Top Things to Do in North East India

We overheard a conversation between Sikkim, Darjeeling and the seven sisters’ states and its sugary sweet!

Sikkim: I love when I get a chance to try adventure activities and go for spiritual tours with travelers!

Darjeeling: I might sound crazy, but a toy train ride with wanderers from across the world is such a lovely experience.

Seven sister states (in unison): We love it when tourists say, “There is no one like you”.

When it comes to the North East India, words often come to mind but we fail to express them. The mix of natural beauty that these states possess namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura along with Sikkim and Darjeeling is hard to find somewhere else. The mesmerizing places to visit and incredible things to do in North East India are next to none. Whether it be culture, geography, greenery, wildlife, spirituality to the humble people, every second spent here is beautiful.

This blog is your key to the treasure of things to do in North East India.

Meet the One-Horned Rhino at Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park

Tigers, wild elephants and rhinos are the top attractions of Kaziranga National Park

For the unending love of wildlife, Assam gives travelers a VIP Pass into its wild realms. Kaziranga National Park, the most loved possession of the state is home to the World’s largest population of the endangered Great one Horned Rhinoceros. Which without a doubt makes it one of the top places to visit in North East India.

Also inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is home to over 35 species of mammals that include Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian elephants, sambar, leopard, water buffalo, and gaur. Along with that, the avifauna species that take shelter in the wildlife game reserve includes migratory birds, game birds, scavengers, water birds, and predators.

Note: Jeep Safari in Kaziranga is open in all the four zones namely Kohora (central) Range, Bagori (western) Range, Agaratoli (eastern) Range, and Burapahar (ghorakati) Range. Whereas, Elephant Safari in Kaziranga is open in Kohora (central) Range and Bagori (western) Range for morning safari.
Timings for Jeep Safari: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Timings for Elephant Safari: 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM; 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Entry fees for Elephant Safari: INR 750 for Indians; INR 1250 for foreign travelers

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Fill your heart with awe at World’s largest river island, Majuli

Majuli, in Assam

Beached amid the mighty Brahmaputra River’s ever-shifting puzzle of ochre sandbanks is Majuli, which at around 452 sq km is India’s largest river island.

Giggling with the Brahmaputra River, Majuli is a river island which is the most loved tourist attraction of Assam. Interestingly, it is also the world’s largest river island. Formerly, Majuli once stretched over 880 square kilometers, has now shrunk to 352 square km., with the river saving more area for itself. All it takes is a ferry ride for you to reach the culture capital of the state blessed with talented craftsmen. From clay pottery, hand looming, tribal prints, mask making, each simple and complex art is practiced here. In fact, a North East travel guide remains incomplete without the mention of the charming river island.
Overall, if you are looking for a relaxing experience, don’t think twice and come down to Majuli. You can wander amid the lush greenery and seek blessings at Hindu monasteries.

Get pulled by the aromatic tea gardens of Assam

Tea Tourism in Assam

Ride amid the lush tea gardens of Assam on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Northeast India with Purvi Discovery

Assam is dreamy, but have you been to its tea plantations? Don’t pack and leave before I give you all the details. Agree or not we all have imagined ourselves reading a book, holding a cup of aromatic tea, haven’t we? Indeed! The state has spent years cultivating tea and making morning blissful for everyone. It’s your turn to plan a vacay in North East India and take a tea garden tour as it is one of the best things to do in Assam. Take it from us, the lush greenery and sweet smell of the estates will sweep away all your worries.

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Let peace makes its place in your heart at Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India. It was founded near the small town of the same name in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Source

Setting its throne in the valley of Tawang River, is the Tawang Monastery, largest of its kind in India. And that’s not where it ends, Tawang also holds the second place in the list of largest monasteries in the world. This famous tourist attraction in Tawang finds its place in the city and district by the same name, a little close to the Tibetan and Bhutanese border.

That being said, the gompa is home 65 residential buildings, a museum, institutions, living quarters, libraries and the main temple. Without a shadow of a doubt, a trip to Tawang Monastery is one of the top things to do in North East India. The monastery has the capacity to accommodate 700 monks and is home to 450 lamas.

Interestingly, in Tibetan, Tawang Monastery is known as Gaden Namgyal Lhaste which means ‘celestial paradise in a clear night.

Some highlights of Tawang Monastery:

  • Giant Prayer Wheel
  • Spacious compound
  • Library Building
  • Monk Quarters
  • Centre of Buddhist Cultural Studies
  • Museum housing ancient scriptures, books and manuscripts

The best time to visit Tawang is from March till June and from September to October.

