Mumbai was the most popular Indian entry point for tourists last year

More than 4.8 million overseas tourists visited Maharashtra during 2011, making it the most popular Indian state for holidaymakers

The figures from the Union of Tourism show that it was the most visited area of India for the second year in a row.

Tamil Nadu and New Delhi also enjoyed a major influx of people with 3.4 million and 2.2 million foreigners respectively visiting in the same period.

Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra, was a popular point of entry into India for foreign tourists last year.

The city is home to more than 16 million people making it one of the busiest on Earth and it is no surprising that tourists holidaying in India want to experience its unique atmosphere for themselves.

Highlights include the triple-headed Shiva sculpture at Elephanta Island, the sacred district of Banganga Tank and the endless bazaars each offering a host of strange and wonderful produce.

Written by Erin Marshall

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