Eastern India is a mostly rural region stretching from Sikkim in the Himalayan South to the coast of the Bay of Bengal, and is home to the largest Mangrove forest in the world – Sunderbans.
Below is a list of cities found in East India:
Darjeeling is a small town in the Indian state of West Bengal, famously known for its fantastic tea’s and the Darjeerling Himalayan Railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from the sites within the city there are plenty of trekking trails situated along the Himalayan Ridges near Darjeerling. The cultural diversity, beautiful views and variety of trekking options bring visitors from all over the world.
Gangtok is situated in the higher peaks of the eastern Himalayan range and boasts a year-round mild temperate climate, making it a popular tourist destination, especially for trekking. The town is engulfed by spirituality as it rose to fame as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. These days, the town is the centre of Buddhist culture and learning, with monasteries, religious educational institutes and centres for Tibetology dotted all over.
Kolkata is the capital city of the eastern state of West Bengal and is currently one of the largest cities in India. This gateway city to eastern India has long been known as the cultural capital and is home to the Bengal Renaissance. The sights within and around Kolkata include colonial architecture such as the Victoria Memorial, the Howrah Bridge and the Indian Museum. Kolkata is fiercely loved by its local residents and is home to prominent intellectuals, and has given birth to generations of poets, writers and film directors.
The capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, is a lively city which is known for its rich cultural life, architecture and ancient temples. Being a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage destination, tourists from near and far are drawn to the city that is one of the only places that permits an authentic view of the stages of development of Hindu temple architecture.
Today Bhubaneswar is an embodiment of its dashing modernity and glorious past. A favourite excursion from Bhubaneswar is a drive to the pilgrimage town of Puri, also known for its beaches.
Puri is the renowned city and headquarters of the Puri District and is a popular tourist resort frequented by many visitors throughout the year. The stretch of golden beaches in Puri and its equatorial climate make it a fantastic beach holiday destination. According to Hindu teachings, a pilgrimage of the temples in not complete until you have journeyed to Puri.