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Magical snow is all you see at Sela Lake and Pass, Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Lake, Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Lake in Arunachal Pradesh is a grand sight chiseled out between rock jagged-mountains.

One of the top things to do when in Arunachal Pradesh is to visit the Sela Pass and nearby high altitude Sela Lake. The pass dons over an elevation of 4170 m and offers mind-blowing views of the snowcapped mountains and pine trees topped with snowflakes. Irrespective of the fact that when you come here, you will find Sela Pass covered in snow, and fluffy clouds. As for the lake, it remains frozen for most parts of the winter, the landscape near this ancient trade route varies from magical to mystical.

Furthermore, Buddhists consider the area in and around Sela Pass to be spiritually significant. They believe that some 101 lakes are snuggled in this part of the Eastern Himalayan range.

Embrace the serenity of nature at Madhuri Lake, Arunachal Pradesh

Shungatser Lake

The Shungatsher lake was formed about 60 years ago by a violent earthquake which altered many geographical landmarks of the eastern Himalayas. Source

Pacing back and forth, this high altitude Himalayan Lake, Shungatser has a lot to tell every traveler that comes its way. To begin with, this land was a lush forest and grassland with grazing pastures. After the 1971 earthquake, the falling of boulders, rocks, and trees turned it into this pristine lake. Time for some Bollywood touch. The lake was named Madhuri Lake after a song from the super hit movie Koyla, starring Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit was shot here.

Moreover, Sangestar Tso is known as one of the most remote lakes in India. It is the perfect place for people who love thrilling experiences.

Note: Indian civilians have to take permit from the Indian Army for reaching out to Shungatser Lake.

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Hear the pleasing chants and cymbals at Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. Source

It is no secret that Sikkim is a hot pot spilling spirituality every now and then. That being said, the state is home to the most visited Buddhist monasteries, Rumtek. This holy gompa is located 24 kilometers from Gangtok on a steep ridge and requires a 2-hour ride and a 15-minute steep walk to reach. Although Rumtek was founded in the 16th century by Wangchuk Dorje, 9th Karmapa Lama, the gompa was in ruins years later. But thanks to Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, who in 1959 decided to rebuild Rumtek on the same land. The shrine was inaugurated as Dharmachakra Centre.

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Be surrounded by tranquility and best of nature at Ravangla and Namchi

Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla

Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla is the only tea garden in Sikkim and considered one of the best in India and in the world. Source

Ravangla and Namchi aren’t just quaint tourist towns but verdant paradises one shouldn’t miss when in South Sikkim. They are famous attractions and ideally visited for their lush landscape and view of snowcapped Himalayan peaks. The picture isn’t complete without the swathes of orchards & rhododendron forest which turn these sleepy little towns magical.

Moreover, with the arrival of summer, the towns become even more enchanting and beguiling. With a riot of colors and natural landscape, these famous destinations in Sikkim are fast catching up as one of the top places to go for honeymoon in India. Easy hiking trails also make it ideal destinations for a family trek in India. The rhododendron trek from April till May is especially popular here.

A trip down history and scenic landscapes of Nathu La Pass

Nathu-La-Pass

Nathu La Pass is located at an altitude of 14,200 feet, 52 kilometers from Gangtok on the Indo-China border. It is an important part of the legendary Silk Road, the trade route from Tibet to India. The trip to Nathu La Pass is a must do when in North East India.  Make the exhilarating voyage, through mist-covered zigzag roads, picturesque scenery, and roaring waterfalls. Visitors are required to get a permit in Gangtok.

Hear the heart-warming legends of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake Situated at a height of 17,800 feet, it is considered one the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Hindus alike.

Gurudongmar Lake sits at 17,100 ft. and is one of the highest freshwater lakes on Earth. Along with that, the lake finds its place close to the Tibetan border in North Sikkim.

One of the top places to visit in North East India, this beautiful lake remains milky in appearance throughout the year. And holds great religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. According to local folklore, since the lake remained frozen throughout the year, locals were unable to use its water for drinking purposes.

As per another legend, when Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was returning from Tibet, locals approached him with their problems. The guru obliged and touched a portion of the lake which to these day remains unfrozen even during peak winter months.

Furthermore, there is a temple of Padmasambhava beside the lake. Devotees, as well as army men, offer prayer at the temple. For international tourists, the tour is limited to Chopta Valley a few kilometers before the lake.

