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The least explored and most mysterious North East is a rising star amongst the tourist places in India. Encircling the best dense thick forests, very old monasteries, radiant lakes, flawless valleys and gushing waterfalls, every tad of North East India feels like heaven. And if you want to explore this piece of heaven, here is our North East India tourism guide to help you know everything about this enchanting place.

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Revel in the view of spectacular waterfalls in North East India

North East India Tourism Guide

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Best Time To Visit North East India

Meghalaya, every traveller’s paradise

Meghalaya, every traveller’s paradise

What is the best time to visit North East India? Well, this part of India is incredibly vast and pretty diverse in itself and there is always something wonderful to experience throughout the year, in each and every season. It all largely depends on what you want to see or experience in your north east trip. However, the best time to visit North East India is between November and April. That being said, let’s have a closer look at the different seasons of the region.

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Winter

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Witness the grand Horbill festival celebration during winters

Winters start in December and extend till February. The weather is very cold and the hilly areas are covered with snow. This is the best time to get a glimpse of the stunning snow covered peaks and experience snowfall in some of the hilly areas. Winter is also a great time to enjoy the famous Hornbill festival, which illustrates all aspects of the Naga tribal culture and is celebrated either in the last week of November or early December.

North East India Tourism tip: Make sure you carry you carry your woolen clothes and jackets.

Summer

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Unravel and unwind in fresh breeze in wide expanse oftea gardens

The summer season starts in the month of April and lasts until June. The weather is pleasant in summers with green foliage everywhere. It is a perfect time to go for an adventurous journey and indulge in activities like hiking. Trips to Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya are popular around this time.

Monsoon

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The monsoon rains, flora and fauna cannot be missed in North East India

The monsoon season starts in the month of July and extends till about September. If you are one of those who simply loves walking along the clouds and want to explore the innumerable waterfalls in their full glory, monsoon is the best time to visit north east India. The weather is mild and charming and it is a treat to watch the gorgeous waterfalls amidst lush green flora and fauna. Conversely, do keep in mind that landslides are quite common around this time. So, it is advisable to visit the low lying areas to avoid the risk.

North East India Tourism tip:  Be sure to carry umbrellas and raincoats.

So there you have it! Now you exactly know which season in the North East offers what. Start planning your North East tour because the mystifying North East awaits you!

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How To Reach North East

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Enjoy the drive as yo pass through scenic vistas

The gateway to the North East India is Guwahati. The city has rail connections to the rest of India and regular flights from the chief cities of India.

Air

The major airports in the North East are in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. These airports are very well connected with cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. There are helicopter services to Aizwal and Naharlagun. However, there is no flight service in Arunachal Pradesh.

Train

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Marvel at the scenic beauty of mountains and waterfalls in Shillong, Meghalaya

The North East is well connected by train to most of the Indian cities. Naharlagun is the main station in Arunachal Pradesh which is located between Guwahati and New Delhi. And Guwahati, Bongaigaon, Tinsukiya, Dibrugarh and Lumding are the main stations in Assam.

Road

All the states have a good network of roads with regular long-distance buses from many north eastern states to West Bengal. The National Highways 31, 37, 38 and 40 connect Assam to the main cities of India.

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Travelling Within North East

With poor infrastructure common in most states, road travel takes a longer time and is uncomfortable with bad roads especially in the mountainous areas. Buses, auto rickshaws and shared transport options have limited timings and are unavailable during strikes. The best and the safest option is to travel in a private vehicle.

 

Where To Stay In North East

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Choose to stay in green lush forest to get the exotic feel

As tourism is gradually growing in the North Eastern states, hotels and accommodations can be lacking in quality and choice.

Popular destinations like Assam and Meghalaya have a variety of options ranging from luxury to basic. However, in most places it might be a good idea to go for a home stay which gives a more personal experience and you get a chance to know about the people and the culture.

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Enjoy the beautiful view of North East towns  from the top of the mountain

Limboo Homestay (Yuksom), Abasa Homestay (Arunachal Pradesh), Tenzin Homestay (Tawang), NG Eco Homestay (Cherrapunjee), Pine Hill Homestay (Shillong), Longchen Homestay (Dimapur), Greenwood Villa (Kohima) and Ashirwad Heritage Homestay (Guwahati) are some of the best home stays in the North Eastern states.

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Places To Visit In North East

Consisting of seven states, North East Indian has some real surprises in store for all the travellers. Although still developing, yet North East India will charm you with its simplicity and minimalism. Here is a list of some of the best places to visit in North East India.

Guwahati, Assam

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Enjoy beautiful evenings at Guwahati Lake

Guwahati, the largest city of North East is the gateway to the seven sisters. This rambling city is located beside the mighty Brahamaputra and is a perfect mix of the ancient history and modernisation. The city is home to a large number of temples which are sure to take you back to the history.

