The eastern part of the country is one of the least explored regions. Particularly the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal, are some of the hidden gems with traditions and culture galore. Let’s take a look at some of the best travel itineraries, which will help you to learn more about the region.
While its proximity, to the national capital region, Uttar Pradesh tourism might see a good tourist footfall. But, still there are several places in the state which are often left out from a tourist’s itinerary. And, what about Bihar and Jharkhand? Have you ever heard a tourist planning for days of expedition in the state? And, did you know that Sikkim is actually part of West Bengal, and not a Northeastern state? Well, to get you out from the state of confusion, here are some of the best travel itineraries you need to explore to know the real beauty of Eastern India.
Bareilly to Lucknow – This itinerary will take you from one of the oldest commercial hubs to the historically marvelous capital city. Bareilly, the starting point, is one of the largest cities in the state, and is known for its sugar, grain and cotton businesses. Situated on the banks of the Ramganga river, this once ancient marketplace is a great place to explore the history of the plains. Take a Bareilly to Lucknow train, and land up to another fascinating place, Lucknow. The land of the Nawabs of Awadh, the capital city offers an abundance of traditional culture, cuisines, historical monuments and art forms.
Darjeeling to Sikkim – One of the scenic and popular hill stations in India, Darjeeling is a great way to beauties of the east. Situated at some 700 km from the capital city, Kolkata, this magnificent town is known for its handicrafts, food, music, the magical view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The city can be less crowded during peak seasons, in such a case, move a little upwards to Sikkim. One of the most refreshing getaways, this tiny village/town is located on the foothills of the Himalayas and is known for its proximity to passes like Nathu-la, Cho-la and Jelep-la, among others. Sikkim is also an important passage to the enchanting world of Tibet.
Ranchi to Kolkata – From one capital to another capital, this itinerary is perhaps the best way to understand the culture of the eastern provinces. Both Ranchi and Kolkata bear resemblances in community, culture, city life, traditions, and cuisine. Ranchi also has a good Bengali population and culture, thus exploring Kolkata later on won’t be much difficult. Kolkata, is one of the biggest cities in the country and often touted as the ‘cultural capital of India’. The city has several colors to explore, from deep-rooted history to vibrant culture, music and food scenario.
Patna to Gaya – Perhaps the best way to explore the state of Bihar is to go on a trip to the two most famous destinations in the state. While Patna serves as the seat of administration, culture and modern lifestyle, Gaya showcases a prolific image of a glorious era. Patna presents several modern centres of amusement, like Golghar, city zoo, Har Mandir Takht, and cultural wonders like Madhubani paintings. Take a Patna to Gaya train and have a fantastic time!