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The Northeast region of India is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The land of Seven Sisters includes Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, and Sikkim in addition. Each of these states has a vast natural landscape, flora, fauna, and natural beauty to offer to travelers. All these states are small and pretty close together. But you need to take some Northeast tour packages to figure out how to cover most of the things to see in the northeast in the least amount of time.

Each of these Northeast states has so much to offer that you cannot visit all in just a single visit. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are not even that small. You cannot visit two of the other five states on one trip if you really want to explore the depths of nature in Northeast.

So, you will have to choose where you want to go on this trip. You could go for the Orchid State of India, that is in Arunachal Pradesh, or you could go to Manipur for its culturally rich heritage. You can go to Assam if you want to enjoy the untarnished natural beauty. Or go to Tripura if you want to see endless bamboo and cane forest plantations, or to the land of the hill people, Mizoram.

If you want to get to know over 14 different tribes of people, go to Nagaland. Visit the most beautiful place i.e. the Scotland of the East - Shillong in Meghalaya or you could go to Sikkim, the youngest of the sister states, the eighth state in the Northeast, and the most popular tourist destination for people from West Bengal.

1. Places to visit in Assam

Guwahati is the gateway to many other places in the northeast. The ancient temples like the Kamakhya temple and Umananda in Peacock Island that dot the urban landscape, the wildlife sanctuaries at Kaziranga and Pobitora, the scenic beauty of Brahmaputra, black magic of Mayong and its culture make Assam one of the most visited tourist sites in northeastern India.

Want to visit one of the most popular wildlife attractions with the most intriguing creatures like a one horned Rhino then Kaziranga National Park is the exact location. It is home to the world's largest population of one horned Indian rhinoceros. Apart from all human habitation, the natural life thrives so perfectly here. Along with the giant rhinos, Kaziranga National Park is also home to bears, panthers, elephants and other beautiful feathered creatures. It is very appropriate to justify his name on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tezpur is another important tourist spot in Assam because of its scenic natural beauty. The Brahmaputra River that flows through the city from Sadiya, adds to the beauty of this place. Tezpur is also the cultural center of Assam due to its theater, traditional dances and cultural events. The tea plantations around the city are also another attraction here.

Majuli, located about 20 km from Jorhat, is an ecological access point and the largest river island in the world. Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the first one built in Asia and is also the third oldest in the world. From here you can go to Dima Hasao hills.

Digboi not only has a refinery, which is more than 100 years old, but also several tea gardens. The place with misty blue hills offers several attractions, including Digboi Oil Refinery, Ridge Point and Digboi Centenary Museum. From Ridge Point, you can have a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains of the eastern Himalayas.

2. Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

The first of these cultural macro-areas is the ancient eastern pilgrimage route that led to Lhasa, Tibet. This passed through the district of Tawang, where there is the homonymous historical Buddhist Tawang monastery, the Tawang War Memorial and West Kameng which houses the Dirang dzong, the only one in India in a fortified village in the medieval Tibetan style and the capital of Bomdila.

In Arunachal Pradesh, glaciers are found in Greater Himalaya ranges which run along the Tibetan border. All peaks here rise above 4500 meters and are snow covered throughout the year. The area is characterized by the Meerathang Glacier and the Kangto peak which extends beyond the Chinese border and the Gori Chen. Of extreme cultural, historical and naturalistic interest the Sela pass connects the two districts and was the scene of the Sino-Indian war of 1962.

Eastward after crossing the Deopani bridge in Roing, the main center of the area is Ziro, located in the so-called Apatani Valley, which takes its name from the nearby indigenous settlements along the Kele River. From here the streets to the Kurung Kumey area lead to the softer Himalayan slopes of the settlement of Koloriang surrounded by the reliefs of Hamching and Gilo Domcho (Lulupo to the south). Continuing in north-west direction lead to the Nyegyi Kangsang, one of the major Himalayan peaks on the border between China and India.

Further north, following the course of the Brahmaputra rises another of the most important Himalayan peaks, Namcha Barwa. This is an incredibly rugged and little visited area where in addition to the presence of local indigenous people, the Tibetan most sacred beyul is found, or secret places that guard the terma, the hidden treasures of Buddhist knowledge.

