7 wonders of North East India
Totally excited about the North East trip if things go as per plan! Here’s what I’m definitely checking off my checklist-
Located at 10,000ft above sea level, the mysterious charm of Tawang Monastery is one of the most holy sites for Buddhists. While you take in the grandeur of this 17th century, three-storey monastery that is the second largest monastery in the world, revel in the aura of it’s secluded location atop a mountain that provides a panoramic view of the landscape below.
Spot the Rhino
For the love of everything wild and natural, a visit to Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a must. A safari through the jungle will bring you face to face with leopards, wild boars, water buffaloes, deer and of course, the rhinoceros. It has also been declared a world heritage site, and is a Tiger Reserve that hosts the highest density of tigers among the protected in the world. Book yourself a trip and wake up to the sound of nature and with an aromatic cup of Assam Tea to keep you company!
The village of Dawki
Amidst the dense tropical forests of Meghalaya, nestled deep between deep gorges, ravines and the thick, lush green landscape lies the beautiful little village of Dawki. One will realise how Nature seems to have been extra kind to this river town as one comes across clear blue-green waters, clean roads and green forests. Adventure seekers must take a walk on the suspension bridge over this river-
Dampa Sanctuary in Mizoram is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries in Mizoram and is located on the spot where Mizoram, Tripura and Bangladesh meet. Sprawling over 650 sq km, the sanctuary is home to forests that inhabit unique flora and fauna which include tigers and exotic species of wildlife. The dense forests make it difficult to spot a tiger easily, but a safari through these jungles is nonetheless an empowering experience of sorts.
It is difficult to come across a lake as beautiful as Loktak Lake, the only floating lake in the world. Located near Imphal, a drive to the largest freshwater lake in northeast India will leave you in awe as you take in the peace and beauty of this massive lake that covers 312 sq km. This lake is a paradise for bird lovers!
Rich in architectural grandeur and medieval history, the Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala is a treasure trove of priceless art. Located at a distance from the hustle-bustle of the city, this palace-turned-museum is a perfect spot for a picnic as a gushing waterfall surrounded by thick foliage completes the perfect, serene picture.
Clean air, clear skies, pleasant weather and a gentle breeze that blows all day, these are things that constitute a perfect vacation. Ziro is a hill station in Arunachal Pradesh and makes for a picture perfect vacation in North East India. Surrounded by majestic mountains, this town is dominated by paddy fields and bamboo groves. While in Ziro, do visit the Taley Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kile Pakho Ridge too.
The Japfu Peak is the second highest peak in Kohima, offering a bird’s eye view of the town below. A trek through the thick bamboo bushes that dominate the landscape ends at the hill top to give a captivating sight of Kohima city. Did you know? The world’s tallest Rhododendron tree that stands at 130 ft with a base circumference of 11 ft has been identified in Japfu peak!