Why you should visit kolkata and Eastern India
- Visit the thriving city of Kolkata and learn about its colonial past
- Watch sunrise over the third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenzonga
- Explore lush tea estates and undeveloped trek routes
- Visit the historical hill station of Darjeeling and learn of our colonial past
- Ride the toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom Monastery
Kolkata, Darjeeling & Sikkim
Travelling to Kolkata is considered by many to be discovering the country’s cultural hub. Spend a little time here and gain insight into how 13 plus million people live together. Heading north, travel in the Himalayan Foothill regions of Northern West Bengal and Sikkim that contain stunning mountain scenery and a rich colonial past. Visitors tend to retreat from Kolkata and the steamy plains to enjoy the cooler climes of these beautiful regions. Reaching Darjeeling in West Bengal and beyond into Sikkim is achieved by overnight train from Kolkata or a short flight to Bagdogra followed by a 3 hour drive.
The old colonial summer retreat of Darjeeling is a hugely popular destination, surrounded by spectacular views, lush tea estates and thickly covered forests. Darjeeling itself is now rather crowded, dirty and noisy however one can stay just outside in some glorious little home-stays and make day trips into the town. The idyllic setting and stunning views of the Kangchendzonga range are well worth the visit.
Continuing across the border you enter Sikkim. This state is renowned for its rich variety of plants and flowers as well as its ethnically diverse population. Sikkim is an orchid lover’s paradise while the monasteries of Rumtek and Pemayangtse are just two among a wealth of fascinating centres of Buddhism in the state. Organic farming and ecotourism have really taken off here and serious trekkers are exploring the less developed routes on offer.
Head east from Kolkata by plane and fly to the eastern state of Assam to spend time cruising on the mighty Brahmaputra River, visiting the excellent Kaziranga National Park and exploring lesser known towns and villages. There are some excellent boat options on which you can spend four, seven or 10 nights on board exploring this far flung part of India.
When to go to kolkata and eastern india
The best time to visit these regions is between October and February in Kolkata and October to May in the hills and Eastern India.