Places to Visit in North East India

North East India is one of the unexplored splendors of the country. Comprising of eight states snuggled in the lap of Himalayas, North East India is truly blessed by nature. The region is also abundant in adventures. High mountain peaks, lush valleys carpeted with tea plantations, misty waterfalls, rainiest place on the Earth, wildlife sanctuaries and a medley of urban and tribal cultures are few of the allures of the region.

1. Places to Visit in Assam

Assam is the gateway to the North East. Home to the ‘Tea Capital of the World’, the beautiful environs of the state has attractions of lush mountains, wilderness, cultural exhibitions and thrilling experiences. Kaziranga National Park is a famous place to visit. Enjoy a cruise to the largest river island in the Brahmaputra River. Relish the sip of warm brewed tea, delicious local food, colorful dances and melodious folk music. The warm amiable people, lavish resorts and hotels create memorable holidays.

Tea Gardens

A teaworker plucking tea leaves in a tea garden of Assam
Lady Tea Pickers in Tea Garden, Assam
The lush tea gardens of Assam are world renowned. Jorhat city has been given the title of the “Tea capital of the World”. Largest supplier of tea is one of the achievements of the state. There are almost 850 tea estates and 2500 tea gardens. Walk through the lush rows of shrubs. The smell of the fresh leaves also works magic on the senses.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park – a world heritage site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned rhinoceros.
Kaziranga National Park in Assam
The Kaziranga National Park in Assam is known for its population of one horned rhinoceros. Safari in the wilderness brings visitors’ close to wild beasts, birds some local and other migrants from as far as Siberia. The wilderness of the national park is perfect for thrilling adventures. There are numerous forest lodges and resorts that offer the perfect mix of relaxation and adventures.

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Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas.
Kamakhya Temple in Assam
The divine temple in Assam is dedicate to Kamakhya Devi. Kamrup-Kamakha as the place is popularly known is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India. According to legend Sati’s yoni (reproductive organ) fell here after her immolation when Lord Shiva was performing Tandav (dance of destruction). There is no idol here but a yoni structure is worshipped which is moistened by a natural spring. The temple draws pilgrims’ from all over the world.

Majuli River Island

An exotic view of Majuli
An exotic view of Majuli,Assam
The largest River Island, Majuli is nestled in the waters of River Brahmaputra. 1100 kilometers from the mouth of the river, this unique landscape is home to scenic natural beauty and migratory birds. The islands are a good day trip accessible by ferries from the City of Jorhat. The island is inhabited by tribes who survive the harsh natural calamities. You can take home beautiful masks, pottery and other artifacts as souvenirs from the island. A 3 day spiritual music festival known as Raas Festival draws visitors to the island.

Manas National Park

Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a National Park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam, India.
Manas National Park
Manas National Park at the foothills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in the state of Assam has unique biodiversity and landscape. It is one of the first reserves of Project Tiger in 1973. A substantial population of Royal Bengal Tigers. In 1985, the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was inscribed as World Heritage Site.  The last species of Pygmy Hog survive in the wilderness of Manas and nowhere else in the world.

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2. Places to Visit in Sikkim

Sikkim is a small state in north east India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape including India’s highest mountain, 8,586 meters high Mt. Kanchenjunga. The lofty mountains dominate the skyline. Its snow clad peaks, green emerald slopes, rushing streams, tall Rhododendrons and sparkling orchids allure tourists. Hilltop monasteries emerge from the rugged terrains while multi-colored prayer flags wave in the mountain breeze. Explore the untouched natural beauty ad relish the unique culture.

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek Monastery
Considered one of Tibetan Buddhism's most important tourist centers, the magnificent Rumtek Monastery is surely to be explored. It provides as a residence for the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The Golden Stupa is the most significant segment of the monastery. Some of the extraordinary works of art are also housed here. The monastery is especially attractive during the Mahakala Dance in February, when giant figurines of protector deities stage a fight with evil demons.

Gangtok

A view of Gangtok from nearby Ganesh Tok point
Gangtok
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is a charming and picturesque town, straddling with striking houses spilling down the hillside. The city has a fusion of traditional customs and modern way of living which makes the place unique. It's a beautiful town with all modern amenities that one can ask for. The city is the base, to plan trips to Tsgomo Lake and treks. Even the city life is charming. Delicious food, cheap drinks, amazing shopping bargains and relaxing ambiance.

