“I belong to a small village in the mountains too!” “A vacation? But why are we going to the north east of India? What is so special about it anyway? Is it not too far away? We will spend half of our holidays in trying to reach the place”. For those of you, who have ten rebuttals ready for not taking this trip, we give you ten reasons to show what you have been missing so far. The north East of India has a mythical existence to it. Legends and folklore have shaped this bundled collection of 7 states, in the way it is today. Fondly referred to as the ‘Seven Sisters’, these states have fortunately not been eaten by the dragons of urbanization. Nature, in one of its most charming, virgin and wild forms is a common sight here . Now imagine a bit. Picture 1 – High rise buildings, the shriek of traffic, Smokey air and machines humming in the back ground. Picture 2 – green leaves shaking with drops of dew, narrow moist walkways, chirping of birds and a nip in the air. So make your choice, pack your bags and explore the North East of India.
Reaching North East India:
Ironically so, the connectivity in the north eastern states is commendable as when compared to the kind of weather and terrain that is generic of the states. The biggest entry hub to this region is the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati. The buses plying on the inter-state and intra-state highways offer enough comfort to the traveler. With some extra days at hand, you could driving around the twirling roads and really feel closer to your own self. That is why we need a break in the first place right, so that we spend some days with ourselves for like once!
Best time to Visit:
Even if one were to identify a couple of months as preferred months for tourism, you would end up missing quite a lot more. Every month has something to offer. Be it a fest or a festival, every consecutive month has attractions. Want to see the flowers in full Bloom? Come and visit in September. Or if you want to run around in the fields’ right before the harvest, then October to November is when you should be planning your trip. Fifteen days in this place and you would feel alive from within.
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
NO! This not just another wildlife national park. This is the tiger reserve of India and has been declared a world Heritage site. The best part is you can make friends with tigers. Don’t take that in literal sense. Bu this wildlife sanctuary is the home to the largest tiger reserve in India.
2. Majuli, Assam
Majuli flaunts incomparable beauty of glowing rice fields and meadows. India’s largest river island, this 421 sq.km area is right in the middle of the Brahmaputra. Reports suggest that the rate, at which this place erodes, may leave it nonexistent in just 20 years from now. So plan a trip to see this Island. Who knows twenty years later you would be boasting about seeing Majuli with your own eyes.
3. Dawki, Meghalaya
A border crossing between India and Bangladesh, Dawki in Meghalaya is a place of interest you cannot miss. The Dawki Dam was built by the Britishers and is considered to be a masterpiece in itself. Resting under the Jaintia hills, the air here is fragrant with wild plants and flowers. Visit this for a serene view of the cross border trade.
4. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Lofted at a height of 10,000 feet above the sea level, this Monastery is a major tourist attraction. This is the largest monastery in India. Visit Arunachal Pradesh for its terrain and could skimming terraces. This place is an experience to remember in the peak winters. Snow covered and pristine white, the whole area looks like a mirror image of the sky.
5. Kyongnosla, Sikkim
An alpine sanctuary and a river of water falling from 10,400 feet, meandering its way through the clouds and molding the rocks in its passage. This is why you have to be there to witness the beauty nature can offer. Trek along the Nathu La pass if adventure is what thrills you.
6. Moirang, Manipur
A fresh water lake – world renowned for the ‘phumdis’, which are a decomposing mass of vegetation soil and organic matter floating right on the surface. It is a visual treat to see this scientific phenomenon at work. While you are here, also visit the Kiebul Lamjao National park, the only home to the endangered species of the Eld’s deer. You would not find it anywhere else in the world.
7. Unakoti, Tripura
A mountain, with stones carved on it’s sides, a rivulet nearby and an archaeological wonder, Unakoti is a bewitching tourist attraction. Who created the Shiva carvings is not known and why this reclusive spot was chosen is still a mystery. So carry your archaeological books and pack off to Unakoti. After all you could find a pot of gold hidden somewhere!
8. Pelling, Sikkim
Nestled at an altitude of 2150 the town is a base for various trekking routes of north east. Raise your head to see the snow clad mountains of the Kanchenjunga. This is the closest you can get to Kanchenjunga without leaving the comfort of the hotels and food. After this it is the souls and you.