North-East tourism is usually called the traveler’s paradise because of its natural beauty, scenic location, salubrious climate throughout the year, and the scope of a variety of adventure activities like trekking, paragliding, and mountaineering.
It is blessed with a distinct cultural, ethnic, and historical heritage. The panoramic views of the north-east tourism with the warm and welcoming smiles of its residents make it a region that should be on the bucket list of every traveler.
Some of the most uncharted territories and hidden gems can be found here. So let me take you on a brief visit to this untouched part of our country that is too beautiful to be true.
North-East Tourism Places
Gangtok, Sikkim (North-East Tourism)
One of the most popular hill stations to visit in India is Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. Weathered in clouds and surrounded by incredibly alluring natural beauty, Gangtok is the perfect amalgamation of pleasantly boisterous urbanization and subtle hues of cultural richness. It won’t be wrong to say that Gangtok has something for everyone.
This pristine hill station is a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain range. For nature lovers, it offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenchunga at a distant skyline nestled in between lush green valleys and for the tourists, it offers many great attractions like Tsomgo Lake, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, Tashi viewpoint, and Enchey Monastery.
Tsomgo Lake (North-East Tourism)
This lake is a must on every tourist itinerary and for a good reason- it’s an overwhelming scenic beauty. Resting in between the alpine forest and snow-capped mountain, this lake is everything that a dream location to visit is made of. As a traveler, I suggest you visit this location at least once in your life otherwise you would miss out on an experience that is difficult to pen down in words.
Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastry (North-East Tourism)
Arguably this is the most popular stupa in Sikkim. Known for being a stunning white edifice with a gold-plated steeple atop, this monastery is a prime religious and tourist attraction of Gangtok.
It is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels with engraved Buddhist mantras recital which forms an important tourist activity to do. The experience of worshipping the Lord in the serene atmosphere irrespective of your religion will calm your mind and fill you up with happiness.
Tashi Viewpoint (North-East Tourism)
A place in Gangtok that can give you the most panoramic view of Mount Kanchanjunga and the valley itself is this point. Tashi’s viewpoint should be on your itinerary of Gangtok because you could witness mesmerizing sunrise and sunsets, changing colors of the mountain with the sunlight, and spend some time with yourself or with your loved ones amongst the resinating sound of the birds and breeze.
Cherrapunji, Meghalaya (North-East Tourism)
Cherrapunji is a minuscule village that sits neatly on the edge of the Himalayas and is one of the marvelous gems of nature that ought to be on your bucket list. Mesmerizing is the word that anyone who visits this paradise will use to describe it.
With the undulating hills, the panoramic views, the glimpse of the tribal lifestyles, and the beautiful cascades, Cherrapunji is blessed with nature’s best. Some of its popular tourist attractions are:
Living Root Bridge (North-East Tourism)
It is a nature’s marvel which you can see when you visit Cherrapunji. The most popular one is the “Double-decker living root bridge” which is located 3 km from the village Tyrna. This makes for a perfect trek opportunity for all the adventure seekers who visit this place.
Nohkalikai Falls (North-East Tourism)
It is the most breathtaking fall that one could see in India. Holding the record of being the highest waterfall in the country, Nohkalikai fall will gift you some of the most spectacular views to take home from the journey. The sight of the fall gushing with water throughout the year, over the red rock cliffs enveloped in verdant greenery, and into the turquoise waterhole will make your jaw drop.
Best time to visit-Monsoon season, MaytoSeptember, is the best time to visit this place as the fall can be seen in its full glory.
Mawsmai Cave (North-East Tourism)
Meghalaya is home to an extensive network of caves that are still not fully discovered. But they are a thrilling tourist destination of Meghalaya. Likewise, the Mausmai cave gives its visitors a unique experience that is a blend of excitement and wonder. The sight of the cave when glistening lights meet with the limestone is quite memorable in itself. The countless hues and patterns of light created will leave you awestruck at this wonder of mother nature.
Guwahati, Assam (North-East Tourism)
Next on the list of popular cities to visit in North-East India is the capital of Assam, Guwahati. This city is a growing tourist destination because of its picturesque location and rich heritage. Situated in between the southern bank of river Brahmaputra and the foothills of Shillong Plateau, it is blessed with scenic views, diverse flora and fauna, and a plethora of wildlife sanctuaries. The name, Pragajotishpur (Land of Lights), with which it was known earlier still holds quite a relevance to its luminosity of rich culture, history, and dynamism. Some of the popular places to visit in Guwahati are
Kamakhya Temple (North-East Tourism)
The biggest attraction of Guwahati is Kamakhya Temple situated atop Nilachal hill. It is where goddess Kamakhya is worshipped. This temple is the oldest and the most important of the 51 Shakti Peeths. The majestic view of the city and the river that this temple commands along with its religious importance make this temple a mandatory destination to visit by travelers.
