New Delhi, India – For many people in India, tours to the country’s famed temples are a ritual.
Many tourists, however, prefer to pay an entry fee and go for a longer, more traditional, tour of the country.
A report by the travel advisory company Travelocity said in a recent survey that a whopping 91% of visitors to India want to experience the country on a traditional tour.
The survey, which was done in January and February, surveyed about 1,000 people, of whom 39% said they were willing to pay a higher entry fee to see the country, up from 35% in December.
The top 10 countries with the most number of tourists to India are:Australia (1,085,000), India (1.07 billion), United States (1 million), United Kingdom (890,000) and Thailand (600,000).
Travelocity said that India is a popular destination for tourists due to its beautiful beaches, lush green landscapes, and its vastness.
However, many of the most popular tours are restricted to a few destinations such as Varanasi, the holy city of Ayodhya, the site of a Hindu temple, or the state of Kerala, which is home to the Hindu god Lord Krishna.
In a recent report, Travelocity noted that some tour operators were attempting to introduce more tours to cater to Indian tourists, but it said the trend is being met with resistance from some tour companies.
Travelocity CEO Vijay Bhargava told The Associated Press that the tour industry is in the midst of a “moment of reckoning” due to the rise of digital tourism, a growing number of companies in the country offering more affordable tours, and the increasing number of visitors that are leaving the country for other countries.
Tourism in India is still relatively small and there are only about 5 million tourists visiting the country annually.
But a growing trend of digital tours, which are often free or cheap, has made the country one of the top destinations for online travel, according to Travelocity.
The travel advisory firm also said that the tourism industry is experiencing a “globalization of travel,” where the average tourist stays in a host city, such as London, New York or Paris.
For example, the number of people visiting the U.S. cities of New York, San Francisco and Seattle has grown from fewer than 5 million in the mid-2000s to more than 40 million in 2014.