About North East

North East India


The land of charismatic beauty, of ruddy mountains and beguiling picturesque charm, of glistening streams and pristine valleys, of the dense green forests and revelling bounteous nature, North- East teeters on the farthest brink of the country. This magical land comprises of Arunachal Pradesh and the seven sister states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Tucked away amidst mighty hills and opaque woods, North-Eastern India not only shares its borders with international entities of Bhutan, Myanmar, Tibet, and Bangladesh but also takes pride in being a potpourri of mixed cultures, traditions, customs and ethnic bonds, all of which are both domestic and foreign blend. The region flaunts its unexploited and untravelled terrains; the vast stretches of land forms, forests, waterfalls and water bodies, which look like a slice of heaven tucked in the corner of the world. It also lets you experience some of the best sunrise and sunset moments of your life from the many beautiful vantage points that it calls its own.

Boasting of twee tinsel towns, the tibetan culture, Buddhist monasteries and enchanting wildlife (sanctuaries), the region has a delectable cuisine too. Assam is the most developed, commercialised and accessible state in the region with umpteen tea estates, meadows and waterfalls proliferating through it. Guwahati is considered the best place to start your journey to heaven. Further you can move to the less travelled and embark on the more unexplored arenas. The idyllic beauty of this region, its association with the foreign tribes like the Lepchas, Bhutias etc. and its feisty ataraxy draws tourists from far and wide to discover the hidden terrain of North - East. Among the several other distinct facets of the area, the most distinct one is its wondrous diversity; it has 220+ languages spoken in the area alone. In short, North- Eastern India is a melange of cultures, a mishmash of tribes and traditions, an assortment of cuisines and a sublime flamboyant corner on the canvas of Incredible India.

North- East India- The Diverse Geography


North- Eastern India can be loosely classified into the Eastern Himalayas, their north- eastern hills border with Myanmar called the Patkai, and the Brahmaputra and the Barak Valley plains. Most area is covered in rainforest, has an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna, and reserves of minerals. Two- thirds of the entire area is hilly terrain covered in cascading waterfalls and picturesque valleys. With a diverse wildlife, North-East owns six of the nine important vegetation types in India. It harbours 8000 of the total 15000 flowering plants in the country and is home to 51 forest types. To top these facts, 60% of most of these states are covered in dense woods and vegetation.

The region also has a rich avifauna capacity and is home to several endangered and critically endangered bird species. For the same reason, the area has been declared an Endemic Bird Area (EBA) by the International Council for Bird Preservation. Most of these areas have also been converted into National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries to help conserve the wildlife and protect them from predators and eventual extinction. This also explains the countless national parks and sanctuaries in the area.


North- East India- Nature and Wildlife


All the 8 states of North East have been declared a priority Global 200 Ecoregion by WWF owing to its diverse wildlife and ecosystem. The region is also a centre of rice germplasm identified by the  Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Further, it is has been acknowledged by the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), India, for its varied variety in crop plants. Besides, it is rich in harvesting medicinal plants, higher plants, vertebrates etc., for which it has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot. There are 51 forest types found in the region with a diversification into tropical moist deciduous forests, tropical semi evergreen forests, tropical wet evergreen forests, subtropical forests, temperate forests and alpine forests. Out of the 1500 endangered flowering plant species in India, 800 are found in the North-East.

Boasting of numerous species of fauna and a whopping number of avifauna types. The receding Himalayan terrain, the area gets a distinct climate with warmer mean temperatures, fewer days with frost, and much higher rainfall. This in turn, has led to a rich assemblage of restricted-range bird species. It is home to 11 of the 22 restricted range species found in India. With a plethora of national parks, sanctuaries and other wildlife conservation zones, the region calls out to the environmentalists, natural lovers and wanderers.


North- East India- The Varied Culture


With an array of tribes and communities to flaunt, the region of North- East is culturally very rich and is known for its distinct and traditional lifestyle. Every tribal group boasts of an individual culture in terms of art, music, folk-dances, handicrafts, food and fabric cultivation. The vibrant and vivacious culture of the area is visible in the traditional attires, the delicious cuisines and indigenous crafts. Two of the dance forms from Assam and Manipur called Sattriya and Manipuri dance respectively have been declared as the classical dance forms of the country. Besides, each community has its separate folk-dance resulting in a long list of individualistic dance styles and forms. Its proximity and strong ethnic and cultural bonds with the neighbouring countries reflect in the Indo-Burmese, Indo-Myanmar and the Buddhist culture prevalent in the region.

All of these several tribes celebrate a lot of fairs and festivals dressed in ethnic traditional costumes. Major festivals include Bihu, Ningol Chakouba Festival Manipur, Brahmaputra Festival of Assam, Shillong Autumn Festival, Torgya Monastery Festival Arunachal Pradesh, Hornbill and Sekrenyi festival of Nagaland, Chapchar Kut from Manipur and Kharchi Puja from Tripura. Besides, North-Eastern people lead a simplistic lifestyle; agriculture, cultivation and tea farming being their prime occupation. People also indulge in traditional handicrafts making and fish breeding. Staple food of the area include dry rice with fish, meat and green vegetables. Other important food items are duck, chicken, pigeon, mutton, bamboo shoots etc. All of this is served with their traditional rice beer.


