Northeast India is true gem of the country. This region is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and an amazing array of exotic wildlife. It boasts of being home to some small tribal villages and offers delicious cuisine.
The Northeast consists of 7 states, which are popularly called the ‘Seven Sisters’. The region has lush forests, mighty mountain ranges, spectacular Himalayan rivers, and swampy grasslands. Listed below are some of the most popular places of this region that offer a glimpse into the shining pearls of Northeast India.
The beauty of Cherrapunjee will blow your mind. The town of Cherrapunjee is located along the edge of the high mountain wall of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Meghalaya. At one time, the town enjoyed the title of being the wettest place on earth as it rained heavily in the region. The town is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Travellers can visit the breathtaking Nohkalikai Falls and marvel at the incredible ‘living bridges’ or ‘root bridges’, which are – live rubber fig-tree roots made into natural pathways – close to Nongriat.
Kaziranga National Park
Visit this famous nature reserve, the Kaziranga National Park, located in the Indian state of Assam. The highlight of a visit to this amazing and lush reserve is the thrilling guided wildlife safaris that are conducted within the park. Travellers can enjoy memorable moments spotting the rare one-horned rhinoceros and elephants among others. The park has been instrumental in increasing the population of these rhinos, from a mere 200 in 1904 to around 1800 today. While here, also experience its early-morning elephant safari.
The picturesque Tawang Valley is one of the most scenic and magical places across India. The valley is located in the state Arunachal Pradesh. The valley welcomes travellers with stunning views of mountain ridges, lush patches, vast fields, and plenty of Buddhist monasteries. The valley is dotted with many gorgeous waterfalls and a few traditional Monpa villages. Travellers can admire nature’s beauty at the beautiful Sela Pass and visit the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, the Tawang Monastery. The Nuranang Waterfalls, Shonga-tser Lake, and the Taktsang Gompa are some of the attractions here.
Unakoti is a lesser-known destination in the North-eastern state of Tripura. The place is home to the stunning ancient archaeological site of Unakoti, which has huge rock-cut sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit the site to marvel at these 7th-century sculptures adorning hillocks. Travellers can visit the 10m-tall face of Shiva carved on a monolithic rock and see three Ganeshas images carved on a stone below a waterfall.
Visit the pristine and magnificent Loktak Lake, which is located in the Indian state of Manipur. The lake is considered to be the largest freshwater lake across the country. Travellers can admire the beauty of small floating islands, locally called phumdis. Villagers have built thatched huts and have inhabited many of these phumdis. One of these phumdis is home to the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the world’s sole floating national park.