Northeast India – An Ultimate Travel Destination
Northeast India and the seven sisters are absolute wonders! Hills, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, flora and fauna, national parks, orchids, tea gardens, rice fields, huge varieties of local fruits and vegetables, lakes and water lands, temples, historical monuments, the vibrant culture, the delicious cuisine, the simple people, rock music, football and the endless options for exploring- Northeast India is a hidden gem that welcomes everyone to traverse, experience and enjoy.
Whether it’s Assam’s Kamakhya temple, Kaziranga National Park, the biggest river island-Majuli, the smallest river island Umananda or the monuments of Ahom Kingdom, Manipur’s Loktak lake, Keibul Lamjao national park or the beautiful Ukhrul, Nagaland’s Dzukou Valley or the mesmerising hills of Mokongchung, Arunachal Tawang’s extremely beautiful natural scenarios or the Golden Pagoda of Namsai, Tripura’s Neermahal, Unakoti rock carvings or the Rudrasagar lake, Mizoram’s Vantawng falls or the Phawngpui national park, Meghalaya’s seven sisters falls, the most rainy region Mowsynram or the uncountable and still not discovered natural caves of Cherapunjee, Sikkim’s serene environment or the unimaginable beauty of the full bloom hilly orchids and flowers- Northeast India is a gift of God to the nature and the world!
North east India states
The seven north east India states are- Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Manipur. Sikkim has been added later on and it is actually eight now. Here is a quick description of the north east India states-
Assam is one of the most happening states among the northeast India states. With 78,438 km² area and 3.09 crores population it is one of the most crowded states in northeast. Assam is known for its tea production as it is one of the largest tea producers globally. The famous Kamakhya temple is situated in Assam. Every year at the time of Ambubachy mela lakhs of devotees from around the world visit this temple in Guwahati, Assam. Kaziranga National Park covering parts of Golaghat, Nogaon and Sonitpur districts of Assam is also a popular tourist site. Some other must visit places of Assam are- Majuli, the biggest river island, Manas national park, Pobitora national park, Umananda, Sivsagar, Haflong and it goes on.
Meghalaya is a hub of natural treasures and many still undiscovered. It is known for its beautiful hills, uncountable waterfalls, natural caves, pine trees, many different varieties of local berries and ofcourse the beautiful sky with clouds for which the place got its name- Meghalaya, means home of the clouds. With about 26.5 lakhs population on a land of 22,720 km², Meghalaya is distributed in three major parts- Khasi Hills, Jayantia Hills and Garo Hills. Some major tourist attractions in Meghalaya are- seven sisters falls, Cherapunji, Laitlum, Shillong peak, Shillong lake, Elephent falls, Double decker living root bridge, Asia’s cleanest village- Mawlynnong village, Mawsmai cave, Umium lake, Tura, Jowai and many other.
If you ever plan to visit northeast India, plan it in between 1-10 December because that is the time when Nagaland’s Hornbill festival is being celebrated and that’s something you mustn’t miss. It is a festival showcasing the vibrant colours of the different Naga tribes, culture, traditions, music, dance, food, fun and more. With about 22.8 lakh population, this hilly state in northeast India is full of natural beauty. The dzukou valley of Nagaland is quite popular among the tourist especially who loves trekking. Other tourist spots in Nagaland are- Ntanki National Park, Naga heritage village, Shilloi lake, Kohima war cemetery etc.
With the increasing awareness regarding northeast India tourism, Manipur’s Loktak lake is in talk now. Loktak lake is a freshwater lake in Manipur popularly known as floating lake due to the numerous phumdis that float around on the lake’s surface. Other places of tourist attractions in Manipur are- Kangla Fort, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Shirui Kashong peak etc.
With around 83,743 km² area and 12.6 lakhs population Arunachal Pradesh is the largest among the northeast Indian states. It is the first Indian state to see the sun. Many tourist and photographers visit this place every year to witness and click the magnificent beauty of the first sun rays. Mountains, lakes, river, monasteries and many more to explore here. Some popular tourist places of Arunachal Pradesh are- Tezu, Namsai, Roing, Tawang, Khonsa, Changlang etc.
With around 10,491.69 km2 Tripura is the third smallest state of India. It is bordered by Bangladesh on 3 sides of the state. The 36.6 lakhs of population in the state consists of both tribal people and religious groups. Some places to visit in Tripura are- Neermahal, Rudrasagar lake, Tripurasundari temple, Dumboor, Trishna Wild Life etc.
Mizoram is a small beautiful hilly state in the southern part of the NE Indian states. Evergreen hills, lakes, waterfalls, national parks and more this place is just ideal for the nature lovers. ‘Mizo’ tends for the tribal group of the state and ‘ram’ means land. So Mizoram means land of the Mizos. Places that you can visit when in Mizoram are- Vantawng falls, Dampa Tiger Reserve and Sanctuary, Phawngpui National Park, Palak lake, Tam Dil etc.
North east India tour packages
Due to geographic location or historical factors northeast Indian states were considered as somewhat different from the rest of India. But unlike before now these states are no longer less connected to the central India. Tourists do plan to visit northeast especially to enjoy nature closely. Hence travel agencies are also seen to be keeping attractive northeast India tour packages. They also keep customized north east tour packages to cover some special occasions like Kamakhya’s Ambubachi mela in Assam, Ziro music festival in Arunachal Pradesh, Hornbill festival in Nagaland, Cherry blossom festival in Meghalaya etc.
All the states of northeast India are amazing. Despite of the rumours that these places are not safe to travel or live in, many tourists are seen to come here every year and experience the utterly beautiful nature in its purest form. The green environment, fresh air, dancing clouds in the blue sky, uncountable varieties of local fruits, vegetable, flowers, herbs and more, the rare birds and animal species, the simple yet tasty and healthy cuisine, the lovely people, the colourful culture, tradition and attire- everything sums up and forms the beautiful states of northeast India which is worth visiting for every traveller.