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  • There are uncountable places to visit in North East India. Some are mostly untouched and as beautiful as the North, the South or the Western part of India. From rich diversity and a rare multitude of species, unique wildlife and the authentic tribal touch in all the eight states; this far eastern corner on the map of India is literally unexplored. North East India tourist places promise experiences found nowhere on earth with their extraordinary beauty.

    The hilltop monasteries, the meandering curves, the crystal clear water of rivers and falls and the thick stretches of green forests; North East India is brimming with landscapes and sceneries that you must see once in a lifetime. If you are looking for something off the grid and ready to take challenges then head to Arunachal Pradesh. The land in Arunachal Pradesh is largely undiscovered, also because of strict border rules and a dearth of proper roads and routes.

    Places like Tawang, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Bomdila, and Gorichen Peak etc are few of the known places with working roads to travel to. Imagine yourself sitting atop an Elephant while you come face to face with a Rhino in Kaziranga. The crystal clear pools of Dawki and Majuli look celestial and lures travelers in taking a dive. The evening boat rides in lakes like Maswani and Nagula are calming and give you a sense of isolation.

    A simple walk with lamas and monks of Bomdila monastery and Tawang can be life-altering. The village walks in Dibrugarh and Mon will give an insight of the region and slow life that unfurls in the mountains. Northeastern corridor of India has unhindered landscapes and nature, there is still time for it to become commercial and before that a trip to all the eight states is mandatory.
  • Places to Visit in Sikkim

  • 01Gangtok

    This cloudy paradise is simply enticing, exuberant and the gateway to Northeast. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and a trekking hub. The site of Mt. Kanchenjunga is cherished from Gangtok, and mountaineers who are on their expedition to climb the Eastern Himalayas make it a base town. 

    Travellers can also spot the pristine site of river Teesta and can travel to many points like the famous Tsomgo Lake, Rumtek monastery, Nathula Pass, Tashi viewpoint and Ban Jhakri falls etc. The view of Kanchenjunga during sunrise or sunset is commendable, it shines like a series of Golden Peaks.  

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Places to visit: Nathula pass, Goechala, Tsomgo lake

    Best for: trekking enthusiasts, photographers, nature lovers.

    Location: Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

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  • 02Goechala

    Goechala

    This is a ‘must-do’ trek in Sikkim and the fact that you encounter the big mountains of Himalayan range face-to-face keeps the trail flocked throughout the spring season. This Goechala trek enables trekkers to witness the magnanimous Himalayan summits, more than 14 in number. 

    The next best part is the orange stricken skyline around Mt. Kanchenjunga and the peak glitters in a golden shade. It is a tough trek but this pass dwells at a height of 16,200 ft. which is worth an experience.   

    Best time to visit: Between March and April.

    Distance covered on the trek: Approximately 90 KM to and fro.

    Timings: It takes around 10 to 12 days to do the entire trek.

    Price: Approximately under INR 16,000.

    Grade level: Moderate to Difficult

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  • 04Kanchenjunga

    Kanchenjunga

    Kanchenjunga is one of the famous peaks in the Himalayan belt and trekking to its base camp is equally an adventure. The Kanchenjunga base camp is located at an elevation of 28169 ft. above sea level. 

    It is a cherished trek among adventure enthusiasts where you get to witness a range of peaks along with the five great massifs of Kanchenjunga. The other peaks are Frey Peak, Kok Tang, Kabru Peak, Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome.

    Best time to visit: Mid March to May and mid-September to October.

    Distance covered on the trek: Approximately 90 KM to and fro.

    Timings: It takes around 11 Day to do the entire trek.

    Price: The prices may differ from operator to operator, approximately under INR 15 thousand. 

    Grade level: Moderate

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  • 05Tsomgo Lake

    The winding roads which make a 38 km long journey from Gangtok to reach an altitude of 12,400 ft are ethereally beautiful. The lake at such an elevation flaunts its stillness in the most surreal settings of Himalayan peaks encircling it. 

    The snow-clad mountains are the main source for the water in Lake as it melts from the mountains. In winters, this placid lake can also be snow-covered and while you travel to Tsomgo, do not forget to learn the stories which are linked to this lake. It is a different experience altogether.

    Best time to visit: Best to visit in winter for enjoying a Yak safari on the frozen lake, from October to March. 

    Distance from bus stand: Around 40 KM from Gangtok.

