Northeast India is one of the least explored, mysterious and the most beautiful regions of India.
Northeast India known as “Seven Sisters” ( includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim) are the states of Northeast. All the eight states are beautiful in their own rights, diverse and beautiful landscape, unique culture and history. The states are without the crowd and fewer honks compared to other Indian states.
The former people of Nagaland are headhunters but now they go to church on Sundays. Many Arunachalis attend church like buildings on Sundays- to worship the sun and the Moon. The region is one of the best sublime experiences for travelers.
Experience the beautiful geographical locations of Northeast which is varied as the culture. The amazing waterfalls thunder down Cherrapunjee’s jungle, the snow-storm maybe blocking the passes to Tawang, and one-horned rhinos go on grazing peacefully in Kaziranga’s grasslands beside the mighty river Brahmaputra. Northeast travel can be tough, with brutal roads and long-distance but the destinations are always worth the effort.
As you know that Northeast India is one of the best tourist destinations of India where you meet with different culture and diversity which am gonna describe below
1. Arunachal Pradesh– The largest of the Seven Sister States of North-East India, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 28 states of India. Also known as “Land of Dawn-lit mountains“, Though it is fairly new to the tourism world, Arunachal is a land with abundant travel destinations. A delight for travelers, adventurers and nature lovers all over the world.
2. Assam– Assam is a state in India that is rich in history, culture, tradition, and biodiversity. One of the Seven Sisters States of North-East India, Assam has risen to be one of the most popular destinations. The world-famous Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park, two of the World Heritage Sites, are located within Assam. There is a lot of history of ancient civilizations that came and passed through this Indian state too. A lot of inscriptions since ancient times can be found in some of the historical places around Assam.
- Kaziranga National Park
- Manas National Park
- Kamakhya Temple
- Majuli Island
- Hoolongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kakochang Waterfall
- Tocklai Tea Research Center
- Nameri National Park
- Padam Pukhari
- Haflong lake, Hill
3. Manipur-The word Manipur literally translates into the land of jewels. Manipur is a perfect destination for nature lovers. The state has a dense forest, emerald green valleys and rolling hills make the state captivating, and the magnificent floating Loktak lake can stun any of its visitors. Manipur also has a rich cultural heritage witnessed in its numerous dance and visitors.
4. Mizoram– Mizoram is also known as the “Songbird of India”, the northeastern state of Mizoram
is one of the smallest states in India. This immensely beautiful state boasts of exotic landscapes surrounded by the blue colored mountains, green forests and stunning views from the cliffs. The vast culture and grand festivals of the state have a unique, irresistible charm which cannot be explained it can only be felt once you are in the land of Mizoram.
5. Meghalaya– A Member of the Seven Sisters State, is home to some of the most picturesque places in the North-East. In Sanskrit, Meghalaya means “the abode of clouds“. The Britishers also gave the nickname- “Scotland of the East” during their reign. Quite rightfully so too. The variation in the landscape throughout the state makes Meghalaya one of the top destinations for tourism. Apart from that, 70% of Meghalaya comprises forested regions that are rich in biodiversity. It lies in a mountainous region, with stretches of valleys and highland plateaus, which is rich geologically. Whether for adventure, honeymoon, native culture, National Parks, local festivals or being close to nature, Meghalaya hits it off.
- Living Root Bridge
- Krang Suri falls
- Mawphlang Sacred Forest
- Laitlum Canyon
- Mawryngkhang Bamboo Trek
- Garo Hills
6. Nagaland– Nagaland beautifully nestled amidst the lush and verdant sub-tropical and sub-alpine climate. Nagaland lying in the hills and mountains of the northeastern part of the country. Nagaland is a beautiful destination and it has some beautiful places to visit. It is one of the smaller states of India. The state is a witness of unique heritage sites, rich wildlife, local festivals, delicious cuisines, beautiful handicrafts, cultural shopping, attractive places and many more.
7. Tripura– Tripura is a hilly state in northeast India, bordered on 3 sides by
Bangladesh, and home to a diverse mix of tribal cultures and religious groups. Tripura is one of the least visited regions of the country and very less known about its beauty. The state is rich in gorgeous landscapes, dense forests, lush green hills, and rock-cut temples with a sprinkle of history and heritage. Visit Tripura to get close to the nature, landscapes, and heritage of the state.
8. Sikkim– Experience your tour destination in Sikkim which is known as one of the states of North East India. Sikkim is renowned for its panoramic mountains, quaint villages, pristine scenery, five climatic zones, total sanitation, peaceful environment, hospitable, holy lakes, vibrant Buddhist Monasteries, a holiday in Sikkim is sure to bring you close to nature providing you ample peace and solitude.
