Planning to visit North East part of India but confused about what all places to see during your short holiday trip. Here is a guide to some of the popular tourist attractions to visit in North East India, a land of eight sisters during your short stay. These are the best tourist attractions of North East India that you must see once in your lifetime.
The North East India is comprised of eight states which are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim. Words would be quite less to describe the scenic beauty of the North East India. All the eight states are rich in culture, diversity and unique flora and fauna which really make them truly magical. The unity in diversity in these regions will never fail the travelers to gasp in it’s charm along with the warmth and innocence of the people. The North East India can be called heaven in a perfect sense due to it’s huge biodiversity which occupies the major share nationally. It shares it’s borders with Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Tibet.
The land is also rich linguistically with approximately 200 languages while some of them if not preserved well, will go into extinction.
Covering an area of almost 430 km2 in Assam, Kaziranga National Park is also named as a World Heritage Site and a Tiger Reserve bearing the highest density of tigers in a protected land. It is also a biodiversity hotspot and contains the maximum numbers of one-horned rhinoceros in the world. Kaziranga is home to elephants, swamp deer, wild buffalo, wild boar, gaur, leopards, Bengal tigers, jungle cat, golden jackal, sloth bear, hispid hare, Indian mongooses, Assamese macaque, golden langur, Ganges dolphin, white bellied heron, pelican, the great Indian hornbill, rock python, king cobra etc.
Area wise, it is the third largest national park in the nation and famous for the dipterocarp species. Comprising of almost 1985.23 km2, the diversity of the Namdapha includes snow leopard, Bengal tiger, Asiatic black bear, red panda, Asian civet, Indian civet, Asian golden cat, wild boar, musk deer, sambar, Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, snowythroated babbler, purple cochoa, Himalayan wood owl, white bellied heron, red giant flying squirrel etc.
It is called as the wettest place in the world after Mawsynram in Meghalaya itself. The name Cherrapunjee means ‘land of oranges’ and the place is also called as Sohra locally. The unique tourist attractions in Cherrapunjee are double decker and single decker root bridges, Mawsmai caves made of limestones and Nohkalikai falls, India’s tallest plunge waterfall.
The Loktak Lake in Manipur is the only floating lake in he world. To the southeastern corner of the lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated. The lake water is used for generation of power, drinking purpose and for irrigation as well. The lake is home to many waterbirds and animals such as barking deer, sambhar and the Brow-antlered deer, an endangered species.
The Hornbill festival is organized in the month of December each year to celebrate the Naga culture and rich heritage. The festival draws it’s name from the Indian Hornbill which also takes a prominent part in the Naga folklore. The festival is the perfect showcase of the tradition, art, culture, food and music of the state and celebrated for a week.
Situated at the Murlen village, the Murlen National Park is similar to the Amazon in thickness of the forest. Comprising an area of around 200 km2, the park contains an area which is called as ‘land of no return’ where sun rays can’t penetrate at all. The park is rich in biodiversity, flora and fauna and is a home to Malayan giant squirrel, hoolock gibbon, barking deer, rhesus macaque etc.
Located in the capital Agartala and named by Rabindranath Tagore, Ujjayanta Palace was the royal palace of Tripura. It was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya around 1901. The Government of Tripura bought the palace in 1972-73 and currently the palace is transformed into a state museum.
This glacial lake remains frozen for the entire winter season and changes color as per the season. Situated at 12,313 ft, the lake is home to rhododendrons which is also Sikkim’s national tree, red panda etc. Guru Purnima festival is usually organized near the lake every year and the lake also has a commemorative stamp by the Indian Postal Service starting from 6 November, 2006.
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