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1. Posted by gaelle2208 (Budding Member 17 posts) 6y

Hi all,

Im going to India with a friend for 6 weeks in Jan/Feb. The only plan so far is to go and teach in a school in Calcutta for a couple of weeks.
I've spent 2 months in India last year but went down the west coast, so new to the East, but not new to the country :-)
I have a few questions and hope you can help

- good places to see, eat and drink and Calcutta (we will have the accomodation sorted).
- good places around Calcutta to travel on our first two weekends when we're not teaching (day-trip sort of places)
- any places to go in East India - ie in Orissa (how are the beaches there? clean? can we wear swimsuits or have to cover up?), Sikkim and Assam
- permits for Sikkim and Assam - are they difficult to get? expensive? how to do it?
- I want to learn Tabla - anyone knows of a good place to learn it? Ideally in Calcutta or in the East (Varanasi included)

I know this is a lot of questions but any answer to this will really help me!!!

Thanks

Gaelle

2. Posted by karpapu (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

hi there.....orissa is the must see place for you in eastern india..there are lots of places like puri beach,konark temple and specially the beaches and lonely beaches....u can wear swimsuit definitely without any problem.....u can contact me if u r intrested..i am an engineering student and like to accompany u... thanks

3. Posted by cute_10035 (Budding Member 10 posts) 4y

Shillong - a lovely place with nice people.

Might not be the most modern in terms of facilities compared to other tourist spots, but the natural beauty is amazing. Just be careful not to travel in the monsoon months else it could be a watershed affair :)