List of Indian States Which are Most Visited by International Tourists

Indian States Most Visited by International Tourists

In terms of advertising and modern infrastructure, the tourism industry of India does not have much to offer, when compared with other developed countries. But its rich history and cultural heritage lure tourists in hordes.

Some states receive more foreign tourists than others due to their cultural stories and ethnicities. Here, a few of those stories have been mentioned which lures international tourists to these states:

Jammu and Kashmir:

Also hailed as the Paradise on Earth by Amir Khusrow in the seventeenth century, this State in spite of being in a state of perpetual political distress manages to welcome a considerable amount of foreign tourists all around the year.

The beautiful mountains in the northern-most tip of India beckon trekkers and pilgrim-goers. The valleys and the lakes provide a picturesque view that befits paradise.

Jammu kashmir summer holidays


The capital of India. All foreign tourists must at some point or other must touch down in the capital city of the nation. Not only to visit the cultural heritage, but also due to a more practical reason that almost all internal flights touch down at Delhi.

So even if international tourists do not plan on visiting Delhi, they will have to disembark there. They could visit the museums or stroll around the heritage sites, shop or eat out. If they have time on their hands, they could also hop on to a bus and go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal.



International tourists are lured to Rajasthan with the mysticism which surrounds the land of Maharajas. The capital of this state, Jaipur also known as the pink city is well connected with transportation which makes it easily accessible. Filled with museums and forts, both private and public, this state has a beautiful cultural history.

Tourists can gain experience camel rides in the Thar Desert and immerse themselves in the gruesome Rajput history that their forts narrate.



The capital city of this State, Mumbai is believed to be the land of dreams. International tourists flock to Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad. The sheer beauty of the architecture of buildings and caves are captivating.

All of these cities, especially Mumbai is known for its “star” quality, as the residence of the Indian film Industry, Bollywood. It is also famous for its shopping and street food culture along the marine drive.

Bollywood Tour


Also known as God’s own country, Kerala is hailed for the beauty its backwaters. It is also known for its various forms of art, hill stations, boating on the backwaters and coconut trees.

This State located in the southern-most tip of India has been graced by hills and oceans. The breath-taking beauty of the tea-estates in Munnar and beaches in Varkala attracts foreign tourists. Festivals like the Thrissur Puram in Thrissur and temples attract tourists too.

kerala in Monsoon

Tamil Nadu:

This state has the second highest turnover of foreign tourists. Tamil Nadu has several temples and historical sites. The capital city, Chennai has several museums like the Rail Museum and the Egmore Museum.

This city does not have much variation in terms of seasons. It is pretty much summer all year around. Tourists’ can take a bus or drive to Mahabalipuram and spend a couple of days exploring that place. They could also go and check out the Portuguese heritage in Pondicherry or go to Kanyakumari or some other place.


West Bengal:

The capital city of Bengal, Kolkata was also the capital of British India during the British regime. A lot of old British architecture can be seen all around the city. They can travel in trams and shop from New Market during their stay there.

Tourists can go visit the jungles of Sundarbans or visit the hills in Darjeeling and ride the toy train there. They can also visit the beaches in Tajpur, Digha or Mandarmani.


The foreign tourism industry in India has been steadily climbing the ranks and thriving. They have started better advertising and invest in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the States and at the same time invest to advance the current state of infrastructure.

Other states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka to have a good number of international tourists turnover.



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