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Feel the rush of joy on a Cable Car ride in Gangtok

Cable-Car-ride-in-Gangtok

Cable car ride in Gangtok is one of the most cherished memories of your visit to North East India. The cable car ride starts from Deorali Bazar near Institute of Tibetology and leads to Tashiling, and next to Secretariat. Travelers can opt for round trips and behold the panoramic views of Mt Kanchenjunga and the town of Gangtok. It is among the most amazing experiences Gangtok offers to tourists.

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Give white water river rafting a try in Teesta River, Sikkim

Teesta river rafting

The Rangit and the Teesta Rivers are graded in the international level at I to IV and present one of the finest rafting starches in the world.

One of the most adventurous experiences of traveling in Sikkim is going for white water rafting in the turbulent rapids in Teesta River. The rapids range from Grade 2 to Grade 4 along with some awe-inspiring stretch of hills & gorges. Also, there are plenty of white sandy beaches for camping in the night. All of which makes Makha-Sirwani-Bardang-Rongpo route the most popular one for river rafting in Sikkim.

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Get amazed at the sight of crisscrossing Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls Cherrapunjee

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres). The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on the planet. Source

Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya are named as the tallest plunge waterfalls in India tipping off at the height of 335 meters. It is one of the most spectacular places to visit in North East India and one of the top attractions in Sikkim. Surrounded by dense green forest and cliffs, Nohkalikai Falls is located close to Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on the planet. Further, wanderers can visit several other popular waterfalls of Sikkim that are settled in close proximity to Nohkalikai

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Tie up your laces and explore the romantic trail of Goecha La

Goecha-La-Trek-sikkim

The Goechala trek in Sikkim offers one of the most romantic treks in the Himalayas. The trail passes through Rhododendron forests, the massive Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the cerulean Samiti Lake, under the horizon presence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim. The icy trail to Goecha La trail is a must-do when exploring the North East Himalayas.

Feed your mind about the uniqueness of Mawsmai Caves, Meghalaya

Mawsmai Caves Limestone caves with stalactites & stalagmites.

Mawsmai Caves Cherrapunji, one of the best caves in Meghalaya and Cherrapunjee is a major tourist attractions. Source

One of the most accessible caves system located in the Jaintia Hills is the Mawsmai Cave.Basically, it is a 150-meter long natural limestone cave formation very popular with Indian tourists. Which is why travelers on a vacation in North East India, don’t miss out on this attraction. What makes it interesting is that one can explore these caves without opting for the service of a guide. Mawsmai is located just 6 kilometers away from Cherrapunji town.

Test your gut and the strength of Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya

The living root bridges of Meghalaya

In north east India the Khasi tribe grow incredible living root bridges that last for hundreds of years. Source

The most amazing fact about the living root bridges in one of the world’s wettest places is that they are not built but grown. The living root bridges near Cherrapunji in Meghalaya are a major tourist attraction in North East India. The strongest of the living root bridges are grown over centuries.

These double-decker or single decker root bridges are grown in Khasi Hills and Jaintia from the species of India rubber trees. Some of these bridges extend over 100 feet long and take over 15 years to become functional. As more years pass, the bridges only grow stronger and sturdier and could support even 50 people at a time.

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Know about the folklores of Phawngpui Peak, Mizoram

Phawngpui. The highest peak in Mizoram

Phawngpui, the Blue Mountain of Mizoram is a highly revered peak, considered to be the abode of the Gods. Source

Phawngpui or the Blue Mountain is a National Park and highest mountain peak in Mizoram. This extremely revered mountain peak abuzz with several legends and folklore. As per the most popular legend, a deity of a ghost named Sangau had a son who got married to the daughter of another deity of Cherian. During the exchange of wedding gifts, the family of the bride gifted a pair of Hollock Gibbons to the family of the groom and received a single pine tree in return.

The base of the Phawngpui which serves as the entrance still bears the name Farpak meaning ‘pine only’. As per the legend, while the pine multiplied which is evident even today, sadly the gibbons didn’t breed. Moreover, one of the cliff top called Thlazuang Khàm is said to be the abode of ancient spirits and believed to be haunted.

Brace yourself for a Yak ride into the culture of Sikkim

Yak-ride-gangtok

Your trip to North East India is incomplete without riding a Yak. Yes, we are not kidding! The gentle beasts’ donning woolen knitwear know how to handle tough terrain and even where there are no roads. Without any hesitations, enjoy the ride and don’t forget a picture with the wonderful creature as a memory of your soulful time in North East India.

Besides, the best time to try out Yak safaris is from March to May and again from September to December.

