posted under Region of the month | 02 Jul 2010
The regions of East India consisting of West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand is exotic and largely unexplored, washed by the azure depths of the Bay of Bengal its gradually proving alluring to Indians as well as foreign tourists. The costal belt Circuit of the ancient cities of Kolkata-Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark best affords one the opportunity of experiencing the real East in all its pristine glory, untouched and unspoilt by external influences.
Situated on the Eastern Coast of India, Orissa is a fascinating state to visit. Blessed by nature with a long and beautiful coastline dotted with golden beaches and gentle sunshine, it provides excellent opportunities for easy relaxation. The snot clad mountains of Sikkim give way to lush green hills where bamboos and orchids flower in profusion. Further scattered in the Bay of Bengal, lie the tropical Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Culturally, the Eastern region Bihar has a rich ancient heritage. Two great religious leaders Gautama Buddha and Mahavira Jain were born here and after attaining enlightenment preached in this area. Great empires such as the Mauryan (321 – 185 BC) flourished here. The state of Jharkhand was declared on the 1 November 2000, carved out of southern part of Bihar. A dream for a separate Adivasi land came true after a struggle of 50 years.
Many centuries later, Kolkata became more prominent when the British established their capital.