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Take a trip to the wild east to see the splendor of nature and get a rich perspective on India’s past.

Stop 1: Kolkata

Begin your journey in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) with a visit to the Victoria Memorial on the Hooghly River, and to the Marble Palace, built in 1835, which contains Baroque art and lush gardens. Visit the Botanical Garden, where you can see a banyan tree that covers 3.5 acres of land. This single tree feels like a forest unto itself.

Stop 2: Sundarbans

Travel by car or train to the Sundarbans, a marsh area that is home to around 400 of the last remaining royal Bengal tigers living in the wild. Hire a guide with a boat who can take you to the best places to spot tigers. To make sure you do it right, book a package tour in Kolkata with travel and lodging included.

Stop 3: Puri

From Kolkata, board a train for Puri, Odisha, where you will want to visit the 13th-century Konark Sun Temple, a Hindu site that is a World Heritage landmark in Konark, which is also home to some of the most spectacular beaches in India.

Visit the nearby Olive Ridley Sea Turtle reserve (Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary), where you can see newly hatched turtles make their way to the sea early in the year, and Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, home to the world’s largest breeding colonies of flamingos, for an unforgettable immersion into paradise.