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Places to Visit in NorthEast for a Surreal Experience

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Northeast India is the easternmost region of India representing both a geographic and political administrative division of the country. It comprises 8 States namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. It boasts of places of beauty where nature flourishes in all its glory. Situated amidst the many hilltops and scenic valleys, the beautiful places to visit in North East India paint a picture that you need to see to believe. Moreover, the North East is a land like no other. With ample views to take home from the visit, it provides for a mesmerizing view at every nook and corner that you take. It is a land of the holy, the mighty, the believers and those who believe in raw adventure.

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT NORTHEAST INDIA, DID YOU KNOW THIS?

  • World’s wettest place is in Meghalaya
  • Mizoram’s Pukzing Cave is believed to be carved by a hairpin
  • At the Longwa village in Nagaland one can be at two places at once
  • Nagaland has the last surviving headhunter tribe
  • Nagaland holds the record of the world’s largest electric guitar ensemble
  • In Nagaland alone, there are 17 tribes and 36 languages
  • Sikkim wasn’t a part of India leave alone Northeast Region until 1975
  • In Sikkim, a ghost of a soldier guards the border
  • Tripura is home to the only floating Palace in Northeast
  • The population of all the Northeastern states is close to the population of Odisha
  • The corridor joining the rest of the mainland India with Northeast is called the Chicken’s Neck
  • Almost 70% of Northeast India’s terrains are covered by hills
  • Northeastern states of India are musically woke
  • Each tribe in Northeast India makes some of the best liquors in the country
  • Arunachal Pradesh is where the sun can be seen first in India
  • Assam has the largest and smallest river islands in the world
  • Centuries-old barter system can still be seen in practice at Jonbeel Mela, Assam
  • Golden/Muga silk is not produced anywhere else in the world other than Assam
  • The world’s largest weaving village is in Assam
  • Assam is the safe haven for One-horned Rhinos
  • Manipur is world’s only mothers-run market.
  • Meghalaya has the only matriarchal society of India

Do add these amazing places, to visit when travelling to North East, on a Northeast India package, to your list:

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

Wildlife Views

One of the best places to visit in North East India is the Kaziranga National Park. Declared an UNESCO Heritage Site, the National Park is home to the one horned rhinos which attract tourists from all over the world. Spotting a one-horned rhinoceros in its stomping yard, during your Northeast holiday tour package, is an experience that you can live to tell your grandchildren. It will be unlike any lore ever told. While you’re out and about in this scenic land, don’t forget to spot the various, other (approx35) species of mammals and hundreds of migratory birds, that fly down every season, for a unique wildlife experience!

Location: Kanchanjuri, Assam

How to reach: You can take a flight to Guwahati International Airport or Jorhat Airport, or just take a train to Furkating station. From here, the park is just a bus ride or taxi ride away.

Best time to visit: November, February, and April

ZIRO VALLEY

Still from Ziro Music Festival

The Ziro Valley is one of the best places to see in North East as it presents you with some memorable views that are going to be etched in your memory forever. The valley is most famous for its three day and night rock concert, which is held annually towards the end of September. Being a part of the event is a lifetime experience. A visit to this valley surely tops the list of best Northeast tourist places!


Location: ‎Lower Subansiri, ‎Arunachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: During the music festival in September.


How to reach: You can reach the valley by air, train, and even by road. While the nearest airport from Ziro is in Jorhat, Assam, which is 98 km from the valley, the railway station is in Naharlagun, which is 100 kms away.

NATHU LA PASS

Vivacious Nathu La

The name of the pass translates to “listening ears”. The trek to and on the Nathu La pass would be one of the major highlights of your travel to the North East, on your Northeast India holiday tour package, as it gives an invigorating feeling to every traveler who experiences it. During the trek, you are treated to views that remain ingrained in your memory for a lifetime, spotting some beautiful lakes on the way. This is one of the most popular tourist places in north east India that you ought to include to your itinerary.