North- East India- Nature at its best


It is needless to mention that the seven sister states of North-East along with Arunachal Pradesh is an unexplored slice of paradise on Earth. The misty mountains, pristine lakes, verdant greenery, snow-capped peaks, enchanting waterfalls, meandering streams, dainty winding roads and the ever-so-pleasant environment makes North- East one of the most beautiful and charming eco-tourism destinations not only in India but all across the world. Arunachal Pradesh is home to the largest Buddhist monastery in India. Very close to it is the Sela Pass located at an elevation of 4170 metres above the sea level. If the destination is not enchanting enough, Sela Lake makes up for it. It is the most beautiful frozen lake of Himalayas, also known as Paradise Lake situated near the Sela Pass.

Besides, it is home to seven museums, temples and monasteries. Assam has plentiful tea gardens with acres of green velvety land to explore. Majuli River Island is another highlight of the region formed by the Brahmaputra river. You can indulge in nature photography or witness some of the exotic animal species inhabiting the place. Walk through the winding cloudy roads of Meghalaya and explore some of the famous national parks situated in the region. The land also houses several archaeological ruins, ancient caves and heritage sites. You can also visit some of the traditional tribal villages and indulge in their local cuisines and culture. All in all, the region has something for everyone. You can soak in the green vibe of the hills or be a part of their world-class festivals and fairs. Or better still, take a back seat and just bathe in a leisure trip away from the pell mell of the city life amidst plantiful nature and ataraxy.


Shillong : "Scotland of the East"


A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes.

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is the home to numerous waterfalls. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit Shillong. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caving, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture. Shillong in particular has been in limelight for its jovial people and their culture. Interestingly, Shillong has a very westernised culture and it has a very young feel to it. Shillong is also famous as the music capital of India, as many prominent musicians have hailed from this place. Many music events keep happening throughout the year, making it a very lively place.


Kaziranga National Park : "Home to the One Horned Rhino"


Home to the largest population of the one-horned rhino on earth, Kaziranga National Park is one of India’s national treasures in terms of flora and fauna. Located in the state of Assam in North-Eastern India, its total area is shared by the districts of Nagaon, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong placing it roughly at the centre of the state. Approximately around five hours by road from Guwahati, Kaziranga National Park stands tall as the epitome of successful wildlife conservation in India. In 1985, it was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Lying on the floodplains of the mighty river Brahmaputra, rich vegetation covers almost the entirety of Kaziranga National Park. Receiving massive amounts of rainfall each year, at times even crossing dangerous levels, this national park is characterised by tall elephant grass, marshlands and tall tropical broadleaf forests. Here, a wide variety of fauna thrives including the one-horned rhino, Asiatic elephants, wild water buffalo, leopards and Royal Bengal Tigers. Kaziranga National Park is also listed officially as a Tiger reserve and is home to one of the world’s largest population of tigers. 

Different types of birds can also be spotted here at the park. A popular migratory location for birds who fly down from the north, one can spot various birds such as the black-nested stork, the lesser white-fronted goose, ferruginous duck and Baer's pochard duck to name a few. Other notable bird families which can be seen here include the great Indian hornbill and wreathed hornbill among many others.

Safaris can be undertaken both during the day and night during the open tourist season. Elephant rides are also very popular among tourists and wildlife journalists and enthusiasts. Hiking is one such activity which is prohibited here to avoid casualties. Great care is taken at this national park such that tourism and natural sustainability go hand in hand.


Majuli : "World's Largest Fresh Water Island"


Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, a pristine and pollution-free freshwater island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city and located 347 Kms from Guwahati. With a total area of 1250 sq. km, Majuli is the world's largest river island and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and it is an exciting and interesting spectacle.


Tawang : "Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama"


Located at a height of about 3048m, is known for many important and beautiful monasteries and is famous for being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. 

The beautiful town of Tawang, also pronounced as Dawang has many sceneries to make your trip a picturesque one. However, what begins to define the area is its significance for Buddhist monks. Tawang is the place to go for monasteries, with the Tawang Monastery being the most popular one and extremely sacred for the Buddhists. Tawang is a place which will flatter you with its natural beauty wrapped in the scent of spirituality. The beautiful orchid sanctuary and the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary is also an ideal place for your list of places to visit. Along with this one can have their taste buds to have an experience of Tawang by indulging into the area's unique cuisine.




The cradle to a unique tribal group and a balmy climate, Ziro is the peace seeker's paradise. Ziro is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe and famous for its pine hills and rice fields.

Ziro is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe and famous for its pine hills and rice fields. The climate in Ziro is mild through the year, making it comfortable to travel all year round.


Sivasagar : "Imprints of Ahom Dynasty"


Dating back to the Ahom dynasty, this cultural town is full of historic tourist attractions from forts with underground architecture to numerous temples.

