East India has been the ruling ground of many ancient empires. Eastern India boasts strong ethnic cultures and has deep religious roots. When we talk about East India, we are talking about the states of Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand. Do you know these states comprise a total area of about 418,323 sq Km? Also, most of the Eastern India region is either near the Bay of Bengal or on the Indo-Gangetic plains.
Here are the top 5 places to visit in this part of the country!
1. Kolkata (West Bengal)
The ‘City of Joy’ is also the Cultural Capital of India. In fact, it is the largest city of the East Indian region. Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, has marvelous 19th-century architectural structures such as Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge. The city is also known for its alleyways, markets, ancient temples, science centers, and educational institutions. Truly, Kolkata has a metropolitan character that you’ll love.
You can also plan a day trip to Sundarbans from Kolkata. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is world’s largest mangrove belt. In Bengali, Sundarbans translates to ‘beautiful forest’. Here, you can enjoy the wonders of local flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot a royal white Bengal tiger too. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of salt-water crocodiles, colorful birds and reptiles and many other endangered species. You can also undertake Sundarbans trekking which gives travelers one of the most memorable times of their lives.
2. Puri (Odisha)
In East India, Odisha is a state that offers a lot of exciting opportunities for travelers. The trip is incomplete without visiting Puri’s Jagannath Temple and Konark’s Sun Temple. The city is home to many pristine beaches and caves too.
Puri is one of the Char Dham yatra sites, making it amongst one of the famous and popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The city is also home to the famous sand arts, appliqué art, stone and wood carvings, and Pattachitra paintings.
One of the most famous temples in Konark is the 7th Century old Sun Temple. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the Surya God. The temple has three different images of Sun God that are positioned in three different directions that capture the rays of the sun during mornings, afternoon, and evenings. The intriguing thing about the temple is that it is in the form of a chariot. Do plan a day trip to Konark and be amazed.
3. Bodh Gaya (Bihar)
Often underrated, Bihar has many tourist attractions, one of them being Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in India. It is said that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under the tree that is known as ‘Bodh Tree.’
The present city is a delight for those who love to explore the history, and for tourists who are seeking spiritual enlightenment.
4. Ranchi (Jharkhand)
The capital of Jharkhand, Ranchi is famous due to the former Indian Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But, it has much more to offer than being just the home-town of MSD. The city is home to numerous waterfalls, temples and scenic viewpoints. It is also home to the Ranchi Lake that was excavated in 1842 by the British Colonel Onsely.
If you are in this city, do visit the Rock Garden which is built from the rocks of Gonda Hill.
One more attraction that you may like is just 40 kilometres away from the city. Dassam falls is one of the most popular spots for tourists in Jharkhand. These are hanging valley falls where Gunga and Raru rivers merge and fall from a height of 141 ft.
5. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
This is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Darjeeling is the perfect destination for those who love the sight of Himalayan ranges, winding walking tracks, valleys, monastery, momos, tea plantations, and toy train. The city also offers great views of green-grey hills and vegetation. This place is one of the best Eastern India state to visit.
Tiger Hill is one of the most popular tourist places in Darjeeling, You can climb up the hill to witness the beautiful sunrise and sunset. You can also visit the Batasia Loop, which happens to be an elevated area below Ghum. It has spiral railway tracks through a tunnel over a summit.