Location: The border area of India (Sikkim) – China (Tibet Autonomous Region)

How to reach: Rent a sturdy vehicle like Innova, Bolero, and Scorpio in Gangtok with an experienced driver and drive all the way to Nathu La Pass. You’ll need to first acquire a permit from the authorities for the same.

Best time to visit: You should plan your visit during the summers, when the temperatures are at a bearable 15 degrees. In the winters, it falls down to -25 degrees.

Important Note: Do not rush into anything. The cold temperature and low oxygen levels make for a hostile environment. Move gradually and take baby steps if required.

SIANG RIVER – RIVER RAFTING

Rigorous Rafting Scenes

A tributary of the Brahmaputra River, it has inherited its ferocity from its mother as well. It serves as a home to the Adi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh and is the best place to visit in North East. River rafting in the Siang River is a major attraction for the adventure buffs, who like to travel on a budget tour and are likely to do so when on their budget Northeast adventure tour package. It is certainly one adventure that you should undertake with your friends.

Location: Arunachal Pradesh

How to reach: Dibrugarh is the starting point of the rafting session. Take a flight to Mohanbari Airport or the train to Dibrugarh railway station. From there, Dibrugarh is just a taxi ride away.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is during late October and early November when the tides are not too violent.

NURANANG FALLS

Sparkling Waterfalls

Also known as the Bong Bong falls, these are 100 meters in height. The serenity of this place is best enjoyed with someone by your side. So, if you’re planning a romantic trip to the North East, on your Northeast India honeymoon tour package, make sure you add this place to your itinerary. The falls are renowned for giving a feeling of serendipity to any couple that heads there. So, don’t miss out on one of the most charming places to visit in the north east for a honeymoon!

Location: Cona, Shannan, Arunachal Pradesh

How to reach: Take a flight to Guwahati Airport or a train to Tezpur Railway Station. From here, you will find many state-run (APSRTC) buses, private buses, and taxis going towards Nuranang Falls.

Best time to visit: February to November

DAWKI

Clear-Clean River Scenes

If you do not know about the transparent Dawki river in Meghalaya, chances are you have been living under a rock. Dawki is a town in the West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya popularly known for the beauteous lake. Umngot River in Dawki is one of the cleanest rivers in the world so much so that you can clearly see the river bottom. Taking a boat ride one the Umngot River is one of the must do things in Dawki. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in north east India. Ensure that you obtain an inner line permit in Meghalaya, if you intend to visit this place.

Location: West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya, India

How to reach: Take a flight to Guwahati Airport and hire a cab to Dawki.

Best time to visit: November

LOKTAK LAKE

Bliss-Blessed Lake

Loktak Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in North East India and is famous for its small floating islands. It is also home to the world’s only floating National Park called Keibul Lamjao National Park. A nature lover’s haven, the place is great for birdwatching, clicking photographs and spotting the endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer.

Location: Moirang, Manipur

How to reach: Imphal airport is 48 km away and one can hire a cab to the lake.

Best time to visit: October to March

GANGTOK

Greeny Gangtok

Gangtok is one of the most popular tourist places in Northeast India that is visited by honeymooners and adventure lovers alike, on their Northeast tour package. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a base to number of Himalayan treks. There are a number of must visit attractions in Gangtok that should be included in your itinerary like Baba Mandir, Nathu La, Gurudongmar Lake, etc.

Location: Sikkim

How to reach: The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport that has frequent flights from Delhi and other cities.

Best time to visit: March-May and October-December are the two best periods to visit Gangtok given the weather situation.

PELLING

Appealing Pelling

Pelling is a beautiful hill station located in the foothills of Khangchendzonga. Not only it offers exhilarating views of the valley but also poses an important place in terms of spirituality. Visit the 17th-century Sanga Choling Monastery and indulge in activities like rock climbing, walking tours, and mountain terrain biking. It is a perfect place for both adventurous souls and peace seekers. It is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in north east India.

Location: West Sikkim

How to reach: Pelling is 120 km away from Gangtok. You can hire a taxi from the city to reach Pelling.

Best time to visit: September to May is the peak season to visit Pelling.