Get blessings from the ‘Hero of Nathula’ at Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Top Things to Do in North East India

Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is a memorial that salutes the spirit of the martyred Indian army soldier, Harbhajan Singh. Located en-route to Nathula pass, the temple is settled at an altitude of 13,123 ft. According to stories, the soldier served the nation till his last breath which is why he is referred to as ‘Hero of Nathula’ and ‘Baba’.

Pay homage to Lord Shiva at Unakoti Hills in Tripura

Unakoti hills

About 180 kms from Agartala, the capital of Tripura lies Unakoti hills, are ancient rock-cut carvings and stone images of Lord Shiva.

A Shaivite pilgrimage site dating back to 7th – 9th century, Unakoti Hills consists of numerous rock carvings, murals, pampered by natural beauty. Literally meaning one less than a crore (1 less than 10 million) in Bengali, this holy site is believed to contain as many stone images and rock carvings. A visit to Unakoti Hill should also feature detours to nearby waterfalls for a complete holiday experience in Northeast.

Take back blessings of Gautam Buddha at Buddha Park, Ravangla

Top Things to Do in North East India

The Buddha Park of Ravangla also named Tathagata Tsal is one of the major attractions of the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’. It is one of the must-visit places in Sikkim. The 130-foot high statue of the Buddha marks the event of the 2550th conception commemoration of Gautama Buddha. The site is blessed with a picturesque view of the mountains and houses a museum and meditation center.

Carry your fishing essentials for a picnic at Rimbi Waterfalls

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Rimbi waterfalls are one of North East India’s lesser-known attractions but certainly no less amazing. Rimbi River, which is the major source of this waterfall is famous for fishing. The scenic spot is one where you can enjoy a picnic with family or spend time reveling in the bliss of nature. It is a short drive from Pelling.

Make your way to the summer residence of Tripura, Neermahal

Neer Mahal, Tripura

Neer Mahal or the Water Palace of Tripura is the only Two water palace are in India. First one Rajasthan and second one at Tripura. Neer Mahal

The Lake Palace of Tripura, Neermahal (the water palace) is the former residence of the royal family of Tripura. It was in the year 1930 that the palace was built in the center of the Rudra Sagar Lake. When it comes to the architecture of Neermahal, it showcases a blend of Hindu and Muslim elements, just the way the King liked. The palace is divided into two parts, while the western side was reserved for the royal family, the eastern side features an open-air theater. The palace is known as the largest among its family in India.

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Let the refreshing Dzukou Valley in Nagaland leave you smitten

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley is one of the rarest undiscovered trekkers’ paradise in Northj East Indian state of Nagaland. Source

The moment you hear Nagaland, the first picture to pop in your head would be of miles and miles of greenery. One such place in this extremely astounding land cuddling with nature is the Dzukou Valley. Sprinkled with diverse species of flowers and shrubs, this lush green valley in Nagaland is one of the most unspoiled places in North East India.

Situated at an altitude of 2,452 meters, Dzukou is a summer paradise. The sun dances in the sky, flowers bloom and giggle and tall grasses wave to the ones in far ends. As for winters, the valley experiences a huge drop in the temperature which leaves the valley covered in snow.

It is also one of the top places for rhododendron treks with easy to moderate climb.

Trek your way to the second highest peak Japfu in Nagaland

Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valley

Japfu Peak Trek overlooks the amazing Dzukou Valley. It is home to amazing varieties of Lilies and Rhododendrons, apart from several bird species. Source

The second highest peak located in Nagaland, Japfu’s claim to fame is the world’s tallest rhododendron tree (108 m) in its beautiful ranges. It is one of the most visited attractions in Kohima as it overlooks the Dzukou Valley.

The best time to visit Japfu peak is from April till May when the entire range dons mesmerizing hue of the rhododendron forest and orchard bloom during this time. Besides, trekking and camping are the best things to do in Nagaland.

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Relive the famous Bollywood film moments on Darjeeling Toy Train Ride

Toy Train Ride

Even though Darjeeling is not a part of the Seven Sister States, it holds a place as close as a family member. From its culture to lifestyle, this tourist destination is no different than what you experience on the northern hand of India. In addition to that, Darjeeling is popularly used as the gateway to North East India and is often a part of North East India tour packages.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, connecting Darjeeling and Siliguri, and known as the “Toy Train”, is one of the popular things to do in Darjeeling. The ride takes travelers into the world of rolling hills and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling from the lower reaches of Eastern Himalayas.