    Timings: There is no particular time to visit however, ropeway cable car operations can only enjoy from  8 AM to 3 PM

    Price: A shared taxi from Gangtok to Tsomgo will cost INR 400 per person.

    Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Tathangchen Area, Gangtok 737101, India

  • 06Pelling

    Pelling is gaining popularity with each passing year and the next big attraction after Gangtok. Pelling is a town in the West district of Sikkim at an elevation of 2000 meters and is a paradise for peace-seekers. You can indulge in activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, village walks etc. 

    It is becoming one of the places to visit in North East India to enjoy some of the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. There are various places in Pelling that you should definitely visit when you go to North East.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year, while winters are freezing, summers are pleasant.
     
    Distance from bus stand: It is around 120 Km from Gangtok.

    Timings: It will take 5 to 6 hours to reach from Gangtok. Two nights are enough to explore the place but you can stay there for 4 or 5 days as well.

    Price: Taxi fares depends on your bargaining skills. Expected cost can be around INR 3000 for hiring a private taxi.

    Location: West district, Sikkim, India.

  • 07Yuksom

    This small village is situated near Kanchenjunga National Park and boasts of matchless natural beauty. It is in the western Sikkim region which serves as a hotspot to adventurous souls as it enables easy access to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga. 

    It is home to some of the offbeat North East India tourists places like Dubdi and Sangachoeling monasteries, Khecheopalri Lake, Tendong Hill and the Menam Hill etc. Other attractions in Yuksom are Kathok Wodsallin Gompa, Tashi Tenka, Dubdi Gompa, and Norbugang Park etc.

    Best time to visit: From March to June.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 125 KM from Gangtok.

    Timings: Any time.

    Price: No entry fee. 

    Location: Yuksom, West-Sikkim, Sikkim, India

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  • 08Nathula Pass

    The old silk road that once used by merchants and traders is at an elevation of 14450 ft. above sea level on the Indo-Tibetan border. The temperature at Nathula is always freezing regardless of the season and the entire region is rich in Himalayan flora and fauna. It is one of the famous places to visit in North East India can be easily travelled from the capital city Gangtok.

    Best time to visit: March to October is the time when the temperature would be high compared to any of the winter months. But if you like snow, winter is the best season. 

    Distance from bus stand: Around 58 Km from Gangtok, can take a shared cab. 

    Timings: The cabs stop running after 1 PM mostly so morning is when you can leave for the pass. 

    Price: The shared taxi may cost between INR 400 to INR 700 per person.

    Location: Gangtok 737101, India

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  • 09Singalila National Park

    This alluring National Park is situated at a height of 7000 feet above the sea level, covering an area of 79 sq km of land. The Rhododendron forests, rare species of Orchids and Alpine trees are home to a plethora of species in plants and animals like Himalayan Leopard, Elephant, Pangolin, Chinkara along with Primula, Bamboo, Magnolia,  Oak, Rhododendron etc.

    It is a famous trekking destination as it makes a major part of the Singalila range and can be best traversed on a Jeep Safari.

    Best time to visit: From March to May and mid-September to October.

    Distance from bus stand: It is around 35 KM from Darjeeling and around 122 KM from Gangtok.

    Timings: The park remains closed from June to September, besides, can visit the rest of the year.

    Price: A state bus from Darjeeling will cost under INR 50 and Taxi can cost around INR 1000. 

    Location: Singalila National Park 734101, India

  • Places to Visit in Meghalaya

  • 10Mawlynnong Village, Shillong

    It was acclaimed to be Asia’s cleanest village in 2003, this village is an excellent example of sustainable and eco-friendly living. Even the dustbins are made of Bamboo just like the sky tower which is around 85 ft. 

    The trek to the Living Root Bridge starts from Mawlynnong Village and it is one of those North East India tourist places which is in everyone’s itinerary. This pretty village is spotless clean outlined with thatched Khasi huts. The village is very close to Bangladesh and around 100 KM from Shillong and is really the cleanest village in India.

    Best time to visit: All around the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 100 KM from Shillong city centre.

    Timings: Stay for at least a day at the village.

    Price: Transport charge from Shillong to Mawlynnong village may vary depending on your mode.

    Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001, India.

  • 11Cherrapunji and Mawsynram

    These are the wettest places in India and both are located within a distance of 16 km. However, Mawsynram is the wettest among both with a recorded annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres, making Cherrapunji the second wettest place in India that receives an average annual rainfall of 11,777 millimetres. 

