Updated: May 16, 2020
This tryst with the novel #coronavirus has been a new experience for all of us, and as we lay in our homes, bored like never before, backpackers like us cannot help but already chalk out our travel destinations once we are done with this mess.
One of the most fascinating places in the world, located in the easternmost region of India, North East India is collectively called 'the seven sister states'. Much of the region has been left unexplored till date, owing to the region’s daunting topography comprising of hills, rainforests and rivers.
If you are a nature lover like yours truly, North-East will definitely be a treat for your eyes, as the region has one of the highest density of biodiversity of flora and fauna in the world. So without further ado, here goes Madsoul’s list of ten tourist places in North-East India.
10. Vantawng Falls, Mizoram
The highest waterfalls in the state, the Vantawng Falls is tucked amidst dense forests and somewhat resembles a stream of milk. The falls is surrounded by bamboo groves, and since the terrain is a bit difficult, a viewing post has been set up by the Tourism Department to enable visitors to enjoy the view.
9. Majuli Island, Assam
The largest river island in the world, Majuli is mainly famous for its culture, picturesque locations, and ethnic and cultural diversity. It is also known for the Molai forest, an erstwhile sandbar which was single-handedly tended by Jadhav Payeng, the “Forest Man of India” for 30 years. Majuli is a strong contender in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.
8. Mawsmai Village, Meghalaya
In the little village of Mawsmai in Meghalaya is a network of underground caves that has enough light passing to see the stalactites and stalagmites. The short hike through the forest to reach the main entrance of the cave is simply spellbinding. Another great sight, the famous Seven Sister Falls is just one kilometer south of Mawsmai village.
7. Chabimura, Tripura
Literally meaning “Mountain of Pictures”, the place known as Chabimura is a rare combination of enigma and natural beauty. A boat ride on the Gomati River through the place with tropical vegetation on both sides and the rock carvings is surreal to say the least. No specific history has been found about this place till date, and even any local legends and myths do not exist about it. And this enigma is what increases the charm of the place manifold.
6. Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim
Sitting on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok surrounded by lush green mountains, the Rumtek monastery serves as a visual treat besides being a place for spiritual solace. If you climb on top, you can have a marvelous view of the whole Gangtok town.
5. Loktak Lake, Manipur
The oxbow lake Loktak is the world’s only floating National Park. It is also the largest freshwater lake in the North-Eastern region. Loktak is best known for its circular floating swamps resembling mini islands. Loktak is also a Ramsar site and famous for its migratory birds. The most commonly sighted ones are black kite, northern hill myna, East Himalayan pied kingfisher, lesser eastern jungle crow, Burmese pied myna, and more.
4. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Sitting at an altitude of 5000 feet above mean sea level, Ziro has hills that are beautifully covered with bamboo and pine trees, surrounded with paddy fields. The town is home to the very friendly Apatani tribe. Due to its beauty, the town has been shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The love for music in this town birthed the famous Ziro Music Festival. It is one of the best indie music festivals of India at this moment, having featured artists like Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, which is a delight for music lovers like myself!
3. Kisama Heritage Village, Nagaland
Situated in the outskirts of the state capital Kohima, Naga Heritage Village in Kisama pursues for preserving and promoting the culture of the Naga people. The name itself is an amalgamation of two Naga villages, namely, Kigwema and Phesama. The village is known for the world-famous Hornbill Festival which gives you an opportunity to experience the culture, songs, dance, handicrafts, and taste the ethnic delicacies of the various Naga tribes. Also for the rock music geeks, something to look forward to is the 10 days extravaganza called the Great Hornbill International Rock Contest.
2. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Tucked in the borders of India, Bhutan, and China, the Tawang Monastery has the honour of being the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world. The Tibetan name of the Monastery literally means 'celestial paradise in a clear sky'. It is at an altitude of 10,000 feet and gives a panoramic view of the entire Tawang River Valley, that is spread with lofty snow-capped mountains and lush green thickets of coniferous trees.
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Home to the one-horned Rhino, Kaziranga National Park is undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction of North-East India. Apart from the Rhinos, Kaziranga has a thriving population of Tigers, Leopards, Civets, Bisons, Gaur, Bears, Swamp Deer, and Elephants. If you are planning to move on from the regular forest trails of India and see something out of the world, then the rangelands of Kaziranga is the place to be. It has also been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site