Tourist places in East India

Bodh Gaya Temple in Bihar

Bodh Gaya Temple in Bihar

Typically the states Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal are referred to as Eastern India; whereas Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are referred to as North East India. But in a broader sense all these eleven states together form the Eastern part of India. This article will highlight the most popular destinations in East Indian states of Bihar, Orrisa, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Eastern India demonstrates the cultural riches, historical structures, Buddhist sites of importance, Hindu and Jain temples and the beauties of Indian wild life.

Places to visit in Eastern India:

Bihar

It is well known as the land of Lord Buddha. Ganges, the mother of all rivers in India flows along the state. India’s most powerful empires originated from Bihar such as the Mauryas, the Guptas and the Palas all ruled and built their dynasties in Bihar.

Patna is the capital city of Bihar. This was also the capital of ancient India – Pataliputra. If you are visiting Patna then you must not miss on these attractions – Hanuman Mandir, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Patna Museum, Kumhrar, Qila house, Gandhi Setu, Golghar, etc. Read, introduction to Bihar for further information.

Ashoka Pillar in Nalanda

Ashoka Pillar in Nalanda, Bihar

Other important destinations in Bihar are: Bodhgaya (where Buddha got preached and got enlightment), Ancient Nalanda University, Vaisali, Rajgir (Where Mahavira lived and preached), Pawapuri and Sonepur (hosts Asia’s biggest animal fair).

"Jal Mandir Pawapuri"

Jal Mandir Pawapuri, Bihar

Orissa

Orissa is a place of indigenous culture. If you like to drench yourself in water you have pristine beaches, lakes and waterfalls. If you are an animal lover then mingle with the wildlife in sanctuaries. If you have the interest for ancient monuments and temples then Orissa can offer you even more variety.

Bhubaneswar is the capital of Orissa. This is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Rajarani temple, Mukteswar temple, Lingaraj temple, etc are few of the temples you may want to visit. Apart from these temples the other prime tourists spots include: Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves, Dhauli, Nandankanan and Atri.

"Konark Sun Temple"

Konark Sun Temple front view, Orrisa

Konark Sun Temple, Chandipur beach, Chilika Lake, Jagannath Temple in Puri, Puri beach, Bhitarkanika National Park are the other tourist places one will enjoy seeing around.

7 Wonders of India – Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves

West Bengal

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal has now turned out to be the most populous metro city of India. When in Kolkata you ought to see Belur math, Dakshineshwar temple, Malda district and famous terracotta temples of Bishnupur.

"Tea plantations Darjeeling"

Tea plantations of Darjeeling. Source: nac888's photostream

Darjeeling, Siliguri, Sundarbans, Cooch Behar, Bardhaman, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Hoogly, Mednipur, North and South Dinajpur and Howrah are the important places in West Bengal for tourists.

Jharkhand

Previously part of Bihar, it is now an independent state since the year 2000 with its capital at Ranchi. The state is typically covered with dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries and coal mines. Some of the best tourist places in Jharkhand include; TATA Steel Zoological Park and Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park, Parasnath, a pilgrimage destination for Jains. Capital city of Ranchi has several waterfalls, forests and lakes such as the Ranchi Hill, Tagore Hill and Ranchi Lake. Deogarh also known as Baidyanath Dham is very popular pilgrim site for Hindus.

Map of Eastern India

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30 Responses to “Tourist places in East India”

  1. Michael Belk says:

    A very nice view Shalu. I can see why India would want to preserve its culture. It has one of the best cultures I have seen up close like your videos. It reminds me of the Romans. You are it easier to travel India on a website.
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  2. Thanks Shalu….for another travel article.

    While reading this article i was feeling that i am knowing my India more and more….
    I love to visit different parts of India but all of us have limitation but your blog is ful-filling our desire virtually.
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  3. Hey Shalu,

    Nice guide for the new tourists .
    i love india and also want to see the every part of india and its old traditions and culture.

    hey have heard about hyderabad ??
    this is my native and i bet you will love to see each and ec\very part of it.
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  4. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Hey Shalu,

    Thanks for increasing our knowledge about East India by sharing the great places of East India here. One of my best Blogger friend is from West Bangal and It’s my plan to meet him in the future.
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  5. Medha says:

    I have never visited North India, hope I will soon make it to some of these amazing places and get the glimpse of diversity of East India. A great post indeed Shalu.
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  6. Janit says:

    Hi Shalu,
    This is a really nice post about Eastern India. Please let me know if you would like to exchange links with my site. I blog about India and travel across the country at urban-indian.net
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  7. Stefan says:

    Thank you for a very nice article. I haven´t been to India but I plan a trip next year with my gf. Your site will be a perfect place to find cool places to visit.

    Thanks again :)
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  8. A very crisp introduction to Eastern India.
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  9. Nice one. The architecture in the temples of Orissa are amazing. Such intricate workmanship on granite stones is difficult to execute and you wont find it in other states.
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  10. jaishvats says:

    Hi

    Good info. Thanks for sharing. It would be great if you could also recommend places where one can stay…Hotels, etc. :)
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  12. Hi Shalu,thanx for this tour,the Konark temple is a must see!
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  13. Dan Bonser says:

    Being a photographer, this guide makes me itch to visit these places to get great shots. So beautiful there.
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  14. i m from Bihar..thanx for lovely pics from Pavapuri..mostly we will go to bodh gaya or Nalanda/Pavapuri for school picnic..
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  15. Ashish says:

    There are various places in east india…as well as north India.

  16. Ajay says:

    india is one of the preferred holiday destinations of the world due to its unique cultural and geographical diversity.

  17. The Tea Plantation looks wonderful. I am looking forward to go there someday. Great!
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  18. Great post. I’d like to see the temples of Orissa. I’ve seen their temples in the Internet and they were very fascinating.
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  19. Both Mumbai and Kerala are some of the best places to visit in India. You will enjoy this trip.

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    New to your blog, but surprised to see many of my favorite bloggers showing up in the comments thread, felt like I was at home. Enjoyed the way you have managed to use this short post to cover so much of “ground.” Will be looking around on your blog now.
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  21. john peter says:

    Thanks Shalu….for another travel article.

    While reading this article i was feeling that i am knowing my India more and more….
    I love to visit different parts of India but all of us have limitation but your blog is ful-filling our desire virtually.
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  22. Spiritual India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers much for those seeking knowledge and awareness.

  23. @HISTORY OF INDIA says:

    nice article , i really happy that you have written on indian historical places…
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  24. Ahmed says:

    Thanks Shalu Sharma your post is Very informative about east India, i wish to go to Orissa and see live the Konark Sun Temple
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  28. Vishwanath says:

    Hi.

    Nice post showing the tourist places in east India. I have written a similar article about historical places in India and other tourist places in India. Please check it out and keep up the good work.

  29. Thank You For sharing shuch a important information….Holidays to East India are becoming extremely popular with tourists. Comprising West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Assam, destinations most frequented by tourists while enjoying a holiday in East India include Gangtok, Digha, Sunderbans, Shillong, Kaziranga and the Dooars. There is a lot of variety of the type of holiday destinations in East India from hills to beaches and wildlife sanctuaries, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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