North East India is significant as the tryst of many and diverse languages, cultures and faiths. The ‘seven sisters’ are abounding in beauteous nature and jaw-dropping landscapes. The verdant jungles are lush and mysterious, an abundance of water bodies and sensual monsoons that sweep across the hills make this part of India, magical and irresistible. Despite the mélange of cultures, values and traditions each state stands stolid and retains its individuality. Take a look at these 7 wonders and plan your next holiday with them to witness the abounding natural beauty of our country.
Majuli Island in Assam
The largest river island in the world, bestowed with the goodness of the magnificent Brahmaputra and the ever shifting tanned sands. Splendorous backdrops of vast and jaded mountains, lush landscapes and dense forest vegetation with a large avian sanctuary are all the makings of a tourist’s delight and the feeling of being in heaven.
The natives follow the Assamese Vaishnavite culture and are steeped in culture and tradition. This island is meant to relax and this permeates the island in a rather inviting way. There are around 22 different monasteries to visit and the large avian community makes it a birding paradise. If this is your kind of holiday, we suggest getting there in your next break.
Ziro Hill Station in Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is a tranquil hill station with clean crisp air, pleasant weather and gentle breeze that caress your skin. Surrounded by stately mountains armored with pine trees, this hill station is naturally scenic and located in the awe-inspiring Apatani plateau.
The Apatani tribe is the only indigenous tribe found here and rather reticent in nature. Ziro has some highly ambient locations to see like the Taley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho Ridge and the Bamboo groves. The vast expanses of paddy fields are a sight to behold during harvest season. This part of the country has been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is worth spending a few days in.
Dawki Town in Meghalaya
Nature seems to be very gracious to this little down with its deep gorges, ravines, thick lush viridian landscapes and the blue green Dawki River that flows along merrily through it. This river is also the venue for the rather enthralling annual boat race held between March and April.
It also serves as a nature made boundary between the Ripner or Jaintia Hills and the Hima Khyrim of Khasi Hills. The suspension bridge, built by the British, over the river inspires a feeling of thrill and adventure. Take time out to visit the Bleeding Rock on the hills surrounding the river. Legend has it that when someone attempted to break it, the rock began to bleed leading to the villager’s belief that harming it would bring ill-luck to the village! The rock stands strong and stoic despite the scar. A tiny yet exciting place to visit!
Mokokchung District Town in Nagaland
Better known as the abode of Ao Nagas who celebrate the Maotsu Festival annually during the first week of May. The Chuchuyimlang village plays host to this colorful and lively festival. The village is standout due to its location atop a high hill with a long row of village homes that are illuminated with the different hues of the rising sun.
Mokokchung is steeped in age-old customs and the villagers are more than happy to share tales of yore. Make an excursion to visit the Fusen kei and Mongzu Ki caves, the Longritzu Lenden river valley and the native Ungma village of the Ao tribe. The gossamer Rhododendrons grow in abundance on the hills and one can feast the senses on them from Longkhum. Scenic locations and the innocence of the locals make this place truly fascinating.
Moirang in Manipur
Moirang houses the Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the last of the natural reserves for the highly endanged brow-antlered deer or Sangai. It also boasts of the most famous fresh water Lohtak Lake and the lush green landscapes surrounding it.
Visit the INA War Memorial or the temple of Lord Thangjing, a pre-Hindu God and relive bygone glory and rich religious sentiments.
Dampa is heaven sent for all wildlife enthusiasts! It is declared Tiger Reserve since 1994 and boasts of being one of the safest and most well-guarded reserves in our country.
This is welcoming news for the other species of abundant wildlife like Pachyderms, Leopards, Bisons, Swamp-deer, Bears and others. The reserve has stately hills, lush green rainforests and is the playground for many a member of the bird community. Explore the wild side of nature!
Unakoti Hills in Tripura
The hills are special as they are carved with the images of many revered deities like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Maa Durga, Nandi Bull and others.
The Ashokastami Mela is major tourist attraction and these hills are abuzz with activity every April. There are also other fabulous rock carvings that hold a mystical appeal that can only be experienced.
Visit North-East India to satiate the traveler in you! At least for a while….