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Top 16 Places in North East India to Suit Every Traveler

The North East of India is a land of enchantment and folklore, rich with natural endowments, colorful traditions, and traditions of friendly people. Whether you’re a fan of buildings that seem to scrape the sky trees that seem to grow straight into the heavens, rivers that rage ferociously, or valleys that are all smooth beauty, you will find this region irresistible. Here below is the list of the top 16 Northeastern regions in the 8 states you should not miss your next vacation.

1. Assam’s very own UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Kaziranga National Park is known to be the home of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Embark on an open-top jeep safari for viewing rhinos, elephants, and tigers lying in the grasslands, and some swamps.

2. Dawki, Meghalaya

Enjoy the beauty by taking a boat ride on the crystal clear water of the Umngot River while the greenery around just doubles up that feeling of being in heaven. Other features include going on a trek to get to the rainbow waterfalls as well.

3. Loktak Lake, Manipur

Travel on the only float of water in the world on a lake surrounded by structures called phumdis where you can see the endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer. The area around Keibul Lamjao National Park is located.

4. Ziro Valley, Arunachal

It is a tentative list for the UNESCO World Heritage site A valley which is surrounded by virgin pine groves, has terraced rice fields, some of the remotely located tribal settlements, and crystal clear trout full streams. Trek through forests and hills and meet the native Apatani tribe.

5. World’s largest river island – Majuli, Assam

Homestays in traditional bamboo huts will give you a feel of the place’s rich culture and history. It pays a visit to Satras or neo-Vaishnavite monasteries that spread art, drama, and music. And also a cultural hub for masks and clay artistry as well.

6. Unakoti, Tripura

Be surprised to find the beautiful semi-rock cut Shaiva sculptures, and rock reliefs ranging from the 7th to the 9th century AD here in this archaeological site. There are beautiful carvings but this place is associated with legends related to Lord Shiva.

7. Cherrapunji‎, Meghalaya

It is the place that holds two records in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest rainfall, enjoy the living root bridges, waterfalls, and caves. This is the 4th highest waterfall in the world do not miss Nohkalikai, caving in Krem Mawmluh & Krem Phyllut.

8. Tawang, Arunachal

With more than 65% of its total area being forests, this place is heaven for tourists with high-altitude pastures, and waterfalls in the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Stopover at the Tawang Monastery, the 400-year-old structure that is one of the largest in India and is a prime center of Mahayana Buddhism. It is possible to interact with the native Monpa tribes.

9. Shillong, Meghalaya

The place is also known as the Scotland of the East; try boating at Umiam Lake with the forest of orchids in the backdrop. You can go to see Elephant Falls, take a tour to see the limestone caves or you may simply take a nature trail amidst Pine trees, and enjoy the Khasi songs and good food.

10. Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

It is best during the summer when the valley is blessed with luxuriant wild flowers; The Dzukou valley is otherwise characterized by rolling hills of emerald green stretching up to the Japfu range. Sleep in tents while feasting on Naga delicacies grown in that region.

11. Maibong, Assam

situated just 35 km from the Dimapur airport, you will find 800-year-old ramparts and temples, Namdang Stone Bridge, and Rudrasagar tank all the structures belong to the Ahom dynasty and Sukaphaa’s Kingdom.

12. Haflong, Assam

The only hill station of Assam, walking through nature trails to discover vast fields of colorful orchids, endemic birds and animals, scenic views of the blue hills of Dima Hasao, and the plains landscape.

13. Silchar, Assam

Get to see the remnants of British colonial rule through bungalows, explore wildlife through hoolock gibbon reserves, and history through Surya Pahar. The spices of tea taken while driving through tea gardens with gushing streams around remain the highlight of the trip.

14. Nongriat, Meghalaya

It will take 3-hours of trekking through thick tropical forests and over rubber plantations to see 3,000 living root bridges before arriving at this stunning village that boasts natural pools of water ideal for swimming. Sleep in warm wooden tree-top homes offering splendid views.

15. Arunachal Namdapha National Park

there are several species of wildlife to be found here including snow leopards, clouded leopards, and Asian elephants; there are over 2000 floral and faunal species found here including the northernmost rainforests of India. Encounter other tribes such as Lisu and Singhpo tribes in neighboring villages.

16. WWII museum at Kohima – Nagaland

A visit to the WWII museum will take you through the bravery of soldiers during war and also look at glimpses of Naga tribes and their culture besides head hunting. Just hike for a while up to the Dzükou Valley viewpoint and get to see some of the beautiful emerald valleys around. Taste the local delicacies which are the Nagas complete with their spicy chili thrill!

The North East has scenic valleys, a bio-diversity of forests, snow-clad peaks, legendary rivers, vibrant tribes, exotic food, heritage tourism, and a warm welcoming culture, which attracts everyone who is a nature lover, a cultural or a culinary or adventure tourist to have a wonderful holiday!

FAQ

What kind of places are included in this list?

This list encompasses a diverse range of destinations in North East India, catering to various travel interests. You'll find options for wildlife enthusiasts (national parks), adventure seekers (trekking spots and river rafting), culture buffs (monasteries and historical sites), and nature lovers (scenic valleys and waterfalls).

Are there places for relaxation on this list?

Absolutely! While North East India offers adventure activities, the list also includes peaceful destinations like serene lakes and charming towns to unwind and soak in the beauty of the region.

How do I know if a place is suitable for my interests?

The descriptions will provide details about the unique offerings of each destination. Look for keywords that align with your travel preferences, such as "trekking," "wildlife viewing," "monasteries," or "scenic beauty."

How difficult is it to travel to these places?

The accessibility of each location will vary. Some destinations are well-connected by transportation links, while others might require a bit more planning to reach. The descriptions may provide hints on how easy it is to get to each place.

When is the best time to visit North East India?

The ideal time to visit North East India depends on your preferences. The region experiences a pleasant climate for most of the year, but the monsoon season (June to September) can bring heavy rainfall in some areas. The descriptions might suggest the best season to visit each specific location.