Delhi Emerges As Top Tourist Destination With Over 6 Lakh Foreign Tourist Arrivals In 2021: Report

Delhi also stood at the 3rd position among the top 10 states of India in number of foreign tourists’ visits in 2021


Delhi is one of the most visited places for both foreign and domestic travellers and more than 1 lakh Foreign Tourist Visits and 6.06 lakh Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) were counted in Delhi during 2021, according to Economic Survey Delhi 2022-23. 

“The capital of India is one of the key arrival destinations for both foreign and domestic tourists. The state is among the top tourist destinations in the country. Approx 6.06 lakh (39.70 per cent) FTAs in Delhi has been recorded during 2021 as per India Tourism Statistics at a Glance-2022,” the economic survey stated.

According to the report, Delhi also stood at the 3rd position among the top 10 states of India in number of foreign tourists’ visits in 2021 with a share of 9.50 per cent as per the India Tourism Statistics at a Glance 2022. 

While the state of Punjab emerged as the top tourist destination for foreign travellers in India with more than 3 lakh visits in 2021 and Maharashtra stood at second position with 1.85 lakh visits.

However, compared to the year of 2020, Delhi moved from 4th to 3rd position but it is not because the number of international travellers have increased in Delhi, it is because the visits of tourists decreased heavily in other states. For example, in Maharashtra there was a drop of 10.76 lakh visits in 2021. While in Tamil Nadu more than 11.70 lakh foreign tourist visits decreased in the same year.

Survey also highlighted that the festivals and events are among the reasons of tourists’ attraction in Delhi. It quoted, “Promotion of cultural tourism has been the main stay of Indian tourism policy and, accordingly, the rich heritage of our country at large and Delhi in particular has been projected from time to time, which includes, Garden tourism festival, Mango Festival, Winter Festival, Dandiya Festival, Teez Festival, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival and Delhi ki Diwali.

When it comes to tourist places, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Iskcon Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lodi Tomb, Parliament House, Purana Quila, Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Safdarjang Tomb are among the top places which attracted the large number of both domestic and international tourists in the state.

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