With its many Himalayan mountain ranges, nature attractions, and Buddhist monasteries, a trip to the North-East part of India is a dream trip that can fulfill the expectations of every type of traveler. Be it a spiritual soul-seeking journey, or to fulfill the thrill of an adventure-junkie, or simply to relax amid natural surroundings; the landscape of North-East is inviting for everyone.
Comprising of 7 sister states with unique geographical landscape and culture, it’s often confusing for first-time travelers to decide on which are the must-visit places in North East? This article lists the five best places to visit in the North East along with ten top things to do in the North East during your vacation.
With its year-round pleasant weather and moderate rainfall, Shillong is a beautiful hill station located in the North East state of Meghalaya. Some of the popular places to visit in Shillong include the popular man-made Umiam lake and the Shillong peak, which is a favorite among nature photographers and trekkers.
Among the top things to do in Shillong for adventure lovers include rappelling down the amazing Elephant falls with the gushing waterfall hitting your face. Another adventure activity to do is to indulge in some white water rafting along the Umiam lake or at Ranikor.
If you are looking for some lesser adventure, you can opt for a quiet evening stroll at Ward’s lake located in the heart of Shillong city. Ideal for a day picnic, Ward’s lake is also popular for its lake-side cafes, casual boating activities, and its water fountains.
Elephant Falls – INR 250 per person
Umiam Lake – INR 200 per person
Ward’s Lake – INR 5 per person
Elephant Falls – 10 AM to 6 PM on all days
Umiam Lake – 9 AM to 5 PM on all days
Ward’s Lake – 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM (November to February) and 8.30 AM to 7 PM (March to October)
Want to wake each morning with a beautiful view of snow-capped Himalayas? Then you must visit the city of Gangtok in the northern state of Sikkim.
There are plenty of tourist places to visit in Gangtok such as the Tsomgo glacial lake with its surrounding snow mountains or to drive through the historic Nathu La pass that was part of the famous Silk route between India and China.
Things to do in Gangtok? Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view at the Kanchenjunga snow peak from the Tashi viewpoint (located just 8 kilometers from Gangtok). Gangtok is also popular for its numerous Buddhist monasteries such as the Tsuk la Khang monastery (located within the Royal Palace Complex) that contains some of the oldest
and most revered Buddhist scriptures.
Entry is free for Tashi viewpoint
Tsuk La Khang Monastery – INR 25 per person
Tashi view-point – 5 AM onwards
Tsuk La Khang Monastery – 7 AM to 5 PM on all days
Spend a few more days in the northern state of Sikkim with a visit to this peaceful village of Lachung. Fond of trekking? Then trek to Mount Katao or Yumthang valley as it is among the popular places to visit in Lachung. Besides snow-capped mountain valleys, Lachung offers a variety of water sports including the Gurudongmar Lake
and the Bhim Nala Waterfalls.
Besides visiting its many natural wonders and monasteries, there are many things to do in Lachung that can make the trip a truly memorable one. Located at the height of over 14,000 feet, this valley is surrounded by green pastures and mountains and is a popular place to visit during the summers. Ideal for nature photography, you can relax in its year-round cool weather and sip some hot tea served with delicious momos.
Even if you are not spiritually-inclined, a day to the Lachung monastery located close to the India-China border is a must-visit, simply for its natural settings and the hospitality of its resident monks. Established in the year 1880, this Buddhist monastery is among the oldest monasteries and is around 50 kilometers from Lachung.
Entry is free for both Chopta valley and Lachung Monastery.
The summer months of March to June is the best time to visit Chopta valley.
Lachung Monastery – 7 AM to 7 PM.
Located in West Sikkim, Pelling has a lot to offer to both nature and culture lovers. A bounty of natural lakes, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries and lastly, the amazing Kanchenjunga make it one of the best places to visit in North East.
In addition to its many tourist attractions, there are a host of things to do in Pelling. Drive down to the beautiful little village of Darap Cherny that offers a true picture of Sikkimese hospitality and culture. Located just 8 kilometers from Pelling, this peaceful village is ideal for some nature walks, bird watching, or simply for enjoying some authentic Sikkimese cuisine.
Acquaint yourself with Sikkimese history with a trip to the ancient Rabdentse ruins that was the kingdom of the Sikkimese kings up to the year 1814. Surrounded by chestnut groves and a thick forest cover, these ruins also offer a breathtaking view of the Mount Kanchenjunga.
There are no entry free charges for Darap village and Rabdentse ruins.
Summer months are the best time to visit Darap Cherny village.
Rabdentse ruins – 6 AM to 7 PM.
Whether it is for the green and refreshing tea plantations or the popular toy train ride through some scenic spots, the hill station of Darjeeling is surely among the best places to visit in the North East.
Among the popular things to do in Darjeeling for adventure seekers is a trek to view the sunrise at Tiger Hill or go for some white water rafting on the Teesta river.
If you are a tea lover, you must visit the splendid tea gardens at Dooars to view the tea plantations up close and also savor the unique flavor of Darjeeling tea.
If you are fond of watching wild animals in their natural surroundings, you must not miss the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park where you can see over 150 animal species including the now-endangered Himalayan wolf, Siberian tigers, and snow leopards. Opened in the year 1958, this zoo is also India’s highest-altitude zoo
at an elevated height of around 7000 feet.
There is no entry charge for the Dooars tea estate
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park – INR 30 per person
The best time to visit Dooars is between September to May.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park – 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM
You can make your trip to North East truly memorable by visit each of these five amazing places. Worried about hotel and travel reservations? Leave that to OYO Total Holiday who can provide the best North East Tour Package according to your budget.
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