Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the two states that receive 140.65 million and 86.12 million domestic visitors respectively each year.
According to a report by the Union Ministry of Tourism, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu received the most visits from foreign tourists in 2021 with 1.26 million and 1.23 million respectively. On World Tourism Day, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the 280+ page document titled “India Tourism Statistics 2022” to Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
According to the analysis, COVID-19 related restrictions caused a decline in Foreign Visitor Arrivals (FTA) to India in 2021 from 2.74 million in 2020 to 1.52 million, representing a negative increase of 44.5%.
According to the data, there were 3,18,673 total foreign visitors in 2021-2022, a decrease of 23.4% from 4,15,859 in 2020-2021.
Sharing data on attendance at various sites under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the report says the Taj Mahal was the most popular protected ticket monument for domestic visitors in 2021-22, while the Mamallapuram Group of Monuments in Tamil Nadu was the most visited center-protected ticket monument for foreign visitors during the same period.
In 2021-2022, the total number of domestic visitors stood at 2, 60, 46, 891, while the corresponding figure in 2020-21 was 1, 31, 53, 076, marking a growth of 98% over a year.
The two states that receive the most domestic tourists are Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh with 140.65 million and 86.12 million respectively.
According to the research, the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was among the top 10 centrally protected ticket sites for domestic tourists in 2021-2022.
The Red Fort and Qutub Minar, two UNESCO-recognized structures in Delhi, ranked second and third respectively, behind the Mughal-era mausoleum, which took the top spot.
India received 677.63 million domestic tourists in 2021, up 11.05% from 610.22 million in 2020, according to the research.