The 10 most amazing, off beat places to visit in North East India
The diverse, remote and unexplored tribal lands and offbeat places to visit in North East India are home to some of the most stunning unspoilt scenery, intriguing tribal people and rare wildlife in India. North East India is one of the most diverse regions in the world and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in India. There are so many places to visit in North East India; from the snow capped peaks of the soaring Himalayan mountains in Arunachal Pradesh, to the steamy forests and majestic waterfalls of Meghalaya and the grassy plains of Assam.
But North East India is not just home to natural beauty, there are also unique tribal and wildlife encounters to be had with the over 200 unique tribes who live here and the rare, exotic and endangered wildlife that is found both in the wild and also protected in the many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
There are also historical and cultural gems to discover but with such a huge and largely unexplored area it’s hard to decide on where to go so here are 10 of the best places to visit in North East India that you really shouldn’t miss.
10 Amazing and still blissfully off beat places to visit in North East India
1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: Explore the Tibetan culture around Bomdila and Dirang before crossing the winding Sela Pass to visit the largest working Tibetan Buddhist Monastery perched high up in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh.
2. Cherripunji, Meghalaya: Visit the wettest place in the world, marvel at the Nohkalikai Waterfalls, explore caves and trek to find the ingenious Living Root Bridges- an extraordinary example of humans and nature coming together.
Read More: The living root bridges of Cherripunji
3. Longwa Nagaland: Explore the wild west frontier where the opium smoking, former headhunting tribal king lives in a rustic village perched one half in India and one half in Burma
Read More: Meeting the last Headhunters of Nagaland
4. Kaziranga National Park, Assam: Take a sunrise elephant safari for a pretty much guaranteed close encounter with the endangered one horned rhinos.
5. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: Meeting the Apatani Tribe in the quaint Ziro Valley, learning about their traditional lifestyle and seeing the women’s distinctively tattooed faces and nose plugs.
Read More: Meeting the Apatani Tribe in Ziro Valley,
6. Tea Plantations, Assam: The state of Assam is famous for producing some of the finest teas in the world. Seeing the tea picked by hand in the rolling, lush, green tea plantations is a quintessential Assamese scene.
7. Unakoti Rock Carvings, Tripura: The most fascinating of Tripura’s temples and pilgrimage sights is the huge rock cut Shiva carving and stone idols at Unakoti which are the largest collection in India.
8. Loktak Lake, Manipur: Visit the Keibuk Lamjao National Park deep within the picturesque hills and valleys of Manipur and be mesmerized by Loktak Lake, its the largest fresh water lake in the North East, in fact its so big its almost like an inland sea.
9. Manjuli Islands, Assam: The sandy islands of Majuli nestled amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River are one of the world’s largest inhabited river islands – a beautiful and tranquil place where you can really step back in time.
10. Blue Mountains, Mizoram: Phawngpui is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram. It is covered with coluorful flowers, orchids and rhododendrons and is known as the Blue Mountain because the peak offers a fairytale view of the hazy blue hills and valleys below.
North East India is incredible but it’s very off the beaten track and traveling here requires planning, patience and in some cases special permits. Check out my tips for traveling in North East India and my all other posts about this fascinating and unique region.
Have you been to North East India? Where was your favourite place?