India has many areas to explore, and many Indians themselves have not ticked off many of these destinations. While traveling abroad is also an exhilarating experience, visiting a different part of the country is in many ways easier, cheaper, and less daunting. This is a guide to the top attractions of East India.

Eastern India is composed of the Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, and West Bengal while the states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh are considered to be Northeast India. But when you talk about East India, it usually refers to all 11 states.

The whole area has quite a few temples (both Jain and Hindu), historical structures, important Buddhist spots, and other cultural destinations. The wildlife is another attraction not to miss.

Top Places To Visit In East India

1. Bihar

Start with the capital city of Bihar, Patna, which is also the capital of ancient India (Pataliputra). Thus, it is a great place to learn about the history of the country and the area. Visit some important attractions like Patna Museum, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Hanuman, Mandir, Qila house, and many more.

There are other places of importance in Bihar. First of all, Bodh Gaya is where Buddha got preached and where he found enlightenment. Rajgir, on the other hand, is where Mahavira lived and also preached. Sonepur is where the biggest animal fair can be found.

2. Orissa

This state is where you can enjoy some nature as well, as it has beaches, waterfalls, lakes, and wildlife sanctuaries. Tourists enjoy visiting the Udaygiri and Khandargiri caves, Chandipur beach, Puri beach, and Bhitarkanika National Park.

3. West Bengal

This state is known because of its capital Kolkata. It is a more popular tourist destination and there are truly lots of things to see and experience. The most densely populated city of India has interesting spots like the Dakshineshwar temple, the Malda district, Belur math, and the world-famous terracotta temples of Bishnupur.

To celebrate the tea heritage of India, you should definitely visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling.

4. Jharkhand

This is a newly-independent state, only formed in 2000 after breaking off from Bihar and the capital established at Ranchi. The state boasts also tons of natural destinations, like wildlife sanctuaries and dense forests. The best ones include the Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park and the Tata Steel Zoological Park. Parasnath is another popular spot for Jains, as a pilgrimage destination. The state also has a few coal mines.

Ranchi is a great stop, with its forest, lakes, and waterfalls like Ranchi Lake, Tagore Hill, and Ranchi Hill. Hindus also know Deogarh (also known as Baidyanath Dham) as a popular pilgrim site.

While this list is not exhaustive, it gives visitors from near or far an idea of what beautiful East India offers. Beyond being where the huge city of Kolkata is located, it has tons of nature as well. Temples and pilgrimage sites also allow tourists to explore the states and visit these religious sites. Have fun exploring more of this fantastic country!