India is the third-ranking feeder market for overseas travelers to the US state of Georgia, a statistic that makes sense when you look at the beauty of this southern state.

When it comes to traveling to the US, you would probably first think of the usual suspects: New York City, the Grand Canyon of Colorado, San Francisco or Los Angeles. A pure-blooded southern state like Georgia may not be high up in your travel bucket list, but the surprising fact is that Indians rank third in the number of overseas travelers visiting the Peach State. When you look at the sights that await you in this state, though, you would probably understand why Georgia should be in the spotlight right now.

The famous historic Forsyth Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

Famous historic Forsyth Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

 Bars and restaurants lined along River Street in Savannah

Savannah, Georgia, USA bars and restaurants on River Street

Panoramic view from Brasstown Bald, the highest natural point in the state of Georgia, with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet (1,458 m)

Panoramic view from Brasstown Bald, the highest natural point in the state of Georgia, USA, with a summit elevation of 4,784 feet (1,458 m)

The view from a mountaintop observatory at sunset on Brasstown Bald

Mountaintop observatory at sunset on Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia

The evening skyline of downtown Macon, near the center of Georgia

Macon, Georgia, USA downtown skyline

And the skyline of downtown Atlanta, Georgia’s cultural center and capital city

Skyline of downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Starr’s Mill, a historic landmark near the city of Atlanta, Georgia

Starr's Mill, a historic landmark near Atlanta, Georgia

Tallulah Gorge, where you’ll find the serene Tallulah River, the beautiful Tallulah Falls and steep canyons

Tallulah Gorge in Georgia

An aerial view of the Bay and Beach at Tybee Island, a small barrier island near Savannah

Tybee Island Aerial Shots of the Bay and Beach

Kayakers navigating the rapids on the Chattooga River

Unidentified kayakers, navigating rapids on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River

Bull Sluice rapid, following heavy rain, on the Chattooga river; a popular spot with whitewater rafters

Bull Sluice rapid, following heavy rain, on the Chattooga river. Popular with whitewater boaters

The skyline of Atlanta, Georgia Skyline Piedmont Park’s Lake Meer

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline from Piedmont Park's Lake Meer

India right now ranks third among feeder markets for travelers to Georgia. Back in 2016, Indian arrivals rose 14 percent to 65,000. There’s been growth in double digits these past couple of years, but this year might see traveler numbers level off. That’s according to Tracy Vaughan from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). She’s been working on Georgia’s tourism strategy, and spoke of the importance of India in her recent visit to the country.

Tracy added that a lot of Indian come to Georgia for business or to visit friends and relatives, but stay on for a leisure trip. Having seen some of what this state offers, we understand why. Hopefully, in the coming years, more travelers will come to appreciate Georgia for the treasures it offers.

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