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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 02 Jan 2014
Travel and tourism is the largest service industry globally in terms of gross revenue and foreign exchange earnings, according to Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. It is also one of the largest employment generators in the world. When it comes to India, the country receives over 6 million international tourists every year, as reported by eTurbonews (eTN). In terms of foreign tourist arrivals, India’s current ranking is 44 in the world. This ranking is likely to go up to 40by the end of 2013. Moreover, the Indian travel and tourism industry has been forecasted to experience a healthy growth in 2014.
If you are a travel enthusiast, visiting India in 2014 would be a great Idea. However, with an overwhelming choice of places to visit in India, choosing a travel destination could be confusing. This article takes attempt to make the job easy for you.
Top Places to Visit in 2014
If you are looking for some exciting places to visit in 2014, here are some suggestions.
1. Sikkim – Lonely Planet’s leading global travel guide “Best in Travel 2014” has listed top 10 travel destinations to visit in 2014, under different categories, such as, best cities to visit, best countries to visit, and so on. According to the travel guide, Sikkim has been selected as the best region to visit in 2014. “Picking up national accolades in 2012 for being India’s cleanest state with the most innovative tourism project, Sikkim has set new benchmarks for responsible travel in the country,” says the guide. A new airport has been scheduled to open near Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, in 2014. As such, travellers would be able to reach Sikkim directly by air from most of the Indian metro cities.
Located in the Himalayan Mountains, Sikkim is bordered by Nepal, China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, the Indian state of West Bengal, and Bhutan. Sikkim is popular for its culture, scenic beauty, and biodiversity. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world is located in the border areas of Sikkim.
2. Kerala – Known as “God’s own country,” Kerala is situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of south-western India. Kerala has been named as one of the paradises of the world by the National Geographic Traveller. Kerala has a long coastline dotted with many sandy beaches, such as, Kovalam, Kappad Alappuzha Beach, Nattika beach, and Vadanappilly beach. You can also plan a trip to Kerala’s the popular hill stations, such as Munnar, Vagamon, Wayanad, and Nelliyampathi.
3. Karnataka – The eighth largest state in India, Karnataka, has been listed in Lonely Planet’s Best Value Travel Destinations for 2014. The fall of the rupee against dollar has made India a budget vacation destination. For budget travellers who are planning to visit India, Karnataka would be a better choice than the popular Goa, which is no longer a budget destination, especially if you are travelling in the peak season. From fishing harbours to forests, serene beaches, ancient sculptured temples, and the inland temple town of Hampi, Karnataka has a lot to offer to the laid-back travellers.
4. Himachal Pradesh – Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India. Whether you are looking for an adventure tour or want to get up close and personal with nature, Himachal Pradesh is the place to visit. With its series of valleys and snow covered peaks, the place has a lot to offer to nature lovers. Some popular hill stations to visit in this Indian state include Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Barog, Kufri, and Mcleodganj.
Apart from these four regions, there are several other places to visit in India in 2014. From the lush green Kaziranga National Park in Assam to the famous Loktak Lake in Manipur, there are many unexplored tourist destinations in this part of the country.
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