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8 places to visit in North East India that should be on your travel bucket-list!

In Hiking and Treks by Yuvraj

North East India is a wonderland. From snowy peaks to rapid rivers, the region is a haven for the adventurous soul. The plethora of languages and culture in every corner is enough to excite any visitor who wants to see a different part of India.

We have restricted ourselves to selecting one place worth visiting in each of the states.

  1. Arunachal Pradesh – Tawang:
    Tawang offers a slice of heaven for travelers to the north east. The picturesque Buddhist monasteries, lakes and waterfalls adorn this beautiful region in western Arunachal Pradesh. Perched at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet, the Tawang Monastery dominates the town. The largest monastery in India houses rare Buddhist scriptures and artifacts while offering the visitors a spiritual experience. You can also get a stunning view of the Tawang-Tsu valley.Make sure you visit the Tipi and Sessa Orchid sanctuaries and experience the beauty of the Sela Pass on your way to Tawang. If you are the adventurous type, you can try a trek to Gorichen Peak. You can also opt to take it a little easier by visiting the Pankang Teng Tso Lake.

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    Source: Central Tibetan Administration

    Source: Central Tibetan Administration

     

  2. Assam – Kaziranga National Park:
    A wildlife treasure, the Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attraction is the one-horned rhino, of which the Kaziranga hosts two-thirds of the population in the world. It is also a tiger reserve for the Royal Bengal Tiger. Other animals that roam this 430 sq km area include the Asian elephant, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer and birdlife. The region is visited by more than 250 different species of birds during the migratory season and is recognized as an important bird area by Birdlife International.Go on a safari in this illustrious national park for an unmatched experience.

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    Source: Department of Environment & Forests

    Source: Department of Environment & Forests

  3. Manipur – Loktak Lake:
    Also known as a floating lake, the Loktak lake is located in Moirang. The ‘phumdi’ or decomposed vegetation float on the surface of the lake, giving the lake a unique look. On one of the phumdi is the Keibul Lamjao National Park. The park houses the endangered Eld’s deer and the sangai, alongside a variety of birds.Located 45 km from the state capital Imphal, the Loktak Lake offers a unique experience for the visitors. You can take a boat ride on the lake to get closer to nature. Furthermore, you can also visit one of the highest mud dams in the country in Singda Dam. It is also a popular picnic spot owing to its scenic views.

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    Source: The Better India

    Source: The Better India

     

  4. Meghalaya – Cherrapunji:
    One of the wettest places in the world, Cherrapunji has stunning landscapes for its visitors. You can check out the Nohkalikai Falls, one of the tallest plunge waterfall in India. There are other waterfalls worth visiting, namely the Seven Sisters’ falls, Dainthlen Waterfalls, and Mawsmai Falls. If you feel adventurous, you can go spelunking in the Krem Mawmluh Cave.Don’t forget to visit the living root bridges near Cherrapunji town. The roots of the trees are intertwined to build the bridge. There are even double-decker versions of these bridges.

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    Source: commons.wikimedia.org

     

  5. Mizoram – Champhai:
    Nestled in the furthest corner of North East India, Mizoram is a verdant region of the country with 90% of the state covered in forests. A journey of 180 km from the state capital to the town of Champhai could provide a closer look into the Mizo culture.Located close to the Indo-Myanmar border, Champhai is a quaint town. The Murlen National Park is home to a rich variety of local flora and fauna. A visit to the Mura Puk caves will introduce you to the folklore of the place. The most interesting place revered by the locals is across the border in Myanmar. Located 3 km from the Indo-Myanmar border Rih Dil is a lake with cultural importance to the Mizos. Visitors can pay a gate pass to this heart-shaped lake and relax by the shorelines.

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    Source: Holidify

     

  6. Nagaland – Dzukou Valley:
    One of the most stunning places to visit in North East India, Dzukou Valley is an amazing place for trekking and camping. Situated at an altitude of 2,400 meters, the valley is home to a variety of flowers like rhododendrons, lilies, and euphorbia.The base camp of the trek is on Viswema village. Travelers can traverse past narrow moss-covered routes and low clusters of hillocks that hosts natural caves and rock overhangs. You can camp the night at the rest house located in the valley. The best time to visit is between the months of June and September. You can find yourself in a valley carpeted with flowers.

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    Source: Lost With Purpose

    Source: Lost With Purpose

     

  7. Sikkim – Tsomgo Lake:
    From rugged terrains to beautiful monasteries, Sikkim offers plenty to travelers. To experience the best of Sikkim, we recommend a visit to Tsomgo Lake. The lake is located around 38 km from Gangtok and 5 km from the Indo-China border. Visitors are welcomed with stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The changing colors of the lake is another feature which attracts tourists to the area.The waters from the melting ice of the surrounding glaciers feed the lake which is situated at an altitude of more than 12,000 feet. The route can be arduous but once you get there it is worth the trouble. For the most part, a visit to the lake during the summer offers a beautiful palette of flowers namely, rhododendrons, primulas, and poppies. You can also see several species of birds, including the Brahminy duck, and animals, notably, the red panda.

    You can also visit the Nathu La pass, where the high altitude provides a distinct alpine geography.

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    Source: aaditholidays

  8. Tripura – Unakoti:
    Tripura has a lot to offer. From its palaces, gardens, lakes, and wildlife sanctuaries, travelers can soak in the history of North East India’s royal past. We recommend a visit to the hills of Unakoti. The rock-carved figures and stone images of Lord Shiva and Ganesha figures, along with Maa Durga, and images of Nandi Bull is a must-see. Dating back to the 7th century, these hills have been a pilgrimage for Shaivites.Located nearly 180 km from Agartala, the best time to visit Unakoti is in the month of April during the Ashokastami Mela. Pilgrims from across the region visit the fair.

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    Source: youtube.com

This is definitely a restrictive list as there are several other places worth visiting in North East India. Do let us know your thoughts on some of the places you would love to visit!

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