Northeast India has everything that a tourist would be looking for. A little bit of adventure, fun, entertainment, culture and heritage, this region has it all. All the states in the northeast, from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, are blessed with nature’s bounty, and anyone visiting the region the first time is both excited and surprised to come across this all-encompassing scenery.
There are a few destinations in the Northeast though which have something special to offer. It may be account of their wildlife, landscape or culture, but each destination offers an experience different from the other. Adventure lovers will find much to celebrate about, as will admirers of wildlife. If you have never visited this part of India, you are missing out on a wonderful and exciting experience. In this blog, we bring you the top tourist places in North East India to make your holiday a memorable one.
Guwahati is the gateway to the Northeast, besides being one of the largest cities of this region. There are several opportunities for sightseeing in this city. The most prominent attractions of Guwahati are the Kamakhya Temple, Fancy Bazaar, Regional Science Center, Assam State Zoo and Accoland. Visiting the Kamakhya Temple promises to be a special spiritual experience. Another attraction is the Umananda Temple situated in the island of Brahmaputra, which can be reached through a boat ride. There are also several gardens in the city where you can spend quality time with your friends and family.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for being home to the one-horned rhino. It’s also one of the most amazing holiday destinations in Northeast India. They are an endangered species, though. Spotting this colossus beast with its thick hide and horn which juts out menacingly from its head is a rewarding experience. Apart from the rhino, Kaziranga National Park is also home to several species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Some of these are Royal Bengal Tiger, pigmy hog, swamp deer and elephant, among others. It’s not just the fauna which captivates you, the flora too is just as impressive. Indeed, no visit to Assam is complete without a safari in the Kaziranga National Park.
Majuli is a river island in Assam that can only be accessed through a ferry ride from Jorhat. Majuli is special for so many reasons, with one of them being that it is the first district island in the country. Visiting Majuli makes you wonder about the hidden natural wonders tucked away in different parts of India and how much is left to be explored. Some of the attractions worth checking out in Majuli are Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay, Samaguri Satra, Bangalpukhari and Tengapania.
You will enjoy your visit to Sivasagar especially if you are a history enthusiast. It is home to several places of immense historical importance. The most famous ones are Sivasagar Lake, Rang Ghar, Tai Ahom Museum, Shiva Temple, Central Baptist and Catholic Church, Anadaram Baruah Park and Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary. Among these, the Rang Ghar deserves a special mention because it is one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters in Asia. The Ahom Museum would arouse the interests of both history lovers and laymen because it contains clothes, royal armory and manuscripts belonging to rulers of the Ahom dynasty. Explore holiday packages for Sivasagar.
Manas Tiger Reserve
As the name suggests, Manas Tiger reserve is most famous for its enormous population of tigers. Alongside, this tiger reserve also boasts the largest population of Bengal Florican in the world, besides being an incredible place to watch the Great Hornbill. Apart from this, the Manas Tiger Reserve is home to almost 380 species of birds including red-headed trogon, swamp francolin, marsh, jerdon’s babbler and finn’s weaver. The tiger reserve also boasts a great biodiversity and is the only place where the pygmy hog survives.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
What makes Tawang one of the most visited destinations in Northeast India is its resemblance to heaven, if you know what heaven looks like. The smallest district of Arunachal Pradesh, its home to several attractions including Tawang Monastery, Nuranang Waterfalls, Taktsang Gompa, Pankang Teng Tso Lake and Jaswant Garh, besides others. The Tawang Monastery, situated at a height of 10,000ft and the residence of almost 450 monks, is one of the largest monasteries in India. In the evening, its beauty takes on a different appearance. Jaswant Garh War Memorial is built in honor of Jaswant Singh Rawat, an Indian rifleman of 4 Garhwal Rifles who bravely fought the Chinese army.
Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh
Bomdila is one of the most incredible destinations of Arunachal Pradesh because of its lush landscape combined with a rich culture and heritage. Not only can one enjoy its natural beauty, but also explore the culture and crafts of the region by visiting its museums and monasteries. The popular tourist attractions in Bomdila are Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Dirang Valley, Bomdila View Point, Craft Center and Ethnographic Museum and Apple Orchard, among others.
