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The Northeast states of India, with their rolling hills, green valleys and bubbling rivers, and mesmerizing aura, are popular with tourists across the globe. The states are also known for their cultural diversity and heritage.

They’re popular among tourists for their trekking routes, parks to spot wild animals in their natural habitat, ancient temples, and snow-covered mountain peaks.

If you’re thinking of traveling to the land of Seven Sisters, here are 5 top tourist places in Northeast India.

Nathula Pass

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means ‘listening ears’, and La means ‘pass’.

Located on the Old Silk Route, Nathu La Pass connects Sikkim to China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It was sealed for almost 4 decades after the People’s Republic of China suppressed a Tibetan uprising in 1959.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

However, when the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited China in 2003, talks to open the strategic route were resumed. The Nathu La Pass was reopened in 2006 and since then, it has served as an official Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) Point.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

A valid permit to visit Nathu La Pass is given to only Indian Nationals. The permit is obtained by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. This can be done with the help of a registered travel agency.

Kaziranga National Park

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools.

It is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

The park is open from November to April. Tourists can take rides on elephants to move around the park or cruise in a boat on the Brahmaputra along the park.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Kaziranga national park is located fairly in the Golaghat and Nagaon regions of Assam in India. It is also placed beside the Brahmaputra River on the North and the Karbi Anglong mounts on the South India.

Tsomgo Lake

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok.

The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. Buddhist monks prognosticated after studying the changing colours of the lake.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

After the winter season ends in middle of May, the periphery of lake has scenic blooms of flower species of rhododendrons (the state tree of Sikkim), primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises and so forth. Also seen in the precincts of the lake are several species of birds including Brahminy ducks. Wildlife seen includes the red panda.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

The key attractions are: Yaks and Mules ride .The beautiful flowers such as Yellow and Blue Poppies, Primulas, and Irish .Migratory ducks like the Brahmini.

Tawang Monastery

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

The Tawang Monastery is the second biggest and oldest in Asia and is known as the Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse i.e., the celestial paradise of divine site chosen by the horse was founded by Merag Lodroe Gyamtso in the year 1680-81.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Pierced atop a hill dominating everything around and below the Tawang Monastery is an enormous yellow-roofed monastery which was originally a large and fortified complex strategically sited where the caravan routes from Tibet, Bhutan and West Kameng met. 

The place is also famous with the legend of 7th Century A.D., King Kalawangpo and Khandro Drowa Zangmo, known as rTa nag mandal sgang.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

In the monastery, an 8 m high glided statue of Lord Buddha dominates the sanctum. Moreover, the great rotating prayer wheels, priceless thangkas, the drone of monks in prayer, sputtering butter lamps are an evocative vision.

Ziro Valley

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

Tucked away in the forbidding mountain-scape of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro Valley is an entrancing holiday destination in North East India which magnetizes everyone with its hypnotic natural charm peppered with sprawling rice fields, quaint villages and rolling green hills veiled under thick layers of vibrant flora.

Top 5 places to visit in Northeast India

While the tranquillity of this charming little town makes it a soul seekers paradise, its epitomic scenic beauty also entices innumerable nature lovers and photographers who specially travel here from far and wide to soak their souls in the place’s ethereal natural splendour.

The place is great for adventure se ekers too; whether one is looking forward to a soul-captivating trekking experience, a jungle camping fun or wildlife exploration, Ziro is not going to leave anyone disappointed.

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