One of the most important places from a historical-cultural point of view is the so-called Parshuram Kund not far from the city of Tezu.

3. Places to visit in Meghalaya

The most famous waterfalls are the Elephant Falls, Shadthum Falls, Weinia Falls, Bishop Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Langshiang Falls and Sweet Falls. And the Jakrem hot springs near Mawsynram are greatly appreciated as they are believed to have healing and medicinal properties. Meghalaya also have quite a lot of natural and artificial lakes.

Perhaps the most famous Khasi tradition is the creation of living root bridges, woven with the aerial roots of huge fig trees of the jungle. Several of these impressive natural wonders, including a two-story bridge, can be visited on a tricky tour of the centuries-old paths used by villagers selling areca nuts in Shillong.

The best access points are the villages of Mawshamok and Tyrna, south of Sohra. In the Khasi mountains there are more bridges of these, reminiscent of Lord of the rings, including the exquisite Mawlynnong, considered the cleanest village in Asia, which is reached from Dawki, on the border with Bangladesh with the transparent Umngot River. Cherrapunji is famous for its spectacular waterfalls, which fall on huge cliffs throughout the town like the Wei Sawdong Fall.

The most impressive are Nohkalikai Falls, which emerge from a wooded ravine and fall 340 m along a rock face; during the monsoon, the flow of water that precipitates into the abyss is 20 times greater and the noise is deafening. The road is complicated, and many visitors prefer to see the waterfall from afar, from the viewpoint on the outskirts of Sohra. If the traveler wants to do so, Mawsynram, the wettest town on the planet.

There are more than 150 krem (caves) that pierce the limestone bed of the Jaintia mountains, including Krem Liat Prah, the longest cave in India, which extends at least 25 km under the Shnongrim mountain range.

4. Places to visit in Nagaland

Nagaland, which is limited by Assam in the east and south, Manipur in the north and Myanmar in the west is generosity of a nature in a narrow strip of mountainous territory. Kohima (capital of Nagaland) extended by carefully the face of the hillocks is a clear indication of the consolidation of homes with nature. The Catholic Cathedral on the Aradura Hill with its magnificent cross, Dimapur as the melting pot of the Northeast and the Nagaland State Museum promises a wide range of interesting and varied discovery.

As there are number of tribes in Nagaland, each tribe celebrates its own distinctive seasonal festival. During the first week of December, Nagaland becomes the setting for the Hornbill Festival of deep-rooted tribal heritage. It is its capital, Kohima, where the event that gives rise to demonstrations of this culture is celebrated. Music, dances and dangerous indigenous games and sports are organised.

5. Places to visit in Manipur

Manipur is one of the states of northeastern India and bordering Myanmar, formerly Burma. It is one of the least visited places in the country but it is not devoid of attractions. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Lake Loktak. Located near its capital, Imphal, it is a very pleasant place and the only floating National Park in the world.

A canoe trip with one of the fishermen who live on its shores in order to navigate calmly among its islands of vegetation, called phumdis, is undoubtedly the best way to get to see the lake. Nearby is the Keibul Lamjao National Park where with a little luck, you can see some sangai, an endemic antelope that is in danger of extinction.

Imphal has markets such as Paona Bazar and Khwairanbam Bazar. Buyers can buy exotic shawl (Hauphee), Tangkhul scarf, various wooden items and the most popular Moirangphee (a fine cloth) of art for their own. In Imphal, buying is quite easy as the markets are put together but people have to travel three hours to the Moreh market. What makes Moreh stand out is the picturesque trip and the cheap imported goods available.

The fine movement of the Ras Lila (Manipuri dance), the extravagance of Thang-TA (martial arts) can make it an all-together different experience.

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6. Places to visit in Sikkim

The first thing you will notice here are the buildings precariously perched on the edge of the hills. If you find a good hotel with a view, you can see the imposing Kanchenjunga peak in all its splendor. The top of this mountain has an orange glow, since the first rays of the sun adorn this mountain every morning.

