North East India
North East India, also termed as ‘paradise unexplored’ is one of the many places in India which is yet to be discovered by tourists. North East India comprises of seven states also referred to as the ‘seven sisters’. The ‘seven sisters’ comprises of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
These seven states offer a wide variety of tourist attractions. Assam is the largest of them all and it has a large number of pilgrimage sites. Most notable of them all is the Kamakhya temple situated at Guwahati. Assam is also known for the large number of cultural monuments which were built during the Ahom rule. The world renowned Kaziranga National Park known for its unique one-horned rhino is visited by tourists from around the world. Majuli, the largest river island in the world and the centre of the Sattriya culture is also a vital tourist destination.
Meghalaya, also known as the abode of the clouds with its capital at Shillong, is another popular tourist destination. With its numerous caves and waterfalls including the famous Elephant falls and the Nohkilikhai falls its scenic beauty could be unmatched. Other popular tourist spots are Wads Lake at Shillong, Cherrapunji and Sohra, the wettest places on earth and the Barapani Lake situated 15 kms away from Shillong.
Tripura and its capital Agartala also boasts of numerous places of tourist attractions. The most important of them is the Ujjayanta Palace built by the Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya and is situated in the heart of Agartala. Other vital tourist destinations include the Tripura State Museum, the Tribal Museum, the Tripurasundari temple, the Bhavaneswari temple and the Dumboor Lake.
Nagaland, with its capital Kohima provides a large variety of tourist attractions which includes Dimapur, the largest town, Kiphire with the Saramati peak and the Fakim wildlife Sanctuary, Kohima, with the Kohima Cathedral, the largest in Asia and the scenic World War 2 cemetery. The Hornbill festival showcases the cultures of the 16 tribes that constitute the state.
Mizoram, also called as the land of the Blue Mountains is one of the most beautiful places in North East India. The tourist hotspots include Tamdil with its Tam Lake, Aizawl, the Vantawng falls, Phawngpui for adventure tourists and Lunglei, one of the many hill stations in the state.
Manipur also offers a wide range of tourist importance. The most vital among them are the Loktak Lake, Moirang which is the center of the Meitei folk culture, Kaina and the Red Hills. Imphal, the states capital also boasts of a large number of tourist hotspots.
Arunachal Pradesh is situated at the northernmost part of North Eastern India and known for the Tawang Monastery situated at Tawang. The capital is Itanagar which has a wide variety of tourist attractions. Other places of tourist significance are Along – Mechukha, Bomdila and the Sela Pass. Arunachal is also known for its orchids.
To visit the seven sister states, one has to reach Guwahati which is well connected to the rest of India by road, rail and air. Although, North East India can be visited any time of the year, the most suitable period is from October-April.
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