    Both are located on the Southern side of East Khasi hills and is beautiful during and post-monsoon with innumerable waterfalls and mist-laden valleys.

    Best time to visit: Each season is beautiful in its own way but it is best visited anytime between September to November.

    Distance from bus stand: Mawsynram is around 60 KM from Shillong and Cherrapunji is 15 KM from Mawsynram.

    Timings: Day travelling is always a better option.

    Price: Depends on the mode of transport you chose to travel.

    Location: Mawsynram Village, Cherrapunji, Shillong, India

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  • 12Umiam Lake

    This man-made reservoir is situated 5 kilometres north of Shillong and is a mesmerizing spot that can be visited throughout the year. Spread over 222 square kilometres, it is surrounded by dense stretches of coniferous forests. 

    People often indulge in various kinds of boating on this lake and the park nearby serves best to every age. The beauty of the lake is enhanced by the encircling Khasi hills which bestow the travellers with unparalleled landscapes and views.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between October and May.

    Distance from bus stand: It is around 17 KM from Shillong.

    Timings: Go between 9 AM to 5 PM for trying various watersport. 

    Price: There is no entry cost for the lake, however, different water sports rates are as follows - Pedal Boating/ Canoeing/ Kayaking-  INR 20 per head for 30 minutes. Scooter- INR 50, Skiing- INR 200, Yachting- INR 100, River Bus- INR 50 etc.

    Location: Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh, India

  • 13Dawki River

    The crystal clear river in Dawki is known as Umngot river and is famous for its transparent visibility. The place is nestled in the West Jantai hill that has an active tourism and every year people visit Dawki to boat around this iconic river where the river bed is unbelievably clear. 

    It is one of the places in North East India which enables a view of both Jaintia and Khasi hills. The suspension bridge and the diveable river hotbeds can lure you into entering the water to take a dip.

    Best time to visit: September to April. 

    Distance from bus stand: Around 86 KM from Shillong.

    Timings: It can be visited any time of the day. 

    Price: There is no entry cost but you can indulge in boat rides with the best-bargained prices.

    Location: Dawki bridge, Tamabil, Wah Umngot 793103, India

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  • 14Laitlum Canyon

    The name Laitlum literally stands for “The end of hills,” or “the end of the world.” Laitlum Canyon is situated in the East Khasi hills enabling a vast and panoramic view of the entire valley of canyons. These picturesque rocky formations are a delight to trekkers, nature lovers, photographer, and adventurers. 

    The place is quite secluded and is not accessed by the mundane but the beauty of Laitlum Canyon is unique, unparalleled and incomparable. The place is mostly visited in morning hours and carrying your camera is ‘must.’

    Best time to visit: Sunset, around 4 to 5 PM. 

    Distance from bus stand: Around 24 KM from Shillong and it takes around an hour journey to reach.

    Timings: Everyday from 7 AM to 5 PM.

    Price: Entry is free.

    Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

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  • 15Double Decker Living Root Bridge

    It is a speciality of Khasi tribe to fasten the roots of Banyan trees to create bridges over rivers and streams. Double Decker Living Root Bridge is a perfect example of their skills of braiding the roots where two single bridges where one is stacked over another. 

    The bridge is a man-made cum natural wonder where the entanglement of roots is taking place for centuries and it is grown in the form of decks.

    Best time to visit: Avoid monsoon, post-monsoon starting from September is the perfect time to go.

    Distance from bus stand:  Around 68 KM from Shillong

    Timings: Visitors can visit it any time of the day.

    Price: INR 20 for adults and INR 10 for children.

    Location: Nongriat Village, Cherrapunjee, India

  • 16Nohkalikai Falls

    It takes a plunge from a height of 1100 ft. and is known as the fourth highest waterfall in the world. It is just a 5 KM drive away from Cherrapunji and a short trekking trail to reach the ultramarine pool. 

    The enchanting sight of Noh Ka Likai falls can be best savoured from the viewing gallery. It is mostly covered in mist during monsoon and winters, best to be visited in the spring.

    Best time to visit: Post monsoon is the perfect time to see volumes of water taking a plunge from that height. Mostly, from September to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 55 KM from Shillong.

    Timings: 24 hours. 

    Price: Entry is free of cost.

