7 Places to Visit in India’s North-East

08 March  |  Listicles

India’s magical North Eastern region is a vast expanse of barely explored plains, valleys and mountains. A land of multiple cultures and cuisines, many tourists and travellers are discovering the splendour of the North East. Here are 7 highlights of the region, each with a unique attraction of its own.

1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
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One of the most unexplored destinations in the world, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s eastern most state that stretches from the Eastern Himalayas to the verdant mountains on the Burmese border. One of the most enigmatic places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh is the picturesque town of Tawang, home to a famous monastery and the land of the Monpas. A summer trip between April and June is the best for this destination, a 319 km drive from Assam’s Tezpur town which will take you through the 4170 metre high Sela pass.

2. Shillong, Meghalaya
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Meghalaya is famous for its lush highlands, valleys and waterfalls and is considered an all year destination where you can witness the heaviest rains in the world or experience a charming yet freezing winter trip. A scenic and modern hill station with a pine and fern forest range rising in the background, the capital Shillong is 100 km from Guwahati and a perfect base to explore the many natural sights of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills, including Cherrapunjee, the Nongriat root bridges and the Mawphlang Sacred Groves.

3. Kohima, Nagaland
Kohima is home to a World War 2 cemetery that is a reminder of one of the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front. Nagaland’s capital city is also where you will witness the confluence of the Naga tribes, a group of diverse and fiercely independent tribes that are also known for their colourful festivals and unique cuisine. The Hornbill Festival is a weeklong event that begins on the first day of December and is an ideal time to explore the beauty of Nagaland.

4. Loktak, Manipur
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The Loktak Lake in Manipur is a large freshwater lake that is home to the only floating national park in the world – Keibul Lamjao. The town of Imphal is around 50 kilometers away and is a great place to discover the unique culture of the Manipuri Meitei community. October to March is a great time to visit as it coincides with the many festivals. Manipur is where one can witness the beautiful Jagoi, one of India’s major classical dance forms.  Imphal is an hour’s flight away from Guwahati.

5. Gangtok & North Sikkim
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Yumthang Valley is one of North Sikkim’s most beautiful secrets and the 130 km journey here from the picturesque town of Gangtok will take you through the pretty curves and heights of the state’s mountain countryside. Enjoy the land of rhododendrons and snow capped mountains on the way to Lachung, the town nearest to Yumthang. Summer visitors are welcomed with beautiful wild flowers while late December and early January is a good time to experience some icy climes. Gangtok is 80 kms from the New Jaipalguri railway station and the nearby Rumtek Monastery is one of the landmark sites here.

6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
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One of the most successful conservation stories of the world, Kaziranga National Park is a 4 hours drive from Guwahati. It is home to the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and is the stage where this magnificent animal was brought back from the edge. The tall grass of this park’s wide open terrain also hides the Bengal tiger, elephants and several other species of birds and animals. The best time to visit is from November to April.

7. Majuli Island, Assam
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Visiting Majuli, the largest river island in the world also gives you a chance to explore the mighty Brahmaputra, as you take a ferry on this river which is the lifeline of Assam. The island is a famous venue for observing exotic birds. While here, make sure you learn about and witness the neo-Vaishnavite culture of the island including its monasteries. November is the best time to visit Majuli and Jorhat is the nearest town where you can get buses to the ferries.Popularly known as the Seven Sisters of India, the North-Eastern States are relatively untouched and unaffected by rapid urbanisation. A visit to this pristine locale is a must-do for every traveller, not only because of the natural beauty it offers but also because of the unique and unspoiled culture and hospitality of the region.

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