7 Best Places to Visit in North East India
North East India is one of the most charming parts of the country. It combines the Seven Sister States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
This is a land of snow fed hills and lush green tea gardens. As comparatively less visited by tourists than the other Indian states, here you can relish a true vacation far from the madding crowd.
This area mostly consist of hill stations and the pleasant weather condition has made it a natural habitat for various species of wildlife. If you are an adventure lover then you can enjoy trekking as well.
North east India enjoys a unique tribal culture.
Most of the people here follow Buddhism. Shopping is an astonishing experience here. From tribal baskets to hand weaved carpets, fine silk dress materials to bell metal items, you will be lured to buy everything.
1. Arunachal Pradesh
Located at the north eastern tip of the country, this is the only Indian state where you can witness the four bug cats together; namely, the tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard. It also consists of almost 500 species of birds.
To know about Mahayana Buddhism you can visit the second largest Asian monastery, the Tawang Monastery. Tawang is also known for six beautiful lakes, the War Memorial and the Craft Centre. Visit the capital city of Itanagar to witness one of the oldest brick works at Itafort. The Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is the treasure house of textiles, weapons and household articles used by the tribes of the state.Visit Mechuka to enjoy snow fall.
You can start your tour with a visit to the capital city of Guwahati. Visit the Assam State Museum; a treasure house of archaeological facts, epigraphy, local crafts, stone and bronze sculptures.
This city is also home to some of the oldest temples, like the Kamakhya Mandir, the 18th century Shiva temple, the Basistha Ashram, the Umananda temple and others.
Next visit is to the Kaziranga National Park; famous for its one horned rhinoceros, this park also boats of the highest density of tigers. Enjoy a thrilling elephant safari through the dense forest area.
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Visit Jorhat to view some of the excellent tea gardens of Assam. The oldest and the largest tea research centre of the world is located at Toklai. Witness the mechanism of weaving and buy some of the best silk at the small village of Sualkuchi; also known as the Manchester of the East.
You can start your visit with the Khonoma Gate, which was constructed to protect the village from the British. The Dzukou Valley is located at a height of 2438.4 meters, from where you can view the splendid landscape of the state. The Japfu Peak is the best place to enjoy trekking and scaling.
Changtongya is a paradise for bird lovers. The bird species found at this non hunting zone consist of migratory falcons among others. The Fakim Sanctuary is also home to various species of wild life, like the bison, barking deer, slender Loris, panthers.
You just cannot miss shopping here. Known for its amazing bamboo and cane crafts, the variety ranges from picture frames to curtains and tables.
This state is known as the Jewel of The East due to its splendid natural beauty. Start your trip commemorating the sacrifice of the tribal martyrs at the Saheed Minar. Witness the women power at the Ima Market where all the stalls are run by mothers.
Kangla is a historical city which used to be the centre of power for the kings of the city. Here you can also checkout the famous Govindajee temple; the inner and outer walls being decorated with moats and relics exhibiting the rich art and culture of the state.
Manipur State Museum is the best place to get a glimpse of the tribal culture of the state. It consists of the portraits of the rulers of Manipur, costumes, arms and ammunition used by the rulers and also important historical documents.
This is an amazing state with almost 788 caves. Visit the Khasi hills stations to view these caves; each of which is unique with narrow streams flowing through them.
The best place for wild life photography is the Nokrek National Park. With lots of elephants and Hoolock Gibbons. This bio diverse region is also home to the rare species of citrus-indica endemic, orchids and some claim to have seen the ape man near the Nokrek villages.
Awake to the sound of waterfalls at Shillong. Some of the well-known water falls are the Bishop falls, Beadon falls, Elephant falls and others. The natural rock carvings with its folk lore is another attraction.
The Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures are the other must visits.
This is a land of Blue Mountains, named after the Phawngpui mountains the highest peak of the state and is known to be the house of Gods. Start your trip with a visit to Tualchang, the largest Monolith of the state, made of stone blocks.The Sibuta Lung is a memorial depicting a story of real love and vengeance.
Besides various memorial stones, you will be attracted to the placid waters of Tadmil. The Vantawng Falls with the backdrop of lush green hills, is a picturesque spot. Visit the Dampa sanctuary to check out the various species ofwild life, namely, swamp deer, tiger, leopards, elephants and the Hoolock Gibbon.
Your North Eastern tour comes to an end with a tour to Tripura. This state is a home to almost 19 tribes. Start your tour with a visit to the beautiful Ujjayanta Palace, the royal residence in the midst of Mughal gardens. Know about the glorious past of Tripura with a visit to the Tripura Government Museum.
The state consists of four sanctuaries, namely, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Gomati Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary.Here you can find more than 150 species of birds, elephants, monkeys and bison. ( See here wide list of India Wildlife Tour Packages.) Jampui Hills is the highest range in the state and is known for its orange gardens and green meadows.
Hence if you are out to explore India and miss a visit to North East, your journey remains incomplete. Rejuvenate your senses as the mountains beckon you.
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