Explore North East for a dream holiday

New Delhi: Imagine you wake up to the sound of chirping birds and your eyes witness picturesque greenery. You sip a cup of green tea and start your holiday.

Yes, you are in North East, the mystic land of lofty blue hills and undulating river valleys.

Consisting of 7 states also called ‘Seven Sisters’, North Eastern India has some real surprises for the travellers coming here. Not so much established on the travellers map, yet the state has its own charm that will sweep you off your feet.

Come here for once and lose yourself in its charismatic magic.

 

Assam

Shaped like a bird, with wings stretching along the length of the River Brahmaputra, Assam is the hub of North East India and serves as the gateway to the rest of the Seven Sister States.

Places to visit: Kamakhya Temple, Kaziranga National Park, Agnigarh Hill, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Sivasagar, Assam State Museum, Assam State Museum, Majuli Island, Jorhat, Tezpur, Sualkuchi, Halflong, Manas National Park.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from almost all parts of India to Guwahati. From Guwahati, one can avail private taxi to take a tour of Assam.

 

Shillong

Also called the Scotland of North East, Shillong is located in undulating pine covered hills that has a milder climate than tropical India.

Places to visit: Umiam Lake, Don Bosco Centre on Indigenous Cultures, Wards Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Sweet Falls, Bishop & Beadon Falls, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Butterfly Museum, Shillong Golf Course, Cherrapunji, Umiam, Sacred Forest, Mawsynram, Mawlynnong, Jaintia Hills.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Taxi: Regular taxi services are available from Guwahati. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Shillong.

By Air: From Guwahati to Umroi Airport which is 30 kms away from Shillong City.

 

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, which translates to “land of the dawn-lit mountains”, is also known as the Orchid State of India or the Paradise of the Botanists. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage.

Places to visit: Tawang, Bomdila, Ziro, Itanagar, Roing, Bhalukpong, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Namdapha National Park, Pasighat, Sella Pass, Parasuram Kund, Daporijo.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Bus: Regular luxury bus services are available from Guwahati. It will take approximately 11 hours to reach Arunachal Pradesh.

By Air: From Guwahati to Naharlagun (Itanagar), Pawan Hans Helicopter Service is available for making the travel convenient, whereas Tezpur is the nearest airport.

 

Manipur

Referred to as the ‘Switzerland of India’, Manipur is the right tourist destination for nature lovers. Also known by alternative names such as Kangleipak and Meeteileipak, the ‘jeweled land’ has been the crossroads of Asian economic and cultural exchange for more than 2,500 years.

Places to visit: Imphal, Loktak Lake, Kangla Fort, Sirohi National Park, Manipur State Museum, Manipur Zoological Gardens, Ukhrul, Khangkhui Cave, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Chandel, Senapati, Dzuko Valley, Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, Tamenglong, Barak Waterfalls, Churachandpur, Tonglon Cave.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Bus: Regular luxury bus services are available from Guwahati. It will take approximately 10 hours to reach Manipur.

By Air: From Guwahati flight services are available till Imphal International Airport.

 

Mizoram

Mizoram, also known as the land of blue mountains, is known for its picturesque beauty. Standing aloof from the adjacent plains of Assam and the other neighbouring states, Mizoram remains an exotic location sharing more than one-third of its boundary with Bangladesh and Mynmar.

Places to visit: Aizawl, Tualchang, Sibuta Lung, Tomb of Vanhimailian, Phawngui, Mangkahia Lung, Mangkahia, Lungvandawt, Tadmil, Vantawng Falls, Dampa Sanctuary.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Road: H-54 connects Aizawl with the rest of the country through Silchar. Buses and taxis are available from Guwahati to Aizawl which takes around 12 hours. Aizawl is also accessible by road from Shillong.

By Air: From Guwahati flight services are available till Lengpui Airport, which is 32 kms away from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.

 

Nagaland

Right from their weird head dresses to their bizarre sense of wardrobe, from their excellent handloom to their queer taste in food, from their vibrant festivals to choice of trophies in the form of animals’ skull, Nagaland has always stood apart from all other states in India.

Place to visit: Kohima, Dzukou Valley, Khonoma Green Village, Japfu Peak, Saramati Peak, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Mon, Benreu, Meluri, Doyang River, Ghosu Bird Sanctuary.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Road: There are two National Highways that cross through Dimapur. NH 39 connects Kohima, Imphal and Dimapur to the rest of the country and NH 36 connects Assam (Nagaon) with Dimapur. Regular state transport buses and taxis ply on a daily basis on these National Highways and tourists can avail them to reach Kohima.

By Train: There are direct trains from Guwahati and New Delhi and the other metropolitan cities to Dimapur.

By Air: Tourists can avail daily flights from New Delhi to Guwahati or Dimapur Airport.

 

Tripura

One of the Seven Sister States in North East India, Tripura, is a dream destination for nature lovers. Unexplored forests, breathtaking valleys, gorgeous waterfalls and majestic mountains make Tripura a perfect land to unwind.

Places to visit: Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura Government Museum, Archaeological gallery, Bhuvaneswari Temple, Kamalasagar Kali Temple, Puratan Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace, Tepania Eco-Park, Rose Valley Lake.

How to reach: Daily flights and trains are available from all parts of India to Guwahati.

From Guwahati by Roads: NH 44 connects Tripura to the rest of India. From Guwahati, it takes approximately 10 hours to reach Tripura.

By Air: Tourists can avail flights from Guwahati to Agartala Airport.

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