun’s Tomb.

16. Agra Fort.

Most Visited Place By Foreigners In 2022

Mamallapuram, the temple town, 57 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai was the most visited place by foreigners in 2022.

First Foreigner Who Visited India

Magasthenese, ambassador of Seleucus Nikator was the first foreigner who visited India.

Why Do Foreigners love To Visit India?

India is a place where one can find everything of his/her interest. Foreigners love to explore heritage tourism, eco-tourism, natural beauty, cultural tourism, medical tourism, business tourism, and adventure activities which can be found in India in plenty.

Is India Safe To Travel?

India is one of the safest countries where one can travel freely without any fear. You can roam in any part of the country, express your views, and can enjoy yourself to the fullest extent. The friendly nature of the locals makes it an, even more, safer place.

Hope you will enjoy reading this article. Stay connected to read my next articles. Till then Bye!. God bless you.

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