The railway was completed in the year 1881. The Darjeeling Toy Train also holds a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to forget that the Batasia Loop is one of the most scenic places, between Ghum and Darjeeling. The 360 ° offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

Furthermore, the train passes over 5 major and nearly 500 minor bridges, local markets, and the towns. It feels as if you are dipping yourself in the pool full of natural beauty.

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Pack your basket for family time at Lady Hydari Park in Shillong

Lady Hydari Park

Lady Hydari Park in Shillong

One of the most important places to visit in Shillong, Lady Hydari Park takes inspiration from Japanese gardens. The landscape is dotted with small ponds, willow trees, and rhododendron plants.

The park is the only place with a mini zoo. It is run and managed by the Forest Department. The dry skin of python is clipped to the wall. The mini zoo keeps bird species and animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Jackal, Kite, Hornbill, Myna, and Leopard. It is the best children themed park in Shillong and aims to highlight the rich bio-diversity of Shillong.

Here you will get to see stuffed leopard, skulls of elephants and pictures of rare animals found in the state.

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Photograph the rare Red Panda at Khanchendzonga National Park

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The Khanchendzonga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site settled in North Eastern Himalayas. The unique diversity of plains, ancient forests, valleys, lakes, and glaciers is what makes it unique. Wait, the list of wonders is not complete without the mention of snow-capped mountains, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Kanchendzonga that are present in the backdrop.

The national park is home to a large number of mammals including Red Panda, snow leopard, musk deer, wild dog, Himalayan tahr, to name a few. 550 species of avian also find shelter in Khanchendzoonga Visiting the national park should definitely be on your list of places to visit in North East India.

Behold the charm of Shillong with a ride on Ward’s Lake

Ward's Lake

One of the most popular attractions in Shillong, Ward’s Lake is an artificial lake set amidst lush green gardens, in the middle of the scenic hill station ‘Shillong’. This horseshoe shaped lake is often visited by both locals as well as tourists.

This tourist attraction gets its name from Sir William Ward, then Chief Commissioner of Assam who jotted out the plan for its construction. It was Colonel Hopkins who took forward the establishment of Pollock Lake in the year 1894. There is a popular tale behind the construction of this artificial lake. A Khasi prisoner, bored with the prison routine requested the warden for some creative release by allowing him to do some construction over Ward’s Lake.

Today, you can find a marvelous site of the Ward’s Lake as the locals preferably call it. This 100-year-old picturesque lake underneath the Raj Bhawan is located at the heart of the city. Boating facilities and a bird sanctuary are also present here.

Spend some time with yourself at Eco Park, Meghalaya

Eco Park

Planned and executed by the government of Meghalaya in Cherrapunji, Eco Park is famous for its several native orchards. It is perched atop a plateau and offers stunning views of the Sylhet Plains in Bangladesh.

It allows tourists to treat their eyes with the views of “Green Canyons” of Sohra as well as the cascades located around it. Besides, there is a watercourse inside the park and one has to pass through a bridge to reach the periphery of the canyon. The breathtaking views from the edge will sweep you off your feet.

On the other side of the Eco Park, there is a viewpoint to observe the Bangladesh plains. The Eco Park features multiple assortments of orchids and brought straightaway from the Shillong Agri-Horticultural Society.

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Explore the deep secrets of history and culture of Thalon Cave, Manipur

Thalon cave

Thalon cave

One of the major historic sites in Manipur, Thalon Cave is situated at a height of 900 meters above sea level and is around 80 km from Imphal. Revealed in the year 1946 by Budhachandra, the Maharaja of Manipur, the cave might scare you with its darkness but still, it’s quite interesting.

Thalon Cave forms a part of Manipur tourism festival and its expeditions held here for 3 weeks in which participant from around the world partake. It is one of the major historic sites in Manipur and provides the first solid evidence of the 2000-year-old Hoabinhian Culture in India.

Calm your senses with the mesmerizing view of Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake (freshwater lake)

Definitely one of the things to do in North East India that you cannot miss out is a visit to Loktak Lake. It is a beautiful freshwater lake in Manipur located near Moirang.

It is also touted as the largest freshwater lake in North East India. Characterized by the floating vegetation known as ‘Phumdi’, it is said to be the only ‘Floating Lake’ in the world.

It not only adds to the breathtaking natural beauty of the state but also plays a vital role in the economy of the state. There are several ‘Phumdi’, which comprises of an assorted mass of soil, vegetation and organic matters at various stages of breakdown.