    Location: Sohra, Meghalaya 793108, India, Cherrapunji

  • 17Mawsmai Cave

    This cave is one of the many caves in Northeast India which has enough light passing for the travellers to see the limestone structures and uneven walls. 

    This natural marvel has undergone years of abrasion and underground water exposures that the stalactites and stalagmites are carved out in a various structure that leaves you spellbound. Being the only lit cave in Meghalaya, Mawsmai cave is a crowd puller.

    Best time to visit: anytime between November and March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 60 KM from Shillong

    Timings: 7 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: INR 20 per adult and INR 10 for children.

    Location: Shella Road, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya 793108

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  • Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh

  • 18Tawang Monastery

    This monastery is located in Tawang, a mountain town situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Tawang Monastery is a significant monument in Arunachal Pradesh, popular as the birthplace of Dalai Lama and the largest Buddhist monastery in the entire country.  

    Perched at a height of 3048 meters above sea level, the picturesque and scenic town of Tawang is also known as Dawang and is populated with monks. The monastery is recognized as the second largest in the world after Lhasa and is 400 years old. It is the first place in North East India tourist places that are hit by the travellers who enter the town of Tawang.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between November to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 8.5 KM.

    Timings: Open from 7 AM to 7 PM, mostly closed on Wednesdays.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Location: Cona, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh 790104

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  • 19Nuranang Falls

    Plummeting from an elevation of about 100 meters, Nuranang falls is a pristine waterfall hidden in the thick forest stretches on your journey from Tawang to Bomdila. This virgin waterfall is famous as BTK, Bap Teng Kang waterfalls and can be located on the way through Tawang towards Zemithang. 

    It is one of the places in Northeast India that defines the hidden beauty of the region with its crystal clear pools and green surroundings.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between February to November.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 82 KM. 

    Timings: You can do a day trip to Nuranang falls as it requires trekking in the forest. Night trekking can be dangerous and risky, therefore best to go during the day. 

    Price: It is free of charge.

    Location: West Kameng District, Tawang 790104, Arunachal Pradesh India

  • 20Gorichen Peak

    On your way from Bomdila to Tawang, you will enjoy the magnificent vistas of the Gorichen Peak. It is one of the toughest treks in the northeastern part of India as the peak is located at a height of 22,500 feet between Tawang and West Kameng districts. 

    Gorichen peak is roughly 164 kilometre from Tawang Town, and it shares its border with China in the North. Another name for Gorichen Peak is Sa-Nga Phu, which according to the native tribe Monpa is a sacred peak that protects them from all the evils.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between April to October.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 165 KM. 

    Timings: Around 20 to 22 days climb and trek to the top of the peak. 

    Price: Varies from operators to operators. 

    Location: Between Tawang and West Kameng districts, 164 kilometres from Tawang Townships, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

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  • 21Nagula Lake

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    One of the prettiest sights of Tawang, this lake is a must visit in Arunachal Pradesh. The high-altitude lake, which is situated at nearly 4300 feet, is a picturesque natural body with a fascinating ambience. Natural life flourishes all around the shores of the lake, making it a very good place to enjoy the serenity and calm reflection.

    The lake is frozen through most part of the year except in the summer months from April to May. You can easily trek up to the lake and have a fun-filled picnic by its shores.

    Best time to visit: April to May

    Timings: Visitors can visit it any time of the day.

    Price: Entry to the lake is free of cost.

    Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

  • 22Roing

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    Roing is situated in the lower Dibang valley as a district headquarter. The place is cherished for its placid lakes, snow-clad mountains, raging river, archaeological sites and deep gorge with numerous waterfalls.

    It is inhibited majorly by two tribes- Adi-Padam and Idu-Mishmi Tribes. It is one of the ideal Places to visit in North East India if you are looking to indulge in activities like angling, rafting, trekking and rock climbing etc.

    Best time to visit:  Anytime between October to March. You may found pre-monsoon showers in the month of April.

    Places to visit: Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhismaknagar Fort, Mehao Lake, Nehru Van Udyan, Deopani River, Iphi-Panighat etc.

    Best for: Nature lovers, landscape photographers, and adventure seekers

    Location: Arunachal Pradesh | India


  • 23Bomdila Monastery

    This monastery is home to Lamas and Monks and was inaugurated in the year 1965. It is one of the main attractions in Bomdila because of its significance and believes that it is the exact replica of a monastery situated in Tsonga in South Tibet named Tsona Gontse Monastery. 

