Featuring the sea, unspoiled hilly landscapes, ancient brick carvings, million years old rock formations and hidden wonders, Eastern India has eclectic attractions. Eastern India consists of the states of Odisha, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Sikkim.
Here are a few interesting places in this region
Top attractions include the intricately layered 13th century India’s oldest Sun Temple Konark Sun Temple and the Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneshwar in the state capital along with ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Udaygiri, Khandagiri, Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri. Puri is famous both for its sea and the ancient Jagannath temple. Bhitarkanika Bird Sanctuary and Mayurbhanj are popular with nature lovers. At Lake Chilka, Asia’s largest saltwater lake, the Dolphin Point for dolphin sightings is also famous. Pipli a village about 35km from Puri is famous for its handicraft that showcases Odisha’s rich artistic traditions.
Associated with the growth of Buddhist and Jain religions, Bihar has many sacred monuments and sites. Nalanda is where there was an ancient international university and a rich Buddhist culture is a famous attraction in this state. The hill town of Rajgir, Vaishali, and Bodhgaya with the Mahabodhi Temple are renowned as ancient sites for Buddhist scholars and monks. Jal Mandir Jain Temple in Pawapuri is a white marble temple surrounded by a lotus lake and the Sher Shah
Suri tomb in Sasaram are worth visiting.
The state capital, Ranchi with the Hudroo Falls and the Ranchi Hills nearby, Hazaribagh and Jamsdhedpur with the Subarnarekha River and the Dalma Hills nearby are some top scenic hotspots. Baidyanath Dham is also an ancient religious destination popular amongst the locals.
The horseshoe-shaped Chitrakote Falls, the Indravati Park with the tiger reserve are a few prominent attractions. Other hotspots include the culturally rich tribal district of Bastar, the centuries-old Kankar town and Bhoramdeo temple with intricate, erotic carvings.
The graceful Victoria Memorial, the bustling Dalhousie Square and Sudder Street, Nakhoda Masjid, Belur and Dakkhineshwar and the Portuguese-built Bandel Church give the state capital Kolkata and its surroundings a unique identity. Other West Bengal attractions include Darjeeling hill station, Bishnupur terracotta temples, the Mayapur ISCKON temple, the ancient mosques of Murshidabad and Maldah, and the Sunderbans mangroves (a bio-diverse region which West Bengal shares with India’s neighbor Bangladesh). Purulia and Bankura have dense and culturally complex tribal settlements, hard, rocky terrain and centuriesold rock formations and valleys which are ideal for ecotourism and rock-climbing.
The many attractions of this mountainous small state include Chhangu Lake near the state capital Gangtok. Other sites include Tsomgo Lake, Guru-Dongmar Lake and the Rumtek Monastery. Pelling Town is a small town in West Sikkim where the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges can be seen. Yuksom is often the base camp for those climbing the Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. The picturesque Nathula Pass in the Indo-China corridor needs special permission to visit.
The ‘Seven Sisters’, the name given to the northeastern states of Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Nagaland are renowned for their natural beauty and ancient tribal cultures.
Here’s what these northeastern states of India has to offer
Near the hill station and state capital Shillong, scenic beauty abounds. The lush hills of Cherrapunji once recorded the world’s highest rainfall. Mawllynong is another attractive destination.
The Kamakhya Temple in the Nilachal Hills and Madan Kamdeva Temple are ancient religious spots. The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Tezpur along the Brahmaputra River and the Halflong hill station are famous natural attractions.
Loktak Lake, Sendrai Island, Singda Park and Sekta Archaeological Museum are top attractions. Keibul Lamjao National Park,
Khongjom, Moreh and Manipur Zoological Garden showcase the rich biodiversity of this region.
Aizawl the state capital and Chamhai are important cities. The state has many wildlife sanctuaries such as Lengteng, Murlen, Chin Park, Phawngpui and the mountainous terrain also offer opportunities for ecotourism, camping, trekking and hiking adventures.
This archaeologically rich state has many attractive places that are known for its fabulous orchids. The region has one of Asia’s biggest orchidariums (a botanical garden dedicated to orchids). Namdapha National Park, Itanagar, Miao, Roing and Tawang are just a few attractions of this state.
Ambasa and Kailashahar are top tourist attractions while the sculptures of Unakoti and the Kunjabon Palace testify to a rich cultural history. Trishna sanctuary and Rudrasagar Lake are popular among nature lovers.
The Intanki National Park, Mount Saramati and the culturally rich Zunheboto region are a few attractions in this state. The annual Hornbill Festival in December showcasing the Naga tribal diversity draws many international tourists.