9 Best Places In North East India To Visit

9 Best Places In North East India To Visit

Northeast part of India comprising states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura possesses huge cultural and human diversities to show itself one of the most potential areas of the country in terms of tourism promotion.

Among the Northeast states, Assam was regarded as one the most attractive tourist destination during the time of British rule, especially when British declared Kaziranga a game reserve in 1916 and wildlife sanctuary in 1950. And people those who are interested in nature and wildlife observation will definitely adore this place.

Now when we talk about the preeminent tourist attraction in Northeast, the places that strike to our mind are Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Shillong, Halflong and much more.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga © Pratik Rawal

Kaziranga © Pratik Rawal

Kaziranga national park is one of the pride of India. It is the place where nature unwinds its pristine form in millions of hues, where wildlife roams fearlessly, where man and nature meet together. This prestigious national park of India is situated in the north-eastern part of the country in the districts of Golaghat and Nagoan in the state of Assam.

Shillong

Elephant Falls in Shillong © Marcus Fornell

Elephant Falls in Shillong © Marcus Fornell

This is one such place which is adored by everyone. It is a small and beautiful state situated in the Northeastern part of India. Shilling is also known as “Scotland of the East”. It still has the influence of the British in its architecture, lifestyle, and language. The best time to visit is October-November or March-April. You can get to Shillong by road, a three-hour ride. As you journey up to Shillong you are greeted by the beautiful landscape on both sides of the road.

It is also considered as rock capital of India as Shillong has produced many rock legends and is a stage for many Indian and international rock groups every year. There are various pubs where local rock bands perform in various cafes and restaurants to entertain the crowd present there. 

Tawang

Tawang Monastery © Nazim Rahman

Tawang Monastery © Nazim Rahman

Driving towards the remote part of Arunachal Pradesh in the Northeast part of India is a dreamlike experience. It is one of those fabulous destinations, which is fascinating for any tourist. Travel to Tawang is little bit tiring but nature displaying its splendor in all its glory will make one realize that it is worth all the travel getting to Tawang

The district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is the land of Monpa Tripe and is rather an unusual hill station that packs in adventure options for the outdoor buff. 

Sikkim

Sikkim Yumthang valley from Yumesamdong © Anoop Kumar

Sikkim Yumthang valley from Yumesamdong © Anoop Kumar

Sikkim is India’s smallest state, but one of the most diverse.

Right before the Chumtang valley located in Lachung there is a natural hot spring on the right side of the road on the top of a mountain that not many people are aware of. The hot spring is accessible to all and is not charged for either. A dip in the hot spring is all that you need to prevent yourself from freezing to death while you are on your way to the Chumtang valley or zero point. This is one of the most beautiful places in Sikkim.

Majuli

Majuli Doriya Beel © Prajnyan Goswami

Majuli Doriya Beel © Prajnyan Goswami

Whosoever plans a trip as a tourist to Assam in general and Upper Assam in particular, must remember to assign a slot to Majuli, the biggest freshwater river island in the world not only geographically but culturally as well. Best reachable from the present town of Jorhat, a major center for tea plantation and research.

The best season is from October to March. Most of the dance, music and drama festivals are organized during this period. It is preferable to coincide the holiday with a Krishna- related festival like Raas. Ali-ailigang is also another festival to enjoy. The exact timing is October- November. In general, the whole of Majuli can be considered as a spot of religious tourism as well.

Halflong

A scenic picture from Haflong © GK Dutta

A scenic picture from Haflong © GK Dutta

This is the only hill station in Assam. Also known as white ant hillock, Haflong in Assam is situated 310 km from Guwahati. Known for its beautiful Haflong hills, landscapes, valleys, and mountains, Haflong is popular among campers and nature enthusiasts. It is situated at an altitude of 680 m above sea level and is ideal for a peaceful holiday.

Haflong Lake is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and is situated in the heart of the town.  It is also Haflong’s most popular tourist spot. Jatinga is another famous tourist spot located on a spur of the Haflong ridge which is famous for the phenomenon of bird suicides. It is popular with the tourists are the ruins of Mailbong, the erstwhile capital of the Dimasa Kachari kingdom.

Jatinga, famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”, is located on a spur of the Haflong ridge, the headquarter of the district. Curiously, most of the doomed birds do not attempt to fly away after they land near the lights. They look dazed and disheveled, perhaps due to the trauma of the whole shocking experience. Such birds fall easy prey to the villagers. Some of the birds hovering around the light sources are brought down by a vigorous swing of the bamboo poles. Catapults are also used to bring down the birds in flight as well as those perching on the trees and bushes near the light sources. However, contrary to the popular belief, birds do not commit suicide. Under circumstances not yet fully explained these birds get caught in the fog and wind, get disoriented and seek the solace of the light sources put out by the villagers. They hit against trees or other objects and get injured in their flight towards the light source. The villagers hit the hovering birds with bamboo poles or catapults to bring them down.

Various studies have conducted to know the reason bind this but this has been a mystery.

Imphal

Loktak Lake of Manipur © Sampad Mukherjee

Loktak Lake of Manipur © Sampad Mukherjee

Manipur is situated in the eastern-most corner of Northeast India. The state shares borders with other north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam and the neighboring country of Myanmar. Due to its wealth of flora and fauna, Manipur is described as a ‘flower on lofty heights’, ‘a jewel of India’ and ‘Switzerland of the East’. Its breath-taking scenic beauty makes it a tourist’s paradise.

Manipur has the highest number of handicrafts units as well as the highest number of craft persons comprising skilled and semi-skilled artisans in the entire north-eastern region. Handlooms are the largest cottage industry in Manipur and the state ranks among the top five in terms of the number of looms in the country.

Nagaland

Kohima © Praveen Emmanuel

Kohima © Praveen Emmanuel

Nagaland is adorned by the magical beauty of rolling hills and mountains, lush vegetation and colourful culture. We’ll witness the colourful Naga cultures at the hornbill festival, also known as ‘festivals of festivals’. It is the mostly enjoyed cultural meet in Nagaland. It is celebrated with full vigour and passion by all the Naga tribes.  

Dawki

Umngot River Dawki © Yusuf Ratlamwala

Umngot River Dawki © Yusuf Ratlamwala

Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the city in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds

The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit.

Dawki river, the very famous freshwater river, when we will see the river we will feel like the boats are floating in the water because of the crystal clear water.

India’s North East is a land of undulating hills and plains with luxuriant green cover and a variety or rare and exotic flora and fauna.

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