A total of 3,25,58,009 tourists including 3,11,91,011 domestic and 13,66,998 foreigners visited the desert state till November this year.

The increase in number of tourists was 9.44 percent during January to November this year as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Tourism Director Vikram Singh said on Thursday that the highest increase of 27.16 percent was registered in May, which is an otherwise off-season.

Among foreign tourists, most were from France followed by Germany and Italy.

In June, Jodhpur, popularly known as the Sun city, was flooded by people from countries like Japan, Iran, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia besides the European countries, whereas there were no tourists from these Asian countries to Chittorgarh, which is famous for its fort.

Similarly, the inflow of tourists to Ranakpur in Pali district was also high, he said.

Tourism season in the desert state begins in October-November which lasts till March-April.

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