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For some real surprises, visitors can head a bit further afield in their travels. The Seven states, also called the ‘Seven Sisters’ — comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura in North East India — have breaMonday, 5 August 2019

For some real surprises, visitors can head a bit further afield in their travels. The Seven states, also called the ‘Seven Sisters’ — comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura in North East India — have breathtaking beauty ready to be discovered 

Not so well established on the tourist map, Northeast India has its own charm with plenty to offer. The region has various tourist attractions and famous places to visit that until now have remained something of a well-kept secret. 

Kaziranga National Park 

Located about eight hours’ drive from the city of Guwahati is Kaziranga National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is spread over 166sq miles and has various wildlife species including tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, Indian bison, sambar deer and many more. Keen birdwatchers should visit the region during winter, as migratory birds are seen in great numbers during this time of year. Visitors can stay at Diphlu River Lodge and tour the park in a jeep and even spot an elephant.  

Haflong Lake

Haflong Lake is situated at the centre of Haflong hill station in Assam, which is famously called the ‘Switzerland of the East’. The picturesque landscape with hills, large lakes, enchanting streams, waterfalls and abundance of pineapple and orange trees make Haflong town a popular destination. Haflong Lake is one of two lakes near the town. Situated at an altitude of 1,683ft above sea level, clouds and mist surround visitors as they make their way up to this dreamy hamlet. The beauty not only enthralls travellers but the area also offers various watersports to keep visitors entertained. 

Majuli Island

Majuli is a lush green, environmentally friendly, pristine and pollution-free freshwater river island, situated on the Brahmaputra River, just 12 miles from the city of Jorhat. With a total area of nearly 140sq miles, this mid-river island declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts tourists from all over the world. Mostly inhabited by tribal people, the culture of Majuli is unique and is one of the key reasons why visitors love this place so much. It’s also known as the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival is Raas, which takes place around the full moon in October/November each year — witnessing it is an interesting spectacle, indeed.

Tawang & Bomdila

Tawang is the home of the Monpa people and a prominent place of the Mahayana Buddhists sect. The city isn’t only a centre of Buddhism but is also famous for being home to the second oldest Buddhist monastery in the world, locally known as the Galden Namgyal Lhatse overlooking the vale of Tawang. It’s perfect for adventure sports such as trekking and hiking. The region’s other attractions are the mighty mountains, deep valleys, torrential waterfalls and myriad lakes, and the Tawan Chu River.

Bomdila is ideal for travellers seeking to relax in the lap of nature. Visitors coming to Bomdila can explore landscape, mountains and apple groves with pleasant weather, welcoming people and Buddhist monasteries. Bomadila is home to the region’s largest and newest monastery, Gelugpa Gompa. The lofty surrounding snow-capped peaks and apple orchards mesmerise the senses. Travel to Sela Pass, the orchid centres at Tippi and Sessa, and go to the craft centre at Bomdila to see the beautiful local woollen rugs and carpets with vibrant Tibetan motifs. The terrain in this region is also excellent for trekking and hiking.

Shillong & Cherrapunjee

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is an ideal holiday destination. The city has charming valleys, huge mountains and lovely lush parks. Many famous destinations, such as Lady Hydari Park, Shillong Peak, Museum of Entomology, golf links, waterfalls, and Ward’s Lake, add to the charm of Shillong. Travellers can stay at Polo Orchid Resort.

Cherrapunjee is famous for being the place that reputedly gets the most rain in the world — but for now nearby Mawsynram currently holds that distinction. It also offers exquisite waterfalls, with its beauty enticing people from all over the globe.

Yumthang: Valley of Flowers

The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers, is a natural haven with a waterway, hot springs, yaks and glades surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in Sikkim. Located at 11,693ft above sea level, about 90 miles from the capital Gangtok, it’s prominently known as the Valley of Flowers and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has around 40 types of rhododendron, the state bloom. 

The blossoming season is from late February to mid-June, when innumerable blossoms sprout to cover the valley in rainbow shades. A tributary of the Teesta streams past the valley and the town of Lachung. Yumthang is shut between December and March because of substantial snowfall. Additionally, there’s a hot spring in the valley, which is well worth a visit to bathe in the warm, rejuvenating waters. 


The Dree Festival of Arunachal Pradesh, an agricultural festival celebrated on 5 July every year


• River rafting
• Cultural experiences
• Birdwatching
• Game viewing
• Hiking
• Biking
• Ecotourism

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