The north eastern region of India is an unexplored paradise of wonder abyss and idyllic views that makes for a breathtakingly surreal experience of visual delight. The scenic landscape, the freshness in the morning breeze, the hues dotting the greenery, the steams gurgling with their cold splashes beckons you into the serene peace and tranquility this region has to offer. Also, with the region being host to a bounty of festivals that titillate pursuit of the soul through art and culture, North east India is indeed one among the most interesting places to visit the country. But within this all encompassing wonderland lies even more exquisite vistas that will have anyone spellbound with their simplistic majesty. Here’s listing 11 such places of north east India you definitely have every reason to visit–
Perhaps the most well known of places to visit in north east India is Shillong, the capital of the state of Meghalaya. Famed as the Scotland of the East, Shillong remains nestled amidst the lustrous green hilly peaks in the state know aptly as the the abode of the clouds and peeks out to the world with its every enchanting and captivating view.
The glimmering mountain sun, the crisp cool breeze, the many undulating slopes and the numerous winding roads, Shillong is more than just a destination to seek solace in. In its seething beauty and charismatic vistas, Shillong is replete with a vibe that resounds with enthusiasm and vibrancy. Perfect for the solo trip you have been planing for long, the hill station is one that has pristinity oozing out of its every aesthetic visual. Rains and romance come pretty easy here as well which makes it the perfect place to cosy up and have the best time of your lives without even doing anything! Also, as a city that retains a charm not commonly found, Shillong entices with its simplicity as well as its reputation of being one of the least polluted cities in India.
Breathtaking natural beauty and jaw dropping escapades make the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh a haven for travelers. Nestled somewhere amidst the mountains, the crisp air and the vibrant flora perfectly complements the region’s ambient cold and calm. Lush greenery dots the region abundantly, even as numerous pretty rivulets and hilly fields dawns in that rustic essence of life so commonplace in North east India. Travelers and tourists will find themselves at ease here, as warm locals and happy vibes welcome all who come here to explore its raw appeal. The region is a hotspot of music festivals, the hype of which resonates perfectly with its damp weather. Whether it be a sojourn to the drop dead gorgeous Ziro Valley or through challenging undulating slopes to seek pristinity at the Tawang monastery, Arunachal Pradesh makes for one of the best places to visit in north east India.
The largest river island in the world, Majuli in Assam sits pretty encircled by the gushing waters of the mighty Brahmaputra river and has a certain surreality beckoning from within its midst. Of late Majuli has begun to gain prominence for its unique distinction and cultural significance and heritage. Culturally vibrant and naturally boisterous, Majuli is enticing in all its aspects. Yet it is a matter of lament that even with significant richness of pristinity and natural endowments, and peaceful environs and happy vibes, it still is one of the lesser known places in India. In its obscurity as well as in its fascinating confines, Majuli makes for among the places that you need to visit when you set foot in the north east part of the country.
Nongkhnum river island
However it isn’t just the world’s largest river island that north east India can claim as its own. The country also boasts of nestling the second largest river island in Asia, the Nongkhnum river island in Megahalaya. Pretty and pristine, it’s a wonder how people even from the north eastern part of the country have not yet discovered this watery promenade of sheer delight. Lush green landscapes serenading the sparkling blue waters under clear blue skies, the bifurcation of the Kynshi river led to the creation of this fresh water island that is a wonder in so many respects. Dotted by dainty natural flora and fauna, Nongkhnum is every inch a traveler’s paradise even in its relative obscurity. Among the places to visit in north east India, this is one pick that is absolutely worth every footfall.
Krang Suri Waterfall
Another Meghalaya attraction that makes it to the list of places to visit in north east India is a waterfall that has been lauded as perhaps the most magical of all waterfalls in India. In its mesmerising deep blue colour, it’s easy to see why the Krang Suri waterfall remains an absolute enigma making it one of the most visited waterfalls in the country. Located in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills, Krang Suri makes for even more of a stunning visual when its resplendent blue converges perfectly with the sparkling sunrays to create a rainbow that is every bit a wonder phenomenal. Also with lush greenery doing up the surrounding ambience, Krang Suri is hands down one of the most enthralling visual delights you can ever partake of.
