In no time at all the stimulating bustle and heat of Calcutta is left far behind, opening out to the cool and luscious mountains of refreshing Darjeeling. Encounter the mighty range of the Himalayas in Sikkim, the one-horned rhinoceros in wonderful wildlife reserves, then dream of a forgotten age in the ancient holy towns on the plains of rural India.

Bihar

When we speak of Bihar what comes to mind is the splendor of ancient India which spawned the Buddhist religion. The state occupies an important place in the India's cultural and spiritual history. Lord Buddha spent much of his life here and attained enlightenment beneath a Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya -making it the most significant Buddhist Pilgrimage site in the world.

Places to see

Patna, Nalanda - relics of an ancient university, Vikramshila, Rajgir, Vaishali, Bodhgaya - where Buddha attained Nirvana, Gaya, Madhubani, Pawapuri, Kundalpur, Matsya Gandha - Saharsa, Shaktipiths at Munger, Mahishi, Sasaram

Jharkhand

On one hand, it is a young state known for its existing culture which is untouched by time; on the other - it is a state offering a variety of modern attractions. The spectrum of attractions extends from eco-tourism, cruises, heritage to mining tourism, adventure, religion and tribal tourism. The state is rich in natural and mineral wealth which makes it industrialized and progressive. Its capital, Ranchi, is known for educational institutes that attract students from other states as well.

Places to see

Ranchi - city of Waterfalls, Temples, Forest, Industry and Dam, Jamshedpur and Bokaro - Steel Cities of Jharkhand, Deogarh - one of Lord Shiva's most sacred places of worship, Saranda, Netarhat, Chota Nagpur, Palamau, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Sahebganj, Dhanbad, Parasnath - the highest point of the state and a major Jain pilgrimage centre.

West Bengal

Well known as a state of Rabindranath Tagore, the guru who wrote India's National Anthem, the artistic streak of West Bengal does not end at its lyrical musical literature. It find its undertones extended to everything from the baluchari or cotton handloom sarees, conch shell products to precious silks. Kolkata, or "the city of Joy", is synonymous with mouth-watering street food, love for soccer, "Baul" style of folk music and centuries of Indian heritage blending effortlessly into a cosmopolitan culture. The fragrant mangrove forests of Sundarbans are the habitat of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. The state comes alive with colours and festivities during Durga Pooja

Places to see

Hill Stations: Darjeeling - a quaint hill station connected with a fairytale toy train, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Lava, Loleygaon, Mirik

Odisha

Odisha is one of the most captivating and diverse states in India. Its vibrant culture and unrivaled architecture tell the tale of an imperial legacy. Every nook and corner of the state is filled with distinctive temples and astonishingly carved monuments. The state captivates with its sandy beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and natural landscape.

Places to see

Bhubaneswar, Puri - where people from all over come to pray at the Jaggannath Temple, Konark - famous for its world renowned Sun Temple, Gopalpur, Taptapani, Ratnagiri, Cuttack, Baripada, Chandipur, Chilika Lake, Balasore, Sambalpur, Rourkela

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The archipelago of islands reveals a wealth of picturesque and incredible beauty. They are covered with dense forests, innumerable exotic flowers, white beaches, meandering coastline, chirping birds and swaying palm trees.

Places to see

Port Blair, Cellular Jail, Museums, Corbyn's Cove, Water Sports Complex, Viper Island, North Bay, Ross Island, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Red Skin Island, Havelock Island, Limestone caves, Mud Volcano, Hut Bay islands, Mount Harriet Islands, Car Nicobar, Katchal & Great Nicobar



Bihar

Summer: March to May
Monsoon: June to September
Winter: October to February

Jharkhand

Summer: March to June
Monsoon: July to September
Winter: October to February

West Bengal

Summer: March to June
Monsoon: June to September
Winter: October to Febuary

Odisha

Summer: March to June
Monsoon: July to September
Winter: October to February

OAndaman and Nicobar Islands

Summer: January to April
Winter: Virtually no winter season
Monsoon: May to December



Bihar

By Air: Bihar has an airport in its capital city Patna, which is connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Kolkata.
By Rail: A large number of major and minor places within the state are networked by train services of Indian Railways. The state is also serviced by important super fast trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.
By Road: An extensive network of National Highways and State Highways, running through the state, connects it with important cities all over India.

Jharkhand

By Air: The state has a domestic airport at Ranchi, which is connected by regular flights with Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai and New Delhi. The second airport at Jamshedpur has few scheduled flights.
By Rail: The main railway station in the state is also located in Ranchi. South Eastern Railways connect it to other major cities like Patna and Rourkela by regular trains.
By Road: Ranchi is located at the junction of National Highways 23 and 33. Extensive road network is under construction to facilitate road transport in the area and make the state easily accessible from any corner of the country.

West Bengal

By Air: The state has an international airport in Kolkata, the state capital and another airport at Bagdogra near Siliguri, in northern Bengal.
By Rail: Howrah and Sealdah near Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri, close to Siliguri, are key railway stations in the state covered extensively by rail.
By Road: An extensive road network covers the entire state. A number of National Highways and State Highways crisscross the land.

Odisha

By Air: Bhubaneswar, the state capital, is the most convenient point for reaching Odisha by air. Major public and private airlines operate regular flights to and from the city.
By Rail: Bhubaneswar is the most important Railway Station in Odisha. The city is serviced by important trains. Apart from Bhubaneswar, there are several other railway stations in Odisha.
By Road: Bhubaneswar is located on the National Highway that links Kolkata and Chennai. Odisha has an extensive road network which makes it easily accessible from any part of the country.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

By Air: The Island has its domestic airport at Port Blair, which has regular flights operating from Kolkata and Chennai. Helicopter services operate between various islands.
By Sea: Cruising through the Bay of Bengal is a delightful experience to reach Andaman. Regular passenger ship services operate to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.

Please click on the following links to access the respective state government websites

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Jharkhand

Orissa

West Bengal

Andaman and Nicobar Islands