Other Major Attractions


There are many other destinations that would attract you to visit with a cheerful smile

  • Kolkata – The 300 years old city welcomes with its passionate culture and tradition. Kolkata – "The city of Joy", on the bank of River Hooghly (River Ganges), retains the aura of days long gone, weaving the past and the present, the intense and the fun loving into a charming fabric. Kolkata was the former capital of British Empire until the beginning of the 20th century (1912 AD). The home to four Nobel laureates – Ronald Ross, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen, and the Oscar winner film director Satyajit Ray, Kolkata is the nerve center of intellect and human values, where many modern movements began in art, cinema and theatre, science and industry. Kolkata is the gateway to Eastern India and it is the second largest with a rich heritage, bustling streets and bewildering variety of facets. From October to March, Kolkata wears a radiant look. Sunshine, mild winter, lights, colors, fairs, festivals, galas and excursions, the mood is infectious and spirit sweeping. Explore the historical monuments of British Rule, the tales of Indian Freedom Struggles and the great impressions of Famous Personalities. Get to know Kolkata and one can get to see why it has long been acknowledged as the cultural capital of India. Although it may have some of the country's finest remnants of British colonial architecture, it possesses a district Bengali soul. It's referred to as India's friendliest metropolis.

  • Murshidabad – A quiet town on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, Murshidabad has stood witness to events that changed the course of Indian history. During the reign of Siraj-ud-daula, the Nawab of Bengal, Murshidabad was the capital and was also a flourishing trading town between inland India and the port of Kolkata. Today it is a peaceful town with his great historic background on the banks of the Ganges River. The city is a chance to see the old historic places with rural Bengali life, when British Empire took the first step to India. The Hazarduari Place – is the classical-style Palace of a Thousand Doors (real and false), was built for the nawabs in 1837 and now this is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has thousand doors (among which only 900 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in European architectural style. The total area of Hazarduari Palace is 41 acres. It has an exquisite collection of armory, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, various works of art including beautiful works of Ivory of China and many other valuables. The Armory has 2700 arms in its collections of which only few are displayed. Swords used by Shiraj-ud-Daulla and his grandfather, Nawab Alivardi Khan, can be seen here. The other attractions in this floor are Vintage Cars and Fittan Cars used by the Nawabs and their families.

  • Bishnupur– Bishnupur in the Bankura district is like a breath of fresh air and showcase of traditional Bengali culture. The verdant fields traversed to get to this town, is just 151 km away as a harbinger of the surprise that is Bishnupur. This town of terracotta temples and man-made lakes echoes with the history of the Malla rulers who made it their 16th century capital. Since Bishnupur had no stone for construction, the Malla kings built terracotta temples to celebrate their love for Krishna, the Blue God. These temples have elaborate architecture that merges hybrid styles. Filigreed terracotta tiles carve out stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Some of the temples you must visit are the Shyam Ray Temple, the twin shrines of Jorbangla, the Radhey Shyam Temple, the Sarbamangala and Chinnamasta. The Rass Mancha, built like a step-pyramid, is Bishnupur's most famous temple dedicated to Vishnu. Another attraction is the embellished Dol Madol cannon, constructed to keep the Maratha troops at bay. Visit the Jogesh Chandra Archaeological Centre to see Malla-dynasty relics. The Mallas also built huge 'Bandhs' or embankments and artificial lakes to beautify their capital and to serve as a protective moat to repel their enemies. These shimmering lakes – the Lalbandh, Krishnabandh and the Jamuna Bandh amongst others – cool the town considerably. Besides temples, Bishnupur is known for its pottery, especially the lovable terracotta horse called Bankura who is the mascot of Bankura handicraft. Baluchari and tussar silk sarees, bell metal and shell handicraft are other specialties of Bishnupur that you might want to shop for. In the month of August, Bishnupur resounds with the mesmerizing lilt of the snake charmer's pipes. The annual festival of Jhapan is celebrated with snake shows and snake fights, to revere Goddess Manasa, the dominant deity of the snake-worship cult. The weeklong Bishnupur Mela brings the entire town alive with a cultural retrospective towards the end of December. So come, pick up the cues, as Bishnupur beckons you to a quick getaway with a difference

  • Shantiniketan– Shantiniketan takes from its name from two Bengali words: Shanti – peace and Niketan – abode, it means abode of peace, and did initially Maharishi Devendranath Tagore found an Ashram or hermitage in 1863. In 1901 his son, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore converted it into an experimental open-air school with just five students. It proved a success and he widened the scope of studies, which gradually formed the nucleus of a University. This classroom that he started later became the "Vishva Bharati University" in 1921. This university attracts pupil from all over the world and aspires to be a spiritual meeting ground in a serene environment. It has the faculties in all major disciplines like humanities, agriculture, cottage industries, Indian Music and Drama, performing arts, Philosophy, Sanskrit and art. An interesting feature of this university is that the sculptures, paintings, murals and frescoes are found around the campus. It has the paintings of Rabindranath and Nandalal Bose and sculptures of Ramkinkar. An International University where the cultures of the East and the West could meet and mingle represents Indian traditions while incorporating the best of other cultures. Nobel economist Amartya Sen is belonging from this healthy cultural-heritage background of Shantiniketan.