Explore the streets of Gangtok on foot or in buggy. Enjoy Tibetan, Sikkimese and Nepalese cuisine when you are here. Try the noodle soups such as Thupka and Thenthuk. Do not miss the hot steam momos that are easy to get here. Catch up on a book with fresh and hot tea at Cafe Fiction or look at the bustling streets of the comfortable Baker's Cafe.

There are many monasteries around Gangtok such as the famous Rumtek Monastery, the Enchey Monastery, the Lingdum Monastery and the Gonjang Monastery. These Buddhist temples are colorful, you can listen to the monks singing prayers and you can see how the life of these monks goes as they live, study and continue to work in this monastery.

Stroll on the cable car to enjoy magnificent views of Gangtok at the top of the hill. Practice rafting on the Teesta river, paragliding in the village of Baliman Dara or Reshithang or mountain biking in the rugged region surrounding Gangtok.

Gurudongmar Lake

At an altitude of 17,800 feet, this is a must see in Sikkim. It is located in the northernmost point of Sikkim and is very close to the Chinese border. Nestled between the mountains, this lake is as isolated and pristine as it can be. The crystal blue waters surrounded by sterile earth reflect the snowy mountains. You can see colorful prayer flags hanging from the rocks. This is a place where you can pause and appreciate nature in all its splendor.

Lachung Valley

This valley has stunning views of the Himalayas, small villages, bright streams and fruit orchards. If you come here in June, you will be lucky enough to witness the Saga Dawa Festival, the most sacred festival for Buddhists.During the spring, all this place has Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other alpine flowers in full bloom. During the winter, this place looks darker and more rugged.

Chungthang Valley is between Lachung and the Yumthang Valley, famous for the Zero Point. This point is 15,300 feet in altitude and the stretch of road that brings you here stops abruptly. That's why this place is called Zero Point. Here you will find some members of the army, since the Chinese border is a few kilometers from here.

Lake Tso Lhamo and Zemu Glacier

This is one of the high-altitude lakes of Sikkim, fed by the nearby Zemu glacier. This glacier is 26 km long and is located at the base of the Kanchenjunga. There are many adventure walks in which you can board around this glacier. This is the best way to fully enjoy the terrain in the Himalayan laps.

Khangchendzonga National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests. This great site has the third highest peak in the world, Mount Khangchendzonga. The best way to experience the spectacular views of this mountain is by taking a walk through the port of Goecha La. This would be a moderate to difficult hike with rewarding views of many peaks in the Himalayas such as Mount Pandim.

Tsomgo Lake

Changu lake is only 40 km from Gangtok. It stays frozen throughout the winter. During the rest of the year, the lake's water reflects different colors. This lake is considered very auspicious by the locals. See if you can do a yak safari for this place. It's as exciting as a camel ride through the sand dunes of a desert.

Nathu La

This mountain pass in eastern Sikkim, near the border between Indochina and China. On the way, you will meet Dzuluk, which is a village at a height of 10,000 feet. Dzuluk is an unusual but close destination. You can see winding roads below the village on the edge of the mountains that lead to Nathu La.

Tashiding Monastery

One of the most sacred monasteries of Sikkim. Located 100 km from Gangtok, this monastery is famous for the Bhumchu festival.


There is a large statue of the local deity called Guru Padmasambhava on the top of Samdruptse hill in the beautiful Namchi valley. You can also visit the Samdruptse Monastery a short distance from the sanctuary.

The snowy Himalayas, the hills with green carpets, the pristine lakes, the numerous waterfalls, the river valleys and the monasteries that sing Buddhist hymns are what await you when you visit Sikkim. The scenic places to explore are distributed throughout the state. Here is a list of places to visit from the northernmost part of the state to the south.

How to visit Sikkim

It is not possible to reach Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim directly by plane. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. This airport is 126 km away and it takes 4 hours to get to Gangtok by bus or jeep. There are direct flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and other major cities to Bagdogra Airport.

Each of the states in Northeast India is worth visiting. So get hold of a Northeast tour packages catalog and plan your next trip soon. You can take at least two trips in a single year if you plan your budget well.

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