Tour the stunning Northeast India

Northeast India is a region of high mountain passes, valleys, rivers, lakes, and forests. This varied terrain is hard to navigate, but over the years, new roads, bridges, railways, and airports have made it easier to travel between states.

If you’re looking to travel to a few northeast states at a go, you can club Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and Nagaland. You can discover the tribal crafts and culture of Nagaland, dwell in the beauty of Mizoram, feast on Manipur’s Loktak Lake with its floating phumids, and explore the princely traditions of Tripura.

An amalgamation of people, culture, food, language, crafts, beliefs, and more, Northeast India offers an experience like no other. Except for the monsoon season, and the winter months of December and January for some states that receive heavy snowfall, the rest of the year is perfect to visit. The stunning views of the Himalayas are a crowd-puller to this part of the country, and it’s a welcome alternative to the crowded tourist places of Himachal Pradesh.

From leisure tours and pilgrimage visits to adventure trips, Northeast India is the perfect destination for anyone looking to run to the mountains.

For immersive experiences, opt for homestays, village tours, participation in local activities, and volunteering for community services.

Things to note while touring Northeast India:

  1. Be respectful of religion places.
  2. Do not litter.
  3. Intermingle with the locals politely.
  4. Read up on the places you are visiting to stay knowledgeable.
  5. Keep ready cash as cards might not work due to poor network.
  6. Shop from local markets to support local business owners.

Note that many places need permits to visit, so make sure to arrange for them before leaving on your vacation.

Explore Northeast India for a refreshing break

The year-end months in India are usually marked with festivals. It’s a time for big gatherings, celebrations, and family holidays. If you’re looking for a relaxing break, northeast India is probably a good choice.

Fresh out of the monsoons, the landscape of these Himalayan regions is intoxicatingly vibrant and refreshing. Nature walks, hikes, treks, ropeway rides, jeep safaris, and mountain biking are just some ways to enjoy the scenery.

For a cultural experience, you can attend numerous festivals such as Pang Lhabsol in Sikkim, Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, and Majuli Festival in Assam that are eagerly awaited throughout the year. From dances to food, festivals are celebrated extravagantly here.

Close to the Eastern Himalayas, Northeast India enjoys a pleasant climate most of the year. Monsoons and winters can be harsh but enjoyable with the right activities and snowfall can be witnessed here from December-February.

Read all about tourist places in Northeast India to understand each state’s unique offerings before planning your trip.

It’s best to go through a travel agent to avoid the hassle of obtaining permits as some states lie close to international borders with numerous restricted areas.

Magical tour of Meghalaya

One of the wettest regions in the world, Meghalaya will enthrall you with its waterfalls, streams, and vegetation. The landscape is best explored on foot, and there are many hiking trails that take you to hidden and less explored places.

Meghalaya might be the only state that encourages people to visit during the monsoons. The waterfalls and play of cloud formations are unmatched anywhere in the country.

The local inhabitants–the Khasis, Garos, and Jaintias–bring in different cultural flavors to the state in terms of language, beliefs, food, and lifestyle. This can be observed during the festivals, which are celebrated with great fervor.

Meghalaya also offers immersive experiences through village tours and homestays. The living root bridges that are unique to the state are worth investigating.

Take a magical tour of Meghalaya this year for a rejuvenating break and cultural extravaganza.

Meghalaya

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN DARJEELING

Darjeeling Himalayan rail at Batasia loop

Lying in the foothills of The Himalayas at an elevation of 2,042 m, Darjeeling is a quaint hilly town located in West Bengal. With the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop and lush greenery all around, Darjeeling is one of the best places to visit for anyone looking for a rejuvenating experience. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Darjeeling offers you one of the finest experiences through its picturesque landscape, delicious cuisine, exciting adventures, and captivating culture.

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to reach

By air: Bagdogra airport in Siliguri is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. 

By rail: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling.

Best time to visit

April to June, October to November.

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN DARJEELING

Although there are many places that you can visit in Darjeeling, we have compiled a list of the top 10 places to visit in Darjeeling that you can’t afford to miss. If you want to get the most out of Darjeeling in a limited time, then these are the places you should opt to visit.

(1) The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway/Toy Train

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is commonly known as the ‘Toy Train,’ is one of the must-visit places of Darjeeling. Featured in several movies, the Toy Train is honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow-gauge rail starts its journey from New Jalpaiguri and ends at Darjeeling. You can take a fun ‘Joy Ride’ on the train, which takes you through stunning landscapes including the famous Batasia Loop. Keep reading…

10 INCREDIBLE PLACES TO VISIT IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Sela pass, Tawang

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the seven sisters of Northeast India and is also the northeasternmost state of the country. This beautiful state in India appears as a giant patch of green on the map of India. The beautiful Arunachal Pradesh is considered to be one of the places that offer dense forests, a wide range of flora and fauna, many unexplored places, and untouched beauty in the country. The stunning mountainous state, Arunachal Pradesh has freshwater bodies, lush green valleys, hills, vibrant varieties of flora, and also avifauna. Also known as the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’, Arunachal Pradesh has many places to visit and offers picturesque views to visitors. Tourists seeking adventure, nature enthusiasts, and visitors looking for quite simple holidays with their loved ones can all visit this beautiful state and wander around the beautiful places in Arunachal Pradesh. 

GENERAL INFO

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: Lilabari Airport in the North Lakhimpur district of Assam is the nearest airport. Naharlagun railway station is the only railway station. 