  • Darjeeling– Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendor, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas. Darjeeling is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world. This heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. The flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir – all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds, compellingly confounds Darjeeling as the "QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS". The name Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan word 'Dorje' which means the precious stone or ecclesiastical scepter, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra, and 'ling' – a place, hence, the land of the thunderbolt. The town of Darjeeling alone now has thousands of people belonging to different creeds and races, but there were not more than two hundred inhabitants when the East India Company, which then controlled British interests in India, first came into contact with it. Kanchenjunga appears to be mighty upheaval of snow and ice from the interlinking system of the main Himalayan Range. The dazzling whiteness of snow coupled with distance marks the perspective effect of comparative proximity and remoteness. With its tea plantations, cool climate and English colonial houses, Darjeeling backed by an incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks. Darjeeling beckons thousands today for a leisurely respite from the bustle of the madding crowd. The traveler will find in Darjeeling an experience which will remain etched in ones memory – forever. The Delightful Toy Train is one of the few hill railways still operating in India – it's even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Puri-One of the four celebrated religious centers of India, Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath needs no introduction. Puri is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The sunny beach at Puri is one of the finest in the world. Watching the sunrise in a symphony of colors is a wonderful experience. One can get to enjoy the journey from the shores of Bay of Bengal to the scenic heights of Chilka Lake and passing through the richest cultural heritage sites of Konark and Bhubaneswar

  • Chilka Lake- Queen of natural beauty, Chilka, the largest brackish water lake in Asia, is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter Chilka flutters with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties. One can also have a glimpse of the lake from the moving trains and vehicles on the road. The atmosphere is just serene and undisturbed amidst the blue expanse of water. The fabulous beauty of Chilka which has inspired poets to sing its glory and which can be best enjoyed and must be seen to be believed. Kalijai Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, Birds Island, Nalabana (Island of Reeds), Parikud Island, etc. are some of the important and interesting spots inside the lake. The Island of Kalijai is famous as a center of religious worship due to the temple of Goddess Kalijai where a big fair is held on the occasion of Makara Sankranti that falls in January every year. The Island of Nalabana, occupies a unique place in the vast expanse of Chilka Lake as it happens to be the central point for the migratory birds. One can view the dolphins at Chilka mouth near Satpara.

  • Bhuneshwa-r Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, where hundreds of temples dot the landscape. Bhubaneswar, The City of Temples, is the place where temple building activities of Oriya style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years. The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal tourist destination.

  • Patna- Patna once called Pataliputra, the capital of Bihar – is among the world's oldest capital cities with unbroken history of many centuries as imperial metropolis. A very fertile arched stretch of land along the bank of the Ganges, the history and heritage of modern day Patna go back well over two millennia. Patna had been the regal seat of governance for successive kingdoms since ancient times and presently, it is the capital city of a state. It was in Gandhi Maidan, where Mahatma Gandhi held his prayer meetings. Today, Patna is one the fastest metro cities in Eastern India, situated on the southern bank of the Ganges. The Mahatma Gandhi Setu (Bridge), one of the longest bridges in the world at 7.5 km, crosses the Ganges River, 05 km to the west of the city. The city stretches along the bank of the Ganges River for about 15 km. The hub of the new Patna is at Gandhi Maidan, and the main market area is Ashok Raj Path.

  • Vaishali- Vaishali was the capital of a republic. Mahavira, the famous Jain Tirthankar was born here and Buddha preached his last sermon here. There is little to see an Ashokan Pillar (with its lion capital intact) and a few dilapidated Stupas. Ashoka pillars were unornamented, with a circular section, which tapered like the trunk of a palm tree. Many of the pillars were erected in places sanctified by the Buddha or they marked the ancient royal route northwards from Pataliputra to the border with Nepal. This is one of the pillars and is the mark of the social and political order laid down by the Emperor.

  • Nalanda-Nalanda is 15 kms from Rajgir, 62 km from Bodhgaya and 90 km south of Patna – where ruins of the great ancient University have been excavated. The University of Nalanda, the ruins of the world's most ancient university lies here. Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex is about 14 hectares. All the edifices are of the red brick and the gardens are beautiful. Nalanda Archaeological Museum, opposite the entrance to the ruins of the university and houses, there is a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of the Lord Buddha that were found in the area. Two enormous terra-cotta jars of the first century stand behind the museum in a shaded enclosure. The collection includes copper plates and stone inscriptions, coins, pottery and samples of burnt rice found among the ruins.

