Discover The Pristine Wonders Of The States Of North East India
North East India is the eastern region of the country comprising of eight different states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura. All these places to visit in the northeast feature a number of gems hidden within, that a traveller would love to explore. Some of these tourist places are a treat to the eyes of the visitors.
Sikkim has gained much popularity in the recent years. The star attractions of Sikkim include the beautiful hill station, Gangtok, the placid waters of the Tsomgo Lake and Gurudingmar Lake. This state has been witnessing an ever increasing number of travellers visiting every year.
Meghalaya is another gem where you would find a number of waterfalls, ancient caves, natural live root bridges, Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia Hills etc. welcoming you.
Arunachal Pradesh is a combination of monasteries, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife parks offering you a range of choice to pick from. Additionally, the other jewels like Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Nagaland have numerous attractions like Tripura Sundari Temple, Dimapur, Kangla Fort, Reiek Heritage Village, and so much more in store for you to explore and admire. With so many places to visit in north-east India there is no stopping for the travel buff within you.
Top 8 Tourist Attractions of the North East India
- Kaziranga National Park, Assam
- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
- Mawsynram, Meghalaya
- Gangtok, Sikkim
- Shillong, Meghalaya
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
- Majuli, Assam
- Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The renowned Kaziranga National Park is home to the two-third population of the entire world’s one-horned rhinoceros. This national park of India has been declared as a World Heritage Site. This national park is developed with vibrant, unique, and well-preserved ecology. The versatile bio-diversity of the park attracts maximum tourists to this place year after year. Apart from the rare one-horned rhinoceros, you can also spot a number of other animals including swamp deer, wild buffaloes, Bengal foxes, civets, leopards, elephants, Chinese pangolins, gibbons, sloth bears, and flying squirrels. The park is also a tiger reserve, therefore, one might as well spot the Indian tiger while exploring the place. While you turn your head up towards the sky, you can spot pelicans, eagles as well as hornbills. Apart from featuring beautiful wild animals in a natural environment the park also boasts of a number of water bodies. In order to get around the vast park, you can take up a safari ride either in SUVs or open jeeps. Another popular and more adventurous way of exploring the park is by taking an elephant ride. However, these have to be pre-booked since it is one of the most popular ways to explore the park. Therefore, Kaziranga National Park is one of the most precious jewels of Assam that must not be missed.
Ideal duration to explore Kaziranga National Park – 1 to 2 days
Best time to visit – October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, and June.
Nearest Airport to Kaziranga National Park – Jorhat
2. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Cherrapunjee is one of the wettest places under the sun. The pristine and clean ambiance of the place makes it an excellent choice to merely sit back and unwind. It boasts a climate, which keeps the visitors refreshed and enthusiastic. The place also features a number of waterfalls which further adds on to the beauty of the place. Some of the waterfalls worth visiting while in Cherapunjee include Noh Kalikai Falls, Thelen Falls, and Noh Sngithiang Falls.
Ideal duration to explore Cherrapunji – 1 to 2 days
Best time to visit – September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and, May.
Nearest Airport to Cherrapunji – Shillong
Major Attractions – Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Dawki, Mawsmai Cave, Thangkharang Park and Ka Khoh Ramhah, Mawsmai Falls, Mawlynnong, Krem Phyllut, The Ecopark, Nongsawlia, Dainthlen waterfall, The Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Khasi Monoliths, Wakaba Falls, and Nokrek National Park.
3. Mawsynram, Meghalaya
The beautiful village of Mawsynram receives the highest rainfall. It is an ideal tourist destination for all nature lovers. Cherrapunjee is trounced by Mawsynram by merely a slight margin in being India’s wettest place. Mawsynram’s ‘MAW’ is a Khasi word, which means ‘stone’. This term symbolizes the popular megaliths unearthed in the hilly regions of the Khasi. The village of Mawsynram is quite a popular one for the huge formation that the village features. It is made up of stalagmite and takes the shape of a ‘Shivling’. This peaceful village of the Meghalaya District is nestled in the Eastern Khasi Hills. It is located 1400 meters above sea level. The villagers use thick grass to protect their homes from the sound of the heavy rains and thunderstorms. This reflects the excess amount of rains that the place welcomes.
Ideal duration to explore Mawsynram – 1 day
Best time to visit – September, October, and November
Nearest Airport to Mawsynram – Shillong
Major Attractions – Mawsmai Caves, Mawsmai Falls, Mawlyngbna, and Nohalikalai Falls.
4. Gangtok, Sikkim
The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is a marvel nestled in the northeast. It is a hill station that gives you a distant skyline view of the mighty Kanchenjunga Mountains. Gangtok is also a base location for a number of trekking enthusiasts heading towards the mountain ranges of the Himalayas. The road that leads to Gangtok from Sikkim gets more and more beautiful as you drive further. You would enjoy every bit of your road journey. Gangtok is a perfect blend of rich culture, urbanization, lush greenery, and lavish resorts. There are a number of tourist attractions like Tsomgo Lake, Tashi Viewpoint, Ban Jhakri Falls etc. in and around Gangtok that would sway you off your feet. Various other places that you must visit include Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, and Ganesh Tok. In case you are up for adventure filled activities while visiting Gangtok, you might try river rafting at River Teesta, well-known for white water rafting.
