Northeast India is known for its diverse cultures and its people, but it’s also known for its rich biodiversity and untouched landscapes. And if you are someone who adores long winding roads, a breath of fresh air, and awe-inspiring landscapes, then this is your cue.
Want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, then these places in the Northeast is where you should go.
Gangtok: Buddhist sights, hiking and Gangtok ropeway
Gangtok is a popular tourist destination in the northeast, and it is said to have risen to popularity after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. The precise meaning of the name Gangtok is unclear, but it translates roughly to ‘hill cut’. Today, Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational establishments.
If you are looking for adventure then Gangtok is perfect for that. Hiking and Buddhists sights like the Rumtek Monastery or the Do-drul Chorten, built in 1945, within Gangtok’s city limits, among others will keep you occupied. Then there is the Himalayan Zoological Park and the Gangtok ropeway for the adrenaline junkies. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are natural parks, lakes, waterfalls, and things where you can indulge in climbing and bike tours, river rafting and more.
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Rangpo: Rafting and rivers
Love whitewater rafting? Then, rafting at Rangpo should be on top of your list. The route is between river Teesta and Rangeet. Both the rivers are starched out for miles, and is ideal for safe water rafting. The shorter route is about five kilometres, while the long course is about eight kilometres. So, if you like living life on the edge, this is the destination to visit. Rafting amidst nature is something else, we tell you.
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Nothing comes close to exploring the Mawmluh Cave in Cherrapunjee. Calling this an experience doesn’t even do justice to it. If you like exploring the unknown then this space will add to the thrill, but make sure you are physically fit, because this place demands a lot of that.
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Tawang: Tawang Monastery, War memorial
Love snow-clad mountains, then visit Tawang, we say. It snows in Tawang every year during December–January, and there is also a ski lift in town. Please do visit the Tawang Monastery, and the Tawang War memorial too. Also, don’t forget to try delicacies like Lukter—dried meat, and Pika Pila—a pickle prepared using bamboo shoot and pork fat and King Chilli. And then there is the bamboo shoot, and a liquor made of fermented rice called Apong.
Quad M in Crystal Green would look great while gazing the picturesque view.
Dzuluk: Birdwatching and lakes
Dzuluk is an off-beat travel destination in East Sikkim, known for its switchback roads and unique birds like Blood Pheasant, Kalij and Himalayan monal. The area and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. This is the nature-lovers dream come true.
Kingpin M in Frost Ice Blue would go well with your journeys in Dzuluk.
Majuli: Eco-tourism, rivers, Monastery
Majuli with its breath-taking landscapes and water bodies, is perfect for eco-tourism. If nature and peace are what you are looking for then Majuli is your best bet.
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Kaziranga National Park: One-horned rhino and Brahmaputra River
Kaziranga National Park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, and it’s home to the majestic one-horned rhinoceroses. The park is home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Kaziranga is also recognised as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species. When compared with other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
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Pakke Tiger Reserve National Park
If you thought there were no tigers in Arunachal Pradesh, think again. Pakke Tiger Reserve, also known as Pakhui Tiger Reserve, is a Project Tiger reserve in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. This Tiger Reserve has won India Biodiversity Award 2016 in the category of “Conservation of threatened species” for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.
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Yumthang Valley of flowers: Unique space in the lap of nature
The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North of Sikkim. A number of hot springs are scattered in Yumthang valley providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature.
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Which of the places are keen on visiting this year? Let us know in the comments below.