  • Rajgir-Rajgir in Patna district was the ancient capital city of the Magadha kings. Buddha often came here to retreat at the Jivkamaravana monastery in a beautiful orchard. The Japanese have built a Stupa on top of the Ratnagiri hill, after the Buddha reached "PARINIRVANA" his followers met at the Saptaparni cave in Rajagriha, the first Buddhist Council ever held. It was here that the teachings of the Buddha were penned down for the first time. In winters tourists are drawn by the hot springs and healthy climate. Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest, which adds to the beauty of the place. Today Rajgir has come up as one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist. Rajgir is also an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindus and Jains; it has some very beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. Not only as a place for worship, Rajgir has come up as health and winter resort with its warm water ponds (hot water springs). These ponds are said to contain some medicinal properties, which help in the cure of many skin diseases. The added attraction of Rajgir is the Ropeway, which takes uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.

  • Guwahati- Situated on the banks of the mighty River Brahmaputra, Guwahati is Assam's sleepy capital. It was once known as "PRAGIYOTISHPURA" or Light of the East. The name Guwahati is a combination of two words: Guwa meaning areca nut and Hat meaning market. Guwahati is the gateway to one of the most exotic and fascinating regions of India – the North East. Guwahati is indeed the business hub of the North-East region and also Assam's largest city.

  • Shillong-Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a hill town, situated in the north eastern part of India. Shillong remained the capital of Assam, before the formation of Meghalaya, sometimes ago. The place, the people and the climate all combine together to create an amiable atmosphere, to make Shillong, an ideal holiday destination throughout the year. Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth is only 56 kms away from Shillong. Shillong has beautiful lakes and waterfalls, and is set in pine forests and green mountains. The Elephanta Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Shillong. It is a popular hill-station which the British used to call the "Scotland of the East".

  • Nameri National Park-The Park is located at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas about 35 kms from Tezpur. It is the second Tiger reserve of Assam and consists of deciduous forests, hills and the River Jia Bhoroli flows through it. Nameri is a heaven for many rare animals, includes Tiger, Black bear, Elephant, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Indian Bison, Pangolin, Indian wild dog, deer, Civet Cat, Capped Langur, Jackals etc. Various species of birds such as the endangered white winged wood duck, four species of Hornbill, butterflies and reptiles are also found here.

  • Imphal- One of the few places in India where nothing seems to have changed is Imphal, a tiny valley tucked away in the northeastern state of Manipur. Relics of an old, historical palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses in their entire splendor amidst the tall pine and jackfruit trees, speak of Imphal's ancient past. Lying at the center of Manipur valley, Imphal is one of the most ancient towns in the Indian subcontinent and has much to offer to a discerning tourist. Some of the most important attractions of Imphal are Manipur Zoological Gardens, Khonghampat Orchidarium that has more than a hundred rare varieties of orchids, Khwairamband Bazaar that is run by tribal women.

  • Kohima- O Kohima, the capital town of Nagaland in the north eastern part of India is a picturesque town, situated amidst lush green wealth of the nature. Kohima, a typical Naga town is a pretty hill station, displaying the exotic tribal culture of the northeast. The home of the brave and daring, yet simple and innocent, Naga tribes, Kohima Nagaland is unspoilt and replete with some attractive sites to see and do. Sheltered in the eastern frontiers of the Himalayan mountain range, Kohima is noted for its unhurried pace of life, calm and serene environs and fresh, unpolluted air, which make a welcome change for an exhausted city dwellers.

  • Vikramasila-Vikramasila was founded by

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    king Dharmapala in the late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. It prospered for about four centuries before it was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji during fighting with the Sena dynasty along with the other major centers of Buddhism in India around 1200 CE. Vikramasila is known to us mainly through Tibetan sources, especially the writings of Taranatha, the Tibetan monk historian of 16th-17th Century AD.[Vikramasila was one of the largest Buddhist universities, with more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. It produced eminent scholars who were often invited by foreign countries to spread Buddhist learning, culture and religion. The most distinguished and eminent among all was Atisa Dipankara, a founder of the Sarma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Subjects like philosophy, grammar, metaphysics, Indian logic etc. were taught here, but the most important branch of learning was tantrism.

  • Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary-is located in Bhagalpur District of Bihar, India. The sanctuary is a 50 km stretch of the Ganges River from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon. Designated in 1991, it is the only protected area for the endangered Gangetic dolphins in Asia. Once found in abundance, only a few hundred remain, of which half are found here.



Our Destination

The Eastern and North Eastern part of India including the islands of Andaman and Nicobar have traditionally been one of the treasure troves of natural beauty and heritage sites.