Sibsagar is a state ofÊAssamÊthat provides various tourist attractions related to architectural marvels, history and culture. Some of the most popular places here include a water tank called Bhorpukhuri along with Joysagar, a man-made lake, Ahom Museum, Rudrasagar tank and temples, Gaurisagar tank and temples. One can also visit the Kareng Ghar and the Rang Ghar.


Serchhip : "A hidden colour of Mizoram"


Most famous for being the district with the highest literacy rate in India, Serchhip in Mizoram is a place that can provide you a unique and vibrant experience.

This small town can give one the experience of a small village, the life, activities and colors that it sustains in the everyday. Some of the popular villages one can visit are the Neihloh and Buangpuri. The nature too plays a role in tourism with spots such as the Vantawng Khawhltha water fall. Other places here include the Chhingpui Thlan and Hriantrengna lung.


Tura : "An unexplored bit of the Garo Hills"


Located in the western part of Meghalaya, as the administrative headquarters of the West Garo Hills district, Tura is an eco-tourist hub of the state. It is located 311 Kms from Shillong and 219 Kms from Guwahati in Assam. As opposed to Shillong, which is growing highly multi-cultural, Tura is relatively deeply rooted in its native Garo roots. Tura and the other regions of the district boast of rich undisturbed biodiversity and natural attractions such as waterfalls, caves and rivulets. The primary languages spoken are Garo and English.

The main attraction of this town is the Nokrek National Park which is 12km from the city where various animals such as the leopard, golden cat, wild buffalo, pheasant and many more reside. One may also visit the Rongbang Dar Falls, while a trip to this area, without visiting the Siju caves, would remain somewhat incomplete. Tura Peak, part of a reserve forest is an excellent destination for treks and sightseeing, as it allows panoramic views of the valley from the observatory accompanying it.


Nameri National Park : "An exciting Himalayan foothill"


Nameri national park is famous for its elephants and other animals including tigers, leopards, gaurs, wild pigs, sambars, etc. and also for being a bird watchers paradise.

Safaris are available and are the most popular way to create a trip full of excitement, into the national park. Also, along with the rich fauna of the place, the lush and evergreen flora too, tends to enchant the visitors. Facilities for activities such as water rafting, fishing, swimming are available though permission from the forest department is essential for fishing. One can also dwell a little in peace and sunbathe in the area.

The river in Nameri is full of a variety of fish. The Forest Department here conducts fishing related activities. Golden Masheer Fish is the famous fish of this region and measures 3-9 feet. It is also known as "Tiger of the Himalayan rivers".

The river rafting is also held at the south-east side of the park on river Jai Bharali. The rafting route is 13 km long and takes around 3 hours. A great, tiring and enjoyable experience.




Acknowledged as the wettest place in the world, the mesmerizing village of Mawsynram, located 61 kms south of Shillong is a nature lover's delight and the perfect destination for a weekend trip. Mawsynram trounces Cherrapunjee by a slight margin in being the wettest place in India.

The 'Maw' in Mawsynram is a Khasi word meaning 'stone'. It symbolizes the unique megaliths unearthed in the Khasi Hill area. The village is well known for its huge formation of a stalagmite, which takes after the shape of a 'Shivling'. Located in the East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya, Mawsynram is 1400 m above sea level. The rains are so powerful in Mawsynram that the local villagers have to make use of thick grass to sound-proof their homes from the thunderous rain.


Aizawl : "The land of the Mizos"


Lying at a height of 1132 m above sea level, Aizawl is a quaint city and the capital of the state of Mizoram in northeast India. Primarily dominated by the Mizo Tribe, Aizawl and its surrounding areas are lush with rolling hills and abundant greenery. The city, along with the majority of the state is known for its agricultural produce and ethnic handicrafts and apparel. Aizawl is well connected via roads and air connectivity to other major hubs of northeast India such as Silchar and Guwahati in Assam. An important thing to note is that an Inner Line Pass or ILP is required for entry into Mizoram which is available on Guwahati, Silchar, Shillong, New Delhi and Kolkata.

Among one of the oldest cities in the north eastern region of India, Aizawl, pronounced eye-zole, is a perfect place to relax while enjoying the local food and culture. Home to the Mizoram State Museum and few other tourist complexes, tourists have few options to enjoy a sightseeing tour in the city. Apart from these, one can take a tour to the nearby hilly areas of Hmuifang, Tamdil Lake and Chanmari.


Jorhat : "Tea Capital of India"


Famous for its culture, mosques, tombs, gardens and most importantly - its tea plantations, Jorhat is a culturally and commercially important city in the state of Assam. The headquarters of Jorhat district, this city is also known as the tea capital of India. It is located at a distance of about 305 Km from Guwahati and around 138 Km from Dibrugarh. 

