Northeast India is one of the most unexplored regions of our country. People prefer visiting the popular destinations like Backwaters of Kerela, Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra but what lies in Northeast is something incomparable to the other parts of our country. Surrounded by other neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar Northeast with its unadulterated beauty, the intermingling of multiple tribes, enchanting forests and a wide variety of flora and fauna should be on the top list of travel lovers. Due to close proximity to many international borders most part of the region has remained unexplored due to high sensitivity and security. My top five reasons that you must visit Northeast India are –
Northeast India- 6 reasons you must visit Northeast India
1 Take a dip into some of the most amazing waterfalls
Northeast is home to some of the most beautiful and majestic waterfalls. Visit in the monsoons and I am sure after you take a dip into any of these waterfalls the man-made water parks would no longer interest you. The Krangsuri waterfalls in Jowai, the Nohkalikai Falls which is 335 metres high in Cherrapunji attracts thousands of tourists every year, the Nuranang or Jung Waterfalls in Arunachal Pradesh is a mighty one, it’s massive and it falls with great speed. The Nohsngithiang Falls also called as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls or Mawsmai Falls located near the Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills looks beautiful after the monsoons, the seven trails of water falling from a height of 315 metres will lure you to come back every year to enjoy the beauty. The Vantawng Falls in Mizoram is the most beautiful and tallest waterfall in the state. Of all Northeastern states, Meghalaya has the highest number of waterfalls and also the most spectacular ones. The best time to visit is after the monsoon that is during August – November.
2. Get to know about the numerous tribes
Northeast is known for the largest number of existing tribes, sub tribes, clans. The most striking factor is that each tribe, sub tribe, clans are different from each other, they have their own unique identity, language, means of livelihood, traditions, customs, dialects, food, outfits, etc. Most of them are nature worshipers. The major tribes of NE India are the Bodos, Khasis, Karbi, Garo, Khasi, Jaintia, Adi, Nyishi, Angami, Bhutia, Kuki, Rengma, just to name a few. Each states has its own tribes. Some of the tribal people are very hospitable and welcoming but some take time to take you into confidence. Since not much people visit their region they are not used to interacting with people outside of their tribe.
3. Enjoy the most wonderful festivals conducted in some of the
People of Northeast show much interest in music basically the pop and rock music. Along with western music, the people also have their own traditional dance forms and songs. Northeast is known to house some of the excellent music and cultural festivals across the country. Some of these are The Bacardi NH7 Weekender that takes places in Meghalaya is one of the most popular music festival of our country, The famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland that takes places during the first week of December every year, The Ziro Festival which is India’s largest outdoor music festival and takes places in Arunachal Pradesh for four days in the month of September where you can camp, enjoy the music and interact with music lovers from all over the world and all of these from in mesmerizing Ziro Valley, The Tawang Festival is also very famous that takes place in the month of October. Enjoy the festivals along with exploring the pristine beauty of Northeastern states.
4. Beautiful valleys and mountains
Some of the beautiful valleys and breathtaking views of mountains can be seen in Northeast. Some are really gaining grounds very fast among travel lovers and bloggers. Some of the most popular valleys that you must visit once in a lifetime are The Yumthang valley in North Sikkim with the beautiful river flowing by Yumthang is sure to take away your breath, The Dzukou Valley in Nagaland is popular for trekking, the Sangti valley in Dirang Arunachal Pradesh is located at the meeting place of a beautiful river in the foothills of mountains, the Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh another exotic location.
5. Sight the diverse wildlife
Northeast is a land of dense forests and home to many endangered species. There are a diverse variety of birds, animals and plants. Some of India’s most popular wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks are located in Northeast. It is also famous for the One-Horned Rhinoceros which can be sighted in Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife has attracted photographers and animal lovers from different parts of the country.
6. Lakes and Rivers
Northeast has got some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers. The Gurudongmar Lake which is one of the highest lakes in the world is located at an altitude of 17,800 ft above sea level is located in North Sikkim, Tsango lake is another famous lake in Sikkim and the spectacular view of the lakes completely frozen during Winter is a view to cherish for the rest of our lives. Like Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh is famous for its beautiful Shangestar Lake, Nagula Lake, Ptso Lake just to name a few. The mighty river Brahmaputra and Barak and its beautiful tributaries are the pride of Northeast.
So all these reasons make Northeast India one of the most popular destinations to visit. It is well connected by trains and flights. Guwahati, the most developing state of Assam is called the gateway to Northeastern states.