Travel East India with us
Beautiful East India perfectly showcases the country’s rich tea heritage and unveils the many facets of this diverse country. Travel to the Hooghly River and explore Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, which was also once the capital of British India. Sample the heady mix of flavours synonymous with Bengali cuisine. Learn a word or two of Bengali, the most widely spoken language of this region; and immerse yourself in picturesque Darjeeling – a spectacular area of tea plantations, established in the 1860s.
Be sure to make a stop at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, where you can view a plethora of wildlife, including endangered species. West of Bengal is the state of Bihar, which straddles the lower Ganges.
This is the landscape of the Buddha, where you have the opportunity to walk in his 2 500-year-old footsteps – truly an exercise of personal discovery.
In East India, Odisha is a state that displays innate architectural prowess. The Sun Temple in Konark and the ancient Jagannath Temple in Puri are fine examples of it. Various unspoiled beaches and caves are also found here. Bihar and Jharkhand, though underrated, have many tourist attractions. Bodhgaya is the birthplace of Buddhism whereas Rajgir is known for its hot water springs. In Ranchi, you find numerous picturesque waterfalls. Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a small town surrounded by beautiful high altitude lakes. In this state, various wildlife reserves thrive as well.
With a population of over 226 million, Bengali is a dominant language in West Bengal and most parts of East India. Bhojpuri is spoken in Bihar and Jharkhand whereas Odia is the local language of Odisha. Also, in terms of food, each state of Eastern India has its rich delicacies soaked in traditional herbs and spices. Bengali fish and Rasagola lure you in Kolkata while Chhena Gaja and Rasmalai are lip-smacking dishes of Odisha. The Tibetan food in Darjeeling and Arunachal Pradesh is infused with local herbs lending it a distinct flavour.
Adding to the vibrant culture of East India are various dance, music and art forms. From Sambalpuri dance to Rabindra Sangeet and Madhubani paintings, the creative diaspora of the region has left its mesmerizing effect on people worldwide.