The beautiful, commercial, cultural and artistic city of Jorhat is the second largest in Assam. Tea plantations are the main agricultural areas around the city which also takes the shape of a tourist attraction given its simple natural charm. There are as many as 135 tea gardens in Jorhat. Apart from the tea plantations, Jorhat is home to other heritage sites and other natural reserves - Thengal Bhawan, Raja Maidam, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar are some of the major places of interest here. The Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is the oldest and the most famous place of worship in Assam, which attracts a lot of tourists every year. The river island of Majuli, which is the world's largest river island is just 20 km away from this town and it can be accessed by ferries from Nimati Ghat.


Lunglei : "Mizoram's Enthralling Off-Beat Paradise"


Literally meaning 'the bridge of rock', Lunglei is famous for its scenic beauty and natural setting. It is a small town, located around 170 km south of Aizawl whose name is derived from a bridge shaped rock found along Nghasih which is a tributary of the river Tlawng. Lunglei is an ideal offbeat destination for those who love natural sightseeing and adventure activities bundled into one. Trekking, bird watching and camping are among the popular activities opted by tourists coming to visit Lunglei.

Lunglei is a biodiverse region, home to Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary and Saza Wildlife Sanctuary. While Saza Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for hosting migratory and endemic bird species, Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several animal species such as leopards, tigers, porcupines and leaf monkeys among many. Visiting the Lunglei Rock Bridge at the Nghasih stream is another popular activity while here. For those looking to learn about the culture and traditions of the region, the Saikuti Hall is a must-visit.


Manas National Park : "Natural World Heritage Site"


Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam. The only tiger reserve in Assam and also famous for the rare golden langur and the red panda, Manas is one of the best-kept national parks in India.

Manas is recognized not only for its rich biodiversity but also for its spectacular scenery and natural landscape which includes a range of forested hills, alluvial grasslands and tropical evergreen forests. It's home to India's second-largest tiger population. It is also famous for its population of the Wild water buffalo. Manas harbours the maximum number of endangered species from India as listed in the IUCN Red Book.
One can easily spot rhinos and tigers while sitting on an elephant. Forest officials arrange rides on elephants from Mathanguri for visitors to Manas. You can see tea pickers going about their job in groups during the tea season. Best time to see activity is October till first week of December and again from mid March onwards.


Anini : "Where clouds kiss the land"


Anini is where the clouds come down the kiss the land. With much of its beauty peeking from behind the misty air, this unexplored town is the place to visit for pristine calmness.

Lying in the beautiful Dibang Valley district, Anini is marked by pleasant weather and immense natural beauty, making it a tourist's paradise, appearing from the clouds. Its silence, beauty and magic is almost untouched and can relax you to the very core. A popular tourist spot nearby is the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary. While in Anini, one may want to visit the tribal villages here and experience their subtle heritage and colourful cultures. Some of the tribal villages here are New Anaya, Hunli, Ranli and a few more.


Imphal : "Where clouds kiss the land"


Imphal has a untouched charm surrounding its natural beauty, sceneries and landscapes as well as a significant history leaving hints of the past around the city.

The lust green landscapes, beautiful surroundings, unexplored territories and undulating rivers of Imphal make for a great tourist destination. This site of the battle of Imphal during the World War II, assumes a certain importance, derived from history. The two together give Imphal a number of tourist destinations which include INA memorial, Manipur State museum, Kangla Fort, Langthabal, war cemeteries, Shri Govindjee temple as well as the Waithou and Loktal lake. Manipur Zoological gardens and Keibul Lamjao National park are also places one might not want to miss


Orang National Park


Located in the beautiful state of Assam, Orang National park is the oldest game reserve in the state, situated on banks of river Brahmaputra. Located at a distance of 110 Kms north of Guwahati, this national park is shared by the districts of Darrang and Sonitpur. It is officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park. Orang Park is known for its One-horned Rhinos and Royal Bengal Tigers.

Orang will pleasantly surprise you with its rich variety of animals, birds and fishes and a similar abundance in flora. The park is known for its rhinoceros conservation has The Great Indian Rhinoceros and the famous Bengal Tiger. Apart from rhinos, one will find here the Great Indian Rhinoceros, porcupines, Bengal tigers, civets, water buffaloes, leopards and many more. A huge number and types of fishes are also present here. Along with this you can spot a number of birds in the park such as kingfishers, fishing eagles, woodpeckers, mallards , white pelicans and so on. A safari into the park will let you experience the refreshing beauty of the surroundings and vegetation as well as the enjoyment of watching such variety of wildlife. The park is also an important breeding ground for various fishes.




The snow peaked mountains, deep gorges, turbulent rivers cascading down the hills, numerous waterfalls, placid lakes, archaeological sites, peace and fun loving hospitable people and above all the heavenly climate make Roing one of the most attractive destinations for tourists.

A natural heaven with mountains and lakes, it is one of the most exciting places in Arunachal Pradesh. This town won't let anybody down. It has many beautiful lakes and gorges for nature lovers. The Bhishmaknagar fort and Nehru Udyan add historical significance to the place. Mayudia pass, however, steals the limelight with snow coverage for most part of the year.