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10 Incredible Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh

1) Tawang:

An important travel destination of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang boasts of being blessed with natural beauty in abundance. The city is home to the Monpa tribe. Pankang Teng Tso Lake is one of the most popular lakes in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The lake is surrounded with blue lapis flowers in summers and wrapped in a blanket of snow in the winters. The largest monastery of India and the second largest one in Asia, Tawang Monastery is another major attraction of the region. Read more…

THE BEST OF MANIPUR TOURIST PLACES

Arial view of Manipur

Manipur is one of the beautiful northeastern states of India bounded by Nagaland, Mizoram, Myanmar, and Assam. Also known as the jewelled town of India, it rightly justifies the picturesque land. Surrounded by nine hills and the presence of an oval-shaped valley at the centre, it really does look like jewellery. The lush greenery, the wide array of flora, the colours of the sky, and the festivals of this state add to the beauty of the land. This mesmerising state in the northeastern region of India is a melting pot of culture, natural beauty, and breath-taking places to visit.

WHY TOURISTS FLOCK HERE

The beauty of Manipur attracts tourists every year from around the world. It is one of the prides of India in the east and also an ever-blooming tourist destination. Some tourists travel all the way from the opposite side of the world and from many different places to get close and to understand the culture and traditions of Manipur. The legends, customs, and cultural heritage and traditions of Manipur are really interesting and drive tourists’ curiosity. The locals are extremely kind and welcoming, and they really enjoy interacting and showing astonishing places in their state to visitors.

The places of attraction famous among tourists are bestowed with nature’s bounty, and there are myriad options to choose from when it comes to sightseeing. The vibrant festivals and culinary delights of this state also add to its popularity.  

GENERAL INFO

Best time to visit Manipur: September-April

How to reach: Imphal airport. The nearest railway station is Dimapur, Nagaland. Buses ply to Imphal regularly from here. Read more…

INTO THE WILD ARUNACHAL PRADESH NATIONAL PARK

Arunachal Pradesh is the ultimate destination for wildlife tourism. The state has two national parks and several wildlife sanctuaries that are home to endangered as well as rare animals found only in the Northeast region of the country. Leopard, tiger, red fox, Hoolock gibbon, pigtailed Assamese macaque, capped langur, and red panda can be found in these beautiful landscapes. Perhaps Arunachal Pradesh is the only state in India that is home to four major cats: tiger, clouded leopard, snow leopard, and leopard. 

The state has over 500 species of birds, 7 species of primates, and 25 species of mammals found across its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. 

NATIONAL PARKS OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal Pradesh’s famous national parks are Namdapha National Park and the rich Mougling National Park. Like other National Parks of Northeast states in India, these parks in Arunachal Pradesh are home to diverse wildlife ecosystems. These parks are mostly covered with majestic mountains and dense forests and have many large water bodies that sustain the wildlife of the park.

Namdapha National Park:

Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the diverse ecosystems in the Indian subcontinent. It is in the lower Eastern Himalayan belt and provides beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks nearby. This beautiful park is tucked between the Patkai and Dapha Bum range of Mishmi Hills in Arunachal Pradesh. Spread across 1807.82 sq km, Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the largest areas to have been declared a protected zone in the Eastern Himalayas. The park was first established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1972, and in 1983, it was declared as a national park. Read more…

KAMAKHYA MANDIR IN GUWAHATI

Kamikhya Mandir Guwahati

Guwahati is known for its many mandirs (temples); hence, it is also known as the “city of temples.” It is a popular pilgrimage site for thousands of devotees every year. Each mandir differs in structural beauty and history which only makes them fascinating revered religious sites in Guwahati, Assam.

Discover Guwahati

Kamakhya Mandir

Kamakhya Mandir is an important Hindu mandir dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus, especially for tantric worshipers. Kamakhya Mandir is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas (shrines) and is situated on Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India.  

Interesting Facts

  • The place where Kamakhya Mandir stands today is also considered to be where Shiva first courted Sati.
  • It is believed that Kamakhya Mandir houses the mythical womb and vagina of the Hindu goddess Shakti.
  • Every year during the month of June, the Brahmaputra River near Kamakhya turns red. It is believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period. Read more…

TOURIST PLACES IN ASSAM

Assam is a great destination for leisure, cultural, and adventure trips because of its proximity to the Brahmaputra river and its status as a biodiversity hotspot. Tourists flock to explore its wildlife sanctuaries, take river cruises, and enjoy the cultural diversity. A large number of temples in Assam also makes it a perfect destination for pilgrimage tours.

Each city is unique in its offerings to every kind of traveller, such as Sivasagar, which attracts history buffs; Majuli, which gives a glimpse of Assam’s arts and crafts; and Bhalukpong, which offers the perfect laidback destination for leisure travellers. Let’s not forget Assam’s hill stations that give respite from city life and the beautiful city of Shillong that is less than 3 hours away! Read more…

Sikkim: Something for everybody

From tall, snowy mountains to plunging valleys, Sikkim has it all. Sikkim is a wonderland, blessed with immensely beautiful places to visit and explore. It’s a land of mixed people, culture and cuisine.
Sikkim can be broadly divided into four zones- east, west, north and south. While there are so many things to do in East Sikkim, you will be stunned by the mesmerizing views of the valleys and mountains in the West district of Sikkim. The north on the other hand is a place unlike any other in the country. Like other places in Sikkim, the north of this state will take your breath away with its spectacular views of the mountains, snowfall, the fragrance of a variety of flowers, and gushing waterfalls.
The pleasant climate, everyday convenience and cinematic vistas also make it an ideal place for Workation and wellness retreats. Check out our Sikkim tour packages that offer you a variety of tour packages including workation packages and wellness retreats.