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The Unexplored Northeast India - Part III

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Snow Leopard of Namdapha National Park

Snow Leopard of Namdapha National Park

About Northeast

This is the third part in the ongoing series on unexplored northeast India. Northeast have many tourist spots, which are still unknown, so in this article we will be looking at some more places which will provide you a good knowledge to explore.

In this article, I will take the reader on a virtual journey to some of the six beautiful attractions, and I hope he/she will enjoy reading about as much as I enjoyed writing it. So without any delay, let us move further in the journey.

1. Unakoti, Tripura

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Tripura, the third smallest state in India, is home to one of the most spectacular heritage sites in South Asia – the giant bas-relief sculptures of Unakoti. The name Unakoti means one less than a crore or, 99, 99,999 (a crore in Bengali is called Koti). The carvings of the Unakoti are located at a beautiful forest all around. The sculptures found at Unakoti are of two types – namely rock-carved figures and stone images. It has believed that the sculptures are about 11-13 centuries old and most of them are about 30 to 40 feet high. Every year ‘Ashokastami Mela’ (a popular fair) held in the month of April where you can witness thousands of pilgrims.

Note: 1 Crore = 10 Million

2. Vantawng Falls, Mizoram

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Vantawng Falls also called as Vantawng Khawhthla Falls in local Mizo language is a hidden charm situated in the middle of the lush green valleys. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the state of Mizoram. Surrounded by verdant valley around the waterfall, it looks like a river of white milk from distance. This fall is 750 feet or 229 meters high and it belongs to Vanva River near Thenzawl, which has known for its rampaging speed of flow. This waterfall is the pride of Mizoram and one of its prime attractions. The best month to visit Vantawng falls is during September to January.

3. Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

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Located in the Indian state of Meghalaya, this beautiful lake has surrounded by thick coniferous forests. Umiam Lake (locally known as Dam sait) is an artificial lake, which had actually formed after a dam made to come up with hydroelectric power. It is a mesmerizing man-made lake, located about 15km north of Shillong (capital city of Meghalaya). The Umiam Lake has encircled by lush green East Khasi hills, which gives best panoramic sights for nature lovers. It is also a popular destination for adventure lovers. Tourists especially love to visit this spot for kayaking, scooting, water cycling, and boating.

For trekkers, Trekking and Camping at Umiam Lake is a fantastic idea. They can even trek through the dense forest and camp at the Lumpongden Island. One who loves fishing can also go for fishing in the Umiam Lake; it is home to variety of fishes like Carps and Catfishes. Close to it, you will notice a glorious garden known as the Lum Nehru Park that could be a good place for birdwatcher. Apart from these, it is a popular picnic spot and you would not like to miss the Orchid house, Aviary and Sprawling lawns. Additionally, you would not like to miss to watch the sunrise at the lake. The best time to Visit Umiam Lake is during March to June as the weather is pleasant to explore the region.

4. Mokokchung, Nagaland

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Mokokchung is a mesmerising small town in the top of the mountain. Mokokchung is an ancient village of Ao tribe located in the Mokokchung district of Nagaland. Mokokchung village is one of the largest villages in Nagaland and it is rich in cultures. People love to celebrate festivals like Moatsü and Tsungremong. You can visit the village during the festival times to witness the energy and happiness of the villagers. Normally, the best time to visit Mokokchung is during winter.

5. Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

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Mawlynnong Village has titled as the “cleanest village in Asia” by Discover India in 2003. Mawlynnong is located in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. This village also called as “God’s Own Garden” and has enough reasons for that. People usually collect their waste in dustbins made of bamboo, later directed to a pit and used as manure. Smoking and use of plastic has totally banned in this village and people like to encourage rainwater harvesting. Apart from these, the village has a 100 percent literacy rate. One of the attractive places here is the SkyView, made completely out of bamboo. It gives a view of Bangladesh Plains from top of the tower, as this village has situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border. People also clean roads, public space, school and its clinic on Saturdays. It definitely deserves a visit on your part. The best time to visit is during monsoon where there is lush greenery all around.

6. Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh

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Namdapha National Park, the third largest national park in India in terms of area is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. This Park has recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity in India and the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot. The area has known for its Evergreen forests, Dipterocarp forests and Virgin forests with diverse flora and fauna. One of the rarest and endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda and endangered species of bird, White Winged Wood Duck found here. It is the only park in the world to have the four Feline species of big cats: Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard. Of the many other important animals are the Elephants, Black Bear, Indian Bison, Red Panda, Wolves, Red Fox, Primate species like Assamese Macaque, Hoolock Gibbons, several species of deers, Reptiles and a number of Arboreal animals. Among the birds, there are 425 species and more are going to record; you will witness the great Indian Hornbill, Green Ochoa, Himalayan Wood-Owl, Rufous-throated Hill-partridge, Jungle Fowls and Pheasants that flop their noisy way through the forest.

Interesting Fact: The famous local medicinal plant Mishimi Teeta (or Copti teeta), used by the local tribal to cure all kinds of diseases is available here but its export has been banned.

Mishimi Teeta or Copti Teeta

Mishimi Teeta or Copti Teeta

Jungle Fowl of Namdapha National Park

Jungle Fowl of Namdapha National Park

Peahant of Namdapha National Park

Peahant of Namdapha National Park

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 NISHANT MANDAL

Comments

NISHANT MANDAL (author) from GUWAHATI on September 02, 2020:

Thanks for your kind comments :)

NISHANT MANDAL (author) from GUWAHATI on September 02, 2020:

Thanks for the kind comment Saloni, glad to know you've enjoyed the virtual tour :)

Saloni on September 01, 2020:

This virtual tour will surely very helpful for a real tour... Amazing writing... Keep it up ☝️

Hritwik on September 01, 2020:

Bro keep that spirit on

arnab on September 01, 2020:

Nice bro

NISHANT MANDAL (author) from GUWAHATI on August 31, 2020:

Thanks for your valuable time @Westwood

I'm glad to know you've enjoyed the virtual tour :)

Liz Westwood from UK on August 30, 2020:

This is a very well-organized and well-illustrated article. I really appreciated the virtual tour.