North East India is a hotspot for diverse cultures, languages, and creeds. Here you will find such a multitude of everything that you will wonder how India manages to sustain her dramatically heterogeneous society.
Many people will agree that the North East region has massive potential to attract tourism and mint money out of it. From mind-blowing natural beauty to growing modern-day developments, the region offers everything in a fine balance. When you are here, you will be a witness to a different India and find yourself at a point where all your stereotypes have been majorly destroyed.
After having read the preceding paragraphs, you might be wondering whether you should take a tour of the region. We say you do that without second thoughts, and in case you have doubts as to which places to visit, we have shortlisted 5 places in the region that must not be missed.
Each place finding a mention on our list is unique in many ways and when you are here, you will be hugely satisfied with your decision.
So, without further ado, here are those 5 places to visit in North East.
1. Pelling, Sikkim
Sikkim is a magnificent place where incredibility is normal. It is one of the most visited North East states in the country for its natural scenes, humble locals, and awesome weather. While there are many places to visit in Sikkim, Pelling finds a special mention.
Pelling is a superb hill station located 10km from Gyalshing. One of the many takeaways of Pelling is that you get to view the indomitable Kanchenjunga at dawn against a very serene background. Just a couple of kilometers away there is the popular Pemayangste Monastery which could be reached by trekking.
2. Mokokchung, Nagaland
Nagaland offers you first-hand experiences of tribal life since Naga tribes maintain a politically and culturally influential position in the State. The best place to experience the best of this is in the Mokukchung district.
A six-hour drive from Kohima and you will reach this amazing place where you can closely observe Christianity blending harmoniously with tribal practices. There are small villages in the district which are occupied by one of the most dominant tribes in Nagaland, the Ao Naga tribe.
If you happen to visit the district in the month of May, you can attend the feisty Moatsu festival in which villagers exchange gifts and develop friendships with other villagers.
3. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Known as the land of the Monpas, Tawang is one of the most colorful places in North East. Here you will get to see stunning Buddhist Monasteries, impeccable lakes and sparkling waterfalls making it no less than any other tourist destination in the country.
The biggest advantage of visiting Tawang is that it is not a crowded place; you do not need to stand in long lines to visit tourist attractions and everyone around you is hugely patient.
We recommend you to visit the Gorichen trek, Tend Tso Lake, Jaswant Garh, and Urgyelling Monastery.
4. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Another pick from Arunachal Pradesh which is as brilliant as any other mentions we have on the list. Ziro valley is the place for you if you want to detach yourself for a while from your regular noisy lifestyle and spend some time in quietness and peace.
Ziro Valley features sprawling paddy fields, friendly locals, and enrapturing greenery—things that instantly inject a strong sense of wonder and calmness. The best way to spend time in the valley is by exploring many of its tiny villages occupied by Apatani tribes. Other villages which you can explore in the valley are Bamin, Hija, Dutta, and Hong that are located within a parameter of 10km.
The best time to visit the valley is summer season, especially during the April to June period when the temperature does not cross 30 degrees Celsius.
5. Haflong, Assam
Haflong is the only hill station situated in the state of Assam. Known as the white ant hillock, the hill station is a quiet place which is considerably disconnected with urbanization and offers the right amount of calmness everyone needs once in their lives.
The hill station features many historic buildings, especially in the North-Cachar District, which might make you reminisce the by-gone British colonial period. Other places to explore include Maibong and the curious Jatinga where birds from all over the world come to commit suicide.