Amazing tourist places in Northeast India

The 8 states of Northeast India namely Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura are blessed with natural wonders, mountains, rich culture, traditions, wildlife and more. There are numerous tourist places in Northeast India that attract travelers from all around the world.

 Tripura has a rich history and culture and many popular places to visit. One such place is Ujjayanta Palace. This beautiful white palace situated in the city of Agartala reminds us of the age of the Tripura maharajas. This palace is a perfect classic example with elegant floors, curved ceilings, and huge doors and a must visit place in Tripura.  Similarly, Neermahal Palace made of marbles and exquisite stone balconies, bridges and pavilions is another tourist place to visit in Tripura. Another tourist place in Tripura is the Jagannath Temple. It is not only a tourist place but a pilgrim as well and the best time to visit is between Oct-May.

A famous place to visit in Assam is Kaziranga National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the centre of Assam. It is home to the two-third world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros and offers elephant and jeep safari experiences to visitors. If you ever visit Sikkim, Tsomgo Lake is a place you cannot miss visiting. This ethereal beauty at an elevation of 12,400ft gives any tourist the most peaceful and surreal experience in Sikkim. Another place to visit in Northeast India is the Tawang Monastery located in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. It is also believed to be the largest in India and the second largest in the world. Umiam Lake is another lake in Northeast India located in Meghalaya that offers mesmerizing views of nature and the visitors can also go for boating. Umiam Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Shillong and also in India.

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India’s Eastern Reach: The 8 Spectacular States of Northeast India

The states of Northeast India represent a totally different stream of cultures and languages and it may seem like visiting a whole different country. Northeast India comprises of Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tripura borders Bangladesh, Mizoram and Assam and has beautiful landscapes. It is one of the nation’s most underrated tourist destinations. There is a great variety of what it has to offer both in culture and in nature. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Tripura are Neermahal, Ujjayanta Palace, Unakoti and Heritage Park. Mizoram is another state that borders Bangladesh but also borders Myanmar in the east. The best time to visit Mizoram is between November-March.

Visit Manipur, if you love rich culture, dances, food and want to see floating islands. There are plenty of ways to have rich ethnic experiences in Manipur. Nagaland is a state in Northeast India famous for its Hornbill Festival around December- the perfect festival to witness cultures, handicrafts and handlooms and dances of different tribes.

Assam is not only known for its tea production but it is also home to two-third of world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros. Arunachal Pradesh is a state in Northeast India that borders Myanmar, China and Bhutan. This state has a diverse climate ranging from subtropical climates to highland and alpine climates, depending on your elevation and location in the state. Meghalaya translates to “the abode of clouds” and is the wettest region in India. Under British rule, it was nicknamed as the Scotland of the East and is one of India’s prized hill stations. Like Meghalaya, Sikkim is a beautiful hill station and is famous for the world’s third highest mountain, Mt Khangchendzonga. It is also the second smallest state in India.

If you ever want to travel abroad without leaving the country, head towards Northeast India and live the experience.

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Things to do in Gangtok

There are many places on earth that can keep you bombed for a long time with its spectacular views, and Gangtok in Sikkim is one such place that sits pretty in the lap of the Himalayas and offers surreal sceneries that none can refuse. There are so many things to do in the beautiful small town of Gangtok in Sikkim from chilling at gorgeous hilltops and sitting by the serene and gushing waterfalls sipping coffee to meditating inside the holy monasteries.

One of the top things to do in Gangtok is to stroll around the heart of the town at M G Marg and go for shopping and eat at the best local restaurants and cafes there. You can also ride cable cars in Gangtok and if you love adventures you can try paragliding, helicopter riding and river rafting, trekking or go for camping.  Visit some of the famous places like Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Himalayan Zoological Park and more. When you are exploring Gangtok you cannot miss out visiting Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok.  

You will also find people selling street foods near the Khangchendzonga Shopping complex or the “Lal Bazar. Try these yummy foods and go for shopping at Lal Bazar. About 36.9km from Gangtok is the popular Changu Lake of Sikkim and visiting the lake is one of the things to do in Gangtok. Yak safari is really popular in Changu Lake and tourists often enjoy this activity. There are so many things you can do in Gangtok and these are just a few of them. The city is wrapped with nature’s wonders and is characterized by a laid back culture. If you wish to enjoy a wholesome vacation with wonderful sights and thrills then head to Gangtok.

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Customs and lifestyle of Apatani tribe of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India is one beautiful treasure house that is not only famous for its natural beauty but also for its rich culture and tribal heritage. This state has around 26 tribal groups and one of the interesting groups is the Apatani tribe.

Residing in the mesmerizing valleys of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh, the Apatanis have distinct civilization. The population in Ziro is very less compared to other places in the state and the population is formed by the Apatani tribal group in Ziro. The culture and appearance of the tribe are quite interesting and they have rich traditional ecological knowledge of natural resources management and conservation acquired over the centuries. These people not only make the valleys of Ziro rich with rice cultivation but also celebrate many colorful festivals and are skilled in designing intricate handlooms and make handicrafts out of cane and bamboos. Unlike many other tribes, this tribe is non nomadic and are permanently settled in Ziro; they practice wetland cultivation in terrain by slicing hills whereas other tribes in this state practice cultivation in dry land by cutting down forests. The Apatanis of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh do not use any farm animals or machines for cultivation. However they are popular for extremely high productivity and unique traditional ways of preserving ecology which led UNESCO to propose the Apatanis in Ziro valley for including as a World Heritage Site.

The Apatanis stand out from others also due to their appearance. The older women wear facial tattoos and large nose rings. However these traditions are non-existent now but you may still see some older women with such features. Ziro is also one of the oldest villages in Arunachal Pradesh and it is recommended to visit Ziro either in summer or the winter.  

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Be amazed by the beauty of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India translates to the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’, often called as the land of the rising sun. The lush green rolling hills, dense forests, rich culture, fresh water bodies and the least traveled places in Arunachal Pradesh attracts tourists from all around the world.

Ziro is an attractive quaint town in Lower Subaniri district of Arunachal Pradesh which is home to the Apatani tribe. Ziro is the cradle to this tribal group with warm and gentle climate famous for its pine trees and rice fields. Besides the astonishing scenic views, this quaint town Ziro is famous for Apatani tribal heritage which invokes curiosity among travelers. It is a popular tourist place in Arunachal Pradesh and was also shortlisted for inclusion in the tentative list for nomination to UNESCO for the inscription in World Heritage Site. The stunning valleys of Ziro are around 115km away from the capital Itanagar and might take approximately three and half hours to reach. On your way to Ziro, you can witness other beautiful sides of the state and be amazed by the views that it offers.

During summer from April-June the place becomes warm is a good time to experience the warmth of the hills. The winter between October-March is also an appropriate time to visit Ziro and enjoy the views of the nature. It is not recommended to visit Ziro in monsoon from July-September to avoid any kind of difficulties during your trip like heavy rainfall, flood etc.

Travelers seeking for tranquility may visit Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh and wander in this charming little town to be found in between the epitomic scenic beauty. If you are nature lover, an adventure seeker, looking for camping site or soul captivating experience, Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is for you and this place will not disappoint you.

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