SINGALILA NATIONAL PARK

Wildlife Exploration

Located in the district of Darjeeling(Queen of Hill), Singalila National Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna and breathtaking mountainscapes. The park is located at a height of 7,000 m on the Singalila Ridge. This national park in India is famous for red pandas, wild boar, barking deer, and other wild animals. It is also famous for Wildlife jeep safari and trekking. The route of Sandakphu trek passes through the national park.

Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal

How to reach: Singalila national Park is just 13 km from Bagdogra Airport.

Best time to visit: March-May. The park is closed from June-September

NONGRIAT VILLAGE

Live Root Bridges

Nongriat Village is famous for the Double Decker living Roots Bridge, it is one of the most amazing places to visit in north east India. You will be amazed to see the natural entanglement of the roots with man-made enhancements, while on your Northeast India tour package. There is no other place like Double Decker living Roots Bridge.

Location: Nongriat Village, Cherrapunjee, India

How to reach: The village is 68 km from Shillong and can be reached either by car or local transport bus.

Best time to visit: Except monsoon, you can visit the bridge any time of the year
Famous for: Double Decker living roots bridge

The best time to visit Northeast India, on your Northeast India packages.
Regardless of the type or the category of the tour package, please note that there is nothing as a best month or time to visit this part of the country. North East India is wonderful the year-round. However, depending on the type of experience that you are looking for a trip to the Northeast could be planned accordingly as in if you’re looking for a respite from the heat, you visit during summers, and if you wish to witness nature at its best, you can plan your visit during the monsoon. Though, in general, November to May is the best period to visit North East India as the weather, during this period, is quite pleasant.

Happy Traveling!!

Solo Trip in India: Reasons, Tips and Destinations to Visit

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Solo Female Travel
Trust Yourself

Solo trip is still a hard question in India. Though growing and developing India is proving it right with fun and amazing answers of experiences. I have enough of my share of stories of potholes and fun on solo trips. To make it possible was a tough journey but a great destination of experience. After all, experiences are what counts for a lifelong. Are solo trips your choice also? Do they become your dream to fulfill? Does solo trip sound a question to you as ‘how’? Where to travel solo? – If these are your questions then find out answers to it with our Solo Trip Guide.

Reasons: Why you should travel solo once?

Waterfalls in Mirzapur
Solo Sighting
  1. Gross plenty of self-confidence: When you travel alone, you have to look after yourself. You overcome every situation on yourself without anyone’s back, you come up with much greater confidence in self. It makes you self-dependent.
  2. You become responsible: Plannings, responsibilities and decision making are greater on solo trips. This attitude helps you later in life also. You act much wiser and responsible in every situation.
  3. To get some time for yourself: This is the perfect time to know more about yourself. Also, you get answers to many questions of your life. Solo trips give you perfect time for yourself and to think about your life.
  4. You become pro in problem-solving: Traveling alone teaches you to come out of problems on your own and this makes you a great problem solver. And then this again helps you lifelong. You look smart among your group in handling difficult situations.
  5. It gives you freedom: Solo traveling gives you all freedom. You make your itinerary, your plans and your choices all the time. Get a chance to travel according to the choice of your traveling activity. When traveling in a group, you have to do things according to the group mutuality and plans. But on solo trips, you are your only Boss!
  6. Know the world closer: Being alone, you get in close contact with society and the world. Making new friends become easier. This makes you in greater contact with locals. Also, it increases your proximity to nature and the world.
  7. Learn to be great with your company: You learn not to depend on others for the happiness of your life. This makes you self-dependent both in your good and bad times. And I guess this is the best thing to achieve in life.

