Northeast part of India, blessed by nature’s bounty, is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. What we call “northeast” actually comprises seven states, from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh. Each of these states have their own language, culture, cuisine and way of live. Nagaland is quite different from Mizoram, as Mizoram is quite different from Assam. However, one common characteristic shared by all these states is a beautiful landscape. These forests are home to impressive wildlife which can be witnessed in the several wildlife parks and sanctuaries.
Places to visit in Northeast India
As has been said, what we commonly call “northeast” comprises of seven states which are Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram. Each of these states have something different to offer in terms of sightseeing and exploration. While Meghalaya’s living root bridges are a pure wonder of nature, attending the famous Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is a sheer delight. Of course, it all depends on what you want to see, for northeast has something to offer to everybody.
Monasteries in northeast India
The monasteries in northeast India are mostly located in Sikkim, where Buddhism is the predominant religion. There are several monasteries in northeast India which are famous both for their architecture and the splendid surroundings in which they are located. It is also quite interesting to note that Buddhism, as it is practiced in Sikkim, is quite influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the monasteries in Sikkim also date back to the 17th and 18th century.
Here are some of the most famous monasteries in northeast India:
• Rumtek Monastery
• Dubdi Monastery
• Enchey Monastery
• Kartok Monastery
• Lingdum Monastery
• Pemayangtse Monastery
• Phodong Monastery
Northeast India – blessed by nature’s bounty
In the northeast part of India, you come across the most beautiful face of nature. Everywhere you look, your eyes meet the hills, waterfalls, valleys and panoramic views of snowcapped peaks of Himalayas. It is like nature had decided to gift this region with all her beauty. There are places in the northeast where clouds seem to whisper to the mountains while the streams gush with joy. Below we mention some of the wonders of nature which can only be witnessed in this part of India, the beauty of which take some time to sink in.
• Umngot River of Meghalaya
• Loktak Lake of Manipur
• Dzukou Valley
• Shilloi Lake of Nagaland
• Reiek Mountain of Mizoram
• Zemithang in Arunachal Pradesh
• Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridge
• River Island Majuli of Assam
• Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim
• Hmunchung Tlang in Mizoram
• Nongriat in Meghalaya
• Yumthang Valley of Sikkim
• Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya
• Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
Wildlife of Northeast India
Anyone who has been to northeast India will tell you that the wildlife of northeast India can be quite incredible. Inside its numerous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks reside every kind of wildlife you can think of. For a start, think of the one-horned rhinoceros in Assam in Kaziranga National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Of course, a unique sight in the sanctuaries of northeast India is that of the red panda, which is only found in the states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Check out the top wildlife sanctuaries and parks in northeast India which you should visit:
• Kaziranga National Park, Assam
• Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
• Manas National Park, Assam
• Orang National Park, Assam
• Nokrek National Park, Meghalaya
• Shirui National Park, Manipur
• Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura
Adventure in northeast India
With its undulating landscape, raging rivers, cliffs, valleys and other faces of nature, adventure in northeast India provides ample scope for adventure activities. From caving to paragliding, there are various kinds of adventure activities and sports which you can enjoy. One day, you may be battling the rapids of the rivers, the next day you may be exploring the stalagmite caves in Meghalaya. Adventure is never far away in this part of the world. Given below are the various adventure activities in northeast India which you can enjoy:
• Caving, Meghalaya
• Bramhaputra River Rafting, Arunachal Pradesh
• Yumthang Valley Trek, Sikkim
• Mountaineering, Sikkim, Mizoram
• White water rafting, Sikkim, Assam
• Gliding, Paragliding, Haflong
You can also check Adventure Sports in Sikkim
Cuisine of northeast India
Describing the cuisine of northeast India in a paragraph is challenging. The diversity which is present in its culture is also present in its cuisine. Meat and pork is widely consumed by large sections of the population. Presence of powerful ingredients like bamboo shoot and “bhut jolokia” (a local chili) make the food quite spicy. The people of this region love their meat and no meal is complete without it. The dishes are also lent an intensified flavor due to the strong presence of mustard oil in them. Here are some of the best dishes of northeast India which are savory, tangy and mouth-watering:
• Khar (Assam)
• Sanpiau (Mizoram)
• Smoked Pork (Nagaland)
• Nga Atoiba Thongba (Manipur)
• Jadoh (Meghalaya)
• Gyathuk (Sikkim)
• Chikhvi (Tripura)
• Zan (Arunachal Pradesh)
Climate of northeast India
Northeast India has a very varying climate, and quite diverse too. One experiences frequent climate changes as a result of the diversity in topography. In the month of January, the temperature hovers around 15° C in the plains of Bramhaputra, Tripura, Barak valley and the western part of Mizo hills. In the same region, other parts receive a temperature of around 10 °C.
From the month of April, the temperature rises in all parts of northeast India except the southeastern part of Mizo hills and Shillong. During this time, the temperature ranges from 25°C to 27.5°C. During the month of October though, the temperature ranges between 20-25°C. In Bangladesh, Barack valley and Tripura, along with the western part of Mizo hills, the temperature is below 25°C. In the upper Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, one would experience below freezing temperatures.
Keeping these climatic conditions in mind, the best time to visit northeast India is between October and April. After the month of April monsoons sets in, thus making it very difficult to travel. Mountains and hilly regions can be inaccessible during this time.
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