New stats support India's 'must-see' charm

7th May 2013

When you boast a country as incredible as India, statistics seem almost superfluous to support its charms.

Its rich and diverse culture and stunning scenery has made it a "must-see" country on the tick-list of any global traveller on private journeys.

But now India can call on new statistics from the CNN Consumer Connect Travel and Tourism 2013 report, which places India as one of Asia's top tourism destinations.

There's something for everyone in India's great melting pot, with its cultural sites and religious buildings.

Top attractions include Agra's Taj Mahal, a vast white marble mausoleum, Kanha National Park, home of India's trademark tigers, Ajanta Caves, and beach paradises to drop jaws, particularly in the Goa area, with Palolem a great favourite.

Specialist tours can be booked around religious sites, including the awesome Virupaksha Temple in Hampi.

The new poll, conducted by leading market research firm Ipsos, places India as the Asia's fourth fastest-growing tourism destination. One-fifth of the surveyed audience of more than 3,000 global travellers said that India is on their "must-visit" list of Asia Pacific destinations.

India beat competition from Japan and Thailand to rank as the second richest culture and heritage destination behind China.

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