Northeast India is all about natural beauty and picturesque views. From ice-capped hills to lush green valleys to clear lakes, it is a sight to behold throughout the year. One must visit Northeast India at least once in life to get mesmerized by its scenic splendour. Along with having some of the most beautiful places in the country, it is also known for its diverse tribes and their varied cultures. Be it their food habits or their festivals, their way of living is completely different from the rest of India and hence generate interest as well.
So, let us know more about some of the must-visit places in Northeast India!
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, a district of Arunachal Pradesh, is one of the most breathtaking places of Northeast India. It is mostly known for the Tawang Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist Monastery in our country. If you want a meditative experience, where you can delve deep into your inner self, this is the perfect place for you. In fact, this is where the 6th Dalai Lama was born, and hence, it is seen as a holy place for Tibetan Buddhists. Besides the Tawang Monastery, some of the other places to visit in Tawang are Sela Paas, Bomdila, Taktsang Gompa, Shonga-tser Lake and Jang Waterfall.
- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is famously known as the wettest place on earth, though now some consider Mawsynram to be rainier. Many might not know but the local people living in Cherrapunji call it by the name of ‘Sohra’. Besides the rainfall, tourists are generally attracted to Cherrapunji because of the various waterfalls, valleys and the unexplored caves in here. Some of the most popular places to visit in Cherrapunji are Seven Sisters Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Mawkdok Dympep Valley and Double Decker Living Root Bridge. Cherrapunji is a must-visit for those who love lush greens and enthralling waterfalls.
- Shillong, Meghalaya
Also known as the “Scotland of the East”, Shillong is a beauty that will take your breath away! From cascading waterfalls to sprawling gardens to the bluest of lakes, Shillong has it all. For a perfect view of Shillong and the surrounding hills and valleys, one must visit the Shillong Peak. It truly makes you see Shillong like never before! Another tourist attraction is the flowing Elephant falls. It was named so because of an adjoining rock that resembled the elephant. However, the rock doesn’t exist anymore. Besides these two spots, some of the other tourist attractions in Shillong are Umiam Lake, Laitlum Canyons, Ward’s Lake and Lady Hydari Park.
- Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park, situated in Assam, is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in India. A World Heritage Site, as declared by the UNESCO, the Kaziranga National Park is the home of various exotic flora and fauna. It is, however, most famous for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Besides the one-horned rhinoceros, wild animals such as wild water buffaloes, swamp deer and elephants are also found here. One can also find around 480 species of birds here, including the wreathed hornbill, greater adjutant storks, lesser adjutants and black-necked storks. To put it simply, Kaziranga National Park is nothing short of heaven for wildlife and bird lovers.
- Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok is the capital town of Sikkim. Over the years, it has become one of the favourite destinations of the tourists visiting Northeast India. MG Marg Road in Gangtok is famous for its look and feel as well as for the various unique items found here. There are also some of the most beautiful monasteries in Gangtok. Besides that, one can visit places such as Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Paas, Banjhakri Falls and Saramsa Garden. Nathula Pass is the highlight of Gangtok. The snow-clad mountains here leave you absolutely mesmerized. Tsomgo or Changu lake is another popular tourist attraction here. It is a glacial lake and you have to see it in front of your eyes to know how alluringly beautiful it looks! No description would be enough!
- Imphal, Manipur
Imphal, being the capital town of Manipur, is one of the must-visit places in Northeast India. It has a large number of forests, rivers and valleys which make up for mesmerizing scenery. It is, in fact, a perfect getaway to escape from the everyday perplexities of modern life. One of the things that one can do in Imphal is to visit the Palace of Kangla. A long time ago, the royals of the Kingdom of Manipur used to live in the Palace of Kangla. It, therefore, has a kind of historical significance and also offers visual delight to the visitors. Another tourist attraction to visit near Imphal is the enchanting Loktak Lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Northeast India and is home to a number of floating islands, known as ‘Phumdis’. Any trip to Manipur would be incomplete without a visit to this nature’s wonder!
- Guwahati, Assam
Guwahati is the most cosmopolitan city in Northeast India where people belonging to various races, caste, creed and culture live together harmoniously. Besides being the largest and the most developed city here, it also has a number of tourist attractions to visit. The Kamakhya Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya definitely tops the list. It has both historical and religious significance for the locals and people from all over come to visit this temple. Also, if anyone wants to get acquainted with the rich Assamese culture, then the Assam State Museum must be on their list. Another place to visit if one is interested in the artistic tradition and heritage of Assam is Sankardev Kalakshetra. It boasts of a museum, a library and an art gallery, all of which are dedicated to preserving the art and culture of Assam. Some of the other tourist attractions in Guwahati are Umananda Temple, Basistha Ashram and Navagraha Temple. The Umananda temple, located on Peacock Island, is a place of beauty and serenity. Peacock Island lies on the Brahmaputra River and is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the world. Surrounded by peace and pristine beauty all around, this island and the temple is a must-visit for nature lovers.
- Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is one of the most captivating valleys in Northeast India. There are rice fields, the bluest of skies and green forests all around. It is the perfect place for you to relax in the greens with your friends. Also, Ziro Music Festival is one of the best music festivals in India. It takes place in September every year. The most amazing musicians come here from all over the country and besides that, there are numerous other outdoor activities that go on during this time. There is also the famous Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, which you must visit if you are a wildlife lover. Ziro is clean, green and a lot of fun! You must come to experience all of it!
- Khonoma, Nagaland
Khonoma in Nagaland is popularly known as the first green village of India. It was also the first village in Nagaland to ban hunting completely. Khonoma has a large number of forests and is known for its unique agricultural methods, which includes terraced farming. It has around 340 species of birds and is definitely a dream place for bird lovers. The State bird of Nagaland, the endangered Blyth’s Tragopan is a major attraction here.