People used to ask me what are the best places to visit NE India . Here I am providing some exciting places of NE you must visit .
Sibsagar: Sibsagar is the most historic place in Assam. In Sibsagar you can visit the following places .
1. Rang Ghar
6.Joyasagar Tank and Temples
7.Kareng Ghar/Gargaon Palace
Kaziranga National Park:
Kaziranga national park is one of the pride of India. It is the place where nature unwinds its pristine form in millions of hues, where wildlife roams fearlessly, where man and nature meet together. This prestigious national park of India is situated in the north-eastern part of the country in the districts of Golaghat and Nagoan in the state of Assam.
This is one such place which is adored by everyone. It is a small and beautiful state situated in the Northeastern part of India. Shilling is also known as “Scotland of the East”. It still has the influence of the British in its architecture, lifestyle, and language. The best time to visit is October-November or March-April. You can get to Shillong by road, a three-hour ride. As you journey up to Shillong you are greeted by the beautiful landscape on both sides of the road.It is also considered as rock capital of India as Shillong has produced many rock legends and is a stage for many Indian and international rock groups every year. There are various pubs where local rock bands perform in various cafes and restaurants to entertain the crowd present there.
Driving towards the remote part of Arunachal Pradesh in the Northeast part of India is a dreamlike experience. It is one of those fabulous destinations, which is fascinating for any tourist. Travel to Tawang is little bit tiring but nature displaying its splendor in all its glory will make one realize that it is worth all the travel getting to Tawang.The district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is the land of Monpa Tripe and is rather an unusual hill station that packs in adventure options for the outdoor buff.
Sikkim is India’s smallest state, but one of the most diverse.Right before the Chumtang valley located in Lachung there is a natural hot spring on the right side of the road on the top of a mountain that not many people are aware of. The hot spring is accessible to all and is not charged for either. A dip in the hot spring is all that you need to prevent yourself from freezing to death while you are on your way to the Chumtang valley or zero point. This is one of the most beautiful places in Sikkim.
Whosoever plans a trip as a tourist to Assam in general and Upper Assam in particular, must remember to assign a slot to Majuli, the biggest freshwater river island in the world not only geographically but culturally as well. Best reachable from the present town of Jorhat, a major center for tea plantation and research.
The best season is from October to March. Most of the dance, music and drama festivals are organized during this period. It is preferable to coincide the holiday with a Krishna- related festival like Raas. Ali-ailigang is also another festival to enjoy. The exact timing is October- November. In general, the whole of Majuli can be considered as a spot of religious tourism as well.
This is the only hill station in Assam. Also known as white ant hillock, Haflong in Assam is situated 310 km from Guwahati. Known for its beautiful Haflong hills, landscapes, valleys, and mountains, Haflong is popular among campers and nature enthusiasts. It is situated at an altitude of 680 m above sea level and is ideal for a peaceful holiday.Haflong Lake is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and is situated in the heart of the town. It is also Haflong’s most popular tourist spot. Jatinga is another famous tourist spot located on a spur of the Haflong ridge which is famous for the phenomenon of bird suicides. It is popular with the tourists are the ruins of Mailbong, the erstwhile capital of the Dimasa Kachari kingdom.Jatinga, famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”, is located on a spur of the Haflong ridge, the headquarter of the district. Curiously, most of the doomed birds do not attempt to fly away after they land near the lights. They look dazed and disheveled, perhaps due to the trauma of the whole shocking experience. Such birds fall easy prey to the villagers. Some of the birds hovering around the light sources are brought down by a vigorous swing of the bamboo poles. Catapults are also used to bring down the birds in flight as well as those perching on the trees and bushes near the light sources. However, contrary to the popular belief, birds do not commit suicide. Under circumstances not yet fully explained these birds get caught in the fog and wind, get disoriented and seek the solace of the light sources put out by the villagers. They hit against trees or other objects and get injured in their flight towards the light source. The villagers hit the hovering birds with bamboo poles or catapults to bring them down.
Various studies have conducted to know the reason bind this but this has been a mystery.
Manipur is situated in the eastern-most corner of Northeast India. The state shares borders with other north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam and the neighboring country of Myanmar. Due to its wealth of flora and fauna, Manipur is described as a ‘flower on lofty heights’, ‘a jewel of India’ and ‘Switzerland of the East’. Its breath-taking scenic beauty makes it a tourist’s paradise.Manipur has the highest number of handicrafts units as well as the highest number of craft persons comprising skilled and semi-skilled artisans in the entire north-eastern region. Handlooms are the largest cottage industry in Manipur and the state ranks among the top five in terms of the number of looms in the country.
Nagaland is adorned by the magical beauty of rolling hills and mountains, lush vegetation and colourful culture. We’ll witness the colourful Naga cultures at the hornbill festival, also known as ‘festivals of festivals’. It is the mostly enjoyed cultural meet in Nagaland. It is celebrated with full vigour and passion by all the Naga tribes.
Dawki is a major center of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the city in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds
The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit.
