The north eastern part of India, from Sikkim in the west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east has everything – beautiful rivers, forests and national parks, snow capped mountains, towering peaks, temples, lakes, India’s largest monastery, and the world’s biggest riverine islands, and yet, the north east sees the least number of visitors. This is sad, because it is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Here are some of the top places to visit in North East India –
Kaziranga and Manas for Wildlife
Both in the state of Assam, the one-horned rhinoceros are the star attraction at Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park. There are almost 2,000 rhinos at Kaziranga. Plus, Manas is the only place in the north east where you can see the Bengal Tiger. There are many rare plant and animal species in both these forests.
Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
There are beautiful monasteries in Sikkim too, but Tawang in Arunachal stands out. Located at 10,000 feet, it is the biggest monastery in India and also one of the most beautiful. It offers stunning beauty, calm and peace – a spiritual experience to enjoy. Look at the 850 sculptures and the architecture of the monastery. You will also get a breathtaking view of the valley from here. Other attractions of Arunachal Pradesh include Zero and Bomdila.
Sikkim, one of India’s smallest states, is beautiful. There is Gangtok, the state capital, and Pelling, Yuksom, Ravangla, and Geyzing in the west, which are all beautiful. East Sikkim, with Nathang Valley, Kupup and Tsomgo Lake is beautiful too. But a trip to North Sikkim will always be the most prized experience. Visit Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Thangu Valley, Chopta, Lachung, and Yumthang.
Nagaland’s Mon district is the home of the Konyak Nagas. Here you can see traditional villages with tattooed warriors, and rich wild forests. Many of these tribal’s used to be skull hunters once. To this day, you can see the skull exhibits, wood carving work, and enjoy fishing. Bird watching is another delight. There are Second World War remains to be seen too. Kohima, the state capital is also beautiful.
Moirang was the first place in India that was freed from British rule by the forces of the INA, Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. The Loktak Lake, the world’s biggest floating lake is also close. The islands or phumdis here float on the water. In the morning you can see an island to your west, but by the evening it could have vanished from your eyesight. The Lamjao National Park, of which Loktak is a part, is also home of the rare and endangered Manipur brow-antlered deer.
Root Bridges in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Cherrapunjee was used to be the world’s wettest place, on account of the high rainfall. That distinction now goes to Mawsynram, which is close to Cherrapunjee. Mawsynram receives 11,871 millimeters of rain every year. Cherrapunjee is also famous for its living root bridges, which are vast and beautiful. Also visit Shillong, the state capital, and the western part of the state, which is the caving capital of India. You can explore Mawsmai Cave, Krem Mawjymbuin, Krem Mawmluh, Siju Caves and others. It will be quite an experience.
There are plenty of other attractions in India’s north east as well, such as Unakoti in Tripura, Majuli in Assam, cruising on the Brahmaputra, Nagaland’s Dzukou Valley, and river rafting in Sikkim.