The Seven Sisters of India are the seven relatively unexplored and isolated Indian states namely Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. For many years they were unknown to foreigners but have slowly been gaining much momentum due to its variety of offerings. This Northeastern region of India, borders China, Tibet, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. There is really so much to be explored here.
Situated amidst the Brahmaputra River, Assam is the treasure of Natural Beauty and diverse history. Assam is one of the least explored beauties of India and it offers beautiful places and landmarks within its culturally rich region. A land of wild forests, mighty rivers, and acres and acres of tea plantations, Assam, located in North East India, has a breath-taking landscape and is on the list of the top biodiversity hotspots in the entire world. It is also the gateway to the other beautiful Northeast States. With the majestic Brahmaputra River, magnificent hills, its rich flora and fauna and wildlife, the state is a tourist paradise.
Places to visit in Assam
Kaziranga National Park
Assam offers a lot of Adventure options and Kaziranga is among the best of them. The National park is a treat for Nature lovers and provides intense adventure story to be remembered. You could witness the amazing Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers while you are taking the jeep or Elephant safari. The abundance of marshes and lakes will be visually apparent having swamp deer, Gaur, Sambhar, Hog deer enjoying into them and multiple varieties of flora and fauna like waterlily, Elephant grass, and tropical trees surround them all over.
It is first of its kind Island that is also a district of India and is situated beautifully in between the Brahmaputra and its distributaries. The land lies in between the deep waters of the River and is reachable through a ferry ride which can be taken from the city of Jorhat. The most significant aspect here is cultural and historical concoction which is well descriptive with the presence of tribes like Misings, Doris and their celebration towards the culture of Neo-Vaishnavism is watch-worthy.
Built around 10th Century and located around 7km from the city of Guwahati is the most famous temple that brings devotees from around the world. It is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and is among the most prominent and early Shaktipeeth situated in the country. The culture of the temple is well imbibed in local people and they celebrate Ambubachi festival in the month of June every year to commemorate the annual mensuration of the Goddess Kamakhya.
It is probably the first place that you would land or arrive on reaching Assam. It is the hub of all trades and activities and also has the Airport and the Railway Station within it. Also famous by the name of the gateway to Northeast, the city is well urbanized and encompasses many spiritual temples, Natural sights to gaze, wildlife areas nearby, lakes and of course, River Brahmaputra at the edges on whose decks the city is residing comfortably. Further, you could travel further to any other Northeast State from here and get rentals for it too.
Manas National Park
It is another wildlife zone which is very popular and appreciated for its conservation techniques. It is definitely one of the most exhilarating places to visit in Assam. This National Park was also declared as the UNESCO world heritage site for its conservation of Tiger and is also an Elephant reserve. This place is known as home for rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, and pygmy hog.
One of the most untouched and unharmed states in the Northeast that is beautiful beyond comparison. The land provides enormous Travel opportunities which make it a travel hub which is crowded with Global tourist throughout the year. Adorned with beautiful and pristine rivers, lakes, hills and valleys along with opulent wildlife and culture, this Northeastern state is indeed a dream travel destination in India. A treasure trove of culture, nature’s beauty, rich history and warm people, Arunachal is truly a land that you cannot afford to miss.
Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh
It is a beautiful high altitude town located in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. It is surrounded by valleys all around which offers a perfect blend of nature and culture. Since the town boasts an elevation of 10,000 feet, it is a paradise for any mountain lover looking for high altitude places to visit Arunachal Pradesh. It is also very adventurous for activities like Trekking and camping.
It is a picturesque valley surrounded by pine ridden mountains, quiet hamlets, huts, paddy rice fields and a wide range of Flora and Fauna. Ziro Valley is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers as well as cultural vultures. Being a World Heritage Site, this valley gives you a chance to explore the culture and tradition of the tribe Apatani which is an exclusive experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Namdapha National Park
The park is a huge bundle of adventure that should not be missed while in Arunachal Pradesh. It is joyful and suitable to be visited with friends or family along with kids. The towering mountains, dense jungles, and many water bodies in the national park harbor an extensive range of wildlife species including snow leopard, red panda, and clouded leopard, and the park is thus considered to be one of the most excellent areas in terms of biodiversity.