Besides the freshwater lake is known for its tasty fish. Dried Fish is one of the most favorite food items in Manipur. Tourists can buy this fish from the nearby Moirang Market.

Join the crowd dancing with joy at Sangai Festival- Relish Some Local Culture

Sangai Festival

Sangai Festival

Manipur Sangai Festival is a 10-day long festival that is annually organized by the Manipur Tourism Department, Government of Manipur. The festival organized in the bygone years were successful and well-received by the tourists.

This annual festival of Manipur is organized every year from November 21 to November 30. It is celebrated to portray the exclusivity of the Sangai Deer, which is the state animal of Manipur.

Sangai Festival aims at promoting Manipur as a world-class tourist destination. During the extravaganza, you will get to see every aspect of Manipur’s handicrafts, indigenous sports, eco & adventure sports, music, and art & culture. The highlights of the festival involve the performances by cultural troupes from Myanmar.

The state is best known for its classical dance, ancient traditions, and rich cultural patterns. The well-known Raas Dance depicts the dance of Lord Krishna with Gopies of Vrindavan and expresses their longing for union with the lord.

Step into the cleanest village of Meghalaya and Asia Mawlynnong

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Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya nestled in Khasi hills is named the “Cleanest Village in Asia”. The village is truly an outstanding example of community-based eco-tourism. Plan a visit here to enjoy the clean rustic surroundings and breathe in the fresh environs.

The locals of Mawlynnong have constructed a remarkable sky-view bamboo platform atop the highest tree in the forest, nearly 80 feet up. From here travelers can relish a bird’s eye view of the panoramic setting.

Scale the Gorichen Peak or just revel in its heartwarming radiance

Gorichen_peak

Tawang is the real deal for travelers who like taking up challenges. I am talking about Gorichen Peak which is the highest in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. At the height of 22500 feet, the mountain range poses a thrilling challenge to every trekker. Whether you are enthusiastic about trekking or not, this beautiful attraction will still be a bliss offers magnificent views of North East Himalayas.

P.S- Mt. Gorichen is the 3rd highest peak in North East with the exception of Sikkim Himalayas.

Yumthang Valley is your getaway into a floral heaven

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Yumthang Valley is a sublime attraction situated in north Sikkim. Snuggled at an elevation of 3,500 m above sea-level, it is extremely picturesque. The green slopes, grazing Yaks, and a dancing river helps the imagination of wanderers. Yumthang is often called Valley of Flowers, as it is blessed with over 24 species of Rhododendrons. In spring and during monsoon, the Himalayan flowers bloom in multitude shades and paint Yumthang in all spectrum of the rainbow. Do not miss to revel in this serene bliss when on a vacation in North East India.

Don’t let your soul get attached to Khecheopalri Lake(Yes, it’s that pretty)

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Khecheopalri Lake in Sikkim is a view you can’t get over any soon. Said to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the Khecheopalri Lake is an important stop on the Buddhist circuit in Sikkim. The lake water is so clear that not even a leaf can be seen floating on the surface, as they are picked off by birds. An important religious fair is held every March/April on the lake shores.

Spot a tiger at Manas National Park

tiger-at-Manas-National-Park

Sited at the base of foothills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in the state of Assam, Manas is blessed with unique biodiversity. The national park is very rich in the population of Royal Bengal Tigers. Presently the population of Tigers is counted up to 60. This national park offers a huge chance of tiger sighting. Do go for safari.

It often seems the years from 1973 have been really in favor of Manas National Park also called Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. Firstly, Manas was the first one to be included in the network of tiger reserves counted under Project Tiger in 1973. Followed by the national park being honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere reserve in 1989.

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Roll out the carpet for the harvest festival and enjoy Bihu Dance, Assam

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Assam proudly embodies diversity which can be well seen in the way culture and traditions are followed. Among them is Bihu, a very popular folk dance of Assam. The Bihu dance is a way to celebrate and welcome the harvest festival. Moreover, young men and women perform together to the complement of drums and pipes. The formations such as circles or parallel rows are so unique that your eyes will be glued to the finesse. The moment the dancers begin, you won’t be able to stop your feet and body from grooving. Seems like fun, right?

Watch the birds spin around and spread colors at Nameri National Park

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Nameri National Park in Assam is set at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas along the banks of a tributary of River Brahmaputra. The national park is a Tiger Reserve and is home to the numerous majestic Big Cats and around 300 species of birds. The lush environment is ideal for wildlife adventure. Plan a visit when exploring the North East.

