Tourism in Himachal Pradesh

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tourism
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Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than 24 hours and 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". Wealthy people have always traveled to distant parts of the world, to see great buildings, works of art, learn new languages, experience new cultures and to taste different cuisines. The word tourism was used by 1811 and tourist by 1840.

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Though the words Travel and Tourism are synonymised and used interchangeably but Tourism is a wider concept and encompasses a lot more than travel alone. Travel implies journeys undertaken from one place to another for any purpose including journeys to work and as a part of employment, as a part of leisure and to take up residence; whereas Tourism includes the journey to a destination and also the stay at a destination outside one’s usual place of residence and the activities undertaken for leisure and recreation. All tourism includes some travel, but not all travel is tourism . A person may often travel for a wide variety of purposes of which tourism is only one.

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Tourism

in India

Tourism is the largest service industry in India, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. India witnesses more than 5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 562 million domestic tourism visits. According to World Travel and Tourism Council, India will be a tourism hotspot from 2009-2018, having the highest 10-year growth potential. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007 ranked tourism in India 6th in terms of price competitiveness and 39th in terms of safety and security.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hillstations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla, the state capital, is very popular among tourists. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a Mountain railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shimla is also a famous skiing attraction in India. Other popular hill stations include Manali and Kasauli. Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama, is known for its Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist temples. Many trekking expeditions also begin here.

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types of tourism in himachal

Adventure tourism- As a kind of tourism in India, adventure tourism has recently grown. This involves exploration of remote areas and exotic locales and engaging in various activities. For adventure tourism in India, tourists prefer to go for trekking to places like Ladakh, Sikkim, and Himalaya. Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are popular for the skiing facilities they offer. Pilgrimage tourism- Himachal is famous for its temples, and that is the pilgrimage tourism is increasing most rapidly. The various places for tourists to visit in Himachal for pilgrimage are Bharmaur, Kullu, etc. Cultural tourism- Himachal is known for its rich cultural heritage and an element of mysticism, which is why tourists come to, also from outside India ,to experience it for themselves. The various fairs and festivals that tourists can visit in India are

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inventory of tourist attractions

Cultural: Sites and areas of archaeological interest, Historical buildings and Monuments, Places of historical significance, Museums, Modern Culture, Political and Educational institutions, Religious Institutions. Traditions: National Festivals, Arts and Handicrafts, Music, Folklore, Native life and Customs. Scenic: National Parks, Wildlife, Flora and Fauna, Beach Resorts, Mountain Resorts. Entertainment: Participation and Viewing sports, Amusement and Recreation Parks Zones and Oceanariums, Cinemas and Theatres, Night Life and Cuisine. Others: Climate, Health resorts or Spas, other unique characteristics.

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tourism as a key industry
Tourism is one of the most important sectors in the state. The major attractions include tribal areas, pilgrim centres, mountaineering and winter sports. The state has more than 2,000 temples attracting thousands of devotees from all over the country. The state ranks second in total tourism projects sanctioned during 2001-2004 in the country. The state ranks fifth in domestic tourist visits. It enjoyed a 14 per cent growth in tourist visits against the national average of 6 per cent in 2001.

featured destinations
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Dalhousie Shimla Mandi Chamba Manali Dharmshala Kullu

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