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Five Best Places To Visit In Northeast India

Updated on January 28, 2015

Fascinating, Colorful, Friendly Northeast India

Fascinating cultures can be found throughout Northeast India.
Fascinating cultures can be found throughout Northeast India.

India is located at the south of Asia and occupies most of the Sub-Indian continent. Destination visitors are familiar with places such as Taj Mahal and Delhi, but there are other places to visit, some hidden and more remote but equally as beautiful as the others.

One place that is unexplored, wild, and must be visited by anyone is Northeast India. One can get to the northeast either by plane or by train. There is public transportation that makes exploring the area easy. There are a lot of places of interest in Northeast India. All of them are full of adventures, beauty, culture, and tranquility.

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Best Times to Visit

November to April are the best months to visit Northeast India. The weather during this time is ideal for outdoors, with warm, sunny days and cool or cold nights. During the summer months, travelers generally experience the monsoon rainy season, when the landscape is green and cloud formations are beautiful.

1. Kaziranga National Park

Thousands of elephants and birds cross through Kaziranga during their migration routes.
Thousands of elephants and birds cross through Kaziranga during their migration routes.

At the top of our list is Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the state of Assam. This park is home to elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, birds, and many more animals. But the most fascinating and highlight of the park would be the one-horned rhinoceros and tigers. The national park has the largest population of Asian rhinos and has the highest density of tigers found anywhere in the world. In Kaziranga, the saying goes that "there's always a tiger around." However, the tall grass of the national park makes it quite hard to spot these majestic predators.The place is ideal for wildlife; it has a vast area for vegetation and perfect terrain. The best time to visit the park is from February to March ,when the grasses are low. The park can be explored by both elephant and jeep.

2. Majuli

Misty evenings during winters in Majuli
Misty evenings during winters in Majuli

Another perfect destination is Majuli Island, the largest inhabited river island on the planet, also located in Assam. The island is located in the middle of the mighty River Brahmaputra, which magically embalms the island in its serene flow. Upon reaching the island, one is amazed by the unique culture and tradition. There are plantations of rice paddies, intricate woven textiles, and pottery. The scenery is perfect for those who want to relax and admire nature. This is the best place for bird-watching.

3. Umiam Lake

Umiam Lake gets pretty dramatic during the monsoon season.
Umiam Lake gets pretty dramatic during the monsoon season. | Source

The third on the list is Umiam Lake, an artificial lake located in the serene, green hills of Meghalaya. People visit this lake because it offers different sports and water recreational facilities such as kayaking, water cycling, and boating. The lake also serves as a source of electricity, irrigation, and fishing. Recently, a five star hotel called Ri-Kynjai opened beside the lake. It is the one of the best places in India to stay and is near other attractions in Meghalaya.

4. Tawang Monastery

The Tawang Monastery dominates the landscape with an aura of spirituality. Seen here during winter months as a source of warmth.
The Tawang Monastery dominates the landscape with an aura of spirituality. Seen here during winter months as a source of warmth.

Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India, is one place not to miss. Built in the years 1680 to 1681, the monastery is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is considered India's remote frontier. Within the walls is a library with a collection of scriptures, manuscripts, and books. Celebrations at the monastery include dancing and feasting throughout the year. For any Buddhist pilgrim, the monastery certainly holds many secrets and provides peace.

5. Cherrapunji

Nokhalikai Falls in Cherrapunji is one of the most beautiful waterfall in the planet, surrounded by lush green forests and small settlements of happily living people.
Nokhalikai Falls in Cherrapunji is one of the most beautiful waterfall in the planet, surrounded by lush green forests and small settlements of happily living people.

One should not miss Cherrapunji, or as it is popularly known, Sohra. This is the wettest and rainiest place on earth, located in the state of Meghalaya. The town is located on top of a plateau overlooking Bangladesh. Surrounding the plateau is lush forest. The location gives a perfect view, however not in the monsoon rainy months when clouds constantly cover the landscape. People who visit this place must not miss the living bridges, which are actually roots of trees connected by locals over many decades and used to cross streams and rivers. The abundance of rain has carved unique natural formations into the landscape, decorating it with numerous waterfalls and caves.

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What To Bring

1. Warm clothes for winter months.

2. Sunscreen/winter lotion.

3. Binoculars.

4. Shades and hat.

5. Medical kit.

6. Passport and visa copies.

7. Rain gear.

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      Poonam 2 years ago

      Hotel in Guwahati

      http://www.royaledecasa.com/

      Hotel ROYALEdeCASA stands with its grand architecture which brings the presence of Royalty in British Era. The name "CASA" itself means "Home”, so you are welcomed to this lavish hotel with luxurious comfort. Hotel is situated at a walk-able distance from state capital with easy conveniences. The hotel has fantastic decor and great interiors. Hence it is easy to commute for the people staying here.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hey Yorja Rahmani

      India is simply a beautiful place! I have visited a few times and i just love the place, weather ( in winter lol) and of course the people! I have followed you and voted up as it's a great hub! i write travel please check my hubs out and leave feedback either way id really appreciate it

      Thanks Again

      Lee

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      Mani 2 years ago from India

      In karnataka there is Belgum,a small town there.Lots of sunrise plantations, to give more pleasure in our mind.Just before the border of maharastra. Many waterfalls there,for sightseeing.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      I have not visited any of the Northeast part of India. Very interesting hub.

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      P Basak 3 years ago

      Can tawang in Arunachal pradesh visited during 10 Dec to 15 Dec

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      Travelspeak 3 years ago

      Do visit Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati http://www.travelspeak.in/kamakhya-temple-glimpse-...

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      zoomdo carlo 3 years ago

      i think tawang in Arunachal pradesh is the best place to visit

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      NANDINI 3 years ago

      I WANT TO VISIT WITH MY FAMILY BUT JUST CONFUSED AS TO WHICH PLACES TO COVER IN 7 DAYS TIME. PLS HELP.

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      Yorja Rahmani 4 years ago from India

      These are just a few. Northeast has hundreds of unheard places waiting to be explored.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting list of places. Except for Cherapunji I've not even heard of the rest.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Interesting hub. Heard about Kaziranga even before.

      Never got a chance to visit.