Northeast India is a region of scenic beauty and abundant flora and fauna. From snow-clad mountains to the greenest of valleys, you will fall in love with every part of it. It is hard to list down only some of the tourist attractions here, as there are so many and each has a certain special quality about it. But then, there are some which probably stand out a bit more than the others.
So, considering that here is our list of the top tourist attractions in Northeast India!
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The Tawang Monastery, located in Arunachal Pradesh, is easily one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Northeast region. It is famous for being the largest monastery in India and also the second largest in the world. Also known by the name of “Golden Namgyal Lhatse”, the Tawang Monastery is a beauty at night! One must visit this place on a full moon night to soak in its otherworldly ambience. It is a spiritual place for the 450 monks living there and also for the people visiting from all around the world. Away from the distractions of the city life, this can be the perfect getaway for you to meditate and look into your inner self!
Tsomgo or Changu Lake
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is a sight to behold throughout the year. The word ‘Tsomgo’ literally means ‘source of water’ and that is how it got its name. Located in Sikkim, around 38 km from Gangtok, it is a glacial lake which remains frozen during winters whereas the blooming of flowers all around adds to its beauty in summers. It is one of the few high altitude lakes in India, being located at an altitude of 12,400 ft. The journey through the winding roads that lead to Tsomgo Lake is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Also, the various local legends surrounding this lake make for some interesting bits of chats and stories.
Umngot River, Dawki
The Umngot River, located in the town of Dawki in Meghalaya, is known for being the clearest river in India. It is indeed quite an experience to take a boat ride here, with the crystal flowing water surrounding you. One cannot help but fall in love with the beguiling beauty of this river, regardless of all of their travel experiences around the world. The town of Dawki is located around 90 km away from Shillong. You can either take a cab from Shillong or you can opt for a bus ride instead. Either way, the journey to the river is totally worth it!
Nathula Paas is one of the most exciting tourist attractions of Northeast India. Around 56 km from Gangtok, Nathula Pass is a mountain pass at an altitude of 14, 140 feet. A connecting point between India and Tibet, it is absolutely magical with ice-capped mountains and frozen lakes all around. Trekkers can have the greatest time of their lives here as they get to experience the exquisiteness of the Himalayan ranges. During winters, the temperature drops to as low as -25 ° C, so it is better to plan a trip to Nathula Pass during the summers when the temperature is around 15 ° C, which is still tolerable.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, Assam is a dream destination for all the wildlife and bird lovers. Declared as a National Heritage Site by the UNESCO, it is home to two-thirds of the one-horned rhinoceros population in the world. In 2006, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve because of the high density of tigers as well. Besides rhinoceros and tigers, it boasts of a large population of elephants, wild buffaloes and swamp deer. For birdwatchers, there are around 480 species of birds found here, including greater adjutant storks, black-necked storks and wreathed hornbill.
Umiam Lake, in Shillong, is compared to the lakes of Scotland for its captivating beauty and the lush green hills surrounding it. Also known as ‘Bara Pani’, it is easily one of the most visited tourist spots in Shillong. A part of a dam, Umiam Lake is a favourite with the tourists for activities such as boating and water cycling. There is also a beautiful little garden called Lum Nehru Park near the lake, which the tourists love. The view of islands rising from the lake water leaves one absolutely mesmerized.
Nohkalikai Falls is one of the most enchanting waterfalls you will ever see. Known as the 4th highest waterfall in the world, it is around 5 km away from the town of Cherrapunjee. It falls from a height of 1100 feet and is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoons when the waterfall can be seen in all its glory. There is a viewing gallery from where the tourists can enjoy the sight!