Bangladesh continued to top the list of six neighbouring countries in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in India, Rajya Sabha was informed yesterday.
Bangladesh has held this position for the last three years.
About 1.14 million people from Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh visited India in 2013, Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said in a statement.
There were 463,543 visitors from Bangladesh in 2011 which increased to 487,397 in 2012 and further to 524,923 in 2013.
Visitors from Pakistan also increased from 59,846 in 2012 to 111,794 in 2013.
However, the number of tourists from Sri Lanka fell to 262,345 in 2013 from 296,983 in 2012.
Naik said the tourism ministry campaigns to increase domestic and international tourism in to the country under the 'Incredible India' brand to promote various tourist destinations.