Our East India Tourism experience will always be a lifetime memory of ours. We had booked our East India Holidays package at the eleventh hour after all that confusion. However, the visit to East India was the best decision we ever made.
There are several tourist destinations in East India. We started off our journey from the first attraction of East India which is Bihar. Amidst the monasteries, stupas and other architectural wonders, we first chose to visit the melting pot of Buddhism, which is Bodh Gaya. It is situated in Bihar and enjoys the pride of being the place where Lord Buddha had attained his enlightenment under a Peepal tree. Other places to visit in Bihar include Patna, Vaishali, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir and Pawapuri. Some significant tourist attractions of Bihar include Harmandir Sahib, Sher Shah’s mausoleum, Mahabodhi Temple, Pathar ki Masjid, Golghar, Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park and Gandhi Setu Jalan Museum.
Next we travelled towards the closest neighbour of Bihar which is Jharkhand. It was like a 360 degree change from Bihar. This place boasts of the abundance of nature’s best creations. Shimmering streams, cascading waterfalls, green hills and mountains interspersed with deep valleys; Jharkhand has it all. The variety of travelling India was becoming evident after visiting Jharkhand.
It is a beautiful land, packed with great scenic charms. Carved out of Bihar in 2000, the State shares its borders with Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The major attractions of Jharkhand include the mesmerising Health Hill Resort Hazaribagh, Betla National Park, Netarhat hill station, Lodh Falls, architectural wonders like Sun Temple and Shri Digambar Jain Temple.
After the trip to Jharkhand it was now the turn of Odisha to be explored by us. We had read a lot about the beauty of this place and also the legends and history related to it. Set amidst the beautiful green mountains of the Eastern Ghats, Odisha is unique in its own way. It is bounded by the states of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The curvy rivers, palm-fringed beaches, blue hills of Eastern Ghats and pouring waterfalls make it a popular tourist destination.
Its vibrant fairs and festivals, celebrated temples, historical monuments and holy shrines attract several tourists every year. Konark Festival, Odisha State Museum, Konark Sun Temple, Jagannath Temple and Udaygiri Caves are major attractions of the state. Talking about travel destinations in Odisha, Puri, Konark, Gopalpur, Ratnagiri and Chilika Lake book their names in the list. We felt as if we had understood and very well seen the entire India.
By now, visiting Eastern India had proved its worth. However the best was yet to come, the fabulous West Bengal. It is like a painting with all naturally available colours sprinkled on it. The land where many civilisations left their marks, West Bengal speaks volume of its different ethnicity, religion, culture and languages. Kolkata, Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kalimpong are the major tourist places to visit here. The sacred river Ganges gushes through the rich alluvial plains through huge marshy land, which are called as the Sunderbans. One of the biggest populations of white tigers is seen in Sunderbans. This was a beautiful closure to our East India Visit and we decided to visit again soon.