According to recent figures of Tourism in India for the year 2009, Taj mahal retains its position as the top most visited site in the country.
Surprise entry on the second spot emerges as Qutub Minar. Tourists continued to flock Delhi’s 12th century monument Qutub Minar in 2009, even as the revenue earnings of Mughal era landmarks the Red Fort and the Humayun’s tomb saw a drop.
Officals in the ASI blame the absence of a parking facility at the Red Fort, and the resulting inconvenience, for the drop in the number of visitors to that monument.
While the revenue in entrance fee dropped for most of the monuments, including the Taj Mahal in 2009, Qutub Minar was among the few which saw an increase in revenue. It saw an increase of Rs 13.58 crore in revenue as against 2008.
There are 22 cultural and 5 natural sites in the country, which find inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO and three of them are in Delhi.