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The stunning Kamakhya temple will leave you spell bound

The Kamakhya Temple, dedicated to goddess Kamakhya is one of the most visited temples along with the Umananda Temple and the Navgraha Temple. Other places of interest include Assam State Zoo, Regional Service Centre and Fancy Bazaar. The city also boasts of having a number of restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs keeping up with the current modern era. Be sure to get smitten by Guwahati’s splendour and gorgeousness.

 

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

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Colourful prayer flags in a snowy haven, Tawang Monastery is beyond gorgeous

Nestled at a height of about 3048 metres, Tawang is renowned for beautiful monasteries and is very well known as the birth place of the legendary Dalai Lama. Tawang is so picturesque and mesmerising that it will flatter you with its scenic beauty wrapped in the aura of spirituality. Do visit the famous Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India, which is extremely popular and a sacred place for Buddhists.

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Walk on the snow sprinkled trails on Sela Pass

Other interesting places include Nuranang Waterfalls, Taktsang Gompa, Bap Teng Kang Waterfall, Shonga-Tser Lake, Tipi Orchid Sanctuary and Jaswant Garh. Bumla Pass, which is the Indo-China border and the Sela Pass are also worth a visit. The awe-inspiring view, the spiritual vibe and a dreamlike experience makes Tawang one of the best tourist places in North East India.

North East India Tourism tip: Visitors require a special Inner Line Permit from the government which is easily available in Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur and New Delhi.

Shillong, Meghalaya

Trek through the calm and composed trails o Shillong

Trek through the calm and composed trails o Shillong

The bright and colourful city of Shillong is one of the most favourite North East tourist places. Encircled by palm trees, this quaint hill station gets its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshiped at the Shillong Peak. The city is known for its charming sights and amazing weather which makes it suitable to visit in all seasons. Do visit Lady Hydari Park, a well known attraction frequented by the locals and the tourists.

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Marvel at the bridge at Shnongpdeng, Khasi Hills in Meghalaya

This park has a mini zoo that houses about 73 species of birds, 140 species of reptiles and mammals. Other attention-grabbing places include Ward’s Lake, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Umiam Lake, Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls. The crystal clear lakes, snow capped mountain peaks, gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful golf courses, museums and zoo make Shillong one of the best places to visit in North East India.

Cherapunji, Meghalaya

The Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Cherrapunji; the thick roots are tied in intertwisted knots to form these marvelous bridges

The Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Cherrapunji; the thick roots are tied in intertwisted knots to form these marvelous bridges

Being marked as the wettest place on Earth, Cherapunji is an excellent place to relax and unwind. The overwhelming scenery, mesmeric waterfalls and lush green flora and fauna provide a complete rejuvenating experience which will refresh you inside out. Do not leave Cherapunji without visiting the famous Mawsmai Caves. These mysterious limestone caves will captivate you the moment you enter the caverns. The Living Root Bridge is also something which you cannot afford to miss.

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Sit by the gorgeous lakes in Cherrapunji

The double decker and the single decker root bridges are intertwines of gigantic thick roots which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Also visit the Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfalls in India. With such admirable attractions, this rainy misty place will win your hearts in seconds.

Kohima, Nagaland

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Kohima brims with natural vistas, that will surely take your breath away

Kohima, the hilly capital of Nagaland is situated at a height of 1500 metres above sea level. This beautiful place is gifted with quaint hills, bright green forests and a pleasing landscape. It is an ideal place for adventure seekers with activities like camping, trekking and hiking. Popular sites here are the Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill, the Nagaland State Museum, World War II Cemetry and the Zoological Park. This charming city also hosts the famous Hornbill Festival which takes place in the month of December. Kohima is the best place to spend a peaceful time with your loved ones and to get soaked in the unique calmness.

Travel Tip: Before embarking on a trip to Nagaland, acquiring the entry permit is a must.

Aizawl, Mizoram

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The gorgeous city will surprise you in every way

Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram is popular for fascinating landscapes, waterfalls and small hillocks with winding trails. It is a great place to enjoy the local food and culture. Besides the awesome scenic beauty, it is the storehouse of all important government offices. You can visit places like Solomon’s Temple, Durtlang Hills, Tamdil Lake, Vantawang Falls, KhawnglungWildlife Sanctuary, Infinite Ainawn Park, KV Paradise, Reiek and Tomb of Vanhimailian. This active and bustling city is definitely worth a visit in your North East trip.

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Things To Do In North East

Visit The Kaziranga National Park

Experience close encounters with the famed one-horned rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga National Park

Experience close encounters with the famed one-horned rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is a wildlife treasure. The major highlight of this treasure is the one-horned rhinoceros. Spotting a one horned rhinoceros in its natural habitat is an experience in itself. This national park is home to over 35 species of mammals including wild elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, gaur, leopards, water buffalos and sambar. One key attraction here is the elephant safari or the Jeep safari that is available to explore the park.

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Spot the tri-colour birds at the Kaziranga National Park

If you want to connect with the nature, do take a safari across the park. The best time to visit the park is between November and April. The week-long Kaziranga Elephant Festival is held in December and is a visual treat. Kaziranga National Park is bound to amaze you and you will remember this experience for the rest of your life.