Ideal duration to explore Gangtok – 2 to 4 days
Best time to visit – Throughout the year
Nearest Airport to Gangtok – Bagdogra
Major Attractions – Nathu La Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Ban Jhakri Falls, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Tsongmo Lake, Enchey Monastery, Kanchenjunga, Mangan, Tinkitam, Flower Exhibition Centre, Do Drul Chorten, Kabi Longstok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Himalayan Zoological Park, Saramsa Garden, Hanuman Tok, Tashi Viewpoint, Tsuk La Khang Monastery, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Reshi Hot Spring, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Banjhakri Falls, Ranka Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Saga Dawa, MG Road, The International Flower Show, Cable Car Ropeway, Yak Safari, Paragliding, Mountain Biking.
5. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong is a mesmerizing city dotted by pine trees. An idol named Lei Shyllong is worshipped at the peak of Shillong, which is also the source from where the city of Shillong has derived its name. It is nestled at an elevation of 1496 meters. The hill station is renowned for its ancient traditions and picturesque landscapes. The climate of the place is such that you can visit it any time of the year. It receives light showers at times, which further beautifies the surroundings. Owing to the beauty of the places of Shillong it is also popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. You would also find the descendants of a number of tribes like Khyrim, Maharam, Bhowal, Mylliem, Mallaisohmat, Langrim settled here. The city is home to a large number of waterfalls. Other key attractions of Shillong include various mountain peaks, golf courses, lakes with crystal clear water, ancient museums etc. It is also popularly known as the musical capital of the country as a number of prominent musicians have been discovered here. Shillong also hosts a number of music festivals throughout the year.
Ideal duration to explore Shillong – 2 to 4 days
Best time to visit – September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May.
Nearest Airport to Shillong – Shillong
Major Attraction – Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Don Bosco Museum, Mawsynram Falls, Ward’s Lake, David Scott Trek, Lady Hydari Park, Nohsngithiang Falls, Sweet Falls, Mawphlang, Spread Eagle Falls, Jakrem, Diengiei Peak, Kyllang Rock, Sohpetbneng, Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Garo Hills, Mawjymbuin Cave, Laitlum Canyons, Cathedral Of Mary Help Of Christians, Police Bazar, Shillong Peak etc.
6. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is situated at an elevation of around 3048 meters and is well known place to visit in north-east India due to various ancient monasteries. It is a popular city where the renowned personality Dalai Lama was born. It is of quite a significance for the followers of Buddhism and a number of Buddhist monks can be spotted here. Apart from the religious popularity that it boasts, it is also a very picturesque location and you would be in love with the beauty of the place. Amongst the various monasteries that the place features, the Tawang Monastery is the most sacred one especially amongst the Buddhist enthusiasts. Other ideal attractions of the place include the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary as well as the Orchid Sanctuary.
Ideal duration to explore Tawang – 2 days
Best time to visit – September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.
Nearest Airport to Tawang – Guwahati
Major Attractions – Tawang Monastery, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, Madhuri Lake, Gorichen Peak, Tawang War Memorial, Jaswant Garh, and P.T Tso Lake.
7. Majuli, Assam
Nestled merely at a distance of around 20 kilometres from the city of Jorhat is one of the most amazing tourist place in north east India named Majuli. It is an environment-friendly, pollution free, surrounded with lush greenery, and pristine freshwater island. Situated in the lap of River Brahmaputra, Majuli is no less than a jewel of the state. Spread in an expanse of around twelve hundred and fifty square kilometres, this beautiful island is the largest river island in the world successfully attracting tourists and admirers across the globe. It might also get the honour of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the natural beauty of this heavenly place, you would be able to explore the unique tribal culture here. It is also popularly known as Assam’s cultural capital. There are a number of festivals that are celebrated in Majuli, mainly ‘RAAS’. You might want to witness the festival and its celebrations while planning to visit the place.
Ideal duration to explore Majuli – 1 to 2 days
Best time to visit – July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.
Nearest Airport to Majuli – Jorhat
Major Attractions – Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Gamur, Tengapania, and Auniati Satra.
8. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is meant for travellers who seek beauty and peace packed into one. A balmy climate plus a cradle to an interesting tribe cluster, Ziro is an ancient town in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is quite renowned for its fields of rice and lush green pine trees. It houses the Apa Tani Tribe that you might spot on your visit. Additionally, another plus for this destination is that it can be visited throughout the year as it boasts of pleasant climatic conditions during all the twelve months.
Ideal duration to explore Ziro – 2 days
Best time to visit – Throughout the year
Nearest Airport to Ziro – Tezpur Airport
Major Attractions – Tarin Fish Farm – Paddy cultivation, Meghna Cave Temple, Shiv Linga, Kile Pakho, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Dolo Mando – Trekking, Pine Grove, and Midey – Trekking.
The various tourist paces in north east india mentioned above are the ideal places to visit while you are tripping. Make sure you pick the best time to visit these places and plan your itinerary accordingly. Also, get your bookings done in advance in order to avoid last minute hassles while you tour. Get ready to make memories under clear skies and untainted beauties of nature by getting lost in them to find yourself.
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