Not many places feature such a fantastic fusion of natural beauty and cultural richness as India’s North Eastern region does. Verdant mountain ranges overlooking majestic Buddhist stupas and monasteries, meandering paths through spectacular dense forests, glacial lakes, and a fabulous climate – this relatively isolated part of the country is truly a treat to the senses. Visit once and it’ll surely tempt you to come back for more. Here are some of the region’s fascinating tourist destinations.
From serene monasteries to buzzing street markets and from the placid glacial lake Tsongmo (Changu) to the beautiful river Teesta – Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, awaits you with a dream-world of sights; both natural and man-made.
Plus, delightful cuisines, ample shopping options, and salubrious weather make this little mountain town a perfect holiday destination for just about anyone.
Not to miss Attractions: Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Tashi Viewpoint, and the beautiful Gurodongmar Lake.
Fondly billed as the “Queen of Hills”, Darjeeling is nestled in the foothills of Himalaya, at an elevation of 2,042.2 m above sea level.
Admire breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains, try enthralling adventures or take guided tours to the world-famous tea plantations – this captivating hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal promises you a memorable holiday.
Not-to-miss Attractions: Tiger Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoo, Chowrasta, and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
If solitude in the lap of nature is what you’re looking for, Shillong is the place to be.
Imagine strolling through lush green landscapes, and camping beside a beautiful waterfall while sampling delicious local cuisines. Fondly known as the Scotland of the East, this place will also becharm you with its ancient churches and cobblestone streets.
Not-to-Miss Attractions: The Sohpetbneng Peak, Shillong Peak, the Crinoline Falls, and the Elephant Falls.
Kaziranga National Park
Love wildlife? Visit Kaziranga National Park and take your love for nature to a new height. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is undisturbed by human presence and is a great place to see exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.
Though the great Indian one horned rhinos are the major draw for tourists, several other animal species like elephants, panthers and beers can also be spotted here. Home to a large population of migratory and native birds, the park is a haven for birding enthusiasts too.
Not-to-miss Attractions: The place is famous for its one horned rhinos and delightful birding opportunities.