North-East India; also famously known as the Seven Sister States of India, is located in the eastern region of the country comprising of seven different states, namely; Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Each of these seven states features several hidden gems that a traveller can explore this 2020.
Some of these tourist places are major visual treats. However, with so many tourist places in North East India, one may find it hard to pick the best among the rest. So, we bring you the five best tourists hotspots in North East India.
Best Time To Visit North East India:
The best time to visit North East India is during the winter season, i.e. from October to mid-March. Though these months are considered to be dry months in the northeast, you can expect occasional showers in the region. Influenced by the Meghalaya plateau to the south, the Himalayas to the north and the hills of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur to the east, North East India boasts a pleasant subtropical climate.
1. Shillong, Meghalaya
Decked with countless tall pine trees, Shillong is a picturesque city, unlike any other bustling cities in India. Located at an altitude of 1496 m, the hill station is notable for its age-old traditions and scenic landscapes. Moreover, the weather is so remarkably pleasant that Shillong can be visited at any time of the year. During wintertime, it receives moderate showers, which further enhances its verdant surroundings.
For its display of fresh, natural bounties, Shillong is far-famed as the 'Scotland of the East'. Besides its natural splendour, the Scotland of the East boasts various golf courses, mountain peaks, and ancient museums etc.
2. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
If your idea of travelling is to seek peace and harmony, then Ziro is an idyllic destination for you. Ziro is an age-old hamlet in the state of Arunachal Pradesh with soothing weather and a cradle to an extraordinary tribe bunch. It is quite notable for its lush green pine trees and acres of rice fields. In addition to its natural bounties, Ziro can be visited round the year as it boasts one of the best weather conditions in India.
3. Majuli, Assam
Located far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Majuli is one of the most exotic and visited tourist places in Northeast. Surrounded by lush greenery and pristine freshwater island, Majuli is clean, safe and environment-friendly. Nestled in the lap of River Brahmaputra, Majuli is a pollution-free natural haven spread across 880 square Km, making it the largest river island in the world. It attracts tens of thousands of tourists from across the globe. Besides its angelic beauty and charm, you can also explore the unique tribal culture here.
4. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
It is one of the cloudiest and wettest regions under the sun. The verdant rolling hills and untouched natural settings of the place make it an excellent choice to sit back and relax. Though it receives a lot of rain during the monsoon; in the initial months of the year, it boasts pleasant weather, managing to keep the visitors refreshed and enthusiastic. This tourist hotspot also features many cascades which further enhances the charm of the place. Some of the waterfalls worth visiting are Thelen Falls, and Noh Sngithiang Falls.
5. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, located in Arunachal Pradesh, is positioned at an altitude of 3048 m and is one of the most-visited places in North East India. There are numerous ancient monasteries, where you can find many followers of Buddhism and meet Buddhist monks. It is well-known for being the birthplace of Dalai Lama! Besides its religious prominence, Tawang is also home to many pleasant locations. And a visit to Tawang will surely make you fall in love with its charm. Other excellent attractions include the Orchid Sanctuary as well as the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary.
6. Manas National Park, Assam
Besides being an Elephant Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve; Manas National Park is also a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. One of the best-kept and well managed national parks, Manas National Park, is the only tiger reserve in Assam! It is home to diverse flora and fauna, including exotic golden langur and the red panda.
7. Jorhat, Assam
Famous for its gardens, culture, tombs, mosques, gardens and most importantly - its tea estates, Jorhat is far-famed as the tea capital of India.
The commercial, beautiful, culturally artistic city of Jorhat is the second most populous town in Assam. The main agricultural activity of the town is tea plantation. And it is one of the most famous tourist attraction given its simple rustic appeal. There are as many as 130 tea fields in Jorhat. Jorhat's heritage and rich culture, coupled with the numerous hotspots to see, makes it a significant tourist draw.
8. Lunglei, Mizoram
Translated locally as 'the bridge of rock', Lunglei is renowned for its picturesque beauty and natural background. It is an excellent destination if one wants to escape the urban calling and look away, towards nature's simple offerings. Tourists can frequently relish bird watching, trekking, and adventure sports.
9. Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
Besides being the nature lover's heaven, Bhalukpong can provide you with comprehensive experience with wildlife and a host of activities commemorating its natural beauty and the environment of a place lesser-known.
10. Tamenglong, Manipur
This hill- station is an excellent setting for visitors who are interested in outdoor holidays. The charm of this town is unique with the fantastic varieties of flora and fauna.
Located in Manipur, and known for the oranges grown here! It hosts some of the exotic plants and animals. The verdant hills and forest is home to leopards, hog deers, wild dogs, tigers, hyenas, and many more. A nature lover can have a gala time in this splendidly endowed town, with its cascades, fascinating animals and numerous farms.