Located in the Jaintia Hills district, Jowai located at a distance of 66 Kms from Shillong, is famous for its bucolic setting and breathtaking views with the perfect mix of heritage and culture. Jowai, much like Cherrapunji prides itself in being a destination much loved for a scenic drive and boasting of lakes, vast open valleys and waterfalls. The Thadlaskein Lake and Lalong Park are the famous tourist hot spots while Syntu Ksiar is also a popular destination on the shores of river Myntdu. Festivals such as Behdeinkhlam, Chad Sukra and Laho Dance attract many tourists from across India each year. 

Enthusiastic non-vegetarians can try the variety of meat dishes of local fish and pork. Jadoh and Doh Khleh are two famous pork dishes which we recommend. For those who are little on the adventurous side, a pungent dish of fermented beans known as Tungtoh is offered here.


Agartala : "Gateway to Tripuran Heritage"


Home to the Manikya Kings in the past, Agartala is the perfect mix of natural beauty combined with diverse and rich culture.

Agartala is not just all flowers and valleys but also has a cultural richness with the diversity of people that stay here along with the historical and religious monuments. The capital of Tripura manages to create its culture and personality out of the coming together of stories of all those who reside here and give it a hue of their own culture. The most developed city in the state, it is still a far cry from the metros and hence maintains the best of both worlds.


Bomdila : "Himalaya's Veranda"


With majestic Himalayas bestowing their shadow, the beautiful town of Bomdila will offer you all an area in this terrain should.

Other than sceneries and views making the area a visual treat for the eyes, wrapped around in a cool breeze and pleasant climate, the area will offer you a number of spots such as temples and wildlife sanctuaries. Both Buddhist and Hindu temples are to be found here. Some of the other places to be visited include a number apple orchards and The Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, which is just a little away. The visitors can also indulge into the arts and crafts popular in the area, as well as trekking and hiking complimented by the terrain. The proximity to the Himalayas can offer sights capable of casting spells on the viewer.


Changlang : "A subtle cultural standout"


Changlang District shares international boundary with Myanmar (Burma) and is best known for its bio-diversity and scenic beauty and a unique culture that makes it standout from the nearby areas.

Changlang has a subtle uniqueness in its attitude, nature and environment, hinting towards an exotic and distinct identity. What it shares, however with the rest of the state is lush green surroundings, pleasant environment and picturesque sceneries. One can visit the Namdampa National Park and enjoy the natures blessings to the area.


Tamenglong : "Manipur's home to exotic flora and fauna"


This hilly region is an ideal setting for tourists interested in outdoor holidays. The beauty of this town is unparalleled with the unusual varieties of flora and fauna.

This town of Manipur, known for the oranges grown here is the home to some of the most unique plants and animals. The vibrant forest here provide habitat to hog deers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, tigers and many more. A nature lover can have a ball in this beautifully endowed town, with its waterfalls, exotic animals and numerous orchards.


Itanagar Tourism


With the snow capped Himalayas towering on the northern end and the fertile Brahmaputra river plains on the southern, Itanagar is a natural paradise.

Recently opened to tourists by the government, the heritage and tribal culture of the city, which is decades and centuries old, is still intact. The 15th century Ita-Fort, legendary Ganga Lake which is locally known as Gyakar Sinyi and the Buddha Vihar, consecrated by Dalai Lama are among the most important attractions here. The amicable weather throughout the year makes it a tourist's delight. The town of Yupia shares it's attractions with Itanagar. Hence, the two can be covered simultaneously.


Bhalukpong : "An unknown Arunachal Pradesh"


Apart from being the nature lover's paradise, Bhalukpong can provide you a complete experience with wildlife and a host of activities complimenting its natural beauty and the environment of a place lesser known

The Kameng River running in the forest surrounding it makes the town even more attractive. In Bhalukpong you'll find yourself making the most of hiking, trekking, camping and fishing. The Pakhui game sanctuary can be visited to see birds as exotic as the place itself, along with tigers, elephants, barking dear and more.


Thoubal : "Of landscapes and bazaars"


A well developed city, Thoubal is a good holiday destination for those looking for a pleasant climate and numerous activities.

Thoubal is almost ideal for trekking, hiking and picnics given the abundance in flora and green landscapes as well as the various facilities available here. This city is most famous for the temples and the numerous water bodies all together making it a pretty much perfect getaway which will strike the right balance of urban and a lesser known destination. Just to add in the environment a dash of activity and vibrancy, are the popular bazaars of the town such as the Ningombam Laxmi Bazaar and Athokpam Bazaar.


Pasighat : "Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh"


Home to river Brahmaputra which transcends down from Tibet, this place is a photographer's delight for comprising abundant sceneries of nature.

Pasighat is known as the 'Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh' and is a pure heaven for nature lovers. If you looking for adrenaline rush, then this is also a great place for you as adventure activities like white river rafting, boating and angling (similar to fishing) will certainly set you rolling here. A unique blend of peace and adventure is what makes this place a must visit. Pasighat was founded in 1911 A. D. by the British as a gateway to administrative convenience of the greater Abor Hills and the north area in general. Primarily there were settlements of Pasi and Minyong communities who are still living in the villages in and around Pasighat. However, this place still has the beauty and the culture intact and it hasn't lost its charm as commercial tourism is yet to reach here.


