Over the years travel junkies, bloggers, vloggers across the globe has been a medium to the give you wanderlust. And along with the rest of the country, the pristine beauty and the culturally diverse Northeastern (NE) states has charmed many which is evident in the increase of the footfall as per the statistics.
While India is for the first time observing the World Tourism Day on September 27th, 2019 with a purpose to raise awareness about the role of tourism in promoting the economy, diverse culture, cuisine, arts, ethnicity, the representatives of NE too have urged the travel bugs, enthusiasts to visit their state once experience the majestic and untouched beauty.
We have compiled a list of things you can do in the land of lush green forests, floating clouds, smoky mountains and fertile valleys. Have a look:
In a move to promote tourism and attract tourists across the globe, the Sonowal-led BJP government had launched the ‘Awesome Assam’ campaign in 2017 and global icon Priyanka Chopra was appointed as the brand ambassador for a year. Several awareness programmes, roadshows, international summits were hosted and two years later the state saw massive growth in the footfall of tourists.
The Chief Minister on the occasion of World Tourism Day invited the people to come and explore the diverse culture of the state.
Places to visit in Assam:
- Try the local ethnic delicacies: rice cake (pitha) and laal saah (red tea) with jaggery, khorika (bamboo shoot), bhut jolokia (ghost chilly), traditional alcoholic beverage. Also, the street foods are beyond delish (must try).
- Do visit Majuli, the largest river island in the world. The unexplored beauty of the region has been weaving magic for years.
- Go cruising at the mighty Brahmaputra: The trans-boundary river which flows through China, India and Bangladesh is the ninth largest river in the world by discharge and the 15th longest.
- Visit Sualkuchi: Popularly known as Manchester of Assam, Sualkuchi is one of the world’s largest weaving villages where most of the population is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics
- Wildlife Sanctuaries in Assam: From the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Manas National Park, Assam hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses.
Also known as “the abode of clouds”, the state is probably one of the most visited tourist destinations for the adventure lovers not just for trekking, cycling, camping but also sightseeing and other activities.
And to keep its beauty intact, the Conrad Sangma-led Meghalaya government had launched the Meghalaya Plastic Challenge initiative to shun the use of plastic and on the occasion of World Tourism Day, Sangma invited all to celebrate #MesmerisingMeghalaya.
Places to visit in Meghalaya:
- Visit the cleanest village of Mawphanlur village: Named as the “Cleanest Village in Asia” the village is an outstanding example of community-based ecotourism.
- Trekking at David Scott’s Trail, Living Root Bridge, Umshyrpi Caves, Krem Mawsmai
- Adventure water sports at Dawki, Umiam lake
- Enjoy rock climbing in some parts of the East Khasi Hills. These adventure sports can be enjoyed to the truest sense.
- Leisure Walk around Wards Lake
- Shopping at Police Bazaar
3) Arunachal Pradesh
The pristine state of Arunachal Pradesh is a bliss for a nature lover, why not? The smoky high mountains, the freshwater bodies, colourful temples and the hospitality of the people have been attracting global tourists all throughout the year making one step into a world of extraordinary beauty.
Places to visit in Arunachal:
- Tawang: Situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres to the east of Bhutan, this is probably one of the most famous tourist destinations of the state wildly known for its unparallel natural beauty.
- Try the ethnic cuisines of Arunachal while admiring its natural beauty amid the lush green forests. Momos are a must-have here.
- Homestay with the local people: Find a home away from home in Arunachal. Instead of booking a ticket at a hotel and getting a room service help yourself with homestays.
- Tawang Monastery: Situated near the top of a mountain, at an elevation of about 10,000 feet in Tawang city, this monastery is India’s largest monastery which controls 17 Gompas in the region.
- Sela Pass: An high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal has been one of the most visited tourist destinations.
The princely state of NE is blessed with rich cultural heritage, lush greenery, majestic architectures, sky-touching hills and also the tribal and Bengali cuisines. Tourists often visit the state to get a glimpse of the age-old temples, wildlife and so many other things.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb conveying his warmest regards to the people invited everyone to visit the state that will leave you spellbound.
Here are a few things to do in Tripura:
- Sightseeing at Ujjayanta Palace: It is a museum and the former palace of the Kingdom of Tripura situated in Agartala. Located opposite to the Jagannath Temple, the pristine white building was built in between 1899 and 1901 by the then Tripura King, Radha Kishore Manikya.
