If you seek peace and tranquillity amidst nature’s bounty, North East is perhaps the best place for you. The unspoiled land, rich culture, unique tradition and heritage have the power to mesmerise any soul. Be it the amazement at the sight of the one-horned Rhino of Kaziranga or the waterfalls of Cherrapunji, North East promises to captivate you at every step of your journey.
With a mix of Hindu and Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, lakes and mountains, it is a little paradise in the east of India that must be visited at least once in a life time. From new couples looking forward to a memorable honeymoon, to families wanting to spend a fun vacation, it is a perfect destination for everyone. A sojourn through this erstwhile Buddhist kingdom with our tour packages is guaranteed to give you memories as beautiful as the view of Sikkim’s snow-capped Kanchenjunga.
Best time to visit NorthEast
People who want to visit a place when it is in its ‘perfect’ shape and don’t bother about other like-minded people flocking places of interest, November through April or may be mid of May is the time when the north-eastern states are in good condition with no rain, land-slides or any such thing. The recently-started festival of Tawang also happens in this period, during the first weeks of the month of May.
If you are among those who loves to walk alongside the clouds or wants to see the countless waterfalls in their full glory, the monsoon months starting from mid of May to the months of September-October are just prefect for you.
Temperatures in Northeast
- Jan to March 10°c – 15°c
- April to July 25°c – 27.5°c
- Oct to jan 20°c – 25°c
Roads Less Travelled’s Northeast tour packages are customised according to both summers and winters, offering you the best way to explore the region according to the season.
Assam(Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati), Manipur (Imphal Airport), Nagaland (Dimapur Airport) and Tripura (Agartala Airport) have direct flights from other parts of India (Delhi and/or Kolkata). There are two other major airports serving upper regions of Assam and neighbouring areas – Dibrugarh Airport and Silchar Airport. There are helicopter services to Naharlagun (14 km from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh) and Aizawl (Mizoram).
All the states have good network of roads in urban areas. There are regular long journey buses from West Bengal to many north-eastern states. Self-driving is not a good idea as all roads pass through heavy forest reserves and areas infested by insurgents.
There are good train connections from most of the major Indian cities to Assam. Incidentally, Assam is the only state in region with rail lines (barring Nagaland with one station-Dimapur). The important station in Assam are Guwahati, Bongaigaon, Lumding, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh. The fastest train from Delhi is Guwahati bound Rajdhani Express (28 hrs) followed by North-East Express (32 hrs) and Dibrugarh bound Brahmaputra Mail (42 hrs), while the fastest train from Kolkatta(Howrah) is Saraighat Express. Train track in Assam is not electrified and is single lane, so delays are a norm. There are narrow gauge trains to Arunachal Pradesh and Barak Valley area but they are very much prone to cancellation, delays and are not at all comfortable.
Only photo identity proofs issued by the government of India (Passport, Driving License, Voter Id, PAN card etc.) are needed to visit these beautiful sites. However, if you are a foreign tourist, you will still need to get permits for visiting these areas.
One of the best summer holiday destinations in North-East India, Peling is around 10 km from Gyalshing, the district headquarter.
It takes around 6 hours to reach this place from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Although the entire community of this region follows Christianity, yet they have not given up their traditional practices; it is an amazing thing one which you can explore when travelling in Mokokchung.
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh:
A multi-coloured canvas painted with the strokes of white-brown and green, Tawang is the land of the Monpas. Picturesque Buddhist Monasteries, sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls deck this North-Eastern travel destination which looks nothing less than a slice of heaven.
The flourishing paddy fields, gurgling rivulets and placid locale will amaze you and urge you to sit at the edge of a small hillock to feel one with nature.
Tucked away at an elevation of 2438m, this valley is the dreamland of trekkers who cannot afford difficult grades. This picturesque hill station of Nagaland earns the sobriquet of the “Valley of Flowers of the North-East” for getting carpeted with wild flowers in summer.
The only hill station of Assam, Haflong is dubbed as the “white ant hillock” and you will undoubtedly fall in love with it once you reach there. Located at a distance of 310km from Guwahati, this quaint hill station revives you from inside as there is an absence of commercialisation and disturbing honks.
f Assam is the cultural hub of the North-East then Majuli is its fulcrum; you will realize the logic behind my argument when you explore the hidden gems of this holy land with utmost care. Located at a distance of 200km east of Guwahati, this river island can be accessed by ferry from Jorhat.
- Visit Tawang Monastery
- Visit Sela Pass
- River Rafting in Siang
- Visit Nuranang Falls
- Sandakfu Trek
- Trip to Nathu La Pass
- Spot a rhino at Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary
- Spot a tiger at Manas National Park