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2019: Over 2 crore visit Ayodhya; foreigners throng Taj

As per the Uttar Pradesh government figures, the state saw a 87% increase in domestic and foreign tourists, primarily due to the Kumbh held in Prayagraj last year. Over 54 cr tourists came to UP last year compared to about 29 lakh in 2018, the data show. Foreign tourists increased by almost 25% to 47 lakh last year. About 24 cr tourists visited the Kumbh.

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020, 08.25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: The number of domestic visitors to Ayodhya crossed two crore in 2019, coinciding with the Supreme Court judgement that paved the way for construction of a Ram temple.

As per the Uttar Pradesh government figures, the state saw a 87% increase in domestic and foreign tourists, primarily due to the Kumbh held in Prayagraj last year. Over 54 cr tourists came to UP last year compared to about 29 lakh in 2018, the data show. Foreign tourists increased by almost 25% to 47 lakh last year. About 24 cr tourists visited the Kumbh.

The figures accessed by ET also show that 2.01 cr domestic visitors came to Ayodhya last year, up from 1.92 cr in the previous year. There was a major rise in domestic visitors to twin towns of Mathura-Vrindavan too. 2.42 Cr domestic tourists visited these twin towns last year registering an increase from 2.24 cr domestic tourists here in 2018.

“There was increased tourist and pilgrim interest in Ayodhya last year given the buzz over the Ram Temple judgement which came last November. The annual Deeputsav festival on Diwali has also ignited people’s interest. We expect the numbers to rise even further this year as the construction of the Ram temple starts,” a senior UP government official told ET.

In comparison, Agra, which has the state’s main attraction of Taj Mahal, saw 91.85 lakh domestic tourists last year but remained as the top destination for foreign tourists with nearly 16.8 lakh footfalls, as per the state data. Prayagraj recorded the second-highest footfall of foreigners at 11.7 lakh. Varanasi was at the third spot in 2019 with 3.5 lakh foreign tourists visiting the Prime Minister’s constituency which is famous for its various ghats on the Ganga river.

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