    The monastery has a peaceful prayer hall and a beautiful Buddha temple dwells in the premises. It is one of the primary attractions of Arunachal Pradesh which is located at an elevation of 8500 feet and surrounded by the grace of mighty Himalayas.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year, but best to visit between September to October and February to April.

    Distance from bus stand: It is 160 KM from Tezpur in Assam and around 170 KM Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Timings: Anytime during the day.

    Price: Free of cost.

    Location: Cona, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh 790001

  • 24Ziro Village

    Ziro is the flat land amidst the sky jutted mountains with around five villages where the highest population is of the Apatani tribe. This tribe is friendly and Ziro serves as a perfect ground for celebrating the music fest every year. The verdant rice field, the in-line tribal huts, the vibrant and colourful attires and accessories of the Tribal people.

    If you have time, go shopping for handmade crafts by Apatani people, clothes and Bamboo items like bamboo baskets etc. It is a place where you can go and stay for days in complete solace.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year. Ziro Music festival is celebrated mostly in the month of September and October. 

    Distance from bus stand: It is around 110 KM from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh.

    Timings: Traveling in the mountains are best done during the day. At least 2 days are required to explore Ziro. 

    Price: Depends on your mode of transport. 

    Location: Ziro 791120 Arunachal Pradesh

  • 25Namdapha National Park, Itanagar

    Namdapha National park is the third largest national park in the country area wise. It serves as an abode to the rarest of floras and faunas and the many endangered species. You can trek, hike or set out on a jungle safari to spot Indian Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Black Bear, and Bison etc. Take a refreshing ride to places like Haldibari, Deba, Bulbulia Camping site, Hornbill and Motijheel etc.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between October to March or April.

    Distance from bus stand: Tinsukia is 115 KM from district Changlang.

    Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM

    Price: INR 50 per Indian adult and INR 75 for still Camera. Foreigners are to pay INR 350 for entry.

    Location: Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India

  • 26Siang River Rafting

    From moderate to difficult rapids, river Siang gives you the adventure to row your rafts in grade 3 and 4 level rapids and riffles. The river is wild and the rafts see huge drops with raging speed, thrilling the rafters to the core. 

    The river runs through several tribal settlements on its course and for doing the entire Siang river course, you must have an experience as a rafter with such high-level grades. The rivers like Brahmaputra, Siang and Subansiri etc in Arunachal Pradesh are fed with snow throughout the year so the water can be freezing cold.

    Best time to visit: Early November to March end

    Grade level: Grade 3 and above.

    Timing: Require at least 1 to 2 hours.

    Price: Depends from vendors to vendors, ranges from INR 2500 to 4500.

    Location or route: Dibrugarh-Yingkiong- and pass through Pasighat

  • Places to Visit in Tripura

  • 27Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala

    The entire city of Agartala unfurls around this lavishly designed architectural marvel of the Northeastern part of India. Ujjayanta Palace dates back to the year 1901 and from the public halls to the reception hall, from the library to the Chinese rooms; every edge gives a true sense of royalty.

    The lush greenery of vast gardens is well complemented with a rippling lake. It serves as a pretty museum to the travellers who come to Tripura all the way from their homes.

    Best time to visit: October to March

    Distance from bus stand: Around 3 KM from Agartala

    Timings: Opens from 11 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Mondays. 

    Price: INR 10 per person.

    Location: Palace Compound, Agartala, Tripura

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  • 28Tripura Sundari Temple

    This old Hindu shrine is situated around 55 km from Agartala town and is said to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The outer upper edifice is a dome structure where the square type sanctum is worshipped, more like a typical Bengali hut. 

    Flocks of tourists and locals visit this temple in lakhs during Diwali every year. It is one of the religious places to visit in North East India and one of the few temples of Goddess Kali in India.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Almost around 60 KM from Agartala.

    Timings: Opens for visitors from 6 AM to 10 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: Entry is free of cost.

    Location: Fulkumari, Udaipur, Tripura 799013

  • 29Jagannath Temple

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    This is a famous temple in Tripura which dates back to the 19th century and was built by Manikya Dynasty. The temple is dedicated to God Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. It is suggested to go during the month of June to witness the famous Rath Yatra. 

    Keep your camera handy because this temple is a sight to the sore eyes.  Jagannath Temple is truly one of those North East India tourist places which are always flocked with religious souls.

