Eastern India is extremely diverse as it includes one of India’s most crowded cities (Kolkata) as well as some of its most remote areas. It is perhaps the area least visited so a good option if you like to get off the tourist routes.
The north eastern states are rural and being landlocked and surrounded by the countries of Bangladesh, China, Bhutan, Burma and Nepal there is considerable ethnic and religious diversity – much of the population is tribal. The region is home to some of India’s most endangered wildlife (including the one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tiger). The tiny state of Sikkim has valleys and terraced rice fields surrounded by mountains including Kanchenjunga the third highest in the world..
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About Eastern India
International Airports: Kolkata (Calcutta) (main hub airport)
Domestic Airports: Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra, Cooch Behar, Patna, Shillong
States: West Bengal; Odisha; Sikkim, Bihar; Jharkhand; Arunachal Pradesh; Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
Kolkata (state capital of West Bengal); the tea gardens of Assam; Darjeeling (tea gardens and the small-gauge steam train); Sunderbans Tiger Reserve; Bhubaneswar (state capital of Orissa); the Sun Temple at Konark; Bodhgaya (the village where the Buddha attained enlightenment); cruising along the Brahmaputra River; Kaziranga National Park.
World Heritage Sites:
Kaziranga National Park; Sundarbans National Park; Sun Temple at Konark; Manas Wildlife Sanctuary; Mahabodhi Temple Complex; Nalanda Mahavihara; Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
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The weather of Eastern India has extremes – with Kolkata and the lowlands hot most of the year but in the north eastern states situated in the foothills of the Himalayas it is cool/cold (rarely reaching over 20) and has some of the wettest places on earth. The best time to visit West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand is October to March. The best time to visit the north eastern states is April to June. Sikkim is best February to May and September to November.