- Tsomgo Lake
- Nathula Pass
- Rumtek Monastery
- Do-Drul Chorten
- Jawahar Lal Nehru Botanical Garden
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
- Yumthang Valley
Best Time to Visit Northeast
From November to April it is the best weather conditions, by December the high-altitude areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland are extremely cold. From May to the end of September it rains heavily, particularly in Meghalaya, but travel during this time has its own beauty.
Festivals in the Northeast
The seven sisters of Northeast India celebrate every festival with great joyous and vibrant. Every state has its own culture and tradition. The northeast festivals flaunt its rich culture. Most of the festivals are either related with agriculture, Buddhism or a new year. The Northeast Indian festivals show the natural charm, artistic abilities as well as the delicious cuisine of every seven states.
Yaoshang– Manipur’s version of Holi celebrated in March.
Aoling Monyu – Konyak festival in the Mon region of Nagaland marking the arrival of rain in the month of April.
Bihu– The major festival of Assam, celebrated with singing, dancing, and feast in the villages.
Chapchar kut– This the biggest harvest festival in Mizoram, celebrated before the sowing season begins in the month of March.
Moatsu– the festival celebrated by the Ao Tribe in Nagaland after the sowing season.
Dree– The Apatanis of Ziro in Arunachal observe this agrarian festival in which animal sacrifices are common.
Nogkrem– In Meghalaya, the Khasi tribe give thanks for the harvest over five days.
Torgya and Losar– Arunachal Pradeshfestival of Monpa people in Bomdila and Tawang, with colorful chaam ( masked monastic dances) and religious ceremonies.
Music and Cultural festivals
Ziro Festival of Music– Four-day Central Arunachal outdoor music festival with apong ( rice and beer ) and indie music, camping under the stars in the Ziro Valley in Sept.
NH7 Weekender– The popular multiday urban music festival held its first Shillong edition in 2015 and is now slated to be an annual feature. Indian indie and global artists spanning genres of rock, funk, electro and more perform on various stages.
Hornbill Festival– Celebrated in the first week of December, held annually in Nagaland at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, this is one of the largest occasion, showcasing the dance, music, food, games and intriguing culture of different local tribes.
How to reach Northeast
By Flight- If you are looking to fly to one of the states in the Northeast, then you will be pleased to learn that four of the states- Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, and Assam. all have direct flights from various cities such as Kolkata and Delhi. Guwahati in Assam is considered to be the gateway to the Northeast states and once you reach there, you can fly to some of the other places such as Silchar, Dimapur, Imphal, Aizawl, Agartala, Jorhat and Dibrugarh. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport in Guwahati is well connected to major cities of India.
The airlines that fly to Northeast regularly are Indian Airlines, Indigo, Spicejet and Vistara. Here are
some of the airports that you can fly to reach Northeast India.
- Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport, Guwahati
- Imphal International Airport, Manipur
- Silchar Airport, Assam
- Dibrugarh Airport, Assam
- Dimapur Airport, Nagaland
- Agartala Airport, Tripura
There are also helicopter services to Aizwal and Naharlagun.
By Train- Some cities of the country have some good connectivity by train to Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam. Naharlagun is the important station in Arunachal Pradesh which is located between Guwahati and also New Delhi. There are also stations Guwahati, Lumding, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh as well as Tinsukia. From Delhi, trains such as Rajdhani Express, Northeast Express, and Brahmaputra Rail travel to Northeast India regularly.
In the northeast, the trains are inevitably slow because the trains are not electrified. Because of non-electrified trains in the northeast, there would certainly be a lot of delays before you reach the destination. Mizoram is not connected by train. To reach the Sikkim, you must take a train to New Jalpaiguri, on the other side Kumarghat is the closest rail station to enter Tripura.
The Rajdhani Express takes around 28 hours to reach the Northeast, it is the fastest railway option. Meanwhile, Northeast Express takes 32hours while Brahmaputra Mail takes the longest, 42 hours.
By road- All the states have good connections of the road in the city areas with regular long-distance buses from many northeastern states to West Bengal. Assam has State-run buses that connect to the other states in Northeast India. Places like Guwahati, Tezpur, Kaziranga National Park can be reached by the Assam State Corporation buses. Guwahati Paltan Bazar is the main bus stand. The other options for the local travelers include Sumo, shared taxis leave once they are filled up with enough passengers. In Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland these Sumo run every hour, it’s a better idea to buy tickets from counter beforehand as these tickets run out very fast.
An important thing to remember is that if you’re traveling to Northeast during the winter season, it gets dark by 3.45 pm and it’s best if you’re not traveling around this time as the roads can be quite dangerous. Most of the highways in and around Assam as smooth with small puddles here and there.