    Best time to visit: Go in June and join or witness the famous Rath Yatra, being celebrated at the temple. 

    Distance from bus stand: Approximately 1 KM from Agartala main city.

    Timings: It is open throughout the week, every day from 4 AM to 2 PM and then from 4 PM to 9 PM. Join the evening prayers for the best experiences.

    Price: entry is free.

    Location: Near Jagannath Dighi Tank, Agartala, India

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  • 30Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is said to be the biodiversity heaven of Tripura for the plethora of animals and plants that dwell within this protected belt. There is a bio-complex, a zoo, a deer park and a Botanical garden within the sanctuary premises. 

    It has around 456 species of plants, with animal species like Barking Deer, Pigtailed macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur, Spectacled monkey, Slow loris, Clouded leopard, Civets, Jungle fowl, Wild pig, etc.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between September to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 25 KM from Agartala.

    Timings: Open from 10 AM to 4 PM on all days of the week except Friday.

    Price: INR 3 for adults and INR 1 for children. Still, cameras can be taken inside by paying a fee of INR 10.

    Location: Uttar Charilam, Tripura 799102
  • 31Rudrasagar Lake

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    The lake is situated in the Sipahijala district, in the Melaghar block. It is considered one of the wetlands for conservation and sustainable use by looking at its environs and rich flora and fauna. On the northeast bank of the lake, NeerMahal was constructed by the king of Tripura during the mid-30s. 

    The water is surrounded by the lake water and most of the tourist come to visit the palace and go boating in the lake.

    Best time to visit: Somewhere between July and August, a boat race is organized on this lake. Besides that, it can also be visited from October to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 65 KM from Agartala.

    Timings: The lake can be visited from Neer Mahal which is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: Lake is a free of cost visit but a simple boat ride costs INR 20 per head. 

    Location: Near Neermahal Palace, Agartala, India

  • Places to Visit in Mizoram

  • 32Reiek Heritage Village

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    This hilltop village is a birdwatcher’s delight and photographers favourite spot. Mizo hills in the background give ample opportunities for trekking. 

    Among the many North East India tourist places, Mizoram is an underrated hill station and Reiek Heritage village is now breaking the barriers with its contrasting landscape of the steep rocky cliffs and the virgin forests. It is well connected with cities like Aizawl, Silchar, Guwahati etc.

    Best time to visit: Any time of the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Aizwal is the closest town which is around 30 KM from Reiek Heritage village.

    Timings: Open in the daytime.

    Price: Entry is free of cost.

    Location: Aizawl, India

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  • 33Khawnglung Wildlife

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    It is nestled at an elevation of 1300 meters and spread across an area of 35 sq km in the Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary. The dense forest is rich in a wide range of species  hoolock, gibbon, serow, barking deer, sambar deer and leopard, Sambhar, Hoolock Gibbon, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Wild Boar

    Best time to visit: Anytime between November to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 170 KM from Aizawl.

    Timings: 7.00 AM - 6.00 PM on all days of the week except Public holidays.

    Price: Depends on the safari you opt for.

    Location: Lunglei, Aizawl, India

  • 34Vantawng Falls

    Vantawng fall is a well-kept secret of the hilly state of Mizoram and is the highest waterfall of the state. It is one of the best sites in Mizoram and a testament to the hidden treasures of Northeast. 

    It originates from Vanva River near Thenzawl and is tucked away in a green setting of valleys and mountains, almost over a hundred kilometres from the city of Aizawl.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between September to January.

    Distance from bus stand: Approximately 137 KM from Aizawl.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Price: Free of entry charge.

    Location: Serchhip District, Thenzawl, Vanva River, Aizawl, India
  • 35Solomon's Temple

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    This holy church was founded in the year 1984 to disseminate the teachings of God in the Mizo people. The temple is quite big for the population of Mizoram where the courtyard can accommodate around 1000 visitors and the main hall has a capacity of around 2000 people. 

    The temple has a natural park where people often spend their time in peace with squirrels and birds.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place during festivals like Easter, Good Friday, and Christmas.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 8 to 10 KM. 

    Timings: 10 AM to 4:30 PM

    Price: Entry is free of charge.

