Delhi sees fall in number of international tourists

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Foreign tourism has taken a hit in the capital city of Delhi, according to figures released by the Ministry of Culture. In 2009-10, the number of foreign tourists visiting ticketed monuments in Delhi was 12,74,550, which has come down to 7,04,587 - a drop of about 40 per cent.

According to the statistics, there has been an alternate rise and fall in footfall at Delhi's ticketed monuments. Delhi has 10 ticketed monuments, including World Heritage Sites Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb. Apart from these, the other two popular monuments are Jantar Mantar and Purana Qila. The other five ticketed monuments are Khan-i-Khanan's Tomb, Sultan Ghari's Tomb, Kotla Ferozeshah, Safdarjung's Tomb and Tughlaqabad Fort, according to a report in The Times of India.

Shockingly, World Heritage Site Qutub Minar, the most visited monument of the city, has seen a massive fall in the number of foreign tourists, though Indian tourists have remained constant. In 2009-10, the number of foreign tourists was 8,99,400, which came down to 2,95,159 in 2010-11. Sultan Ghari's foreign visitors dropped from 100 in the last financial year to none this year. In 2008-09, only four tickets were sold to foreigners, while Indian tourists have remained constant between 330 and 375 in the past three years. The other two World Heritage Sites, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb, have seen an increase in foreign and domestic tourists with the latter recording a 25 per cent increase in foreign visitors.

In some monuments, the number of foreign tourists has seen a reduction as against the previous year but in some cases, there has been a surprising jump, more than even Indian tourists. The recently illuminated Khan-i-Khanan's Tomb in Nizamuddin has seen a substantial rise in foreign tourists with the figure touching 744 till March 2011, while in the previous two financial years, footfall was less than 100 in each of the years. The 13th century Tughlaqabad Fort has seen a steady rise in foreign tourists over the last three years as has Kotla Ferozeshah.
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