Agartala is the second largest city in Northeast and has attracted tourists in large numbers. One of the fastest developing cities in India, it’s also the third international internet getaway after Mumbai and Chennai. Agartala is home to several fabulous monuments including Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal and Tripura Government Museum, besides others. Other places which are very popular with the tourists are Rose Valley Amusement Park, Dumboor Lake and Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctaury. Ujjayanta Palace, an architectural masterpiece, is quite a sight to come across. Once home to the ruling Manikya dynasty, the palace is now a state museum and sheds light on the arts, crafts, tradition and lifestyle of communities residing in Northeast India.
Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, is one of the amazing cities to visit in Northeast India. Kohima is most popular for hosting the annual Hornbill Festival in December, which draws in thousands of visitors every year. Apart from that, there are several tourist attractions in Kohima including The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill, World War II Cemetery, Nagaland State Museum and the Zoological Park, besides others. After enjoying sightseeing, you can also go for a trek with your family to Dzukou Valley, located almost 20km from Kohima.
Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, is blessed with a beautiful landscape which wins your heart at first sight. It is home to several tribes and is also the cultural capital of the state. For a tourist, there are several fascinating sights to explore. One of these is the Imphal Polo Ground, the oldest polo ground in the world. The other attractions worth checking out are Kangla Fort, Manipur Zoological Gardens and Keibul Lamjao National Park, apart from others. Imphal also hosts several events like Lai Haraoba, the Kang Rath Yatra and Ningol Chakouba Festival, to name a few.
Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world, and is one of the best places to visit in India. It is also famous for its root bridges which are formed due to continuous rains. However, this place attracts tourists for its amazing sightseeing opportunities. Its major attractions are waterfalls and caves, with some of them being Nohsngithiang Falls, Nohkalikai Falls and Dainthlen Falls, along with Mawsmai Cave. Other equally exciting sightseeing destinations are Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Double Decker Living Root Bridge and Thangkharang Park.
Mawsynram, located about 56km from Shillong, is a tiny village in the Khasi village of Meghalaya. It is famous for being the wettest place on earth, along with Cherrapunji. It reportedly receives an annual rainfall of almost 11,872 mm, or 39ft! However, it’s a natural paradise, and tourists visiting the place delight in the fresh air, sliding slopes and rolling green mountains. One of the main attractions in Mawsynram is the Mawjymbuin Cave. They consist of some magnificent stalagmites which have been formed due to years of weathering and dripping of mineralized solutions. It’s such a delight exploring these natural formations and coming across rare sights such as these.
No list of the most beautiful hill stations in Northeast India is complete without mentioning Shillong, one of the most visited places in Northeast India. Surrounded by hills and the ever present fog resting comfortably on them, Shillong appears like the perfect getaway for a dreamy vacation. It’s also famous for hosting the most exciting music festivals and cultural events throughout the year. You can enjoy shopping in the malls, boating on Ward’s Lake or just having a relaxed day out with your family. The major attractions of Shillong include Shillong Peak, Golf Course, Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Centers and Elephant Falls, besides others. Shillong Peak, located at a height of 6, 449ft, provides outstanding views of the city.
Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram and an immensely beautiful hill city, provides the best sightseeing opportunities. You will find solitude and tranquility in abundance here. The city also provides lovely views of the hills stretching for miles on end. In Aizwal, you will also come across the friendliest people in the entire Northeast. There is also scope for adventure, from paragliding to rafting. Some of the popular tourist attractions include Lamsial Puk (Cave), Baktawng and Solomon’s Temple. A unique experience in Aizwal is meeting the world’s largest family. Headed by Pu Ziona, who has 38 wives, 89 children and a large number of grandchildren, this family has been registered by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim and contains an enormous collection of rare manuscripts and scriptures. Located in close proximity to Pelling, it is around 300 years old and is three storied. It houses various statues of Buddhist saints. The main prayer hall is adorned with exquisite paintings while the doors and windows are decorated in traditional Tibetan design. You can also see the ruins of Rabdantse Monastery from here. Explore customized Sikkim tour packages.
Pelling is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Northeast because it offers breathtaking views of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges. This is also the reason why it’s so loved by tourists, along with the various tourist spots that its home to. Some of the tourist attractions are Darap Cherny Village, Khecheopalri Lake, Khangchendzonga Waterfalls and Sawaro Rock Garden. Besides this, Pelling hosts the Khangchendzonga Festival which is marked with various exciting activities like water-rafting on the Rangit, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking, to name a few. Flower exhibitions and traditional crafts stalls also keep the guests entertained. Explore Pelling with this package.