    Location: Chawlhhmun, Aizawl, India

  • 36Durtlang Hills

    It bestows the travellers with a magnificent view of the entire Aizawl city. Take enjoyable walks along the hill slopes and cherish the rural scenes. You may come across small waterfalls on your way up if you are visiting during monsoon or post monsoon.

    The greenery will take your breath away, and the panoramic view of the entire town is excellent. If you are in Mizoram, this climb is easy and really rewarding.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Approximately 35 KM from Aizawl city.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Price: Free of cost.

    Location: North Aizawl, Aizawl, India

  • Places to Visit in Nagaland

  • 37Dimapur

    Dimapur has a past relevance and significance to the Kachari tribe who used to inhibit the territory in the 13th century. The place is evidential to the strong presence of the tribe. Dimapur is a fast growing town, also because of the presence of an Airport. 

    The place is bordered with hills and vegetation on one side and hemmed in by Dhansiri river on another. There are myriads of local attractions and nearby places to go like Kachari ruins, triple falls etc.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between October to June.

    Places to visit: Kachari ruins, Triple falls, the Nagaland Science Centre and Zoological Park.

    Best for: Historical buffs, Architecture admirers, and Foodies.

    Location: Dimapur, Nagaland, India

  • 38Kohima Museum

    If you are interested in knowing the history, culture, lifestyle, and tribes of  Nagaland than there is no better place than visiting Kohima Museum. Furthermore, there are antiques,  crafts, and gadgets used by the tribes to meet their daily chores on exhibit. 

    The different types of huts are on display of different tribal settlements. The dialects used by different tribes and clan motifs, along with musical instruments and utensils made of Buffalo horns and bamboos are some of the interesting things in Kohima Museum.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year, mornings are the best to avoid the rush.

    Distance from bus stand: It is around 600 meters from the Bus stand in Kohima.

    Timings: Open on all days of the week from 9:30 AM to 3 PM except Sunday.

    Price: INR 5 per adult and INR 20 for still camera.

    Location: Upper Bayavü Hill, Kohima, Nagaland 797121

  • 39Mokokchung

    After Kohima and Dimapur, the third prominent district is Mokokchung which is also home to Ao Naga. The fascinating mountain villages with vibrantly different people in their attires and traditions following their daily routine can be enjoyed and witnessed in this offbeat location.

    Mokokchung is called as the “intellectual and cultural capital of Nagaland.” The best time to visit is Christmas as the entire population of Ao Naga have taken up Christianity as their faith so the festival is celebrated with utter joy.  

    Best time to visit: Anytime between October to June

    Places to visit: Mopungchuket, Langpangkong, Ungma village, Chuchuyimlang, and Molung village.

    Suggested time required to visit: At least one to two days.

    Best for: Offbeat escapes

    Location: Mokokchung, Nagaland, India.

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  • 40Mon

    Mon is home of Konyak Nagas who are famous as the headhunting tribe in Nagaland, they are friendly though. You will still find some of the people of the tribe with tattooed face and blackened teeth. 

    Mon is a very interesting village in the far eastern corner of Nagaland and has so many stories of their ancestors and their lifestyle that you might end up shooting a documentary with them.

    Best time to visit: Anytime in the year. Suggested months are from October to May.

    Places to visit: Veda Peak, Shangyu, and Longwa village

    Best for: Historical buffs, Culture exploration, Nature and peace-seeker.

    Location: Mon Village, Nagaland 798621

  • 41Khonoma Green Village

    It is a popular site to witness some of the unique agricultural techniques that include terraced farming. It is situated about half an hour from the city of Kohima and is rich in forestlands used by rare species of plants and animals. 

    As you gradually move closer to the village the terrain will become hilly, sometimes rugged sometimes green. The natural beauty of the place is still unhindered and that is the charm of this village.

    Best time to visit: Anytime in the year. Suggested months are from October to May

    Distance from bus stand: It is located 20 KM from Kohima.

    Timings: 24 hours, daytime is suggested.

    Best for: Trekking enthusiasts and Photographers.

    Location: Khonoma, Nagaland 797002

  • 42Doyang River, Wokha

    You can enjoy a picnic or several water activities like fishing and boating on the longest river of Nagaland. Before entering the Wokha district, it comes from the North, flows in the East and meets Saju river. 

    It has three main tributaries- Tsui, Tullo and Tishi and the Angami people fondly call as Dzu or Dzulu as it first rises from their area.

    Best time to visit: October to February is the best time.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 30 KM

    Timings: Anytime during the day.