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Nathu La

Nathu La

At an altitude of 14200 feet, the pass is located on the Indo-China border. The journey itself is an exhilarating experience, with mist covered peaks, zigzag roads and roaring waterfalls, the passage is simply amazing. Visitors are required to get a permit to visit the place. It was the route of the legendary Silk Route.

Lachung

Lachung

The picturesque mountain village of Lachung at a height of 8610 feet. Embraced my snowcapped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Visit the Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary, Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley. The village is the centre of exquisite hand woven rugs and blankets.

Lachen and Yumthang Valley

Lachen and Yumthang Valley

Lachen is a small pass at an elevation of 2,750 metres in the North East Himalayas. It is the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. It is also the base for excursion to Yumthang Valley. The beautiful valley situated is located at a height of 3,500 metres. It is home to many beautiful Himalayan flowers. In the summer months the whole valley is seen carpeted in vibrant blooms.

Pelling

Pelling

Pelling is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination. At an altitude of 6800 ft, it's the most excellent place to get a closest view of the world's 3rd highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga. Apart from the innate beauty of the place, other attractions are the Sanga Choeling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery and the Khecheopalri Lake. A visit will be cherished.

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3. Places to Visit in Meghalaya

Meghalaya means “The Abode of Clouds”. The hills state is one third covered in forests. The lush environs is known for its biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants. Home of the wettest place on earth, it is renowned for lush greenery, flora, fauna, living roots bridges, tribals, exciting waterfalls and thrilling adventures. It is a delight to explore and spend holidays in. breathe in the fresh air of mountains, the babble of gushing waters, calls of birds and witness the perfect setting of fairytales.

Shillong

Shillong

The beautiful capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is a charming heaven. Known as the Scotland of the East, the city is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. There are many allures to check out. Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture, Umiam Water Sports complex, Lady Hydari Park, Ward's Lake, Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Laitlum Canyons, David Scott Trail, India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden are few places to visit.

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji

The second wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji is blessed with lush natural beauty. The picturesque beauty is a place to relax and enjoy the offerings of nature. Attractions you must not fail to visit are Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Mawmluh Cave, Krem Phyllut Cave, Dain-Thlen Falls, Kynrem Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls, Cherrapunji Theological College at Nongsawlia Thangkharang Park and Khoh Ramhah or Basket of the Giant.

Dawki

Dawki

Dawki is one of the most beautiful places of Meghalaya snuggled in the Jaintia Hills. Known for the Indo-Bangladesh border crossing, the place is much more than dat. It is blessed with surreal crystal clear blue green waters of Umngot Creek. Only a suspension bridge connects the two hills. A boat race is held every year on the month of February. The scenic beauty is a good place to relax in nature’s lap.

Mawsynram

Mawsynram

The wettest place on Earth, Mawsynram is a spectacle of nature. Nature baths with brutal and deafening rain showers Snuggled 1400 metres above sea level it is blessed with lush environs owing to heavy rains. There are numerous attractions to check out in the rainy town. Caves, waterfalls, living roots bridges made of rubber trees are some delights. It is a perfect location to relax.

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is named the "Cleanest Village in Asia" by a travel magazine. Also dubbed "God's Own Garden", the village is an outstanding example of community-based eco-tourism. The locals have constructed a remarkable Sky View platform from bamboo atop the highest tree in the forest, nearly 80 feet up. It offers a bird's eye view of the village and panoramic view across to Bangladesh.

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4. Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh has many undiscovered places to attract tourists from many parts of the world. Tourist attractions of the North East state include Buddhist monasteries, beautiful natural lakes, bamboo bridges overhanging the river and undiscovered scenic beauties. Rafting and trekking are attractable sports. Explore wilderness in pure form in one of the unexplored national park of India which is home to unique Great Hornbills and Red Giant Flying Squirrel.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery also known as Galden Namgyal Lhatse dates back to the 17th century. The largest monastery in India is where monks are taught the essence of their religion. The manuscripts are rare and important. Impressive interiors, structure and ambiance is not the only thing of note. The pristine location is awe-inspiring. Situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level at a picturesque setting of Tawang Valley.

Sela Pass

Sela Pass
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Sela Pass is the connecting point of Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the India. The snow covered mountain pass is one of the most beautiful places in India. This mystic motorable pass is nestled at an elevation of 2244 metres above sea level the waters of lakes and rivers are crystal blue, the roads twisting in dangerous angles yet the beauty is spectacular.

