The Tourism Ministry provides financial assistance through Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for development of tourism infrastructure.
The number of foreign tourist arrivals in the country rose 5.2 per cent to 1.05 crore in 2018, according to the government.
The foreign exchange earnings through them also went up9.6 per cent to Rs 1.94 lakh crore last year.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State forTourism Prahlad Singh Patel said development and promotion oftourism is primarily the responsibility of state governmentsand union territory administrations concerned.
The Tourism Ministry provides financial assistance through Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for development of tourism
In 2018, there were 10.56 million foreign tourist arrivals which was an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to 2017. The number stood at 10.04 million in 2017, as per data provided in a written reply.
Last year, foreign exchange earnings touched Rs 1,94,882 crore. This is a rise of 9.6 per cent from Rs 1,77,874 crorerecorded in 2017.
These figures are based on provisional estimates.
To a query, Patel said Nalanda and Bodhgaya are coveredunder the Buddhist circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan scheme.
“The ministry has identified Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya inBihar as one of the sites for development under development of
iconic tourist sites in the country,” he added.