The Telegraph
| Sunday, September 8, 2013 |



Derek O'Brien

At the rate the rupee has declined, holidays abroad are going to pinch where it hurts: the purse. My fake optimism tells me to focus on domestic tourism. With the Tirupati Balaji temple attracting devotees, Andhra Pradesh has become the top tourist destination in the country, having attracted over 200 million domestic tourists last year. Even the Taj Mahal (UP) and the Ajanta-Ellora caves (Maharashtra) cannot match when Balaji beckons. The top five states in terms of number of domestic tourist visits are: Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. West Bengal currently comes in at number 10 and will look to improve that position in the next few years. Incidentally, Maharashtra attracts five million foreign tourists every year making it the most preferred destination for foreigners. Writing about tourism will get me nowhere...planning a desi holiday, will.

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