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Welcome to Eastern India, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthralls and cultural diversity delights. In Eastern India, there are 13 different states, 13 different types of cultures, more than 13 different types of major festivals and thousand different types of specialty cuisines. Eastern India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, strong historical backgrounds and magnificent-cultural cities, misty mountain retreats, colorful people, rich cultures and numerous festivals. The timeless mystery and beauty of Eastern and North-Eastern India has been waiting for tourists for thousands of years.
Come to visit, explore and enjoy 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – 3 Cultural Heritage Sites and 3 Natural Heritage Sites. From the eternal snow of the Himalayas to the sunny beaches at Puri, Chandipur, Gopalpur – on – sea, Digha, Talsari and Mandarmoni, Eastern Indian lifestyles clearly glorify the geography.
While thinking about East India, the first destination that comes to one’s mind is Kolkata –“The City of Joy” and “The Cultural Capital of India”. The 300 years old city welcomes with its passionate culture and tradition, lying on the bank of River Hooghly (River Ganges). Kolkata, the gateway to Eastern India, is the second largest city. Although it may have some of the country’s finest remnants of British colonial architecture, it possesses a district Bengali soul.
Capital of West Bengal
Capital of Chhattisgarh
Capital of Jharkhand
Capital of Odisha
Capital of Sikkim
Kolkata is referred to as India’s friendliest metropolis – a city with a rich heritage, bustling streets and bewildering variety of facets. One can get an exclusive drive passing through the rural countryside and the former heritage colonies of British, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and Danish at the suburbs of the city. Kolkata, “The Land of Personalities” is also the home of some world famous renowned names.
Further away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, are the hill stations of the likes of Darjeeling – “THE QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS”, Gangtok, Pelling, Kalimpong, Shillong– “THE SCOTLAND OF THE EAST”, Kurseong and many more.
For the tour to the Eastern India, visit to the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is a must, which covers, Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorumara National Park, Nameri National Park and many more to go with these.
Neither Adventure and Sports, nor Pilgrimage lags behind. Adventure and Sports includes Mountaineering and Trekking in the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim,White Water River Rafting along the Rangeet and the Teesta Rivers is a sought after adventure, Caving in the hills of Shillong and Bhubaneswar are not far behind.
Last but not the least, the most important aspect of attracting tourists is the Shopping and Cuisines. Shopping is the final but foremost aspect of the tourists to collect/buy some items as a souvenir. In this part of the country, there are a myriad of articles in the likes of stone and wood carving, Patta paintings, Tie and Dye textiles, bamboo basketry, brass and bell metal work, horn work, and many other famous handicrafts that can be selected as souvenirs from the local markets. There are lots of Shopping Malls that have come up in Eastern India to satisfy the tourist urges of purchasing souvenirs.
Kolkata is regarded as the “Shopper’s Paradise” and there are lots of shopping centers that have come up.
Cuisines in Eastern India are wide ranging in variety, taste and flavour and are considered to be a prolific art to serve with Gastronomic Delights. Being so diverse geographically, each state/region has its own cuisine and style of preparation and presentation.
Fish Curry and Steamed Rice is regarded to be the most popular specialty cuisine in Eastern and North-Eastern India. Kolkata is considered as the “Food-Hub” and there are numerous food corners and restaurants to taste various types of specialty cuisines from all over the world.