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 YASHWANT KUMAR N.
IHMChennai- 113.
RELIGIOUS TOURISM
 
WHAT IS TOURISM?
Tourism
is travel for recreational or leisure purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines
tourists
as peoplewho "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited".Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. In 2008, there were over 903 million international touristarrivals, with a growth of 6.6% as compared to 2007. International tourist receipts were USD 856 billion in 2008.Despite the uncertainties in the global economy, arrivals grew at around 5% during the first four months of 2009,almost a similar growth than the same period in 2008.
TOURISM IN INDIA
It is boom time for India's Tourism and hospitality sector which offers almost all types of tourism at one destination.The Indian subcontinent is bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline surrounded by three seas – Arabian Sea in the West, Bay of Bengal in the East and Indian Ocean in theSouth, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, mistymountain retreats, colorful people, rich cultures and festivities. The world’s leading travel and Tourism Journal,“Conde Nast Traveler”, ranked India amongst top 4 preferred holiday destinations in the world! There are number of factors responsible for the growth of Indian tourism at global level. India is a peaceful country without any politicaldisturbance except for few destinations where a tourist is required to get special permission from local authority toenter into that area. There is healthy competition among all the states to attract the tourists from all over the world for speedy economic growth and employment generation. Not only this Ministry of Tourism and Culture has recentlylaunched a campaign called ‘Incredible India!’ in order to encourage different types of tourism in India.
WHAT IS CULTURAL TOURISM ?
Cultural tourism' (or culture tourism) is the subset of tourismconcerned with a country or region'sculture,specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those peoples, their art, architecture, religion(s),and other elements that helped shape their way of life. Cultural tourism includes tourism in urban areas, particularlyhistoric or large cities and their cultural facilities such asmuseumsandtheatres.It can also include tourism in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural communities (i.e. festivals, rituals), and their values andlifestyle. It is generally agreed that cultural tourists spend substantially more than standard tourists do. This form of tourism is also becoming generally more popular throughout the world, and a recent OECD report has highlighted therole that cultural tourism can play in regional development in different world regions. Cultural tourism has been
 
defined as 'the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from their normal place of residence, with theintention to gather new information and experiences to satisfy their cultural needs'.
Destinations
One type of cultural tourism destination is livingcultural areas. For an indigenous culture that has stayed largelyseparated from the surrounding majority, tourism can present both advantages and problems. On the positive side arethe unique cultural practices and arts that attract the curiosity of tourists and provide opportunities for tourism andeconomic development. On the negative side is the issue of how to control tourism so that those same culturalamenities are not destroyed and the people do not feel violated. Other destinations include historical sites, modernurban districts, theme parks and country clubs, coastal or island ecosystems, and inland natural areas.
THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF INDIA
India with its centuries old civilization is perhaps one of the few nations, which has a cultural heritage that is rich,diverse and unique. The richness and diversity of the Indian culture has its roots in its history. The history of India istestimony to the fact that foreign invasions influenced the polity and culture of India. Right from ancient times whenAlexander invaded India and brought with him Greek influences till the coming of the British in the 16th century,India was constantly targeted by many invaders. These invasions from outside made India the melting pot of differentfaiths and cultures. With these invasions came the art and architecture, different beliefs and customs of the invaders toIndia. The cultural heritage of India is not limited to the art and architecture that we see today in the form of manyarchitectural wonders that dot many Indian cities but it traverses beyond that. Cultural heritage of India is theembodiment of all things beautiful that make one stand and take notice. For example a music concert in the backdropof the Taj Mahal or a dance festival at the famous Konark Temple leaves visitors enthralled and spellbound.This is exactly what one feels when on a heritage tour of India. Be it music, dance, fine arts, cuisine, customs or festivals, the cultural heritage of India touches you in more than one way. Experience the age-old customs andtraditions followed by Indians on your cultural heritage tour to India. Enjoy the sounds, sights and taste of India withHeritage in India.India colorful and vibrant, a land as diverse as its people. A mosaic of faiths, cultures, customs and languages that blend harmoniously to form a composite whole. One of the world’s oldest living civilizations - which gave to theworld - the concept of zero, the primordial sound Aum, Yoga, and Buddhism.Today - the India of the 21st century is carving a niche for itself as an economic superpower. The Maharajas of yorehave yielded place to some of the wealthiest tycoons of the world. Our country has achieved remarkable breakthroughs

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