One of the most sought after destination nowadays along with the Himalayan Kingdoms like Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh is the North East. Comprising of 8 states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, the beauty of each of these states is unique in its own way.
Covering an area more than 250,000 sq. km and over 4500 kms of International border with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, this part of India holds the privilege of possessing the seven most prominent wild life sanctuaries of the country.
Here in this blog we bring to you the 8 places you must visit during your trip to the North East:
- Kaziranga National Park, Assam: Situated at a distance of 195Kms from Guwahati, this national park is the home to the world famous one-horned rhinos. You can enjoy watching these endangered species by going out on an early morning jungle safari (which most of the hotels arrange for the tourists) at the park.
- Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh: Situated at a height of 10,000 feet in the valley of the Tawang River in Arunachal Pradesh, it is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It gives a magnificent view of the valley and during the new moon nights it gives an incredible view of the celestial bodies.
- Double Decker Root Bridges, Meghalaya: Living root bridges in Cherrapunjee are some of the most attractive places for tourists in Meghalaya, apart from other beautiful places which are equally enchanting. These bridges are built with the roots of the trees and walking through these outstanding structure will add to your list of wonderful experiences.
- Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur: Located over the largest fresh water lake – Loktak, in North East, the Keibul Lamjao National Park, is the only floating park in the world. It is famous for Sangai, an endangered subspecies of brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
- Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram: Covering an area of 550 sq. km, Dampa Tiger Reserve, situated in the western part of Mizoram is the natural home of Indian bison, barking deer, sloth bear, gibbons, langurs, Indian Python, wild boar and a variety of birds along with the big cats.
- Shilloi Lake, Nagaland: Situated in Phek district, this lake is famous for the various mysterious tales associated with it. The view of the lake from top makes it appear like the shape of a human footprint. The winding road down to the lake from Washelo in Phek, through the slopes of the rocky hills presents a majestic sight.
- Nathu La Pass, Sikkim: Situated at a height of 14,140 ft above sea level, this pass connects Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It is a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan. The trek through the pass is a treat to the eyes as you can spot enchanting landscapes and mesmerising lakes on the way.
- Unakoti Hill, Tripura: Unakoti hill under Kailashahar subdivision in Tripura is a place worth a visit. The name Unakoti in Bengali means – one less a crore. Dating back to 7th – 9th century, the place hosts an ancient Shaivite pilgrimage, with huge rock carvings on the body of the hills, celebrating Lord Shiva. The marvellous rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty and the waterfalls are not to be missed.
The 8 states in North East holds in its lap many treasures, out of which few are less explored and untouched.
Describing the unlimited beauty of North East within limited space is really challenging as each state has its own importance and unique flora and fauna. You should visit the region for an inimitable travelling experience.