Northeast India is undoubtedly the most unexplored and intriguing part of our country. The Northeastern part of India consists of the 7 sister states namely Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, plus one extra brother state; i.e. the eighth state of Sikkim. Most of the available North East India travel packages offered by leading travel and tourism companies will include some of the most popular Northeast Indian tourist destinations in their itinerary.
Most Popular Northeast Indian Tourist Destinations
Due to a difficult topography, that part of India has mostly been inaccessible for many decades. That explains why Northeast India is still very unexplored and bizarre for the masses of mainland India. The beauty of these Northeast Indian states is simply untouched, virgin beauty characterized by majestic mountains, cloud kissing hillocks, lush green slopes, dense forest covers, falls and streams. Even the cuisine of that part of India are quite different from the other parts of India though fascinating enough. Read on to learn about the most popular Northeast Indian tourist destinations.
Kaziranga National Park; Assam
Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage site known mainly for its most endangered species of one-horned rhinoceros. The protected wildlife reserve came into being in 1904 under the initiative of Lady Curzon. The forest reserve lies along the River Brahmaputra’s banks in the sub Himalayan mountainous belt.
Tsomgo Lake; Sikkim
Tsomgo Lake, also referred to as Changu Lake, is an important tourist attraction in East Sikkim and is about 38 kms from Gangtok town. This lake freezes completely in the winter months and remains in frozen state until the month of April. After the snow has melted the lake features emerald bluish waters and looks heavenly. The lake is considered extremely holy by locals and is a half day trip from Gangtok.
Unakoti Hills; Tripura
Unnakoti hills of Tripura are a spectacular cultural heritage and a significant Shaiva pilgrimage destination nearly 175 kms from the capital city of Agartala. Thousands of enormous rock-cut Lord Shiva sculptures along with those of Nandi Bull, Lord Ganesha and Ma Durga adorn these unique hills of northern Tripura. The Ashokastami Mela festival is held at this place each year in April and pulls tourists from far and wide.
Touphema village; Nagaland
Touphema village is a heritage tribal village resort located nearly 41 kms from the state capital of Kohima. The village sprawls atop a hillock offering one with the ethereal views of the verdant green vales around. In the village you can enjoy a comfortable stay with all modern amenities in a unique ethnic setting. Staying in this village will let you enjoy the true Naga hospitality and will also let you get a sneak peek into the tribal lifestyle and culture of the Naga people. Activities you can undertake here include guided hunting trips, cultural trips, walk into the farming fields etc.
Mawsmai Caves; Meghalaya
The beautiful and mysterious Mawsmai caves of Meghalaya is located in the close vicinity of another world famous destination; Cherrapunji. This limestone cave stretches to a length of about 150 meters and is quite an accessible cave among all other caves in Meghalaya. The stalactite and stalagmite formations within the cave look simply spectacular. Cave exploration and diving are quite common activities for tourists at this place.
Kangla Fort; Manipur
Kangla Fort, also differently referred to as ‘Palace of Kangla’ stands on the river banks of Imphal River in Manipur’s Imphal city. The Kangla fort is steeped in historical importance and houses numerous archaeological relics. In yesteryears, this fort had been the royal residence of Manipur’s King; King Pakhangba. Today it is an important tourist spot.
Parshuram Kund; Arunachal Pradesh
Parshuram Kund, located in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kamlang Reserve Forest and is a much revered site for the Hindus. The place is steeped in scenic beauty and numerous mythological tales are weaved around Parshuram Kund. It is often believed that after committing the ghastly sin of mother killing or matricide, Parasuram came to this kund (water body) to bathe and absolve his sins. There is a temple belonging to sage Parshuram at this place. On the Makar Sankranti day in the month of January, a huge fair known by the name of Parasuram Mela is organized at this place pulling tourists and pilgrims from far and wide.