Okay, we know we have already mentioned Arunachal Pradesh as being on the top of the tourist radar when it comes to places to visit in north east India. But the state is home to so many wonders that it’s difficult not to single out some of them as ‘special mentions’! One such very picturesque expanse nestled deep within Arunachal is the verdant valley of Mechuka.
A place less known and lesser explored, Mechuka is in fact the untouched Shangri- La. A milky terrain in winters and a lush paradise in summers, there is no end to the magic that Mechuka manifests within its misty margins. Surreal expanses of snow clad mountains render the place a breathtaking appeal, which interestingly has a name that literally translates as medicinal water of snow. Nestled in oblivion even when it is rampant in wonders, Mechuka makes snowfall look prettier than usual.
A forever favorite among travel enthusiasts, Gangtok is a snowy haven that sees white expanses do up its ample beauty and charm. Life in this part of the country cradles in a vibe that is both exhilarating and liberating. The capital of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok’s premier place in the tourist map has made it vulnerable to a whole lot buzz than what this utterly pristine place naturally harbours. But in its exquisite confines, the land still holds a charm that is as surreal as it is worldly. Monasteries and pilgrimage sites abound in this town that is as known for its peace as it is for the enchanting beauty it remains nestled in.
An oval shaped canyon located some few distance away from the city of Imphal, the namesake valley is a really mesmerising landscape that encompasses also all splendor and beauty the north eastern part of India is so famous for. A very picture perfect valley, the scenic endowings are a result of the confluence of several small river streams from the neighbouring hills that provide an incredible aura to the encompassing vista. With the picturesque Loktak Lake, the historical Kangla Palace and Fort and some other very prominent attractions in tow, the Imphal Valley needs to be a definite feature of your sightseeing itinerary in North east India.
Home to the world’s only floating National park as well as being a wonder paradise itself, there isn’t any way we would have missed out on Loktak Lake from our list even when the Imphal Valley already had it under its ovalesque expanse. Famous for its numerous floating islands called Phumdis that are made of natural waste, the Loktak lake is every bit a nature lover’s delight. But apart from its uniqueness the lake also assumes significance as being the lifeline of Manipur. The diverse and delicate ecosystem that the Loktak Lake houses makes it a biodiversically rich natural asset as well as a pretty tourist hotspot.
The gateway to the north eastern region of India, Guwahati is a sprawling city that remains steeped in legacy as much as it does in its modern existence. An ancient city that resides along the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river, the city houses the famous Kamakhya temple as well as the world’s smallest river island Umananda. Also the largest metropolis in entire north east India, Guwahati also has as many places that would woo you with their urban setting on your every visit. Discover history, spirituality, modernity, peace and beauty all at once in this place that is also the largest city of the state of Assam.
Situated in Aizawl, the Durtlang Hills aren’t just a towering presence of exquisite beauty, they also are the abodes of adventure. Trekking trails and hiking sprees characterise the way up the hill that in itself are thrilling pursuits and seriously cater to that adrenaline rush. But once atop and you would lose all sense of that thrill as this time it’s a different exhilaration beckoning you with magnificence. A panoramic view of the entire capital city of Mizoram unfolds before your eyes in its abundant greenery even as you feel refreshed at all that mountain air breezing its way past you.
Be it the many waterfalls that make their way down the slopes, the expanse of clouds that seem to crown the hill in beautiful whites, the spectacular sunset views and the glorious morning dawnings- there is no aspect of Aizawl that seems more surreal from anywhere than the lofty expanse of the Durtlang hills. For those who want their visit to north east India to be more of a rejuvenating saga, this is one of those places that will cater exactly to your whims.