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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 all of these…

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James Lochtefeld, “Tourism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012

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