Every avid traveler backpacking—alone or with family—across India has a trip to North-East India on the list. Although there are plenty of great places to visit and cultures to witness all over India, beautiful places in North-East India contribute tremendously towards travel and tourism sector of India.
For those of you planning to visit tourist places in North-East India for the first time, or those who already have in the past, the certainty of a return visit is highly likely. The North-Eastern States of India are held in high regard by travelers because tourism provides sustenance to most of the inhabitants.
As a result, preservation of culture, traditions, and North-East tourist attractions is prioritized by the good folk. If visiting North-East India is in your travel plans this time around, you need to have a thought-out North-East itinerary that’ll help you explore North-East India so that you get to taste the best of North-East India has to offer.
Here are excellent tourist destinations in NorthEast India for your first North-East India trip; or if you have visited already, this list sheds light on places you might’ve missed out on your previous visits.
Exploring North-East India: Here’s What You Will Learn About The Family of Brother and Seven Sisters Of India
If you don’t know already, North-East India tourism comes from a family of sisters and a brother. The sisters are:
- Arunachal Pradesh
The only brother the sister’s share is Sikkim. Why Sikkim is not a sister is also quite interesting. Basically, the six sisters were formally comprised of only 3 princely states: Manipur, Tripura, and Assam during Independence. Assam was further divided into four more states post-independence.
The seven states being geographically close to one another and sharing similarity in their socio-economic and political statuses were branded as seven sisters.
Sikkim, on the other hand, is only connected to North-East India via a narrow stretch of land in North Bengal. The inhabitants shared similar Mongoloid features with the other North-Eastern people. The state was finally inducted into the North-East Council by NDA in 2002, under DONER Ministry.
Coming to the crux of this article—North-East Tourism; listed below are the eight states with their respective attractions.
Your first or last destination on your voyage into North-East India must be Sikkim as it stands as the gateway. Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, the second-smallest State in India has plenty of tourist attractions and activities that’ll undoubtedly leave you mesmerized.
For instance, its capital (Gangtok) offers a lush green environment for nature-lovers and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. You can rent bicycles and take a serene ride of the hills; with sensational waterfalls and great views of the picturesque town.
If you do want to leave the town behind, Yuksom should definitely make the cut. Boasting as the pathway into some of the major trekking routes in Sikkim, it also leaves visitors stunned with its natural beauty and display of the oldest monastery within the state.
Sikkim is a favorite amongst honeymoon destinations in North-East India simply because of its greenery, rich culture, local cuisine, and hospitality.
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Wildlife, history, culture, pilgrimage; you name it—Assam has it all. Places to visit in Assam should begin at its capital Guwahati. It’s situated along the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River and houses some of the oldest temples and wildlife sanctuaries. Don’t miss out on Kaziranga National Park and Kamakhya Temple, which are but a stone’s throw away.
North-East India travel would be incomplete without a visit to Jorhat. The Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the first to be erected in Asia and is the third-oldest in the world. You can also visit Majuli—an ecological hotspot 20 kilometers away, and the world’s largest river island.
If you’ve signed-up for North-East India tour packages, expect yourself to have a long pit-stop in Nagaland. Your travel should begin at Dimapur, the gateway into Nagaland. It’s known for history buffs and nature lovers. The 13th Century Kachari Ruins, for instance, is particularly renowned for its depiction of Nagamese heritage and culture.
Landscape lovers can also find serenity in the green covers and scenic beauty in Sethekima Village, Nichuguard Village, Chumukedima, Kuki Dolong Village and Medziphema.
An excursion into Nagaland would be incomplete without paying a visit to its capital Kohima. Apart from tasting local cuisines that are to die for, you can check out Kohima War Cemetery and historical attractions that’ll let you immerse into World War scenarios.
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Biking, cave explorations, and trekking. Mizoram is an adventure lover’s paradise. Phawngpui Hills near the Myanmar border is the highest summit in Mizoram giving you breathtaking views of the landscape. Then there’s Vantawang Falls, Palak Lake, Virgin Forests, Khuangchera Puk Caves that depict how blessed the state of Mizoram is when it comes to natural beauty and topographical diversity.
Land of the dawn-lit mountains. Now doesn’t that make you want to give Arunachal Pradesh a visit? Well, that’s what Arunachal Pradesh means. Snow-capped mountains, fascinating monasteries, mesmerising lakes, and greenery—that’s what’s in store for you in this state.
You can trek up the Ziro Valley and glimpse at the scenic beauty and an explosion of wildlife and fauna. North-East India tour packages also recommend Bomdila as it serves as a summer escape. You can find yourself at peace at the Bomdila Monastery or in awe of their craft and handloom industry.
The Late Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru tagged Manipur as The Jewel of India. And rightly so, you can see this from the mix of cultures and religions existing amidst a spectrum of landscapes.
Just take Imphal as a specimen. It’s the capital situated in a valley, surrounded by plains and hills. There’s plenty of grassland and forest cover that offer natural beauty in order to complement the land sprawling with museums, temples, parks, and gardens.
Listen up trekkers; when you’re in Meghalaya, do give Laitlum Canyon in Shillong a go. The terrain is a bit rough, but the panoramic view at the end of the 5-hour walk is worth the effort.
You’d want to time your excursion in a way that you can view the stretch of hillocks amidst the backdrop of sunset/sunrise hues.
Meghalaya has other attractions to offer travelers. For instance, a visit to Balpakram National Park, Umiam Lake, Mawsmai Caves, Siju Cave, and Elephant Falls will make you coming back for more.
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Honeymoon packages for North-East India will undoubtedly leave you and your partner smitten with each other, and the place as well. You must’ve already noticed by now that North-East India is renowned for its cultural diversity, historical significance, wildlife parks, religious hotspots, and the like.
Tripura is no different from its sister states. For instance, you can embark on a captivating safari across Gumti, Rowa, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuaries. However, you can kindle your religious sentiments at Bhuvaneswari, Tripura Sundari, Kamalasagar Kali temples.
North-East India is a traveler’s paradise. The journey is long when you start, but totally worth it.
What’s keeping you from visiting? Pack your bags and embark on a truly unforgettable journey across the untouched beauties of the North-Eastern corridor.
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