North East India tourism Tip: The Elephant and Jeep safaris can be enjoyed from 7:30 in the morning till 10 AM and 3 PM till sunset.

Also See: The Untamed Beauties of Kaziranga National Park

Discover The Untamed Beauties Of Kaziranga National Park

View The Stunning Sela Pass

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Sela Pass in Tawang is a MUST visit

Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with several high mountain passes, but an exceptional amongst them is the Sela Pass. At an altitude of about 13000 feet, this stunning mountain pass unites Tawang to the other parts of the country. While the pass is opened all through the year, heavy snow can shut it down. The landscape near the pass varies from magical to mystical and proves to be a perfect place for hiking. Close to the Sela Pass is the Sela Lake which is frozen in the winter season. The spellbinding surroundings, the serenity, the tranquillity will transport you to a blissful world.

Ujjayanta Palace

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Fall in love with this iconic landmark

The Ujjyanta Palace is situated in Agartala, the capital city of Tripura. This splendid palace was named by Rabindranath Tagore and dates back to the 19th century. It was built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya and is popular for its magnificence and glory. From the public halls to the reception hall, from the library to the Chinese rooms, every rim emits a true sense of royalty. The foliage of the enormous garden is well complimented with a beautiful lake. The palace is now turned into a museum and you can explore the architecture and the artefacts of the royal era. There is an enticing fountain show at the palace at night which makes the palace shine in the backdrop.

Go For Siang River Rafting

North East India Tourism guide - Rafting at its very best!

Rafting at its very best!

Siang River, a tributary of the powerful Brahmaputra, serves as a home to the Adi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. River rafting in the Siang River is a major attraction and gives you the adventure to row your rafts in grade 3 and grade 4 level rapids and riffles. The river is wild and it is a thrilling experience to see the rafts dropping in the swiftly running water with raging speed. It is definitely an adventure that you should experience with your friends. The best time to indulge in this activity is during late October and early November when the tides are not that aggressive and violent. Siang River rafting is a must for all adventurous travellers.

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What To Eat In North East

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Gorge on delectable cuisine – Bamboo steamed fish

North East India is a stirring combination of various tribes and cultures. Their flavours and dishes are as distinctive as their vibrant way of living. Most of their delicacies are very simple and palatable with fresh ingredients like bamboo shoots, local greens along with a touch of mustard oil. Do try Khar (Assam), a dish prepared with red rice, raw papaya and pulses along with some traditional Assamase spices. Pitha (Assam), a flavourful snack is also worth trying. It can be sweet or savoury, fried, roasted or barbequed. It is a rice dish mixed with light spices, salt or sugar, moulded into thin tubes and stuffed inside a hollow stem of bamboo.

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Sample Tenga fish, it will blow your mind away

You have to try Fish Tenga (Assam), a light tangy fish curry that is prepared with Elephant Apple. Smoked pork (Nagaland), a popular pork dish, which is crispy from outside and juicy and succulent from inside is a favourite and a delectable delicacy. Make sure you try Jadoh (Meghalaya), a rice and meat dish which is a very famous Meghalaya food. Other famous dishes include Iromba (Manipur), Sanpiau (Mizoram), Bamboo steamed fish (Nagaland), Tungtap (Meghalaya), Chikvi (Tripura) and Zan (Arunachal Pradesh). East India food has confused you totally? Can’t decide which one to try out first? Well, don’t be confused, trust us, try all of them and get ready to indulge!

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Money In North East

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The simplicity of Nagaland will mesmerise you

The currency of North East is Indian Rupee. Notes come in the denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. Money can be exchanged in banks and private money exchangers. ATMs are widespread. All major debit cards and credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency the visitors can bring during their visit.

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Also See: Top 5 Wildlife Parks in Meghalaya

Top 5 Wildlife Parks In Meghalaya

 

Useful North East India Tourism Tips

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Soak in the serenity of the Gurudongmar Lake

Our North East India tourism guide is packed with all the insider tips and information that you need to know before planning your North East tour.

  • Indian nationals require Inner Line Permits (ILP) for Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. They can be obtained from the respective state House or government offices located at cities across India.
  • Foreigners need a special permit called Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh which is provided for a maximum period of 30 days. They are free to travel to Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland but are required to check-in at the local police station or the FFRO office.
  • Since the North Eastern states fall under prohibited areas, it is important to carry your ID proofs.
  • It is advisable to carry a medical kit as most of the places may or may not have all medicines.
  • Hindi, Assamese and English are the three most spoken languages in the North East.
  • There are regular power cuts in many regions and hence power banks, torches and extra batteries are recommended.
  • Not all places in the North Eastern states will have working ATMs. So, it is advisable to carry adequate cash.
  • Do not drink tap water here.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 100 (Police) or 102 (Ambulance).

So, now you very well know that North East is an absolutely must visit place. We have done our job and now your job starts. Start planning your North East trip and get ready to be surprised by the seven sisters of India. Do keep our North East India tourism guide handy.

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