…moving on to the next section of this series, the Central-Eastern states of India. These states dominate the East coast with a bevy of destinations that travellers don’t often explore. Without further ado, i give you:
19 For 2019 India: Eastern Delights
As you read on, you will comes across names of destinations that are mostly unheard of, places which yet remain unexplored.
Dooars (West Bengal)
The Dooars or Duars are the alluvial floodplains in northeastern India that lie south of the outer foothills of the Himalayas and north of the Brahmaputra River basin. Dooars comprises of several towns and districts in this region including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Siliguri, etc. Laying in the Himalayan foothills, Dooars has great natural beauty. The wildlife-rich tropical forests, innumerable hill streams cutting across the green carpet of tea gardens and undulating plains, low hills rising up from the rivers. A drive through the Dooars plains, the gateway of Bhutan and the entire North East of India can be the experience of a lifetime.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Dooars:
- Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
- Samsing Bindu
- The Gorumara Forests
Samsing (West Bengal)
A drive through some of the best tea gardens of Dooars, set amongst undulating countryside, will take you to Samsing. Small streams, natural forests, tea gardens come together to form a picture-perfect landscape. The plains suddenly rise to transform into the mighty Himalaya, for the adventurous soul, we believe Samsing offers excellent terrain. The hills with green all around will never let you feel alone in this surreal landscape.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Samsing:
- Rocky Island
- River Murti
Lepchajagat (West Bengal)
A quaint village, in the northern part of West Bengal, it ideal for the nature lovers who want a peaceful sojourn in the hills. Lepchajagat is all about dense forested area full with pines, oaks and rhododendrons. And all that is combined with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga peaks, wonderful birdlife and serene tranquility.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Lepchajagat:
- Ghum Monastery
Jorpokhri (West Bengal)
Jorpokhri is a tiny village on a hilltop, located in Darjeeling district. Located at an altitude of 7,400 ft, the main feature is its twin lakes after which the place has been named. One can can often see large number of white swans swimming in the waters or strolling around in the nearby area. There is a lovely forest around full of dhupi and pines. The best offerings of Jorpokhri is its sweeping views of the Himalayan snow peaks and the Darjeeling landscape; from one side of the lake you can get breathtaking views of the majestic Kanchenjunga peaks and on the other side you can see Darjeeling and Kurseong town landscapes.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Jorpokhri:
Rambha is located at the southern coast of the Chilka lagoon, at a distance of 40 km from Berhampur. Dotted with numerous islands, Rambha boasts of its enchanting picturesque beauty overlooking the Chilka Lake and the hills. Travellers to this place can go for Dolphin watching and bird watching on the various islands eg.: the Breakfast Island, Beacon Island and Birds Island.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Rambha:
- Island of Nalabana
Once a port during the Colonial era, Gopalpur is a coastal town situated on the southern boundary of the state of Odisha, near the Bay of Bengal. Home to one of the best beaches on the eastern coastline of India. A visit to this destination is best for all those who love to soak up sun while relaxing on the beach.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Gopalpur:
- Chilika Lake
Cuttack, also known as ‘The Millenium City’ and ‘Silver City’, is one of the oldest cities of Odisha. 30 kms from the capital city of Odisha, Cuttack mainly comprises of a narrow strip of land, spreading from east to west, with two main topographical divisions: the hilly terrain on the west and the Mahanadi delta plains in the east. Infamous for the internationally acclaimed silver filigree work. This city is a beautiful example of the fusion of the old and the new.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Cuttack:
- Barabati Fort
- Netaji Birthplace Museum
Bhagalpur is situated on the southern bank of the river Ganga, and is one of the oldest districts of Bihar. It lies to the southern region of the state. This place happens to be one of the prime destinations for Buddhist travels and scholars alike. Bhagalpur is home to a large number of religious and historic attractions and therefore we believe should definitely be on one’s itinerary.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Bhagalpur:
- Kuppa Ghat
- Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
Famous world over as the ancient seat of learning, Nalanda is a definite go-to for all fascinated with history. This destination, although not offbeat, is home to a treasure of monuments and temples. A place such as this, rich in history and culture of the ancient times, cannot be missed.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Nalanda:
- Nav Nalanda Mahavira
- Xuanzang Memorial Hall
Valmiki Nagar (Bihar)
Valmiki Nagar is located at the India-Nepal border in the West Champaran district of Bihar, on the bank of river Gandak. Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, Valmiki Nagar is one of India’s epic havens of flora and fauna.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Valmiki Nagar:
- Valmiki Tiger Reserve