Dawki river, the very famous freshwater river, when we will see the river we will feel like the boats are floating in the water because of the crystal clear water.
India’s North East is a land of undulating hills and plains with luxuriant green cover and a variety or rare and exotic flora and fauna.
Parasuram Kund: The holy kund:
Popular stories connect the kund with Parasuram, one of the most influential sages of ancient India. The kund speaks its own history through the means of a popular story in which Parasuram washed away his sin of slaying his mother by washing his hands in this kund. And since then, this kund has been popularly named as Parasuram kund. Pilgrims visit the holy place in the month of January during makar sankranti. Other than this kund, the place is also rich in flora and fauna and is the house to the temple of Rukmini, temple of Malinithan, glow lake and the remains of King Bhisma’s palace.Location: Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh
Walong: The medicinal hot spring:
Located 20 km away from the Chinese border, Walong is situated on the western bank of river Lohit in Anjaw district. The mesmerizing place is famous for its hot water spring and the Namti valley. The hot spring is located amazingly at the confluence of river Dichu and Lohit. It is a major attraction of Walong and tourists fly to the place to take a soothing bath in the medicinal water of the hot spring.Location: Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh
One of the best place in Assam to visit is Dhemaji . There is lots of places to visit .
Manas National Park:
Manas National Park is the only reserve to have Tigers in the North-East India. The experience and thrill of spotting a tiger in Manas is a special experience as Tigers are rare in this part of the country. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some very rare and special species within its boundaries.
The highest peak in the state of Arunachal Pradesh near the Tibetan border, trekking at Gori Chen is an ‘other worldly’ experience to say the least. It is the most popular trekking circuits among climbers and hikers in the north-east and provides a moderate challenge to trekkers. The trek, the landscape and the thrill is something one should experience if traveling to north-east India.
Walking on the root bridges in Cherrapunjee:
Cherrapunjee is popular for many things but more so for its living root bridges. A feat of human genius and nature’s magic, these bridges which are spread across the city are built through the roots of tress. The experience of seeing such a thing and walking is worth traveling for. An example of north-east India’s amazing ability to fascinate its visitors, walking on these bridges will be an experience which will stay with you for some time. Add this to a list of places to visit in North East India, if you haven’t done so already!
Cruise on the Brahmaputra:
The mighty Brahmaputra River is the soul of the North-East India dissecting the region and providing it with life. The river also carries with it different sorts of life forms and touches some really beautiful parts of Assam. A river cruise on the Brahmaputra is a must do activity; enjoy the breathtaking sun set and the dolphins. Definitely one of the places to visit in north east India.
Tea Estate in Assam:
Assam is beautified by its tea estates. These tea estates which are part of the colonial legacy of the country and today produce tea for the world are excellent places to stay and to get a bite of the Colonial way of living. The plantation estates rent out their bungalows to tourists and provide them with the experience of life in a tea estate. The manicured hills, the awesome tea and the lifestyle are surely worth experiencing once in north east India.
River Rafting in Subansiri:
Subansiri River rafting is the mother of all river rafting expeditions in the country. Considered to be the toughest of the lot, rafting in the rivers requires experience and expertise. The river has volume, speed and great grade IV rapids traversing through some really difficult terrain and remote forests. But for those who can do it, this expedition is the ultimate prize.
Camping at Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valley:
One of the most stunning places to visit in north east India, you will come across, Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valleyare an amazing place to trek and camp at. Camping here amidst the green slopes which stretch far into the horizon is seriously an experience of a lifetime. Located in the state of Nagaland, they are easily accessible and anyone can camp and trek in the valley. For some it is the Scotland of the East.
Boating in Loktak Lake:
A unique lake in the heart of Manipur, Loktak Lake is considered the lifeline of Manipur. The lake is beautiful and unique due to the floating islands within it. These islands are made out of natural waste and our home to the fishermen who reside on them. A boat ride in the lake will get you close to these floating islands and give you a chance to spot the rare and endangered marine life of the lake.
Tribal life at Touphema Village:
Touphema Village near Kohima in Nagaland is a model heritage village built to bring forth the culture and lifestyle of the Naga tribes. Spend a night in the tribal huts, eat some delicious tribal dishes with other guests and listen to tribal tales and songs near a bon fire at Touphema village. The village is located in mesmerizing surroundings with hills all around. It gives you an opportunity to learn and explore a fascinating part of north-east India’s culture and lifestyle.
Perhaps one of the most unique experiences you are to come across in north east India, shopping at Khwairamband bazaar is a special experience because all the shops here are owned by womenfolk. The largest shopping market of Manipur, the market is famous for its handloom products and also for handmade crafts.
The Hornbill Festival:
One of the country’s most famous festivals, a visit to the Hornbill Festival in Kohima is a special experience. A place which buzzes with merry-making, tribal folk dances and music all day and all night for a week in December is a must visit. The hornbill festival is very famous among travelers from Indian and abroad. The festival lets you in on the life and ways of the tribes of Nagaland and allows you to observe their rich culture.
There are lots of more places in NE to visit , we will add accordingly.