Kaziranga National Park (North-East Tourism)
It is one of the most if not the most visited attractions of Assam. Home to a vast number of one-horned rhinoceros, this national park is not only a popular tourist destination but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best possible way to tour this national park is an Elephant Safari. Riding through the thick deciduous forest on the back of this majestic animal and witnessing wildlife species from a closer distance will surely be the most memorable experience of visiting Guwahati.
Umananda Island (North-East Tourism)
This island is a perfect religious and scenic addition to the bucket list when you visit Guwhati. Pay homage to Lord Shiva in the Umamanda Temple and appreciate the craftsmanship of the Assamese people by looking at the beautiful rock-cut figures of Lord Surya, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Shiva. This small island located in between the Bheahmaputra will bring calmness to your senses and temple bells with the sound of water alongside will uplift your mood.
Aizawl, Mizoram (North-East Tourism)
An untouched paradise, a tranquil setup, or a destination to soothe the soul, Aizawl the capital city of Mizoram can be defined by many such synonyms. It is a beautiful sightseeing destination as it is surrounded by abundant greenery and majestic hills. Some places to visit in Aizwal are
Mizoram State Museum (North-East Tourism)
This museum is a must-visit place when you are in Aizwal as it displays the rich cultural heritage of Mizoram. It has galleries dedicated to displaying different aspects of the life of the people of the Mizo tribe. The textile gallery showcases the ethnic wear of people starting from the earliest known wear of fiber art to present-day traditional costumes.
The ethnology gallery displays various artifacts like musical instruments, weaponry, domestic utensils, etc that portray the everyday life of Mizo People. Similarly, it has sections of history, anthropology, and zoology that would make you intrigued by the effort of a community to preserve its lineage.
Agartala, Tripura (North-East Tourism)
It is the cultural reservoir amongst all the north-east tourism states. Rich in striking landscapes, crystalline waterfalls, and tradition, there is nothing you won’t find in Tripura. The state has a unique blend of traditional tribal culture with a little modern Bengali value which gives rise to a harmonious ambiance that can be felt by its visitors. Agartala is the capital of this diverse state that was once home to the famous Mankya Tribe, is a perfect assemblage of the monuments and structure that has resulted from a rich past.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Agartala (north-east tourism) are:
Ujjyanta Palace (North-East Tourism)
This palace will make your heart skip a beat by its beautiful gleaming white structure stretched out leisurely in the center of the city. Titled the most popular tourist
destination of Agartala, the magnificence of this building stands as a reminder of its past glory. The white marbled floor, the carved wooden ceiling, and the presence of the lake with lush green Mughal Garden contribute to its elegance and royal appeal. Visit this place to witness its beautiful interiors and also the museum in which this palace has been converted, for it will turn you into a history buff.
Neermahal (North-East Tourism)
Equally magnificent in its design and grand in its dimension is Neermahal that literary translates to water palace. Portraying the purity of water, this marvelous white structure resembles the Jag Niwas Palace of Udaipur. What attracts the tourist to this location is its design and the location next to a lake that is visited by a variety of migratory birds.
The light and sound show and the “Neermahal water festival” make this place a perfect combination of antiquity and thrill. So do visit this palace as you could learn a great deal about the cultural heritage of Agartala.
Jagannath Temple (North-East Tourism)
Apart from its scenic locations and monuments, Agartala is also known for its temples. Jagannath temple, Matabari or Tripura Sundari Temple, Chaturdash Devata, or The temple of Fourteen Gods are some of the most prominent temples here that satisfy the religious and cultural quest of the travelers.
Chaturdashi temple is a must-visit when you come to Agartala because the uniqueness of this temple will leave you stunned. The status of the deities displays only the heads rather than their whole body. The Jagganath temple to date is Tripuras pride because of its architectural magnanimity where it reflects the Islamic style of construction.
The temples of Agartala are a place of religious importance as they are of architectural beauty and prestige. So do visit them as they will leave a significant mark on your memories.
North-East Tourism holds the perfect spots to which you can plan your vacations. The cities, the people, and the cuisine are worth exploring in these gems that are somehow still hidden. You can witness the bounties of nature and the beauty nature can create when left untouched. So this year resolve to visit any one city of this region for only then you will know what I am talking about. Happy Travels.
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