Itanagar

Itanagar

Any tour of Arunachal Pradesh is not complete without visiting the state capital Itanagar. The city is replete with attractions. Visit the Ita Fort, an ancient monument belonging to 14th and 15th century. Natural treasures of Ganga Lake, pleasant scenery of lush forests and orchid gardens.  Itanagar wildlife sanctuary which is home to various species. The museum has alluring relics of the tribal heritage of the state. Pleasant resorts and hotels pampers guests with a comfortable stay.

Bomdila

Bomdila

Bomdila is an ideal holiday getaway offering views of snow clad Himalayan mountain range at 8000 feet above sea level. Ideal for family outing, quiet place to romance in solitude and self-exploration, here there are options to spend a cherished time. Enjoy the arts and crafts scene as it is centre of tribal culture. Take home some beautiful souvenirs.

Ziro

Ziro is famously known as Apatani Plateau. Declared as a 'World Heritage Site', Ziro offers some of the best attractions in Arunachal Pradesh.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ziro is a blessed natural beauty. The Apatani Plateau offers the city blessed lush scenery. Trekking, camping are the most intriguing delights of the place. Ziro is also the gateway to a number of other attractive spots like Kardo Hills, Talley Valley, Talley Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. An international music event is organized every year. The rock music draws participants and audiences from all over the globe.

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5. Places to Visit in Tripura

Tripura is one of the blessed state of North East India. Famous for its cultural treasures, there are numerous ancient temples, cultural centers and the pleasant natural beauty. Ranking as the third smallest state in the country it certainly does not lack in attractions. 19 indigenous tribes call it home with other population. The beautiful capital city, Agartala has various allures for a memorable holiday. Divine temples with roots in mythological tales, unique sculptures and remnants of a glorious empire are some thrilling attractions.

Agartala

Agartala

The capital city of Tripura, Agartala has the best allures of the state. The city is rich in natural beauty. The tribal and the state culture is well preserved in the museums. The wildlife sanctuaries are home to rare delights of the state. The glorious past and heritage of the state can be seen in their ancient temples, places and other monuments. Any tour of the state remains incomplete without a visit to the city.

Jampui Hills

Jampui Hills

Jampui hills is the highest hill range of the state. The eco-sphere of the region is blessed with rare species of flora, fauna and endemic species. Clouds creates a mystical and beautiful appearance. Trekking and safari of the hill range is incredible. The views of the panorama are blissful. In the month of November, during the Orange and Tourism Festival, crowds from all over the world reach the place.

Dharmanagar

Dharmanagar
The second largest city in Tripura, Dharmanagar has a rich past. The heritage treasures are evident from the historic monuments and palaces. The vast stretches of rugged terrains, lush green forests and amazing wildlife create a wonderful a backdrop. Check out the alluring ISKCON temple, Hari Mandir and Shiva Bari. Visit the city during any religious festival and enjoy festivities in regal splendor.

Udaipur City

Udaipur City

Udaipur had been a glorious capital of Tripura. The city has heritage and culture that any visitor will love to explore. There are numerous ruined buildings, palaces and holy lakes scattered all over the city. Tripura Sundari temples is a significant temple of the place. The revered site is a famous Kali Temple where devotees come from all over the world.

Kailashahar

Kailashahar

Kailashahar is another important site of the treasured heritage of Tripura. Unakoti is the biggest allure of the place. Hundreds of rock cut sculptures lie scattered here. The mystical and revered ruins are the site of many religious festivals. An 11 feet ruined carving of Lord Shiva is one prominent allure. Other attractions are Choudoo Devotar temple, Lakhi Narayan Bari and lush tea estates.

6. Places to Visit in Mizoram

The unexplored gem of North East, Mizoram is spectacular. A land of diverse landscapes, cultures, attractions; this state is blessed. 21 peaks of the Himalayan range of different altitudes are located in these lands. Sharing its boundaries with three states and two countries, it is one of the intriguing holiday destinations. Thrilling adventures, delectable food, rare arts and crafts, vibrant dance and music are other delights. Paddy fields, rolling hills, gurgling waterfalls, unique flora and fauna create the perfect backdrop.

Aizawl

Aizawl

The capital city of Mizoram, Aizawl is the largest city of the state. Located at an altitude of 1132 meters above sea level overlooking valleys and hill ranges. Called the “Home of Highlanders”, it is blessed with cultural richness. The main attractions here are the Durtlang Hills, Bara Bazaar, Mizoram State Museum, and Solomon’s Temple.

