No wonder a lot of us are still in the holiday mood and are yet to overcome the holiday season – isn’t it? Some of us are already planning a trip and browsing for the next destination in all probability.
No worries! Here’s to all the wanderlusters. If you are planning a trip with your friends towards India’s evergreen Northeast region, here are some places to which we suggest you should not miss.
The region best known for its lush tropical forests, the sky-high mountain passes, historic temples and not to forget the culinary platters would instantly make you fall in love with the place.
Check it out here:
♥ Kaziranga National Park : The national park, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. It falls within the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. The park is a major tourist attraction all over the world. According to the March 2018 census, the rhino population in park is 2,413.
Best Time to Visit: November to April
♥ Kamakhya Temple: Located on the foothills of Nilachal hill in Guwahati, the deity of the temple, Kamakhya Devi is revered as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’.
Best Time to Visit: June during the Ambubachi Mela
♥ Umananda Temple: It is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra. It is known as smallest inhabited riverine island in the world.
♥ Dibru Saikhowa National Park: Located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, the park was designated as Biosphere Reserve in 1997. The park is bounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in the north and Dibru river in the south.
♦ Tawang Monastery: The monastery located in Tawang district is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world. The monastery is three stories high and is enclosed by a 925 feet long compound wall.
♦ Ziro Valley: Your trip to Arunachal Pradesh will be incomplete without visiting Ziro, a native tribal town. Also known as the Apatani Plateau, the place is dotted with pine bamboo groves and offers the perfect escape away from the city life.
♦ Sela Pass: It is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The pass is usually snow-covered to some extent throughout the year.
♦ Bhalukpong: It is a popular picnic destination and also offers an opportunity for adventure seekers to indulge in exciting activities. The hills surrounding Bhalukpong are perfect for a trek.
◊ Loktak Lake: The Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the country. Situated about 50 km from the beautiful valley of Imphal, it is one of the most beautiful attractions of the state.
◊ Tharon Cave: The 655.6 m long cave is explored with the help of the map drawn outside the cave. It attracts tourists interested in an adventurous experience.
◊ Keibul Lamjao National Park: The Park located in Manipur is the only floating national park in the world. It lies in the district of Bishnupur and is a vital part of Loktak Lake.
The best time to tour the state is from September to May. During these months, the weather is extremely pleasant with moderate rainfall.
♠ Mawlynnong Village: It is the Asia’s cleanest village and is one of the places to visit in the state. For years, the place has been attracting tourists across the globe. It is one of the rarest natural wonders of the Northeast.
♠ Umiam Lake: The Umiam Lake is one of the most spectacular places of the state for the nature lovers and acts as a major tourist spot throughout the year.
♠ Shillong Peak: It is a mountaintop overlook with esplanades and observation towers offering sweeping vistas of Shillong city. At the height of 6449 ft and 1965 m above sea level, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city. A telescope is available for tourists to get a bird’s eye view.♠ Laitlum: This place is a must visit for all the trekking lovers. Witness the nature’s abode here with a multitude of hues, from browns to various reds at sunrise and sunset and earthy tones during the day.♠ Double Decker Living Root Bridge: The bridge in the heart of the rainiest place in India is known worldwide as one of the most unique naturally formed structures. You cannot afford to miss this place.
♦ Phawngpui Hills: Located in Chhimtuipui district, Phawngpui Hills is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram. It is also dubbed as the ‘House of Gods’.
♦ Vantawang Falls: The Vantawang Falls is around 137 km from Aizawl and attracts travelers for its scenic surroundings. It is said to be the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in the state.
♦ Palak Lake: Situated near Phura Village, the Palak Lake is an oval shape natural lake. It is one of the most popular lakes in Mizoram. This scenic beauty is a must visit in Mizoram.
♣ Dzoukou Valley: Perched at a height of 2,462m above the sea level, this magical valley in Nagaland is one of the most quintessential destinations in the state. While in Nagaland, trek to this pictorial valley, adore its pristine beauty and also witness some of the rare and exotic species of lilies.
♣ Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is home to one of the rare, indigenous and exotic species of Nagaland. Tiger, Golden Langur, Hornbill, Black Stork, Monitor Lizard, Sloth Bear and Python are amongst the most commonly found species.
♣ Naga Heritage Village: The venue ground of the famed Hornbill Festival, Kisama or the Naga Heritage Village is a testimonial hamlet of the Naga traditions and cultures.
♣ Triple Falls: The cascade is named due to its three different branches that create a magical spell on the visitors. A trek to the base of this waterfall is also one of the best things to do in Nagaland.
♣ Mokokchung: Nestled amidst scenic hills, this quaint town is also known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Nagaland’. It’s a mesmeric beauty and makes it a must see tourist destination in Nagaland.
♥ Nathu La Pass: The trek on the Nathu La pass is one of the major highlights of the North East tourism as it gives an invigorating feeling to every traveler who experiences it.
♥ Tsomgo Lake: Located about 38 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, this lake is among the most popular tourist places of the state. A snaky road through the rocky mountain to the Tsomgo Lake is a lot of adventure in itself.
♥ Zuluk: It is a small village located at a high altitude promises great views of the snowcapped mountain ranges especially during winter and is a fabulous place to visit for those looking for snowfall in Sikkim.
♥ Teesta River: The Teesta river is one of the most stunning places in the state to look at when it is frozen in winters. During spring, however, the river is shimmering in the sun rays and displays a perfect habitat for blooming flowers.
♠ Kumarghat: Situated in North Tripura, this place is famous for its vast pineapple cultivation. One of the major tourist spot here is the Venuban Vihar which was built by Magadha King Bimbisar. Today, it is a deer park and a zoo.
♠ Pilak: About 100 km from Agartala, this place is a must visit when in Tripura. Located amidst dense valleys surrounded by paddy fields, there are several archaeological remains here.
♠ Unakoti: The artistry at the rocky sculptures and ancient temples has been a hot spot tourist destination. It is also famous for Ashokashtami Fair held every year.
♠ Dumboor: Resting amidst hills, the Dumboor Lake makes a visit to 48 islands and a hydel project. One can spot many migratory birds and a reservoir of cultured fishes.
Guwahati | Edited by: Arpita Das | First Published: Jan 05, 2019