The Northeast states of India, with their rolling hills, green valleys and bubbling rivers, and mesmerizing aura, are popular with tourists across the globe. The states are also known for their cultural diversity and heritage. They’re popular among tourists for their trekking routes, parks to spot wild animals in their natural habitat, ancient temples, and snow-covered mountain peaks. If you’re thinking of traveling to the land of Seven Sisters, here are 22 top tourist places in Northeast India.
1. Nathula Pass, Sikkim
Once part of the ancient Silk Road, the 14,450 ft. high Nathula Pass is a popular tourist spot. A few hours’ drive east of Gangtok, Nathula Pass offers tourists a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hire a cab and drive down the road towards the pass, often called one of the scariest roads in India, to enjoy the beauty of this hillside and catch a glimpse of the Chinese side of the border. Regardless of the time of year you visit, this is one place you’ll always see some snow.
2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its dense forests, elephant-grass meadows, and swampy lagoons is home to the largest Indian rhinoceros population. The park is one of the best-known biodiversity hotspots in India with four pre-defined tourist circuits. Each of these circuits has its own distinguishing feature. This 430 square kilometers national park is also the breeding ground for many other animals and birds.
3. Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
Also known as Changu Lake, Tsomgo Lake presents an ethereal view of rugged mountains. The lake stands at an altitude of 12,400 ft. and looks different around the year. In the late spring, the lakeside is covered with flowers in full bloom while in winter, it freezes solid. There are a number of legends and myths associated with this lake that are significant for Buddhist monks and Sikkim’s faith healers. For tourists, a yak ride is a moment to remember. In the winter, you can even take a yak ride on the frozen lake.
4. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
The Tawang Monastery, also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse, is the largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world. Located at a height of around 10,000 feet, the monastery offers a panoramic view of the entire Tawang River Valley. The monastery houses residential complexes for the monks, a Buddhist cultural study center, school, temples, a library, and a printing press. If you can appreciate the finer points of art, a visit to the Tawang Monastery can transport you to a whole new world.
5. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Surrounded by mountains that reach the sky, Ziro Valley is home to the Apatani tribe. There are a number of trekking routes around this valley that makes it one of the most popular adventure spots in Northeast India. Apart from the scenic beauty, the Ziro valley offers tourists an insight into the local culture and tribal lifestyle. It is also the venue for one of India’s most popular annual music fests.