Your travel list might have some of the best and popular spots. But it would always be incomplete without traveling to the North East.
The North East is a region mostly unexplored. And it waits for people like you to get started.
Home to scenic mountains, one of a kind flora and fauna, this region is indeed blessed. And is indeed one of the best winter destinations in India.
Majestic and super cool waterfalls adorned with plains and mountains (Himalayas) are like walking through fairy tales.
Let’s get to the action-
Mawlynnong: Famed for being the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is a dream come true for cleanliness OCD folks. The autumn might be the best season to visit this village but the winter is no less enchanting. Japonica and Coleus make the whole village don the look of Eden.
Don’t forget to stroll on the roads of the village to get the maximum it offers.
Riwai Village: Visiting this place is like walking through medieval meadows. The top spot to visit and experience is the Living Root Bridge. It connects this village to the neighboring villages nearby.
You can choose to explore the village and have a bird view. Or you can trek your way to Nohwet village and get to know the historic chapters of the place as well.
Krem Puri Cave
Translated into Khasi as the Fairy Tales Caves, the Krem Puri caves are now the longest caves in the world. Located near Laitsohum village in Mawsynram area of East Khasi Hills, these caves exhibit some really cool fauna history.
Meghalaya is home to nine amongst the top ten deepest caves in India. With 1580 caves and 980 being fully or partially explored, caves in Meghalaya are not for the claustrophobic.
Keibul Lamjao Sanctuary
The only floating park in the world, Keibul Lamjhao is home to Loktak Lake and Sangai (the brown-antler deer of Manipur).
The winter makes the place stand still and welcomes migratory birds in Feb. You can go to Sendra Island to get a beautiful view of the park. You can hire a boat for the same.
Staying is a bit of an issue. You can opt for pre-booked forest rest houses or choose to stay in Imphal. Moirang and Sendra Tourist centers are other places to stay and knowing ‘Phumdi’(floating islands) on your trip.
Visit the Keibuk Lamjao National Park for experiencing picturesque hills and valleys. The Loktak Lake, being the largest freshwater lake in the North East, is almost like an inland sea when viewed in its magnificence.
Ima Keithel (Mother’s Market)
Shopping on your mind? Head to the Ima Keithel or Mother’s Market. This 500-year-old market with 4000 shopkeepers is all run operated by women. Men are not allowed to become shopkeepers here.
The highest peak in Mizoram, Pawngpui hosts majestic and serene Blue Mountains. Offering a fairy tale view of the hazy blue mountains, you can trek this place all year round.
Zuluk or Nathang Valley
Also spelled as Dzuluk, it is a quaint and beautiful village in Sikkim. This place is of historic importance as well. It was once a transit point of the famous Silk Route to India. With 32 hairpin bends, head out for Lungthung which would make it a trip of a lifetime.
Zuluk is not covered in the snow itself but offers spectacular views of the Thambi View Point of the Kanchenjunga Mountain range.
Nathang Valley is the place where you can see the border gate of China from India. This ethereal place is devoid of trees and looks straight out of fantasy land. You can opt for homestays (both modern and traditional) for getting the best of this place.
You can also cover Kuthup lake, Padamchen, and the Tukla Valley to satiate and increase your travel tick-offs.
The abode of opulent waterfalls, beautiful monasteries, bridges and gardens, Pelling is a popular tourist destination in Sikkim.
Get to know Sangachoeling Monastery, Rimbi River and Waterfalls, Darap Village, Rabdentse Ruins, and Pemeyangste Monastery. These iconic spots make vacationing in Pelling totally worth it.
An eco-friendly village, it is home to the largest tribe of Nagaland. In an attempt to make it more eco friendly, hunting and nature dependency were abandoned. Located at a distance of 20 km from Kohima, Khonoma is where you can witness brilliant craftsmanship and wooden carvings.
The wild west frontier of India and Myanmar, Longwa is a unique place to explore. Half of its dwellers lie in Myanmar and the other half in India.
The tribal chief of this village is the center of attraction here.
Inhabited by the Ao Naga tribe, Mokokchung is also called the ‘land of pioneers’. This place has given many great luminaries and visionaries to the country.
The British established their outposts here in the 19th century. Many festivals are celebrated here locally in winter.
Langpangkong caves, Dikhu River is not to be missed while visiting this village. The X-Mas celebrations are also held with great festivity here.
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: This place also hosts the Ziro Musical Festival in India. Get to know the tribal scene of distinctive features of women here. Tattooed faces and nose plugs form the specialty of the women in Ziro.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: Breathtaking view from the monasteries, Tibetan culture, Sela Pass is Tawang defined in one sentence.
Experiencing this part of Arunachal is otherworldly.
Unakoti Rock Carvings: These huge rock carvings are a must-visit in Tripura. It forms the largest collection of such idols and carvings. You can get the ‘Mayan civilization’ feel here.
Apart from that the Jagganath Bari, Tripura palace, Kamleshwari Temple are other such places to not miss while in Tripura.
Don’t wait much to book your cheap flights to India today. There is a lot of exotic things waiting just for you in North-Eastern India. Start packing today.
**North-East does not have direct flights to the USA. You need to land Kolkata first to reach the North-Eastern part of the country