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North East – the Land of Undulating Scenic Beauty

1) Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim


The winding roads that take a 37-kilometer trip from Gangtok to an elevation of 12,400 feet are ethereally stunning, and it is one of the best places to visit in North East India. At such an elevation, the lake flaunts its stillness in the most breathtaking view of Himalayan peaks surrounding it.

The snow-clad mountains are the main source of the water in the Lake as it melts from the mountains. In winters, this placid lake can also be snow-covered and while you travel to Tsomgo, do not forget to learn the stories which are linked to this lake. It is a different experience altogether.

Best time to visit: Best to visit in winter for enjoying a Yak safari on the frozen lake, from October to March.

Distance: Around 37 KM from Gangtok.

Timings: There is no particular time to visit however, ropeway cable car operations can only enjoy from 8 AM to 3 PM

Price: A shared taxi from Gangtok to Tsomgo will cost INR 400 per person.

Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Tathangchen Area, Gangtok 737101, India

2) Cherrapunji (Meghalaya)


Northeast India is not only home to the seven sister nations, but also the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. This sounds interesting, particularly because this waterfall is also known as India's fourth highest waterfall. Seven Sister Falls, also known as Nohsngithiang Falls, is situated about 1 km south of Mawsmai village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

Seven Sisters Waterfalls has seven different waterfalls beautifully arranged side by side on a high, rocky cliff, which looks very significant even from a distance. It's interesting to note that this waterfall gets its name from the fact that it falls in seven levels. When it rains, the view becomes much more enthralling.

Best time to visit: Post-monsoon is the perfect time to see volumes of water taking a plunge from that height. Mostly, from September to March.

Distance: Around 55 KM from Shillong.

Timings: 24 hours.

Price: Entry is free of cost.

Location: Sohra, Meghalaya 793108, India, Cherrapunji

3) Assam, Tea Estate


Assam, known for its tea, is a must-see destination in north-eastern India. There are approximately 799 tea estates spread throughout the state, each with a breathtaking view.


One of Assam's tea estates is the Monabarie Tea Estate, which is borne away by the sweet smell of the tea leaf. This heavenly Tea Estate is located in Assam's Biswanath Chariali district. This is the biggest tea estate in Assam and Asia. Monabarie Tea Estate, owned by McLeod Russel India Limited, is spread over an area of 1158 hectares, and the red-colored tea leaves will definite .The tea leaves will undoubtedly give your morning a refreshing start.

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4) Phawngpui or The Blue Mountain, Mizoram


Mizoram remains to be one of India's least explored states. The stunning sunrises and sunsets at Phawngpui are much more spectacular because of the remote location. This mountain is holy to the Mizo people, and just seeing it at sunrise will make you fall in love with it as well.


The Phawngpui Hill, located near the Myanmar border and overlooking the Chhimtuipui River, is Mizoram's highest mountain peak. The peak is located within the Phawngpui National Park and overlooks a spectacular landscape filled with deep crevices and beautiful cliffs. Trekking to the summit of Phawngpui is an opportunity that no adventurer can skip.

5) Dawki River (Maghalaya)


The crystal clear river in Dawki is known as the Umngot river and is famous for its transparent visibility. The place is located in the West Jaintia hills that has active tourism and every year people visit Dawki to boat around this iconic river where the river bed is unbelievably clear.

It is one of the places in North East India which enables a view of both Jaintia and Khasi hills.


The Umngot River is one of India's cleanest rivers. The water here is clear enough to see the rock beds under it. Kayaking, snorkeling, and other sports are available here. On one hand, the river shared a similar shore with Bangladesh. It's exciting to see people of different nationalities sharing the same water in the same place.

6) Mizoram — The Home of Highlanders


Mizoram is the place to go if you want an idyllic, pleasant, laid-back vacation. Its relaxed and unhurried nature of life is the perfect cure for city dwellers. Eleven thousand feet above sea level, the city sits on a hilly ridge, with the entire valley lying below like a glittering jewel.

7) Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya


It is a specialty of the Khasi tribe to fasten the roots of Banyan trees to create bridges over rivers and streams. Double Decker Living Root Bridge is a perfect example of their skills of braiding the roots where two single bridges where one is stacked over another and it is one of the famous places to visit in North East India.

The bridge is a man-made cum natural wonder where the entanglement of roots is taking place for centuries and it is grown in the form of decks.

Best time to visit: Avoid monsoon, post-monsoon starting from September is the perfect time to go.

8) Kaziranga National Park


Kaziranga National Park is a must-see destination in India. The Brahmaputra Valley Floodplains are represented by Kaziranga, one of the largest natural habitats in North East India.

The one-horned rhino, which is a globally endangered species, is a huge attraction in Kaziranga.

A safari can also include sightings of elephants, wild water buffaloes, and swamp deer. To visit the park, you can either book an Elephant Safari or a Jeep Safari. I

The one-horned rhino, which is a globally endangered species, is a huge attraction in Kaziranga. It is declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the pride of Assam.

9) Tsomgo Lake: A Glacial Beauty, Sikkim


Located off the Gangtok Nathu La Highway at an elevation of 12,400 ft, Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial beauty in the hills of Sikkim and is one of the many gorgeous places in Gangtok. The turquoise water of the lake, magical backdrop, and the serenity of the place are absolutely hypnotic. One just can't afford to miss Tsomgo Lake among many beautiful places to visit in Gangtok. You'll be amazed at the hypnotic beauty of this place and the hospitality of the locals of Gangtok.

Best Time To Visit: January to March

10) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


A home to the most picturesque sights in North East India, as it's surrounded by the best places such as The Gorichen Peak, Breathtaking Waterfalls, Surreal Lakes like Tso Lake, Tawang War Memorial to revive the history and Jaswant Garh which is dedicated to Jaswant Singh who was killed during Indo-China War.

Places to visit: Tawang Monastery, Taktsang Gompa, Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls, Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Things to do: Explore the surreal lakes of Tawang - Tso Lake, Trek To Gorichen Peak, Visit the second largest monastery in the world - Tawang Monastery


Places to visit: Tawang Monastery, Taktsang Gompa, Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls, Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Things to do: Explore the surreal lakes of Tawang - Tso Lake, Trek To Gorichen Peak, Visit the second largest monastery in the world - Tawang Monastery


Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2021:

This is a well-illustrated and interesting article. I have learnt a lot about this area from reading this informative article.

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