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Tourism in India is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon rooted in both religious pilgrimage and colonial leisure patterns. It has been promoted for development by the Indian state and national governments and for profit by the global tourism industry. Although tourism can be a significant economic engine, it can also have profoundly pernicious effects: overdevelopment and environmental degradation, social and moral disintegration, and culture clashes among groups with differing values. Despite…

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Lochtefeld, James, “Tourism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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