While talking about Indian tourism, people usually don’t give the Northeastern regions in India the prestige they deserve, despite the Northeast being loaded with countless wonders of nature.
In fact, it’s only in the entire Northeastern region that you will come across range after range of spectacular mountain peaks, valleys, rivers, lakes, and everything in between.
And although, every inch of this country speaks volumes about its traditions, culture, and glorious history, hardly you will find captivating beauty like that of the Northeast anywhere else in our country.
Seven Sisters of India: 16 Places To Visit in Northeast India
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Situated in Assam, Kaziranga national park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is largely known for having the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros and tigers in the world. Apart from the rhinos, which are its highlighting feature, it is also an amazing travel getaway to explore the bounties of nature in abundance. Yes, from leopards, Asiatic elephants to Royal Bengal Tigers, you will get to witness a very wide range of flora and fauna within the geographical boundaries of this national park.
2. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Situated at a massive height of 3,000 meters (approx) above sea level, this stunning monastery is also called the Golden Namgyal Lhatse. Truly, due to its traditional and historic significance, it is no less than a gem of Arunachal Pradesh. Believed to be about 400 years old it is known as the second-largest monastery in the world.
And with over 17 gompas (usually referred to as a religious building), this particular monastery is home to more than 300 monks. From the monastery, you get to witness the seeping views of Tawang-Chu valley, and while on your visit here, don’t forget to click a nice Instagram-worthy picture by the Lord Buddha’s statue which is 8 meters in height. So, all, in all, if you want to experience the gist of this immense culture, then, a visit to Tawang Monastery is a definite must.
3. Mamit, Mizoram
A popular tourist attraction among foreign nationals, Mamit is worth every ounce of your energy and time. On your trip to this exquisitely vibrant town, you get to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the local scenery. For any adventure enthusiasts among you, our readers, the Dampa Tiger Reserve is counted as one of the most popular tourist attractions of Mamit, Mizoram, so do add it to your travel itinerary. Apart from the Tiger Reserve, you can also consider exploring the Orange Garden of Mizoram, and one of the longest cave networks located in Pukzing as well. Thus, due to all this & more, it won’t be wrong to count it amongst the best holiday places in India.
4. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
Needless to say, that there is no par of the mystical beauty which this waterfall oozes out with every passing moment. Considered as the third highest waterfall in the country, the Nohkalikai Falls are situated in East Khasi Hill District of Meghalaya. Due to its mesmerizing beauty, it has become one of the favourite travel destinations of tourists and sees a considerable footfall on an annual basis.
What’s interesting is the story behind how the name of this place came to be! Yes, it is believed that there was a woman named Ka Likai who had remarried a man. This man was of the opinion that Ka Likai loved his daughter more than him. According to the story, one day, the man killed his own daughter, cooked her flesh, and served it to Ka Likai. However, when she came to know about this atrocity, she ended her life by jumping from the waterfall. Thus, from then on this waterfall was renamed Noh Ka Likai.
5. Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
The pristine beauty of the Shilloi Lake surrounded by lush green valleys will simply win your heart away. Located in the Patkai range of Nagaland, what’s interesting about this lake is that it is shaped like a human foot and is also considered to be quite important in terms of cultural significance by the people living in Latsum village. Yes, no one fishes here or even uses the lake water for drinking or irrigation purposes. This is so as it is believed that the spirit of a holy child rests in the very bottom of the lake. Some also believe that a girl child came in the dream of the locals here, only to warn them of never drying this lake. Since then, no one has dared ever tried to find what’s inside the lake which is (just approx) 4 meters deep. So, if you are up for an adventure and don’t mind clicking a lot of cool snaps for weaving some unforgettable memories then do visit Shilloi Lake, Nagaland.
6. Gorichen Peak, Arunachal Pradesh
Situated at an approximate distance of 16-170 km from Tawang, Gorichen Peak is quite popular for its unique beauty. Perched at an altitude of more than 20,000 feet this is the kind of travel getaway that will perfectly suit well for any adventure enthusiast, especially for trekking and mountaineering activities.
The locals refer to this peak as the Sa-Nga Phu which literally translates into the Kingdom of Deity. As per the folklore, the tribal inhabitants of this region have a strong belief that this peak is sacred and protects them by warding off every kind of evil.