Lunglei

Lunglei Bird's Eye View

The second largest city in the beautiful state of Mizoram, Lunglei is a palette of natural beauty, attractions and delights. Visit the stone bridge Lung-lei after which the city has been named. Apart from this there is the Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary home to the species inhabitaning in the amiable forest cover. The Saikuti Hall is a good place to get a glimpse of the intriguing heritage of the state. Artists exhibit their paintings and also conducts concerts and celebrations.

Kolasib

Kolasib

Kolasib is a small town in Mizoram. Having its own share of natural beauty and attractions of the state, the allure is the people. The population inhabiting the locales are of Mongolian breed with roots in Myanmar. Their culture, lifestyle, practices are exceptional. Feel the warm hospitality as you cross this place or take a stop.

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7. Places to Visit in Manipur

Manipur is an untouched paradise of India. As the name goes it means ‘A Jeweled Land’. The name is proven by its beauty, attractions and pleasures. The culture of the state is made special with its unique dance form of Manipuri and music. enjoy the glimpse of the tribal heritage as well. Some of the places worth visiting are the Shree Govindajee Temple, Kaina, Khwairamand Bazaar, Manipur Zoological Garden, Langthabal, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sekta Archeological Living Museum, Loktak Lake and Sendra Island.

Imphal

Imphal

The capital city of Manipur, Imphal is blessed with scenic beauty and wildlife. The game Polo originated here. Mentioned in the records of Second World War the city has witnessed two wars. It is clustered with numerous tourist places like Shree Govindajee Temple, the Kangla Palace, War Cemeteries, Ima Keithel; a bazaar run by the women folk only, Imphal valley, gardens, ancient relics, temples and monuments.

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, also called the only Floating lake in the world. Numerous phumdis float on its surface. Phumdis are heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition that have thickened into a solid form. They cover an extensive part of the lake area. These floating surfaces are sturdy ad are inhabited by rural fishermen.

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Keibul Lamjao National park is a unique treasure. Located on a floating island of Loktak Lake, it is home to a variety of animals and birds. It is home to the endangered Eld’s Deer or the Brow-antlered Deer, locally known as Sangai.  Visit the park for a day tour and enjoy a rare ecosphere. The national park lies in Bishnupur district of Manipur.

8. Places to Visit in Nagaland

The undulating landscape of Nagaland is shrouded in awe-inspiring mysteries. The north east state is blessed with majestic hills, lush valleys and population of 16 indigenous tribes. Tribal heritage is the biggest draw to the state. Relish the panorama of beautiful nature, warm hospitality of amiable people, intriguing culture & traditions, vibrant festivities, delicious food and memorable holidays. The Hornbill Festival held every year in the first week of December is the best time to visit.

Kohima

Kohima

The capital city, Kohima is undoubtedly the most charming place to visit in Nagaland. The blend of the ancient and the modern has painted this town in an interesting. Kohima offers an insight into the life of the Angami tribe who predominate this region. The Japfu Peak, Pulebadze Peak, Tseminyu, Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Bazaar, Kohima Zoo, Kohima State Museum and Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow are other places of interest for the tourists.

Dimapur

Kachari Ruins has various monoliths that reflect the rituals of the fertility cult.

The entry to the mysterious Nagaland, Dimapur offers ample opportunities to nature and history lovers. It is a colorful land that reflects authentic treasures of the region. Witness the culture of various indigenous tribes of the state. Glimpse through the finest artefacts of the state. Check out ZoologicalPark, Ao Baptist Church, Diezephe Craft Village, Nagaland Science Centre, Green Park, Rangapahar Forest Reserve, Intaki Wildlife Sanctuary and Shiv Mandir.

Mokokchung

Mokokchung

The lively district in Nagaland, home of the Ao tribe is known for rich hospitality, rich traditions and festivals. It is considered the cultural and intellectual capital of Nagaland. The village is known for the vivacious celebrations of festivals. The attractions comprise of Changkikong Range, Langpangkong, Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves, Changtongya, Longkhum Village, Longritzu Lenden Valley, Tangkum Marok Spring, Mokokchung District Museum, Mokokchung Park, etc.

Wokha

The stunning scene at the Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland where the falcons congragate in their hundreds of thousands.

Dotted with colorful orchards, carpeted with multi-hued flowers and fringed by hills and rivers, Wokha is a nature lovers' paradise. The homeland of Lotha tribe, the rural life of Nagaland can be best enjoyed here. The land abounds in natural bounty of fruits like pineapples, plums and oranges. Mount Tiyi, Liphanyan Governor’s Camp, Totsu Cliff, Tehurang Valley, Baghty Valley, etc interests travelers. Tokhu Emong Festival in the month of November is a good time to visit.

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