We have gone over the best places to visit in India, and then we began covering each of the four corners of the country in more detail. We already went into detail about the west and south, and now, we will look at some of the best places to travel in east India!
No city in the east comes close to Kolkata in terms of cultural and political significance. From being the seat of power of the British Raj to the driving seat of the Indian renaissance, the ‘City of Joy’ has seen it all.
There are a variety of landmarks to visit, such as the Victoria Memorial, which has 25 galleries depicting the history of British rule in India, or the stunning 19th century design Marble Palace.
Even though Kolkata has produced the legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, football is the sport of choice here. Check out the Mohun Bagan Ground, home to one of the oldest and most popular football clubs.
While you can get around in the usual modes of transportation such as taxis, trains or buses, you owe it to yourself to take a ride on one of the last remaining tram routes, such as the one at Ballygunge. Also, go for a ride in India’s first underground metro rail.
Few are those who’ve not heard of Darjeeling. Thanks to the legendary tea from this region, the name has almost become part of the global lexicon. But there’s a lot more to Darjeeling than just the tea – far from it, especially if you appreciate nature’s beauty in all its splendour.
Remember the toy train ride that featured in the song ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ from Aradhana? You can ride your way up to the Ghum Railway Station on board the Himalayan Railways and enjoy a breathtaking view of the legendary Mount Kanchenjunga.
As you're taking in the sights, you can also partake in a meal of excellent northeastern local cuisine, which is quite similar to the desi variant of Chinese food that you're used to. The cultural mix found in Darjeeling is as heady as its tea – comprising of Nepali, Tibetian and Bihari people.
Bishnupur is delightful small town located in the West Bengal’s Bankura district and it exudes a rich history and culture from the outset of your visit here. It dates all the way back to the reign of the Malla Kingdom during the Gupta period and particularly well known for its terracotta temples.
There are countless temples for you to marvel at. The Madan Mohan Temple which was constructed in the latter part of the 17th century during the reign of King Durjana Dev Singh is one we recommend visiting, as well as the imposing Shyam Rai Temple designed in the Pancharatna style.
You’ll be mesmerized by the intricate architecture as you check out the various temples and buildings, a characteristic that continues to live on among the many craftsmen that inhibit this region.
A city dripping with traditions and culture, Puri is well known for being a pilgrimage destination for many. Located in Orissa, Puri draws in over a million visitors a year, who come to participate in the many religious festivals held in the temples.
Among those temples, the most famous is, of course, the Jagannath Temple. It’s dedicated to Lord Jagannath – an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built in the 12th century, it is one of the four Char Dham holy sites of pilgrimage in India.
You’ll also frequently come across plenty of local shopkeepers selling intricately designed art and craft works that you can buy as souvenirs.
Chilika Lake in Orissa is the largest salt water lagoon in Asia. Spread over an incredible 1100 square kilometres, it’s simply a must-visit, especially if you love experiencing some of the best examples of different life forms nature has to offer.
Aside from the sight of the lake itself, you can enjoy the company of a plethora of bird species, so make sure you keep your camera handy! This is due to the ecosystem consisting of of sandy ridges and brackish water, which ends up drawing migratory aquatic birds to its shores.
But it’s not just birds. You can take in lovely glimpses of bottlenose and irrawaddy dolphins from the Satapada viewing point.
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