East India is located by the east coast of India, near the Bay of Bengal, including the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orrisa. Eastern India also comprise of the easternmost states of India; Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. One of the most important rivers that flow through this region is the mighty Brahmaputra, which originates in Tibet and eventually empties itself into the Bay of Bengal. East India has been the ruling ground for many ancient empires such as the Maurya, Sunga, Kalinga and Pala Empires. On the other hand the states to the extreme east of India have a strong ethnic culture that escaped Sanskritization, and have a predominance of Tibeto- Burman language.
The state of West Bengal is famous for its bustling capital city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), also known as the "City of joy" or the "Cultural Capital of India". In Kolkata you will find the famous Victoria Memorial, the Howrah Bridge, Alipur Zoo, Botanical Gardens and the Kalighat Temple among others. Also famous in West Bengal are the hill stations of Darjeeling, known for its tea gardens and the toy train that helps you reach there. Kalimpong is known for its beautiful hills and water sport activities, such as river rafting and paddling. The hill station of Siliguri, also known as the Gateway of the Northeast, has many tourist attractions to offer, such as wildlife sanctuaries and rivers.