What are the characteristics of tourism in the Himalayan region?

I. The beautiful collection of architecture of many temples and varied landscape makes the Himalayan district one of the best places to visit on earth.

ii. Near one million visitors come to the Himalayas each year for mountain trekking, wildlife viewing and pilgrimages to Hindu and Buddhist sacred places.

iii. Treks to the icy summits of Great Himalayas have become popular due to which number of foreign visitors have increased in recent years.

iv. The Monasteries in the Trans-Himalayan regions is a sacred place for the Buddhists.

v. Uttarakhand, called as ‘Devbhoomi’ i.e. land of Gods, has many sacred pilgrimages of different religions including Haridwar, the Char Dhams-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund.

vi. Tourism has been highly boosted by the developed transportation services in the Himalayan region. Major urban centres such as Shimla, Srinagar and other important tourist destinations are connected through railways, air routes and developed roads.

All this has drawn pilgrims and other tourists and made tourism a growing industry in the Himalayas.

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