However, there was a decline in foreign exchange earnings in October, according to Tourism Ministry data. Forex earnings from tourism in October were Rs 9,611 crore as compared to Rs 10,041 crore in October 2014, a decline of 4.3 percent, it said.

The maximum number of tourists who visited India during this time came from Bangladesh (15.22 percent), followed by USA (12.99 percent), UK (11.31 percent), Sri Lanka (3.69 percent), Germany (3.62 percent), Canada (3.58 percent) and Australia (3.37 percent).

A total 62.88 lakh foreign tourists visited India during January-October 2015 as against 60.28 lakh in the same period last year, registering an increase of 4.3 percent, the data  added.