Cherrapunji : "Meghalaya's dew drop"


Earlier the wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, also known as Sohra, is known for its double-decker living root bridge. Located around 50 Kms from Shillong, this sub-divisional town is famous for its rich flora and natural attractions. Although Mawsynram is now the wettest place on earth, Cherrapunji still holds the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. Apart from the famous living root bridge, other natural attractions include cave formations such as the Mawsmai Caves and Krem Phyllut. Asia's cleanest village, Mawylyngnong is another famous tourist spot here, where visitors can live and experience the food and culture of the village.

The misty valleys and the waterfalls in the region make a long drive through Cherrapunji ideal for those who love road trips. The breathtaking panoramic views of the valley and waterfalls such as the famous Nohkalikai Waterfalls are wonderful experiences to be had during the sunny winter days. For those with a bit of time on their hands, the town of Dawki at the border with Bangladesh offers a wonderful clearwater boating experience in the winter season.




A small border town in the Jaintia Hills, Dawki and its famed river Umngot or the Dwaki River is a must-visit if in Meghalaya. Sandwiched between India and Bangladesh, Dawki is a major centre of trade between India and Bangladesh. The small city, besides being a trade hub is also famous for its tourism scene, with many people flocking to the town in order experience a boat ride in its famed Umngot River and enjoy the nearby sights and sounds.

The city becomes a hotbed of tourist activities especially during the spring months as it hosts the boat riding competition on the Umngot River. The surrounding greenery, the cold water of the river and the beautiful suspension bridge on the River Umngot make Dawki a place worth a visit.




Also located in the East Khasi district, this village has won the title of Asia's cleanest village in 2003 and India's cleanest village in 2005. This village is also referred as God's own garden.

The village is very pretty, especially during the monsoons when there is lush greenery all around. The waterfalls along with abundant flowers in the area adds to the natural beauty. The secret of this village to be so clean is that every local here is responsible to keep the place clean. You would find bamboo garbage bins at every nook and corner of the village. This village also offeres breathtaking view of the fields of Bangladesh as the border is very nearby. This place is 92 km from Cherrapunji and 90 km from Shillong. Best way to reach here is by taking a taxi from Shillong or from Cherrapunji. You will find decent accommodation options here as well.


Champhai : "A simple town in Mizoram"


The town of Champhai on the eastern border of Mizoram close to the Indo-Myanmar border is the administrative headquarters of the Champhai district. It is located at a distance of 188 Kms from the capital of Aizawl and is strategically and commercially important for the state of Mizoram as well as for India. Champhai and its surrounding regions are primarily known for their natural beauty and vast valleys of rice fields. It is known as the 'Rice Bowl of Mizoram' due to being a major region of rice cultivation. Also, its vibrant seasonal orchids lend it a certain romanticism and aesthetic appeal.

Champhai has a number of tourist attractions mostly including natural settings. These include a cave called the Kungawrhi Puk, a river called Tiau Lui, Lianchhiari Lunglen Tlang and a few more. Rih Dil Lake is another famous natural attraction known to Champhai and the state of Mizoram. Adventure enthusiast can indulge in some trekking at the Thasiama Seno Neihna which is about 83 Kms south of Champhai.


Kohima : "A land ruled by the Nagas"


Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland, which is one of the seven sister states of India. ‘Kohima’ is the anglicized name given by the British, the original name being 'Kewhira' derived from the Kewhi flowers found in the region. Famous for its ethereal environment and untouched beauty, it is a land of folklore passed down through the ages. Situated at a height of 1500 metres above the sea level, it is endowed with quaint hills, emerald forests and a picturesque landscape. It is the go-to place for all you adventure enthusiasts as it is ideal for trekking, camping and hiking.

Kohima was built by the British and is home to the Naga and Kulkis tribe who can amaze one with their independence and a mystical and colourful culture that surrounds them. Kohima finds its place in history as the site of an intense fight with the Japanese, a part of a 64 day long battle during the World War II. One of the most popular sits here include the Commonwealth War Cemetery which homes thousands of soldiers of the World War II. Other than that, the city has a lot more to offer to its visitors - a museum, zoo, sanctuary, valleys, self governing villages and much more.


Dibru Saikhowa National Park : "Bird-watchers Paradise"


Dibru Saikhowa National Park is one of those places which boast of a rich collection of flora and fauna, many of them endangered. It is one of the few remaining protected sites in the Endemic Bird Area of the Assamese Plains.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a river island national park and one of the 19 biodiversity hotspots in the world. This National Park is situated 12 km north of Tinsukia in Assam. Of the seven parts of the park, one is a wetland and the rest is mainly covered with grasslands and dense forest. Animal life to be viewed in their natural habitat includes royal Bengal tiger, hoolock gibbons and leopards, it is also home to some restricted-range species, such as the White-winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, spotted-billed Pelican, White-bellied Heron, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Jerdon's Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill and Striated Grassbird. Marsh Babbler, Swamp Prinia and Yellow Weaver.

