Breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and limitless boundaries – there’s plenty to explore in East-India. Here are the top five places to include in your itinerary to get a complete taste of this charming region.
Eastern India has always attracted tourists and travellers from across the world since the British Era. With its quaint hill stations, magnificent landscapes, adventurous activities, warm hospitality, and lip-smacking cuisine, a visit to these states remains high on the bucket-lists of many.
Here, in today’s article, you can find a list of the top five must-visit destinations on your trip to East-India. While there are plenty more places to explore, we hope this guide will help you get a taste of this enchanting region.
- Guwahati, Assam
With several daily Kolkata to Guwahati flights, the capital city of Assam tops the list of the most visited tourist spots in North Eastern India. The largest city in the seven sister states of North-Eastern India, Guwahati is a melting pot of various cultures. Any time of the year you visit, you’re sure to come across some glorious celebration or another.
Some famous tourist spots of Guwahati include the Assam State Zoo, Accoland, Regional Science Centre, Fancy Bazaar, and Kamakhya Temple. Sail down the Brahmaputra to visit the famous Umananda Temple, situated on a river island.
- Shillong & Cherapunji, Meghalaya
Shilling is a picturesque town nestled between hillocks. With several hotspots like the Laitlum Canyons, Shillong Peak, Lady Hydari Park, and Elephant Falls, Shillong is a treat for tourists of all ages. Additionally, you can visit the world’s wettest region, Cherapunji, which is just located one and a half hours away. While there, don’t forget to visit the Double Decker Living Root Bridge, which is a fantastic man-made cum natural wonder.
- Pelling, Sikkim
Pelling is one of the most popular summer vacation spots in North-Eastern India. Unlike other famous hill stations that have lost their quaint charm and fallen prey to commercialisation, Pelling still retains its natural beauty. With several trails suitable for trekking, Pelling is a favourite among trekkers.
Visit the famous Buddhist Monastery, Pemayangste (the oldest monastery in Sikkim), to get a peep into the Buddhist culture and traditions.
- Kolkata, West Bengal
The cultural capital of India, the remnants of British rule in India are still evident in Kolkata. With Victorian-style buildings, Kolkata is a medley of the old and new. One of the most densely populated cities in the country, Kolkata has plenty to offer for tourists.
Some of the popular sightseeing locations include the Eden Garden, Indian Museum (the oldest museum in the country and the only site in India that has an Egyptian Mummy), Aurobindo Ashram, Howrah Bridge, Birla Planetarium, and much more. With a wide array of Kolkata hotels that fit all budgets, you can travel to the “City of Joy,” without breaking the bank.
- Konark, Orissa
Home of the world-famous, Sun Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Konark is well-known for its sandy beaches and the Annual Dance festival, held in the temple complex. The dance festival is a five-day extravaganza and hosts the stunning performances of the top dancers from all corners of the country.
Apart from the Dance Festival, Konark also hosts the Sun Festival (where devotees of the Sun God offer prayers by taking a dip in the sea) and the Handicrafts Mela (where you can pick the most exquisite crafts of the state).
From Panoramic views and stunning landscapes to culture, art, and food, East-India offers numerous experiences that are waiting to unfold. Are you ready to begin your adventures?