Tips Required For First Solo Trip

Trip Planning
Trip Planning
  1. Keep an outline of your plan: Always go out with some plan. Book your travel and accommodations beforehand. Hostels and homestays are the best options for solo travelers. Uncertainty, in any case, is natural but always have some backup ideas and sources with you.
  2. Pack Lightly: While you are traveling alone try to have light and easy to carry goods. You are alone to take care of you and luggage so be prepared accordingly. Carry only as much you can easily carry. This will make your trip easy and safe.
  3. Connect: Make new friends, communicate with co-travelers, connect with locals and the surroundings. Open up for wider experience. Also as they are the only help in a new place, if in need.
  4. Essentials to Carry: Local maps of the place traveling, list of emergency contacts, travel insurance are some important things to carry. These might look of no need but it is always good to be prepared beforehand than to be sorry later. Mobile phones have become a new need as it might help you out in many cases.
  5. Stay Super and Pro-Active: Be aware of all the circumstances and the place you are traveling. Stay sober and attentive. Trust your instincts. Protect your belongings and take care of yourself. When in a new place, trust everyone but no one.
  6. Let someone know about your plan: Always leave your rough itinerary or plan with your friends or family. Keep updating someone with your plans. Do this as a favor to yourself and to your loved ones.
  7. Stay Confident and Smile: Pretty smile and confidence will come out as your positive attitude at a new place. Don’t be afraid of asking and confirming when in doubt. Stay bold and optimistic all the time. Self-confidence will also keep you safe.

Also, We have some Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip to make your happy travelling memories.

Solo Trip Destinations in India

Now, this can be something being judgemental. No place is ever known to be under the category of solo traveling. The world is vast and you can travel anywhere on your own. Only if you trust the idea of being in the company of yourself. We can help you with the list of places, you can travel for your initial solo trips. Here they are:

1: Mcleodganj

This tiny hill station will give you a sudden vibe of positivity just as you reach. A peaceful location and the home to The Great Dalai Lama can be your perfect solo trip decision. Also, an easy, neighbor trek to Triund will give you the chance of camping in the lap of mountains with some fit-bit tour.

Triund Trek
Triund Trek

2: Hampi

Hampi History

If you love being lost in history, then this should be your destination. No one will disturb you with your loneliness here amidst the ruined building of ancient temples. Take out some time at River Tungabhadra and experience a unique fun of coracle ride to cheer your soul.

3: Ziro

Ziro Music Festival
Charm of Music Festival

Another lone, silent place which will listen to all your talks. Ziro Music Festival is the biggest event and the best time to visit the place. Although a perfect go-to destination whenever you are in need of some solo time. Homestays will be a great suggestion when you reach this pretty place to experience it the best. Involve in activities with the locals and you will surely fall in love with the place.

4: Pondicherry

This city already has a great companion for you. ‘The sea-side evenings’- lay back with all your conversations and end up sharing it with the waves coming to you. Take up a cycle and ride all through the French-Colonial buildings. ‘Auroville’ is a must visit for some spiritualism within you.

Pondicherry
Cycle Tour in Pondicherry

5: Rishikesh

Bunjee Jumping in Rishikesh

Rishikesh has a lot many things to do already that you won’t ever miss a company. Yoga, camping and all sort of adventure. Throw out all your fears in one go, try out everything. Jump and shout back to all your problems, zip line to every negativities and raft the best days of your life with river camping nights. Later attain the peaceful mornings with sunrise yoga sessions.

6: Jaisalmer

This city in Rajasthan can be a fun, royal date to yourself. Ahh..!! the list is full of activities when you are here. Have a bumpy camel ride, dance and learn the local culture with the ‘Kathputli Shows’. Stay at royal forts being the king of your life. Explore the old buildings of ‘hawelis‘ and dive in the largest sand dunes of India. And forget not to binge eat all the Rajasthani cuisines.

Jaisalmer
Camel Ride on Sand Dunes

7: Mumbai

Gateway of India
Gateway to the serenity

If you have never been to a metropolitan city, then Mumbai should top your solo trip list. This city will teach you to be yourself. It is the city which never sleeps and never judges. Hop out all the places and get lost in this city of glamour. Dance your heart out as no one is watching you at the nightclubs to find back yourself. Take your best moments at Marine Drive and Band Stand with your sea friend. This city will give you all the reasons to end up saying ‘Mumbai-Meri Jaan’.

Head up and shout out to your solo trip destination and do let us know your post solo trip story of experiences. Happy Traveling!!

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Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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