Eastern India

Vibrant culture, lively markets and festivals, rhino and river journeys

Why Eastern India?

Eastern India is home to some of the country’s most wild (and wonderful) sights. There are rugged mountains and swampy grasslands, colonial architecture and tribal cultures. And, on safari, there’s the opportunity to spot everything from rhino to leopard.

Where should I go?

Most visits to eastern India begin in the country’s intellectual and cultural capital, Calcutta. This vibrant city has some of the finest colonial architecture in the country, but what will really wow you is its warmth and hospitality. It's a must for anyone who really wants to get to know India.

Calcutta makes the perfect starting point for exploring other less frenetic parts of eastern India. A short flight brings you to Assam, famed, of course, for its tea. Its 300 plantations, dotted with colonial bungalows, are a walker and bird spotter’s heaven.

Through this little state runs the mighty Brahmaputra River. Here, comfortable passenger boats transport you to remote villages that would otherwise be inaccessible.

A highlight is undoubtedly Kaziranga National Park where elephant back safaris bring you up close and personal with the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, as well as wild elephant and possibly tiger and leopard.

To the south of Calcutta, Orissan architecture predominates, with awe-inspiring pilgrimage centres at Puri and Konark.

Neighbouring Chhattisgarh is one of the least known parts of the country, but its 42 different indigenous peoples cling to their age-old traditions, animist beliefs and forest based culture. One of the highlights is to stay with one of the former princes of India’s old royal states. This fascinating region, far off the beaten track, is an adventure not to be missed. To begin your adventure, please talk to our team.

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  • Rhinoceros, elephant and tiger in Kaziranga
  • Stunning colonial architecture and vibrant culture in Calcutta
  • Untouched villages, incredible festivals and lively markets in Chhattisgarh
  • Leisurely river travel to remote villages and forgotton towns along the Brahmaputra


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