Tourism is the largest service industry globally in terms of gross revenue as well as foreign exchange earnings.
Uttarakhand holds fame for spiritual tourism due to famous shrines at Rishikesh and Haridwar as cities while the Char Dhams (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) in the divine lap of mountains.There are vast forest areas consisting of famous wildlife sanctuaries while hills of the state preserve many hill stations.
The state has been given the name of Dev Bhoomi or the land of Gods due to the historical background which depicts various traditional stories of gods and goddesses lived hereby.The Char Dham is the ultimate pilgrim destination for achieving salvation which leads to more and more pilgrims receiving every year.
Hemkund Sahib is also another important pilgrim destination of the state which holds a shrine Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. Not only Sikhs, there are people from all the religions visiting this holy place every year.
Next favorite is the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which makes many a pilgrims and tourists breathless and embarks the soul of the pilgrims and tourists with its devotional spirit.
The state is rich in cultural heritage as well and there are innumerable fairs and festivals organized in various villages of Uttarakhand. Every fair has a history associated with it and the traditions are carried on in similar fashion. Tourists can get a firsthand experience of the culture with the recent village tourism concept of Uttarakhand Government.
All these pilgrim centres have a footfall of many foreign tourists looking for an insight of divine places, yoga activities, meditation,etc
All this requires offering of special packages to the tourists and actually giving them for what they are looking for whereby mental freshness and no stress is a must.
There is an unlimited tourism potential in the state and plays a vital role in the economy of the state.What is required is, a creation of efficient, modern and state of art infrastructure. Not only state will be advanced but will also generate huge number of employment opportunities which shall apply brakes on the moving of youth to other advanced cities of the country.
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