The number of people visiting India has increased over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

New figures have revealed that India is becoming an increasingly popular destination for overseas tourists.

The latest statistics from the Tourism Ministry show that 432,000 people landed on Indian shores last month – a 4.8 per cent year-on-year rise.

In the first six months of 2011, 3.2 million visitors stayed in India, which is a significant increase on the same period in the previous year when the country attracted three million tourists.

But authorities are hoping this success is only the starting point, reports the Economic Times.

“Currently there are about six million foreign tourists coming to the country and our aim is to increase it to 12 million,” a senior Tourism Ministry official said.

To make this growth possible, the Clean India campaign will aim to improve the rail network in the country.

In addition, major tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal will be made more comfortable for tourists.

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