Mamallapuram Temple in Tamil Nadu becomes the most visited temple

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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According to government statistics, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mamallapuram group of temples in Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram was visited by more foreign tourists than the Taj Mahal in Agra. India’s tourism business was the subject of a report by the Archaeological Survey of India titled “India Tourism Statistics 2022,” which Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar issued on World Tourism Day. The list of the nation’s most popular monuments for international visitors was one of the data.

In the previous fiscal year, 1.45 lakh foreign visitors visited the collection of monuments in the seaside town of Mamallapuram, making up 46% of all foreign visitors to the top 10 most visited centrally protected ticketed monuments.Only 38,922 foreign guests visited the Taj Mahal, a monument made of white marble, representing 12.21% of all foreign visitors.

The Taj Mahal saw less foreign tourists than Mamallapuram monuments because of changes in travel habits, and the monuments were inaccessible because of the Coronavirus pandemic that afflicted foreign visitors to India, particularly in the north.

The two states with the most foreign visitors were Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, with 1.26 million and 1.23 million, respectively. The Covid-19 epidemic, according to the research, caused a 45% decline in international visitor arrivals in 2021 from 2.74 million in 2020 to 1.52 million.

In contrast, domestic visitor arrivals increased by more than 11% to 677.63 million in 2021 from 610.22 million in 2020. With 140.65 million and 86.12 million visitors each, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the two states that receive the most domestic visitors.

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