Maharashtra remains the top state among foreign visitors to India, with almost 4.8 million foreign tourists swinging by last year.
Tamil Nadu and New Delhi were next on the list of top tourist spots, taking in 3.4 million and 2.2 million foreigners respectively in 2011, according to the latest figures from the union ministry of tourism.
Mumbai is capital city of Maharashtra and has long been thought of as a gateway of choice into India among foreign visitors.
But the figures do not distinguish between those who toured Mumbai only and those who voyaged beyond to other points in the state.
In addition to Mumbai, places in the state such as the Ajanta-Ellora are favourites with Japanese and Chinese tourists, and the beaches of Konkan welcome travellers from America, according to an official at the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.
In 2011, Indian states/union territories recorded a total of 19.5 million foreign tourist visits, up from 17.9 million in 2010 and 14.4 million in 2009.
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