Situated high above the hills is the Sela Pass which is situated at an elevation of around 13,700 feet. This wonderful place is beautiful and covered with snow, most times of the year. There are around 101 lakes around here and is also sacred to the Buddhists. Sela Lake or often known as the Paradise Lake that adds grace to the picturesqueness of the place. Sela Lake freezes during the winter which makes this lake dreamlike.
It is another beautiful offering of the state of Arunachal and is a hotspot for tourism. It is located amidst the scenic Mishmi Hills and offers a great deal to tourists throughout. You will find here wildlife sanctuary, museum, botanical garden, and quaint villages. the most popular attraction here remains the photogenic Glow Lake sitting against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, giving you a reason to stare at it in disbelief. You will experience both Culture and Nature here.
Popularly known as the 'Abode of Clouds', it is one of the pleasant hill stations in India that witnesses huge footfall throughout the year. Though it is a comparatively small state, it provides many sightseeing, activities, culture & festivals making it a destination, you cannot miss. It’s amazing how this small wonder is blessed with hills, valleys, lakes, caves and many waterfalls that make it a wonderful affair. Its capital is Shillong and it is an adventurous capital that allows you to have the best time of your life. Shillong has often been called the Scotland of the East. The Umiam Lake (also known as the Barapani Lake), is one of the primary reasons why Shillong is compared to Scotland, as the lake with rocky hills in the backdrop is reminiscent of Scotland’s Loch Lake.
Places to visit in Meghalaya
Living Root Bridges
The tropical forests of Meghalaya provide many wonders that are beyond your wildest imaginations. The Living Root Bridges engulfed in cloud and rain are some astonishing man-made natural wonders. Inventive members of the Khasi tribe have trained them to grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeast region. There are two places that you can see the bridges: near Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong.
This village is a wonderful gem in itself and has been named as the ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’. The village is one of the best example of community based Ecotourism. This village is acclaimed throughout Asia and they have also constructed a Sky View platform from bamboo atop the highest tree in the forest, nearly 80 feet up. It offers a bird's eye view of the village and panoramic view across to Bangladesh.
Situated in the west Jaintia Hills lay this beautiful border town of Dawki worth visiting for its pristine emerald Umngot River. It’s amazing how this border between Bangladesh and India isn’t so well guarded and allows the people from both sides to intermingle. It's possible to go on a picturesque boat ride along the river, which is said to be one of the cleanest on earth. If driving from Mawlynnong to Dawki, do stop at the magnificent Bophill Falls along the way.
Mawphlang Secret Forest
Located around 45 minutes southwest of Shillong is Mawphlang, home to a secret village with sacred grooves of the Khasi tribe. The forest is blessed with medicinal plants and many rituals are also performed here. It is a Khasi Heritage village with different styles of mock tribal huts. If you're feeling energetic and want to spend a day out in nature, having a trek around this forest can be a great idea.
It is a beautiful wonder and feels like the world ends from here and everything else is just gorge, vastly endless. The expanded gorge is also a great place for hiking activities too. The 350 or so inhabitants of this remote village rely on a rustic cable pulley to transport food and other essential goods up and down the valley.
It is a pure heaven and one of the most beautiful states of India blessed by Mother Nature. The place has recently been discovered and appreciated for its immense unending beauty and from then the rush to see its beauty has just doubled with time. Manipur promises to be the great tourist discovery as the state offer endless enjoyment and pleasure with its exotic landscape, undulating hills, green valleys, blue lakes and dense forests. Richly endowed with the natural beauty of waterfalls, lakes, streams, evergreen forests surrounded by nine sub-Himalayan ranges that attract the tourists from all over the world, Manipur is beautiful, calm and serene with it's most ecstatic simplicity. Its greenery with the moderate climate makes it attractive to tourists.
Places to visit in Manipur
The temple is dipped in rich history and the ethnic culture whose traces are still visible around here. It is a conical roof shrine which is abode of Lord Vishnu and was built in 1467. The temple body placed over the pedestal is made in two storeys. The roof is dome like made in a parabolic style with semicircular arches that holds the attention of the visitor due to its classic style. The exquisite beauty of the temple is worth seeing.
