Top 10 reasons to Visit North-East India

Top 10 reasons to Visit North-East India

Shriya Misra | December 22, 2019 |

A land of compelling charm and beauty, the eight states of north eastern India are a less explored destination. Come here and you will find yourself surrounded by a sheet of green, melodious sounds of the nature and unmatched hospitality. If you’re an avid traveler, a wildlife enthusiast or even an individual looking for a getaway destination. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit North East India! 

 

Breathtaking Landscapes  

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There are a very few natural destinations that preserve their original form. North eastern India has the most stunning landscapes. Beautiful roads cutting through mountains, wild ferns and the endless mountain ranges are definitely a visual treat. Hairpin turns around the Indo Burma border near Meghalaya are a sight worth the trip. To find your way back to nature, the untouched forests of the northeast and its glacial mountains in Sikkim are truly the best. The Garo-Khasi-Jaintia hills, Patkai mountain range, Naga hills etc. are most definitely places where one will find unforgettable views. This divine land has various attractions like the living root bridges of Meghalaya and the hills of Nagaland that will provide one with picture perfect sights. So, for anyone looking forward to enjoying nature’s company, get packing, the North East awaits you! 

  

Drive on some of the Adventurous Roads

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With the exception of an airport in Guwahati Assam, the northeast is mainly connected by road. The highest and most scenic parts of the region are accessible only by road. The roads to such points are pretty steep and narrow, making it a drive that is not for the faint of heart. An adventure packed drive for all the thrill seekers out there. Sikkim is the best place in Northeast India if one is going around looking for adventure. The Tsomgo Lake which is at an altitude of 12310 meters has a breathtaking view and the adventurous drive up, makes the visit wholesome. For short adventures without extreme detours one can take the road to Zuluk Hamlet in Sikkim and Shillong to Cherrapunji. A fun filled adventurous location where the journey and the destination are worth the while! 

 

Acquaint yourself with the tribes

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A distinct and unique part of the experience here in North East India is meeting the tribes. With 16 tribes in Nagaland, 29 in Manipur and 18 in Assam one will most definitely acquaint themselves with unique customs, various languages and interesting lifestyles. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Nagaland is a town called Mon. This small town is said to be home to the last head-hunting tribe to survive. The Konyak people, who rule this district are now well educated, hospitable people who make the visit worthwhile. The famous hornbill festival of Nagaland is the best time to visit and experience the practices, culture and traditions of the different tribes. So, if you are ready for a holiday experience like none other, plan a trip to the northeast! 

  

Learn a new language

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Not every vacation is about adventure and thrill. Many of us explore new places to learn what the place has in store.  Whats fascinating about the northeast is the number of languages used. While having diverse culture and traditions all eight states also have distinct languages. Communication seems to become difficult due to this but to make things fun learning a few phrases and the local language is a great idea. The main languages are Khasi, Assamese and Nagamese. These languages are often slightly similar to one another, making them easier to learn. Even if one is not pre acquainted with the languages, English is spoken across all the states which may make your journey towards learning new languages easier. So, come on over to the North East and become multilingual! 

  

Explore its wildlife

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India is home to various kinds of biodiversity but northeast India definitely bags the first prize. The state of Assam is the only home for one-horned Rhinocerous. National parks in the North East are rich in wildlife. At higher altitudes of the Himalayan states one can also find Red Pandas which are found there due to the suitable climate. Some of the best national parks to visit in this region are the Kaziranga national park in Assam, Kanchendzonga National Park in Sikkim and Balphakram National Park in Meghalaya. So, for all you wildlife enthusiasts, the biodiversity of the North is roaring with enthusiasm. 

 

Explore its festivals

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With one of the most diverse cultures, traditions and customs, the northeast India has numerous festivals. Its lavish celebrations are remarkably spectacular, making it an ideal festival tourism destination. While the three main achievements of Gautam Buddha are celebrated at Saga Dawa Festival in Sikkim, the Moatsu Mong festival is celebrated in Assam for good harvest. The peal time for festival tourism is during the annual Ziro festival and Hornbill festival that are much awaited events. Dance, music and food are an essential part of the festival celebrations. With most of these festivals being celebrated in the spring or fall, one must definitely plan their visit accordingly. 

  

Satisfy your taste buds

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Whether you’re one who plans their day around food or simply one who likes to explore new flavours, the northeast has plenty in store for you. With a variety of mouthwatering dishes, this region offers a mixture of food across all the states. A few popular dishes are the Assamese meal Khar, the Mizo snack Sanpiau and smoked pork which is a specialty of Nagaland. The best way to taste a diverse range of dishes is to attend a festival. Different types of sweets, meats and snacks are found in abundance. The inhabitants of the region are welcoming and often welcome you with some red tea. So, if food is on top of your priority list, you know where to go. 

 

Explore some of the iconic Historic Sites

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India is abundant with historical monuments and sites to explore. The northeast does not lag behind and houses its own share of history. While Assam houses religious temples like the Rang Ghar in Sivasagar and caves dedicated to gods and Goddesses in Guwahati, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have several monasteries a few of which are the Ita Fort in Arunachal and Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim. Manipur is also known to have its very own Kangla fort which is a major tourist attraction. So, as you explore the divine beauty of the North East don’t leave behind its ancient wonders. 

 

Explore a new trekking trail

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In the mountainous region of northeast India, tourists often find new challenging trails to trek on. To begin, one can start with the Japfu Mountain which is at the Nagaland-Manipur border. This mountain houses an interesting tourist destination called the Dzukou Valley which has a stupendous view. For a longer and slightly more difficult trek one can trek to the highest peak in Nagaland, Mount Saramati. Although the Himalayan range has numerous trekking trails known to be dangerous and hence require prior expertise and skill. The most popular trails in this range are the base camp trek, Goecha La Trek, Dzongri Trek and Sandakphu Trek. For all those looking for an action-packed adventure, plan a trek in the northeast. 

 

It houses the only river island in the world

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The Majuli island in the northeast is a simple classic island that happens to be the only river island in the world. Far from the chaos, Majuli is a major tourist attraction in Assam and it is accessible only by a ferry. The secluded island has an abundant display of pottery and traditional masks used in festivals. The calm river, homestays and laid back get-away proves to be an amazing destination for honeymooners. One can also hire a cycle to casually roam around the small island. All in all, the Majuli island is a destination that is a must on your bucket list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Shriya Misra

Living life to the fullest, a curious soul with a creative mind is what you'll find within me.