Celebrate culture and heritage with the tribes at Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Hornbill-Festival

Hey! Are you going for the most talked about celebration taking place in Nagaland, the Hornbill Festival? If yes, then let’s join the festivities together. Held every year from 1 – 10 December in the Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland, the fiesta is a way to promote cultural heritage and bring close the tribes of the state. That being said, the festival is named after the Indian Hornbill which is mentioned in a lot of legends of Nagaland tribes.

Further, the indigenous tribes of North East India and the 16 tribes of Nagaland come together to present a memorable exhibition. Experience a variety of cultures, food, songs, dances and customs of tribal population.

Dive into the history and traditions of Nagaland at Kisama village

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Kisama heritage village is built as an effort of Nagaland government to revive and conserve the erstwhile tribal culture of the Naga people. Imitating the traditional Naga villages and tribal livelihoods and values, Kisama is opened to the public for the first week in December, during the time of the Hornbill festival. Experience Nagaland’s tribal history, lifestyle, homes, cuisines, and traditions here.

Soothe yourself with amazing music and panoramic views at Ziro Music Festival

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Ziro Festival is said to be one of the greatest outdoor music festivals in India. Held each year in Arunachal Pradesh’s picturesque Ziro Valley, the four days event celebrates the independent music in India.

There are numerous activities for interested festival-goer to explore. Spend time with the locals and learn about the native Apatani culture, it is actually a big draw for visitors. Stay in tented accommodation and enjoy melodious music.

The Ziro Music Festival 2019 will be held between 27th and 30th September.

Claim your possession to the sky with paragliding in Sikkim

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Paragliding in Sikkim is becoming an increasingly popular adventure sport. Enjoy views of the magnificent Himalayan range in its snow-covered glory from the sky as you fly like a bird. Tandem flights are offered here which means an experienced and certified pilot will accompany you. Short haul flights for 15-20 minutes and long haul flights maximum for an hour are available.

Fight your fear and conquer great highs with a Kanchenjunga Trek

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The Mount Kanchenjunga with a height of 8586 m is the third highest peak in the world and the highest peak in India. The Kanchenjunga trek is for the big-time adventure and mountain lovers from all over the world. The 11 days trekking expedition to the base of Kanchenjunga (4950 m) is a big challenge in itself. Which is why it is considered quite different from the other treks in the Indian Himalayan belt.

The best time for Kanchenjunga trek is from mid-March to early-May and October to mid-November.

Revel in the chants of Goddess Shakti at Kamakhya Temple

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Kamakhya Temple in Assam is popularly known as one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India. According to legend, Sati’s yoni (reproductive organ) fell here after her self-immolation. There is no idol here but a structure shaped as yoni moistened by a natural spring. Visit the temple for spiritual bliss, it is extraordinary. It is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Tantric devotees in India.

Trace the culture, art, and craft of Northeast communities at Ujjayanta Palace

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Ujjayanta Palace is an erstwhile royal palace situated in Agartala, the capital of the Indian state of Tripura. A must-visit tourist attraction of North East, tours are conducted by the Tripura Tourism Department. Built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya in 1901, the name Ujjayanta Palace was given by Rabindranath Tagore. Explore the Neo-classical architecture, a collection of memorabilia of the royal era.

The repertoire of Folk Dances- Swing to the Folk Tunes

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One of the major Indian classical dance in Manipur

The repertoire of Manipuri Dances can be broadly put into 3 to 4 categories. Manipuri is a classical dance form in the northeastern part in India. It is deliberate and stylized with great attention paid to details. The repertoire also absorbs some ritual dances such as The Lai Haroba and the Khamba Thoibi.

The historical and mythical theme used in these ritual dances makes them classical. These dance forms also utilize an element of Abhinaya besides Pure Nritya. The Pung Cholom dance performed by men, either by a single person or about a hundred men is believed to be the greatest achievement. The sound range produced through the pung (drum-like musical instrument) which is played by the dancers is addictive.

The most cooperative aspect of Manipuri culture is that it has retained the ancient ritual based dances & folk dances along with the later developed classical Manipuri dance style.

Among the classical categories, ‘Ras Lila’ is composed mainly by eminent Manipuri Gurus and Bengali Poets. It is the epitome of dedication, artistic genius, and brilliance of the Manipur.

