East Indian States also houses hill stations which are worth to visit. The ruins of ancient Nalanda University and Puphagiri are found in the eastern region. This part includes many pilgrimage centers for Jainism and Buddhism. Bodhgaya and Puri are the most famous pilgrimage centers in this region.
Odisha is a mineral rich state of the East Indian States. It borders on the Bay of Bengal. It is a culturally rich state. The Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark golden triangle is the pride of the state. Traditionally, Odisha descended from the historical kingdom of Kalinga. It is a predominantly tribal belt. Bhubaneshwar is the present capital of Odisha.
Bihar is one of the East Indian States. The state is surrounded by Uttar Pradesh in the west, Nepal in the north, West Bengal in the east and Jharkhand in the south. The Bihar plain is split by the River Ganges which flows from west to east. The capital of Bihar is Patna. Bihar occupied an important position in the early history of India. Gaya is an important place of Hindu pilgrimage where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Jharkhand was carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15th November 2000 and became an individual state among the East Indian States. Jharkhand shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh to the north-west, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east. Its capital is Ranchi. Jharkhand tourism is also famous all over the world for its wildlife tourism that include Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Betla National Park, Jaivik Udyan, Hazaribagh National Park, Palamau Tiger Reserve and Topchanchi Wildlife Sanctuary.
West Bengal is located in East India on the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the East Indian States that is also India's fourth-most populous state. A part of the ethno-linguistic Bengal region, it borders Bangladesh in the east and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also has borders with five Indian states, including Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam. The capital of West Bengal is Kolkata. From the northern highlands at the feet of the Himalayas to the tropical forests of Sunderbans, West Bengal is a land of myriad beauty, each region is different from the other.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the 7 Union Territories of India that comes under East Indian States according to geographical divisions. These islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. The territory is 150 km north of Aceh in Indonesia and separated from Thailand and Myanmar by the Andaman Sea. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10 degree North parallel, with the Andamans to the north of this latitude, and the Nicobars to the south. The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west. The territory’s capital is the city of Port Blair. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism hub with exotic-looking beaches and pristine islands having equally exotic names, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like snorkelling and sea-walking.
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