There are so many things that make it one of the best tourist sites inside Manipur. The lake is also known as the 'Floating Lake' and is among the biggest freshwater lakes found in the Northeastern region. It has got the name due to the floating diverse masses of vegetation, organic matter and soil deposited on it. These floating masses are known as Phumdis. It is found in the vicinity of Moirang in Manipur and spreads over the three districts of Thoubal, Imphal and Bishnupur.
Great for a ride and blessed with intriguing beauty, Senapati is another such place whose beauty explains the reason for its popularity. Around 80 percent of its area is covered in forest and is inhabited by the tribes that have been here for ages. The beautiful hamlet is a beautiful escape that your soul might be longing for. You could be spending the day exploring the woodland and in the evening spend time with locals, who knows may as well cook something special for you.
Rich in beauty and amazing splendor, Ukhrel is a paradise within the state of Manipur. The natural beauty here is very scenic and pristine and is the best place for those that seek refuge in between the nature. The natural beauty is such that you could meditate for hours and find peace of mind. When planning to spend time here, just have plenty of time in your hands as you might consider an extended stay. Trekking and tea garden visit are among the most common activities in Ukhrul.
Manipur has something for everyone and this place is the hub of adventure activity like trekking. Blessed with lakes, rivers and enveloped with banyan trees, the place has been grown like a garden with the locals having much interest in plantations. Alongside verdant greenery, you also get to enjoy local culture while touring landmarks like People’s Museum. This blend of nature and culture make it among the best among others.
The great climate of Mizoram is quite comfortable and a great place to escape the scorching heat of the summer. The vast culture and festivals of Mizoram has some irresistible charm and a must visit. The surrounding green, rich culture, age old heritage and the hills make you feel like you are in a different place altogether. There are plenty of sightseeing options to enhance your travel while the location itself is a sight to behold. Don't forget to stop by a tribal craftsman to get amazed by their unique talent and pick a traditional shawl for yourself as a memory of the trip.
Places to visit in Mizoram
It is located in the Chhimtuipui district near the Myanmar border, it is probably the highest peak in Mizoram which must be visited once in Mizoram. Dubbed as the ‘House of Gods’, this quaint hill station is rich in vibrant species of orchids, fragrant herbs, exotic fauna and colourful rhododendron. The panoramic views of the lush green hillocks spread across the region of Phawngpui and the bamboo groves enriched surroundings are must witness during your trip to Mizoram.
Memorial of Chhingpui
A symbol of eternal love, this memorial is located on the Aizawal to Lunglei road and is something that you must not afford to miss. There is a story behind its story that makes it interesting. There was a very beautiful lady in this region whose name was Chhingpuii and she was happily married to a man named Kaptluanga. An incident took the wife’s life and the husband too took his own life as his love for her was beyond limits. , This monument today reminds the legendary love story of Chhingpuii and Kaptluanga.
It is another lively waterfall located in Serchhip district of Mizoram and is situated around 137 km from Aizawl. The surrounding and the waterfall itself create an unforgettable charm which must be seen atleast once. Vantawang Falls is claimed to be the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in the state. The fall is located in Vanva River near Thenzawl and is surrounded by lush greenery and rocky terrain.
Located quite close to the waterfall of Vantawang, Thenzawal is a small town known for its grassy slopes and tranquil environment. It is a flat area where one can see translucent green paddy fields meeting the horizon with various shades of wild flowers. Head to this place for capturing some of the best views and make your trip memorable.
It is situated near Phura Village at a distance of around 400 km from south of Aizawal. It is a beautiful Oval shaped natural lake. One of the most popular lakes in Mizoram, this beautiful waterbody covers an area of around 1 sq km and is surrounded by lush virgin forests. Apart from the scenic landscape the lake vicinity is also popular for housing exotic species of flora and fauna. Palak Lake is also considered as the stop-over for migrating Pintail Duck.
It is another Northeast wonder that is worth exploring and provides immense heritage and cultural angles that is sure to amaze you. Beautifully nestled amidst the green lush verdant sub tropical & sub alpine climate lies Nagaland, the green gem. Nagaland treasures an overabundance of wild flora and fauna and even some medicinal plants. Nagaland is a beautiful destination in India and it stores some popular places to visit. You can soak in the freshness of fine scent in the air, the calming yet buzzing sound of wild cicadas and beautiful rolling ranch lands and white fluffy clouds hovering above.
