It is not a secret anymore that despite popular as different, lowly, favorite object for ambitious Politicians, unrest terrorism, Northeast India still stands out as one of the most admired travel destinations. Click the link below to find out some of the “must visit” places, bit commercial in Northeast India:
But do you know? There exists a few hidden places in this hidden corner, extremely underrated, not pampered, definitely not promoted, yet every bit of them is endearing and enchanting. I have picked up my favorites among them. See below to find out more:
1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
My first pick is this miraculously clean and well maintained, eye soothing place, Mawlynnong in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. No wonder it is dubbed as Asia’s cleanest village in 2003.
If you love exquisite local feeling, big fan of nature’s strange phenomenon giving its way to scenic beauties like living Root Bridge, boulder balancing on another rock, you would feel an overnight stay is too short to feel this place completely.
Located around 90 kilometers from Shillong, another fact that the local community is dedicated towards maintaining title “Asia’s cleanest Village” is worth an admire.
2. Majuli, Assam
Yet another covert, hugely neglected by the authorities is this tremendously serene place called Majuli in Assam. Ironically, this place makes the region extremely proud with a record-breaking title, “Largest river Island” in the World.
Located around 200 kilometers east from Guwahati, in Majuli you shall get to behold those beautiful landscapes playing around the horizons of mighty and elegant Brahmaputra River. Festive seasons like Bihu are the best seasons to visit this culturally rich place. Delicious Assamese and Tribal dishes, local wine, unbelievably warm hospitality of the locals will definitely add to the galore of your trip to this amazing place.
3. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Those fertile incredibly pretty Landscape of Rivers, fresh rice Fields and beautiful village of Apatani tribes is definitely one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of India.
Located around 115 Kilometers from Itanagar, the State Capital of Arunachal Pradesh this place also boasts of one of the most famous Music Festivals of the Country, Ziro Music Festival. It is held for four days during the Month of September which showcases the best regional music along with great selection of bands from across India. Another attraction here is, meeting the super friendly Apatani senior folks sporting facial tattoos and nose plugs to compete with any hip hop international Musicians. Aren’t you getting restless already?
4. Manas National Park, Assam
Rumored to be favorite hiding spot of Insurgents, smuggling gangs etc. this extremely breath-taking beautiful National park with unique bio diversity and landscape is unfortunately less popular than its contemporary, Kaziranga National park.
It lies at the base of foot hills of Bhutan Himalayas and is one of the first reserves included in the network of tiger reserve under project tiger in 1973. 1985 was another milestone for this beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary when it was inscribed as World Heritage Site. Situated around 150 Kilometers from Guwahati city, the area extends from Sankosh River in the west to Dhansiri River in the East. With the formation of BTC (Bodoland Territory council) in 2003, Manas national park has become extremely peaceful, devoid of terrorist attacks or smugglers and thus, the most sought after picnic spots of Assam.
5. Tamenglong, Manipur
Decorated all over with hills, valleys and ranges this beautiful district in Manipur is home to rare orchids, forests and cultural diversity, famously known as Land of the hornbills.
One of the nine districts of Manipur, this small pretty town is situated in the western part of the state. Visited all the exotic locations of the World, wanna try out something new with your sweetheart during your 10th marriage anniversary, why not try out a different plan this time? Quick escape from the mechanical World around you, Two old love birds but new sparks in your romance, You will love it I bet 😉
6. Mawsynram, Meghalaya
Reportedly, the wettest place on Earth, favorite escape for nature lovers, this place is best to be visited during Rainy season to witness the fury of Rains. With around 11872 mm of rainfall this place boasts of immense scenic beauty with numerous picturesque Waterfalls and lush green lands.
Situated in East Khasi Hills district, 15 kilometers west of Cherrapunji and 65 kilometers from Shillong, the rains in the place is so intense that villagers use thick grass to sound proof their huts. Even though, witnessing the Fury rains is one of the “must do” in the list when you visit this place, you have to be really careful when you drive from Shillong to Mawsynram. The route being one of the most dangerous routes requires exceptional driving skills along with strong vehicles.
Enjoy your upcoming escape to these unconnected small Worlds!
Please comment below if you feel that I have not included your favorite unexplored places in Northeast India so that I can consider to give an interesting extension to my personal list.