- By - Yashu Goyal
- On - 2022-07-13
A splendid getaway - North East India
North East is a place that captures the attraction of every human being. The beauty of this place, its nature, adventure and beautiful culture attracts tourists from around the world. This is the place where everything is perfect. Whether you are a nature lover, adventure seeker or photographer, North East has a lot to offer to you.
1. Kaziranga National park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in India and a major tourist attraction. The park is located in the Golaghat, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam, near the border with Meghalaya.
Kaziranga is home to a large population of wild Asian elephants and the largest population of Great One-horned Rhinoceros in the world. It also has significant populations of tigers, wild water buffalo, swamp deer, barasingha, hog deer and pygmy hog. The park has been declared as a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger in 1973 and subsequently in 1985 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is the most northern district in Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 4,100 metres above sea level and lies on the Indo-Bhutan border. The town of Tawang is most famous for its monastery, which was built by Lama Tsong Khapa on the site where his teacher, the first Panchen Lama resided. Tawang Monastery is responsible for preserving many Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and art works that were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in China.
The town of Tawang is also known for being one of the few places in India where you can see snowfall every year from November till March. During this time, tourists flock to this place to enjoy snow-related activities like skiing and sledging.
3. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, Meghalaya
The town of Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places in the world. The average annual rainfall is 12,000 mm (470 in), which has led to its nickname, "the wettest place on Earth". It receives heavy monsoon rains between mid-May and mid-October. The average daily temperature varies from a minimum of 24 °C (75 °F) to a maximum of 30 °C (86 °F).
The town's population of about 3,500 lives in small houses spread out along the steep sides of ravines and chasms, with no roads linking them. The only way to reach Cherrapunji from Guwahati airport is by helicopter or an arduous trek through dense jungle.
The town is also known as Sohra; it was renamed Cherrapunji after independence from British rule. The name "Cherrapunji" means "rocky hill", from Cherra ("rock") and punji ("hill").
4. Majuli, Assam
Majuli is the largest river island in the world. It is located in the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Majuli was declared a district in 2016 and a new district headquarters is being constructed at Namboranagaon.
Majuli is known for its rich culture and heritage, its Vaishnavite monasteries, temples and monuments. It is also known as the cultural capital of Assam. The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times by indigenous Assamese communities who have established settlements here over generations. Majuli has been under continuous threat from erosion due to problems of flooding and silting caused by deforestation and soil erosion on one hand and water-logging caused by silt deposition on the other hand, which has resulted in loss of landmass over time (up to 80% of its original size).
5. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a city that has been called "The Scotland of the East". Nestled in the hills of Khasi and Jaintia Hills, it is surrounded by pine forests and misty clouds. The city has a population of about 1 lakh. Shillong is also known as "The City of Pines" due to its large number of pine trees. Shillong is the administrative capital of the state with its own legislative assembly, while Tura acts as the commercial capital.
Shillong was founded in 1864 by David Scott, a British civil servant. In 1874, it became the headquarters of Assam Division (now known as North East Region). The first railway line reached Shillong in 1898 and since then it has become an important rail head in North East India. Since Independence, Meghalaya has been administered by a series of centrally appointed Governors; since 1973 it has had an elected Government led by Chief Ministers who head majority coalitions having minimal outside support from other parties or independents.
This is a list of places you can visit during your trip to North East India. The northeastern part of India is full of tourists spots, old temples and monuments, wildlife and natural beauty. Besides these tourist destinations, there are immense opportunities to have adventurous activities like river rafting and mountain hiking.