- Boating to the Neermahal: This is a former royal palace built by Maharaja of Tripura Kingdom Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Debbarma of the erstwhile Kingdom of Tripura. Visitors can reach the palace only through boating through the Lake Rudrasagar.
- Mouthwatering Cuisines: When in Tripura, do have a handful of its mouth-watering Tripuri cuisine also known as Mui Borok. One of the most important used ingredients in their dishes is Berma, a dried and fermented fish.
- Primitive Art Forms at Unakoti: A prime tourist spot of Unakoti District Tripura in the Kailashahar Subdivision, Unakoti is a well-known heritage site of the state.
The mountainous state of NE is famous for its Hornbill Festival and is best known for its untouched beauty and grandeur.
Places to visit in Nagaland:
- Trekking to Dzukou Valley: The green valley with its striking landscape has been attracting hikers across the globe and its star attraction is the rare pink lily. The best time to visit the valley is between July to September when the flower blooms surrounded by surreal-looking glassy popsicles.
- Naga Heritage Village: Situated about 10 kilometres from Kohima, the Naga Heritage Village offers a panorama of the cheerful nature cheerful and the hospitality of people. During the Hornbill Festival, the Village serves as a sign for uniting various tribes of Nagaland to showcase their rich cultural heritage and tradition.
- Mokokchung Village: It is an ancient village in the former Naga Hills and is one of the must-visit places for a visitor.
- Bird Watching in Khonoma: Located in southern Nagaland, Khonoma, is a historic Naga Angami village. It is a protected region and a safe haven for birds.
- Hornbill Festival: Also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’, the Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year in the first week of December in Nagaland.
Nestled in the southern tip of the region and blessed with a diverse range of geographical features, Mizoram is the land of the Highlanders. The state also shares a 722-kilometre border with the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Places to visit in Mizoram:
- Visit Phawngpui: Also known as the blue mountain, Phawngpui is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram, with an elevation of 2157 m located near the Myanmar border in Chhimtuipui District. The area has been attracting tourists across the globe.
- Vantawang Falls: Located 5 kilometres south of Thenzawl in Serchhip district of Mizoram, the Vantawang falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in Mizoram.
- Palak Lake: Situated near to a region inhabited by the Mara Tribe, the Palak lake, an oval shape natural lake is one of the most popular lakes in Mizoram. Surrounded by lush virgin forests this place has been a favourite for tourists.
- Try some ethnic Mizo food: When in Mizoram go the Mizo way and try some ethnic cuisine and their soup is a must try.
Manipur has turned into a booming tourist destination as the travellers often visit the state to explore its rich culture, tradition and historical architectures and along with the rest of the world, the World Tourism Day was observed in the state at the Longmai Common Ground, Noney District in presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, state Ministers, MLAs, community leaders and hundreds of people.
Places to visit in Manipur:
- Loktak Lake: It is the largest freshwater lake in NE and is famous for the phumdis floating over it. The lake is located at Moirang.
- Ukhrul: A land of beautiful mountains interspersed by numerous tribal inhabitants echoing with the rhythms of tribal cultures and rich wildlife. This virgin land has enchanting calls to people who love to spend time in tranquillity.
- Tamenglong – The Land Of Hornbill as Land of Hornbill, Tamenglong will please you specially if you are a bird-lover. The forests here are unexplored, hailing you with its arms open.
Considered to be one of the best places for meditation, the state is blessed with enormous variety of flora and fauna. It was given the India’s cleanest state title way back in 2012. Also known as the land of flowers, Sikkim is the country’s first full-grown organic state.
- Monastries in Sikkim: When in Sikkim, you’ve got to visit its ancient monastries echoing holy chants. Right from the Dubdi, Enchey, Kartok to Lingdum Monastery, the state has much more to offer.
- Homemade Chocolates: Just in case you have a sweet tooth, head to the state’s famous MG Road. Lip smacking, fancy homemade will be at your display.
- Hiking: The misty mountains of Sikkim regarded as the seventh heaven of NE is best known for its trekking expeditions. From Goecha La Trek, Dzongri Trek to Sandakphu Trek and many more.
Photo: Neil Goswami