11 Reasons Why You Must Visit Northeast India At Least Once in Your Lifetime

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Think about Northeast India and you will be robotically shipped to a dreamland where undulating hills, scenic landscapes, lavish green cover, serene lakes, snow-clad mountains, exotic flora and fauna await to welcome you. The cultural unity in diversity, traditions, food, and homely hospitality of the people will make you fall in love with the region.

 

This place of the eight sisters, comprising of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, and Sikkim, will surprise you pleasantly every now and then as you explore. Why wait? Book your holiday to this destination from a travel agency that offers the best and affordable Northeast tour packages.

 

Here are 11 reasons why you must visit Northeast India at least once in your lifetime.

 

World’s Smallest Inhabited River Island, Assam

Peacock Island, a small hillock where the Umananda Temple is located, is the world’s smallest inhabited river island. It is in the middle of the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Assam. The Shiv temple was built during the 17th century by the then Ahom king Gadadhar Singha.

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According to legend, it was at this hillock that Kamdev interrupted Lord Shiv’s meditation. Lord Shiv burnt Kamdev to ashes with his anger. The hillock is also, thus known as Bhasmacala.

 

Unakoti Hill, Tripura

Unakoti hill is a Shaiva pilgrimage spot in a forest area, located in Kailashahar, Tripura. Marvelous stone images and rock carvings, numbering one less than a crore, dating back to several hundreds and thousands of years, are the key attractions here. The scenic landscapes, natural beauty, greenery, and waterfalls all around further enhance the splendor of the area.

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According to legend, Lord Shiv with a group of one crore gods and goddesses were on their way to Kashi. They stopped at Unakoti to rest for the night. Lord Shiv asked his group to wake up before sunrise and continue their journey. But only Shiv woke up, as scheduled, and the rest were still in their deep slumber. In anger, Shiv cursed his group to become stone images.

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World’s Largest River Island, Assam

Majuli is the world’s largest river island recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. This river island, located on the Brahmaputra River in Assam, is also the first river island district of India. It is spread over an area of 352 square kilometers.

 

The island is a center of Vaishnavite religious activities. Here you can witness the most attractive sunset over the River Brahmaputra. Ensure that your chosen Northeast India package tour includes Majuli in the sightseeing destinations itinerary!

 

Scotland of the East, Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong is considered one of India’s most favorite hill stations, as voted by HolidayIQ.com. Key tourist attractions in Shillong include Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake, Shillong Golf Course, Motphran, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Shillong Peak, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Crinoline Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Butterfly Museum, Chrysalis Art Gallery, Rhino Heritage Museum, Anthropological Museum, and more.

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Mawlynnong in Shillong is Asia’s cleanest village! On your visit to Meghalaya, do visit Mawsynram, the wettest place in the world. Mawsynram receives the highest average rainfall of approximate 12,000 mm.

 

Meghalaya (which means abode of the clouds) has been following a matrilineal system for ages. With the lineage and inheritance being traced through women, the youngest daughter attains the right to inherit all wealth besides taking care of her parents.

 

Sikkim

Do you know Sikkim is India’s first organic state? This picturesque Northeastern region, located in the lap of the magical Himalayas, is also India’s cleanest state. Visit Sikkim and you will keep visiting the region again and again. Such is the exquisiteness and magical spell of the place!

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Here are few tourist spots that you must include in your Sikkim tour: scenic city of Gangtok, Yuksom, a pictorial hamlet where you can enjoy trekking to the magical Kanchenjunga, Lachung, Pelling, Nathula Pass, Ravangla, Namchi, Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Yumthang Valley, Zuluk, Gurudongmar, and more.

 

The majestic view of the Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow-clad mountains from various points of Sikkim is breathtaking! If you love adventure sports, you can enjoy rafting, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, and cable car rides in Sikkim.

 

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Golaghat, Assam, is a World Heritage Site. Home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinos, this National Park is open to visitors from November to April. The Park is also deemed an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species.

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Kaziranga hosts 2,401 rhinos, and hundreds of elephants, wild water buffaloes, swamp deer, gaur, Indian muntjac, wild boar, hog deer, sambar, tigers, leopards, jungle cats including 35 mammalian species and other animals. The wildlife sanctuary is also home to the highest density of tigers.

 

Honeymoon Getaways

The camaraderie of a lifetime, the journey towards an eternal bonding, and celebrating precious moments in intimacy and solitude can be a cherishing experience only in an exotic location far away from the madding crowd. Northeast India is the most romantic and ideal getaway for newly weds and for all those who wish to add spice to their years of marriage!

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Here are top honeymoon destinations in Northeast India:

1. Sikkim: Gangtok, Pelling, Ravangla, Lachung, Yuksom

2. Nagaland: Tzukou Valley, Pfutsero

3. Assam: Haflong, Majuli

4. Mizoram: Champhai

5. Meghalaya: Shillong, Cherrapunji

6. Arunachal Pradesh: Tawang, Ziro Valley, Bomdilla

7. Tripura: Jampui Hills.

 

Epic Importance

Going by the epics, Pandav prince Arjun married Chitrangada, the princess of Manipur. Krishna released 16,000 celestial nymphs from king Narakasura of Pragjyotishpur (Assam). Krishna and Rukmini stayed in Arunachal Pradesh on their way back from the Himalayas where they did severe penance for 12 years.

 

Home to Freedom Fighters and Celebrities

When we speak about celebrities and famous personalities, many of them belong to Northeast India. Freedom fighters including Lachit Borphukan, Maniram Dewan, Kanaklata Barua, Rani Gaidinliu; singers like Bhupen Hazarika, Zubeen Garg, Papon Mahanta, Adil Hussain, Dipannita Sharma; sports icons like Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia, Somdev, Sarita Devi; media icons like Arnab Goswami and others have brought glory to the Northeast soil.

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Pride of India

Do you know Tripura and Mizoram are the two most literate states in India? The land of the rising sun – Arunachal Pradesh, is located in the Northeast. This state, surrounded by Bhutan, China and Myanmar, witnesses the first sunrise in India. Assam is the largest tea growing region in the world. Assam also happens to be the only state in India that produces three types of indigenous silks – Eri, Golden Muga, and white Pat.

 

When you visit the Northeast, do explore the Digboi Refinery in Assam, India’s first modern refinery, established in 1901.

 

Festivals

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The delectable food unique to the region will satiate your taste buds like never before! Do witness the cultural festivities wherein the rich cultures of the eight states are well flaunted! Losar and Dree of Arunachal Pradesh, Kharchi Puja of Tripura, Ambubachi Mela and Bihu of Assam, Saga Dawa and Losoong of Sikkim, MoatsuMong and HornBill of Nagaland, Nongkrem Dance and Wangala of Meghalaya, Kang and Raaslila of Manipur, Anthurium and Chapar Kut of Mizoram are few of the famous festivals of Northeast India that you cannot afford to miss.

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There are hundreds of other reasons why you must visit the Northeast at least once in your lifetime! Explore Northeast India with Pii India Tour and Travels.

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manoshi sinha
Manoshi Sinha is a writer, history researcher, avid heritage traveler; Author of 8 books including 'The Eighth Avatar', 'Blue Vanquisher', 'Saffron Swords'.

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