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Ponder over by the serene Umiam Lake, Shillong

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Serenity is another name for northeast India and Shillong’s Umiam Lake truly represents. The vast reservoir is a part of the dam that was the first Hydel Power Project. Surrounded by picturesque beauty it is a major tourist point in Shillong. Lofty East Khasi Hills set the perfect scenery. The beauty of Umiam is compared to the beautiful lakes of Scotland

Exciting watersports like kayaking, water cycling, boating and scooting add to the thrill. There are also options of baiting while rowing, paddling, sailing, cruise or a ride on speed boats.

Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya

Top Things to Do in North East India

Known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Nohsngithiang Falls is a spectacle of nature. One of the tallest waterfalls in India it is an awe-inspiring force of nature. Descending from height of 315 m the waterfalls plunges over Khasi Hills’ cliffs of limestone. The monsoon enhances its beauty. Rainbows over the water is sight that calls for a visit.

The unexplored region of North East India is a true treasure. Matchless is the only word that can define its ethereal bliss, Make the most of your holiday with the list of the best things to do in North East India.

Best time to visit North East India

The best time to visit North East India is between the months of October and February. If you are the choosy kind, don’t worry, we still love you! Select your favorite destination and see if you like the season that matches it from below:

Summer (April – June)

Sun rays playing hide and seek, good vibes flowing in, and the breeze touching your skin. We all are kind of crazy for the summer season and so is this region. Lasting till June, the weather remains sweet to travelers, hurry up!

Places to visit in summer in North East India:

Pelling, Mokokchung, Tawang, Dzukou Valley, Haflong, Majuli, Ziro, Cherrapunji, Tsomgo Lake, Darjeeling.

Monsoon (July – September)

The chances of you falling head over heels in love with Northeast increase in monsoon. This is the season when every little part of the region is in a new refreshed element. You breathe fresh air, you feel rejuvenated, your mind brims with positivity, what all else do you need?

 Places to visit in monsoon in North East India:

Cherrapunji, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Shillong, Ziro.

Winter (December – February)

This is the season of festivals in Northeast and trust us when we say that you are going to love being here. The famous Hornbill Festival is a colorful tribal celebration that will make you forget your worries and the cold weather.

Places to visit in winter in North East India:

Gangtok, Rinchenpong, Pelling, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland.

Tanisha Sharma

Tanisha Sharma is that odd head in the crowd of travel writers who calls architecture to be her muse. When not traveling, she could be found daydreaming about all the architecture or food in the world. It won’t be wrong to say that writing, music, novels and dogs have taken over and become an essential part of her life.

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8 Responses

  1. Manoj Keshwar says:

    Thank you Ashish for sharing such a nice post on the beautiful peace of India

  2. ishagupthas says:

    Hey ashish you shared an really useful information to do in north east India. As a traveler i found really valuable information from your post. thanks for it.

  3. Mayurim Das says:

    Dear Ashish, there are few blunders that you have committed while writing this particular blog.May be you haven’t researched properly! mentioned below are the mistakes:
    1. when you are talking about the Seven North Eastern stares, mention all the states. Mizoram is missing from the list and Sikkim is very recently added as the eighth state.
    2. Labrang Monastry is in China, not in India.
    3. Darjeeling comes under West Bengal which is ofcourse not a north eastern state.
    4. Lastly, the entire blog is not balanced, you have explained places of Manipur and Meghalaya mostly. there is no sign of Tripura, Nagaland, Assam and Sikkim.
    I hope you will recheck the entire stuff and kindly take it sportingly because I am an avid reader of these blogs.
    Thank you

    • Ashish Gupta says:

      Hi Mayurim,
      We are delighted to hear that you’ve been religiously following our blog posts. Let me clarify your doubts regarding this blog post:
      1.) We are yet to come up with a second installment (part 2) of this blog ‘Top Things to do in North East India’ where you’ll find attractions of other states mentioned too.
      2) Though you’re right that Labrang Monastery is in China, there is a monastery, by the same name, in North Sikkim as well.

      • Ivan says:

        Ashish as Mayurim has rightly pointed out the mistakes. Kindly correct the seven sisters part. Mizoram is one among the seven sisters. Sikkim is the eighth one. If the introduction itself is wrong then it provides a wrong impression on the article. just trying to help.

        • Nikhil Chandra says:

          Hi Ivan,
          Thanks for your valuable feedback!
          I hope after the latest update, you’ll find this post in order and content more to your liking. Do give us your valuable feedback on how you like the content and information now.
          Thanks again for stopping by!

    • Nikhil Chandra says:

      Hi Mayurim,
      I hope your concerns are now addressed. We’d look forward to your valuable feedback and comments.
      Thanks

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