7. Umiam Lake, Meghalaya
One of the best holiday places in India, this lake was formed as a result of a dam’s construction. Umiam Lake is everything that a wanderer can imagine in a perfect travel getaway. Surrounded by the East Khasi Hills, this location is simply wonderful for wildlife photography enthusiasts; the sunrise and sunset shots captured at this place cannot be described in words. Tourists can enjoy boat rides, water-sports activities at the lake. People also frequent this area for picnics with their loved ones.
8. Loktak Lake, Manipur
For an unparalleled travel experience, it is highly recommended to visit Loktak Lake situated in Manipur. One of the largest freshwater lakes in India, Loktak Lake offers an ethereal scenic beauty; the floating islands and the greenery surrounding the lake is what in its essence, makes the lake an interesting travel getaway in Northeast India that is worth your time. Apart from its beauty, Loktak lake is also an economic source of bread and butter to the local fishermen. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best places to visit in Northeast India.
9. Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya
Awarded as the Cleanest Village of India by Discovery India in 2003 & 2005, Mawlynnong Village is all about exploring the local culture of Meghalaya. However, it just doesn’t end here. Yes, apart from being the cleanest village in Asia, this village is also known for its 100% literacy rate. Plan your trip here, if you want to visit someplace unique and a tad-bit offbeat. The best time to visit Mawlynnong Village in Meghalaya would be between the months of July and December. The weather conditions during these months are quite pleasant and great for sightseeing activities.
10. Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura
Situated about 55 km from Agartala, the Tripura Sundari Temple is just what you could be looking for if a spiritually inclined person. Shaped like a tortoise aka Kurma Peeth, it is believed that the temple is at least 500 years old and is the oldest temple in the Udaipur district of Tripura. The Tripura Sundari Temple is also considered as one of the 51 shakti peethas; where Maa Sati’s right toe fell. Perhaps, it is due to all these chunks of history and Hindu glory, that the temple witnesses a considerable footfall annually.
11. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Nestled amid the glorious mountain peaks of Arunachal Pradesh, the Ziro Valley is perhaps one of the most incredible travel getaways which you might get to visit during your entire trip in this region. The layered landscapes, bamboo groves along pine forests makes Ziro Valley a place worth exploring. It is also famous for the Apatani tribes who have resided here for the longest time known and have greatly contributed towards the visual beauty of the valley.
12. Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya
These Living Root Bridges are a true wonder of nature. Watching them in real life, one is compelled to think about their growth and formation. What’s more surprising is that these bridges have been carefully grown using the rubber tree roots by the local inhabitants belonging to the Khasi and Jaintia tribes. In a go, 50 people can easily use the bridge for crossing over. It is an iconic spot for capturing some of the most memorable pictures from your trip. All in all, it is one of the best places to visit in Northeast India.
13. Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
Nestled at an incredible height of about 2438 m and located between the Nagaland and Manipur border, the Dzukou Valley is everything any travel enthusiast can imagine for a memorable holiday. The highlighting feature of the valley is the blooming rhododendrons which you can find here in plenty. This also makes it a great spot for capturing some really cool snaps. So, all we can tip you on this is that you do take a fine camera along on your adventure.
14. Champhai, Mizoram
It is an adorable town located at a distance of about 188 km from Aizawl. Many wouldn’t know but Champhai is also known as the Rice Bowl of Mizoram, this is due to the rice production happening here. On your visit to Champhai, don’t forget to visit Kungawrhi Puk, Tiau Lui, Lianchhiari Lunglen Tlang. All in all, it is a great offbeat place to explore and relish the abundance of nature.
15. Naga Heritage Village, Nagaland
Located on the outskirts of Kohima, the Naga Heritage Village, as the name suggests is an effort for preserving the Naga culture and the cultural nuances of the Naga people who have lived on for centuries. Established by the government, the village is normally opened for the public in December, during the time of the Hornbill Festival. If you seek something a tad bit unusual and remote yet refreshing then a visit to this heritage village will definitely open a whole new universe of travel possibilities for you.
16. Vantawng Falls, Mizoram
If you want to be blown away by the mesmerizing beauty of nature then Vantawng Falls must top your travel bucket list. The beauty of this waterfall is such that it won’t be wrong to call it an important aspect of Mizoram tourism. The green surroundings and scenic backdrop will leave you smitten and craving for more. It won’t be wrong to say that the beauty of these waterfalls is a testament to all the rejuvenating abundance that Northeastern India carries, hidden in its motherly bosom.
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