There are no roads and hence no jungle safari or elephant rides for roaming in the park, so you can explore the park only by trekking, although boat service is available which can take you to various spots. Guijan Ghat and Saikhowa Ghat are the national park's entry points.




Nongpoh, located 60 Kms from Guwahati in Assam and 51 Kms from Shillong is a petite town to be found to the North of the East Khasi Hills. Situated very close to the gorgeous Brahmaputra plains, this location is quite a favourite as a stopover before reaching Shillong from Guwahati.

Nongpoh is the administrative headquarters of Ri-Bhoi district of the Indian state of Meghalaya which in turn makes it a very significant town of this state. Beautiful rivers, encircling plush green trees, serene climatic conditions are enough to make your trip a comfortable and enjoyable one.


Chandel : "A cultural rainbow"


Chandel, also known as Lamka is tiny, but a scenic district in the North-Eastern state of Manipur. It is one of the main nine districts in the state and also the second least populous of all. Situated along the lines of the international border separating India and Myanmar, it has come to be known as Gateway to Myanmar. It lies about 64 kms away from Imphal, with NH-39 passing through.

It’s  famous for being home to more than 20 native tribes. Chandel is a wisp of culture and traditions, given the huge number of tribes that live here. Each tribe offers a unique identity to the area, where colours of their cultures are blown out in all directions. Travelers visiting Chandel can soak in the alluring art forms along with sprightly music and dance.

After a reorganization, Chandel now has four subdivisions; Chandel Town, Tengnoupal, Chakpikarong, and Machi.

Apart from being home to a large number of plant and animal species, Chandel is known for its numerous varieties of Orchid, several Ornamental plants, and some very useful medicinal plants.
The numerous tribes that find habitat here give the cultural definition to this town. Other than getting coloured into their hues, one can visit a few tourist spots in the area, such as the Tengnoupal, which is the highest point on the way from India to Myanmar and can offer some of the most stunning sceneries and views.


Mokokchung : "An urban habitat to Ao Naga"


The most significant urban centre in all of Nagaland after Dimapur and Kohima and the home of Ao Naga.

The popular tourist spots in the area include the District Museum, the Town main park, (located just above the Town Center), Unman village (which is regarded as the oldest and largest) and the Ao village. In addition, visitors might also be interested in exploring places like Longkhum, Langpangkong, Mopungchukit and Chuchuyimlang located within the district. Since agriculture constitutes the main occupation in the area, festivals during the sowing and harvesting months are sure to enhance the tourist's experience.


Phek : "A colourful side of Nagaland"


Phek is a hilly area rich in flora and fauna. Apart from the spell bounding hills, Shilloi lake is an important attraction.

The important and spellbinding hills of Phek district are Kapamodz and Zanibou, while the main rivers are Tizu, Lanye, and Sedzu. The Khezhakeno tourist village also stands out as a must see here. Phek waterfall orchid feels add just the right icing to this off-beat travel destination. This offbeat destination in Nagaland abounds in colors and festivities which can make the tourists experience a more vibrant one.




The Mamit district is the fourth largest district of the state of Mizoram. The town of Mamit, the administrative headquarters of the district, is located around 95 kms from Aizawl to the west. Known for its exquisite scenic locales and magnificence, don't miss out to add this place in your itinerary in Mizoram. The Dampa Tiger Reserve, among the famous natural protected regions of India, is a popular tourist attraction here. Adventure enthusiasts will also love visiting the longest cave network of Mizoram in Pukzing. Oranges are a major produce from this district, earning it the nickname, the 'Orange Garden of Mizoram'.

The town of Mamit and the district is primarily an agricultural hub of the state of Mizoram. Culturally, this region is quite vibrant, with several festivals being celebrated with pomp and vigour throughout the year. While the traditional festivals of Christmas and New Year are at the forefront of the yearly festivities, the more ethnic festivals of Chapchar Kut and Mim Kut, in celebration of the yearly agricultural harvests are also very significant here.


Mon : "The Home of Konyaks Nagas"


Home of the Konyaks nagas, Mon provides tourists with a unique and quite mesmerizing view of tattooed faces wearing feathery loincloths. The District, with the exception of the foothills, has a difficult terrain with steep slopes. Even though Mon doesn't have a lot of sightseeing points, but it still attracts a lot of people from all around the world. The people, their culture, their dressing is very colourful and different and it is probably the most interesting aspect of this town. There are numerous villages nearby which are very pretty and might offer you a closer picture of the life of the Nagas. Veda Peak and Naganimora are among the famous tourist spots here. One can see a waterfall near the Veda peak and this would be one of the most pristine places in the region. Veda peak is located around 70 kilometers from Mon. Among the few villages in the region that are worth visiting are Chui, Longwa and Shangynu.




Yinkiong is the headquarter of the Upper Siang district, gets its name from River Siang that flows besides this district. This region is known for its diverse and colourful ethnicity where people live with love and celebrate festivals with zeal.

