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15 April 2021 | 3 min read

Top Places To Visit In North East India

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The Northeast is one of the least explored but also most distinctly stunning parts of our country. Often grouped as the Seven Sisters, the Northeast states are home to immeasurable beauty, from tea gardens on lovely low hills to waterfalls at regular intervals. Almost every turn has something to offer. Apart from its rich natural beauty, the Northeast is also famed for its cuisine, which is often hard to find in the rest of the country, its people’s kindness, and hundreds of quaint festivals throughout the year that attract tourists from all over. 

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It’s not often one can say they’ve visited heaven on earth, but parts of the Northeast are sure to get you very close to that experience. Check out this guide to the best places to visit in Northeast India and see for yourself.

1. Gangtok

Sikkim’s capital is located high up in the Himalayas, with the snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountain towering over one side of the city. This Buddhist haven is known world-over for being one of the cleanest cities in the world. When there, you could enjoy a day walking past the grand monasteries that make Gangtok one of the top tourist places in Northeast India.

Alternatively, you could decide to spend a day (and even that won’t be enough) sampling some local cuisines, like the iconic momo and kinema. This is enjoyed best with the live indie music scene that promises to be a cherished part of your memories.

2. Kaziranga National Park

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, chances are you won’t want to miss a trip to Kaziranga National Park. Home to the endangered one-horned rhino, among thousands of birds and mammals, the national park has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and extends across a large part of Assam.

Wildlife safaris  are hosted twice a day — in the mornings and afternoons. There’s also a river cruise, which can be a more exciting way of exploring the national park. Take a trip here, and you’ll soon see why it’s one of the best places to visit in Northeast India.

3. Ziro Valley

Tucked away in the mountain state of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro Valley will instantly charm you with its rolling hills, rich paddy fields and quaint villages. And then, the Ziro Valley festival begins, and you’re immediately at one of the most fabulous parties the country has to offer. Ziro Valley, one of the top tourist places in northeast India, has something to offer everyone.

Adventure seekers can spend a day ziplining down the valley or go on safaris, while those looking for a more relaxed holiday can spend the day reading a book with the cool mountain air for company.

4. Cherrapunji

Popularly known for being the spot that receives the most rainfall globally, this Meghalaya town is a delight for tourists throughout the year if you don’t mind getting a little wet. Stunning waterfalls greet you at every turn, surrounded by greenery so lush that’s earned the state the tag of “Scotland of the East” — it’s easy to see why this is one of the best places in the northeast for nature lovers. Take a trip and see for yourself!

5. Dawki river

Nearby in Meghalaya is one of the clearest rivers you’ll ever get the chance to see. A popular boating spot, the water at the Dawki river is close to transparent, giving you a stunning view of the riverbed as it changes colours. If boats aren’t your thing, you can be sure that the water is inviting enough for you to get in and take a dip. It’s one of the best places to visit in northeast India if you’re looking for stunning natural beauty.

6. Tawang Monastery

At an elevation of 10,000 feet, it sure isn’t an easy trip to the Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. But once you get there, you’ll soon see why it’s rated one of the best places to visit in Northeast India. This magnificent structure, the largest in the country, is the birthplace of the Dalai Lama. The beautiful temple town of Tawang below is open to tourists who can enjoy some great food and stunning views while learning more about Buddhism from the friendly local monks. The 400-year-old monastery, on the other hand, is rated as one of the top tourist places in northeast India for its immense beauty and is well worth a visit.

7. Loktak Lake

This lake in Manipur is the largest freshwater lake in the northeast and home to the world’s only floating national park. Keibul Lamjao National Park is one of the best places to visit in northeast India if you’re looking to go birdwatching. Thousands of birds — and small mammals — lie on this serene floating national park situated just 50 kilometres from the state’s capital, Imphal. It’s well worth a visit.

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