If you are an avid traveller, and take pride in your trips and discoveries – Northeast India (NE) should definitely be next in your itinerary. It is the land of a glorious and rich past with flourishing civilizations, kingdoms and dynasties. It is blessed with unmatched natural beauty and resources, and the most hospitable people – who are simple, yet deeply rooted in their cultural heritage and traditions.
Connected to the rest of the country by a narrow stretch of land called “Siliguri corridor” or “Chicken’s neck”, this awe-inspiring land is commonly and lovingly referred to as the “seven sisters”—comprising Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, with Sikkim joining them as the eighth state and their brother.
We give you a sneak peek into some of the world’s famous tourist attractions of this region. Needless to say, this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Majuli famous for being world’s largest river island in the mighty Brahmaputra, tea gardens providing the old colonial charm, the Kamakhya temple, the national parks of Kaziranga (home to the famous one-horned rhinoceros), Manas and Pobitora are some of the sites that are worth visiting.
The abode of clouds, with Shillong (aka the Scotland of the east) as its capital, is known for beautiful lakes, waterfalls, the wettest places on earth (in Cherrapunji and Mawsynram), Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong and its famous root bridges, the small town of Dawki famous for its unique style of fishing, and one of the most picturesque sites of the country—Umiam lake and Mawsmai cave near Cherrapunji
03. Arunachal Pradesh
The land of the rising sun in India, with the Tawang monastery (the largest monastery in India and one of the largest in the world); the Sela pass, one of the high-altitude mountain passes in India, the Ganga lake and the Gorichen peak. Not to forget the beautiful landscapes of Bomdila.
Neermahal, the famous royal palace of Tripura (in the middle of Rudrasagar lake) and the Ujjayanta Palace (Agartala) are sights to behold.
Beautiful and rare orchids of Sikkim, the Red panda (state animal), mount Kanchanjunga, Rumtek monastery and Tsomgo lake are a few of the many beautiful places in Sikkim that are worth a visit.
Loktak lake of Manipur (aka floating lake and the largest freshwater lake in NE), the Vantawng waterfall and Tamdil Lake of Mizoram are some other sites of interest.
Northeast is a slice of paradise and a mystical land of natural beauty – pristine and mostly unexplored. Nestled amid picturesque hills, snow-capped mountain peaks, and lush-green meadows and valleys, it surely deserves to be explored at least once in a lifetime.