Ponung, Roja and Broh are some of the famous dance forms of the region which has been inhabited mainly by four tribes, Adi, Khamba, Mishmis and Memba. Adventure lovers come here to indulge in hiking, trekking, mountaineering, angling, fishing, rafting, camping and everything else that enlivens their soul. Besides the culture, and a lively atmosphere, the place is known for its spectacular panorama, where there are dense forests and millions of birds with vibrant feathers chirping the excellent melodies and mumbling of rivers flowing here and there.




Williamnagar, located 244 Kms from Shillong, was formed around the former town of Simsanggre, which is based on the large plains of the Simsang River. A very remote area usually known for its abundance of natural beauty i.e. being flanked by the mountains and having a rich composition of both water and vegetation.

Williamnagar, the headquarters of the East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, was named after Captain Williamson A. Sangma, the first Chief Minister of the State of Meghalaya. Williamnagar is of immense historical importance as it was here that the Garos made their last major resistance to the British invasion into Garo Hills during the year 1837.


Daporijo Tourism


Paddy Fields, rainforests with bamboo trees along with beautiful Subansiri River flowing along the town, Daporijo is a small town on the way from Ziro to Along.

Daporijo is a scenic town situated 600 meters above the sea level in the upper Subansiri district of the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Daporijo is typically a good town to stopover on the route of Along to Ziro for a break, otherwise, the town does not have much to offer to its tourists. The town is known for its varied ethnic cultures succinct at one place. River Subansiri ( a tributary of Brahmaputra ) gives a panoramic view flowing in the immediate vicinity of the town. This is a home of people of different tribes like Tagin, Galo, Hilmiri etc. one of the oldest being Mishmi, which are believed to have existed since the Mahabharata era. Varied tribes at one place enriches the town that also celebrates many local festivals. Bamboo handicrafts or colorful costumes are some special take away things from this place.


Unakoti : "Your trek to Indian Mythology"


A prime tourist spot in Tripura, Unakoti is an ancient pilgrimage centre, attracting tourists and devotees from far and wide.

Unakoti is where India's heritage stores its carvings and sculptures of gods and goddesses. For such a storehouse of religious and spiritual importance, it is only justified that the place also be the house to lush green flora and full of natural beauty. Many of the rock carvings here depict the life of Lord Shiva as well as other instances from the Hindu Mythology. Sculptures of the Nandi Bull, Lord Ram , Lord Ganesha , Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganpati can also be seen here Unakoti also makes a good place for hiking, trekking and other activities given the terrain and the natural offerings of the area.


Aalo : "Gateway to the Mechuka Valley"


Formerly known as Along, the town of Aalo functions as the headquarters of the West Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh. Lying close to several tiny villages, this small town is situated at the congregation of the two rivers of Sipu and Yomgo. Mechuka Valley, among the most beautiful offbeat places to visit, can be visited from Aalo to which it is well connected via road. With blooming orchards of oranges in and pleasant cum cool weather, Aalo is best visited in the winter season.

Aalo and its surrounding region cater to both adrenaline junkies and peace-seekers alike. On one hand, activities like trekking and river rafting are quite popular here. The surrounding terrain of rocky river banks and jungle cutting through the valley make for excellent hikes.


Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak, Kohima


Located approximately 25 km towards the south of Kohima, {Zakhma village (20 km) or Vishwema Village (25 km)} Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak offer one of the most breathtaking landscapes of the continent. Nagaland is called the 'Switzerland of the East' and Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak provide solid proof to that moniker. Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak trek, is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing treks you can find in the country and an absolute must for all trekking enthusiasts.  


The Japfu Peak standing tall at 3048 meters is the second highest peak in Nagaland and provides the perfect vantage point for admiring the heavenly beauty of the Dzukou Valley. Dzukou valley is also known as the "Valley of Flowers of the east" and is quite a sight to behold, when in full bloom. Dzukou Valley is considered to be the base of the crater of an old volcano and seems like covered with a carpet of the most exquisite species of grass and flowers. The highest point in the Dzukou valley is at 2600 meters and provides a wide and panoramic view of the enchanting valley in the front. Sitting atop the hill you are just overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and magnificence of the sight in front of you.


June to September is the best time to undertake the Dzukou valley and Japfu peak trek as the valley is its most beautiful form during these three months. The valleys of Dzukou are usually very pleasant during the day but can experience a temperature drop of more than ten degrees during the night, so make sure you pack woollens generously.


While on the Dzukou valley trek, you can stay overnight at the Dzukou Valley trekkers' hut which provides a decent place to sleep, serves warm food and drinking water. On the Japfu Peak trek, you can stay overnight at the Japfu Peak base camp which provides a nice sleepover option with cooked food and water. You can carry packed lunch and water from these camps for your further treks.




Known to be the largest and fastest growing city of Nagaland, most travellers come to this city in transit because of the airport situated in the city. Some of the few attractions here are: Triple Falls, Kachari Ruins, the Nagaland science center and the zoological park.

The boundary of the eastern part is covered by Dhansiri River, while the western part of the district consists mostly of forests and hills. One day is sufficient to explore this place, and fly away to the next lap of your tip.