Places to visit in Nagaland
War Cemetery War
It is a historic site that was built in memory of the brave soldiers who died during the Japanese Invasion which occurred in the World War II. The memorial is home to around 1420 Commonwealth memorials which have bronze plates inscribed on them. This cemetery comprises around 1,100 British burials, 5 Canadian and 330 Indian burials. This cemetery preserves two prominent crosses at its highest and lowest points.
It is one of the most beautiful valleys that is situated in Kohima and is aheaven for the adventure seekers providing natural trekking trails. This valley is located at an altitude of 2,438 m above sea level. This entire valley is adorned with lilies, aconitum, euphorbia and multi-coloured rhododendrons. This valley is located 25 km away from Kohima and provides a beautiful sight of mountain ranges and rivulets.
These are the ruins that are of great historical significance and located in the capital of Dimapur. Kachari Ruins has various monoliths that reflect the rituals of the fertility cult. The scattered pieces of bricks and blocks of stone are believed to be remains of reservoirs, embankments and temples. Belonging to the ancient Kachari Capital.
The river is among the biggest and the longest in the Wokha District and is also known as the Dzu or Dzullu by the locals. Tsui, Tullo and Tishi are the main tributaries of this river. The Doyang River originates from the north and then turns towards east and meets the Saju River. The combined water of the Keleki and Tangki streams flow into the Tsui, whereas the Tishi joins the river in Sema area.
The Museum is an effort to highlight the lifelong diverse tribal habitats and the rich cultures of the local tribes of Nagaland. It is known for the preservation of some of the antique creations, which belong to the tribes inhabiting the region.This museum holds exhibit of the traditional dresses of the diverse tribes of Kohima, farm implements, gadgets for kitchen and beer mugs. Besides all these, it also displays carnelian, tourmaline and coral, which are the authentic precious stones.
Tripura is a gorgeous state which is rich in landscapes, waterfalls, majestic mountains and the pristine green surroundings that makes it a complete destination. It lies on the foothills of the Himalaya and has a long historical legacy that it carries with pride. The state exhibits a unique blend of traditional tribal culture with a little more modern Bengali culture, giving rise to a harmonious cultural ambience that you will not find anywhere else in the country. Tripura is more than just its breathtaking beauty; it is an illustration of a long and varied legacy of history and tradition, thus promising you a holiday you won’t forget anytime soon.
Places to visit in Tripura
The palace was previously located near Agartala but the earthquake destroyed it in the year 1897. It was reconstructed in 1901 AD by the Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya. A spectacular Mughal garden is the main attraction of this palace which comprises musical fountains, artificial lakes, verdant grassy blanket and the royal existence of majestic ancestry. So, if you’re planning a trip to Tripura, we would like to suggest you to visit this great attraction of Agartala.
It is another wonderful Palace which is situated in the centre of Rudrasagar Lake inside Tripura. The palace is too beautiful to be skipped and is visited by the tourists from over the world. This palace is known as Neermahal Palace which means water palace. Among the seven wonders of India, this Neermahal Palace is one wonder. Martin & Burns Co. was the founder of this palace which contains royal Antar Mahal, courtyard, guest room, playing room etc.
The Unakoti Tirtha located about 180 km from Tripura's capital, Agartala, and just about 8 km from the sub-divisional headquarters of Kailasahwar town, is a unique place which bears no resemblance to any other place in the country in terms of sheer grandeur and artistry. One less than a crore means Unakoti which indicates that number of rock carvings and murals of Hindu deity are available here. Basically, it is a Saivite pilgrimage where Gods and Goddess are stoned by the curse of Lord Shiva.
Situated in Agartala, this temple is situated in the center of the Ujjayanta Palace grounds. The exterior exhilarates beautiful Islamic architecture and the interior part of the temple is beautifully decorated in the Hindu Style. Lord Jagannath is the main deity of this temple but Balaram and Devi Subhadra is worshipped along with Jagannath Dev. It is a pilgrimage point in the Eastern India that is visited by many believers.
Tripura Government Museum
It is the ultimate answer to your query about Tripura and its immense history. In 1970, Tripura Government Museum was established for exhibiting Tripura culture and heritage. This museum is enriched with the unique collection of stone carvings, archeological objects of Tripura, old coins and many more. Even the travel enthusiast can experience many evidence of the past and present Tripura’s lifestyle.
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