A treasure box of indigenous beauty, Northeast India is a paradise enveloped with
exotic scenic attraction, vibrant art, culture and tradition, historical significance, varied diversity, multiculturalism, and rich flora and fauna that have impeccably designed the region as an epicenter of pristine beauty. Moreover, the various tribes and communities dwelling with their traditional fables has made the region an enchanting hotspot of tourist attraction.
Exhilarating in all sense, Northeast India is an authentic reflection of Nature at its best experience that one shouldn’t dare to miss out. Let us gaze through some of the amazing scenic attraction of Northeast India:
1. Dzukhou and Japhu Valley:
Northeast can be defined as a paradise on earth, unexplored and unconquered; and Nagaland is the gateway to that dream. Also known as the Valley of Flowers, the valley is shrouded with flowers, herbs, and shrubs that enhanced the vibrancy of its beauty to another level. If you are looking for some soothing balm for your eyes, take a stroll to this ethereal paradise.
Bordered by Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the South-West, Tawang is a land engulfed with mystery. The region is inhabited by the Monpa Tribe, who was one of the populous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The mesmerizing Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges and the Tawang Chu River can leave its visitors awe in glee. Also, don’t forget to check-in at the Tawang monastery.
Located at a distance of 148 kilometers from Gangtok, Yumthang is a fascinating blend of flora and fauna bathing the valley with its hues. The gushing waterfalls and the gracefully flowing streams provide a breathtaking beauty to its landscape. Besides, the hot spring, located near the Yumthang River is a major tourist attraction.
4. Loktak Lake::
It is the world’s only floating national park located in Manipur. This enthralling lake is a lifeline for many people. Covering an area of 300 kilometers, the lake is a home to more than thousands of species of birds, animals and aquatic plants. Loktak is a paradise for bird watchers. Several species of birds like Jungle crow, Skylark, kingfisher, etc. can also be seen there.
Neermahal, meaning the ‘Water Palace’ is a fairytale castle situated in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake, 53 kilometers from the capital city Agartala. The Lake Palace is divided into two parts, Andar Mahal on the west and an open theatre on the east, which is used for entertainment purposes like performing drama, theatre, dance etc.
6. Nathula Pass::
Situated at 52kms from Gangtok, Nathula Pass was the trade route between India and Tibet through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. During winter, the pass is blocked by heavy snow. However, on the way to Nathula, there is a place called Thegu which has an ATM. This is known as the highest altitude ATM in the world which operates with a generator and a special fuel that does not freeze under any sort of extreme temperatures.
Majuli, meaning middle, is the largest riverine island in the world. The island is bounded by the Subansiri, Ranganodi, Dikrong, Dubla, Chici and Tuni rivers on the northwest and the Brahmaputra in the south and southwest. The island is also engulfed with numerous streams and lakes that offers its visitors a picturesque impression.
The assets of Majuli are,undoubtedly its satras. Satras are traditional centers for performing arts. Subsequently, Majuli has nearly 31 satras, some of which include, Auinati Satra, Dakshinpat Satra, Kamalabari Satra, Shamaguri Satra, Garamurh Satra, etc.
A hidden paradise, Dawki is located in the Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Dawki is a gateway to Bangladesh where the major transactions take place. 95 kilometers from Shillong, Dawki is a thrilling drive amidst the greens and grey.
9. Nohkalikai Falls:
Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of India located in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. The waterfall cascade into a pool-like rocky base which is as blue as the sky during winter.
Pelling, the small town located in the picturesque state of Sikkim, is an ideal destination for adventure lovers. The Khangchendzonga Festival, held every year, offers a host of adventure activities like mountain biking, promotional trekking, bird- watching, white-water rafting, kayaking, traditional sports, and sightseeing. Besides, the Pemayangtse Monastery, which features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava are worth praising.
The Kisama Heritage Village which was built entirely to preserve the Naga culture serves as the ‘Window to Nagaland.’ The reminiscence of the World War II Museum, Bamboo Heritage Hall, Bamboo Pavilion, etc. is worth capturing. Known for hoisting the annual Hornbill Festival, which is a 10-days long journey of culture and ethnicity, is a colorful festival that displays the rich projection of eccentric culture of the various Naga tribes.
12. Root Bridge:
Deep in the dense forests of Meghalaya, there are enthralling man-made wonders called Root- Bridges. Also known as the living root bridges of Meghalaya, these are one of those fascinating glimpses one can never resist without taking a picture. The root bridges take over fifteen years to become functional and are formed from the roots of the rubber tree. A special root bridge, known as the Double-Decker Root Bridge, that is located in Umshiang, is an ideal location for trekking. However, there are about 11 root bridges in Meghalaya. Some of them are Ummunoi Root Bridge, Umkar Root Bridge, Ritymmen Root Bridge, Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge, Mawsaw Root Bridge, Mawlynnong Living Root Bridge, etc.
Besides these thrilling locations, there is an endless list of unexplored places for the adventurous and wild wanderlusts. We shall disclose it in our upcoming articles.