    Price: Depends on the activities you do. Your visit can even be free of cost if you just plan to sit by the river.

    Location: Assam Valleys | Near Pangti Village, Wokha, India

  • Places to Visit in Assam

  • 43Majuli Island

    The world’s largest river island spans over an area of 1250 sq. km and is so fascinating that It is a strong contender in the UNESCO Heritage sites list. 

    Majuli calls the cultural capital of Assam and is inhibited by tribal people whose occupation is mostly fishing. Majuli heavily relies on waterways so do not forget to take motorboat or ferry ride.

    Best time to visit: July to March

    Distance from bus stand: Around 20 KM from Jorhat city. 

    Timings: The ferry timings are 8 AM, 10 PM, 1 PM and 3 PM. These ferries run from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat to Kamalabari Ghat in Majuli.

    Price: INR 30 per person.

    Location: Majuli, Assam

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  • 44Kamakhya Temple

    Kamakhya temple is one of the ancient and highly worshipped temples of Northeast. Set atop Nilachal hills, this unique temple has recognized and celebrated the biological process of menstruation in women since forever. 

    The temple is dedicated to Kamakhya Devi who is also called as the “bleeding goddess.” The story of its origin revolves around a story that involves Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year. To observe the festival of Ambubachi, visit in Monsoon season.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 13 KM from the main Bus stand in Guwahati.

    Timings: Opens for worshippers between 8 AM to 1 PM and 2:30 to 5:30 PM.

    Price: free of cost.

    Location: Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam 781010

    Assam has ample things to do that is loved by every traveller. Check them out here.
  • 45Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    This undisturbed acres long stretch of forests and marshlands is located in the heart of Assam and is visited by hordes of tourists every year. The notable one-horned Rhino is a major attraction in Kaziranga which is an endangered species in the world. 

    Other than that Elephants, wild water buffaloes and Swamp Deers can also be seen on a safari. You can either book an Elephant Safari or Jeep safari to explore the park. It is declared  UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the pride of Assam.

    Best time to visit: November to April, the park is closed during monsoon months.

    Distance from bus stand: It is located about 195 KM from Guwahati

    Timings: Jeep and Elephant safaris can be enjoyed from 7:30 in the morning till 10 AM and 1:30 or 3 PM till sunset. 

    Price: The entry fee for Indian is INR 100, there is a toll for road or river cruise which is 300 and Elephant safari can be enjoyed at around  INR 380 to 580 per person. 

    Location: Kanchanjuri, Assam 784177

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  • 46Dibrugarh

    Dibrugarh is the largest tea producing district located on the upper Assam area, right on the banks of river Brahmaputra. The lush green tea gardens and the vastness of Brahmaputra attract hordes of tourists to Dibrugarh every year. 

    It is considered to be one of the perfect lands for tea plantation in the entire Northeastern region. It is one of the ideal places to visit in North East India for Tea shopping.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year. 

    Places to visit: Dehing Satra, Koi Aai Than, Barbarua Maidam, Namdapha National park and various tea estates etc.

    Best for: Offbeat escapes , river activities, Tea connoisseurs.

    Location: Northernmost tip of Assam.

  • 47Brahmaputra River

    The longest river of North East India is boisterous and the lifeline of the region. It is the main river for all the tributaries like Subansiri, Teesta, Dibang, Dhansiri, Lohit etc. The Brahmaputra is a major source of Swamps of Assam like Majuli island. It is navigable in the plains of Northeast India like Guwahati but a major portion is hidden between the towering Himalayas.

    Best time to visit: Avoid monsoon, it has a history of causing floods in the region especially during monsoons.

    Distance from bus stand: You can go on a boat ride in Guwahati on river Brahmaputra.

    Timings: A boat tour can be enjoyed during sunset.
      
    Tributaries: Subansiri, Teesta, Dibang, Dhansiri, Lohit, Kameng, Manas etc.

    Location: Tibet, India, Bangladesh.
  • Places to Visit in Manipur

  • 48Loktak Lake

    This lake is famous for its numerous small floating islands which are locally famous as ‘Phumdis.’ Loktak lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in North East India and is home to the world's only floating National park - Keibul Lamjao National Park. 

    It is located in the Bishnupur district of Manipur and the floating swamps can be toured on a fisherman's boat. It is a nature lover's paradise where you can indulge in birdwatching, witnessing he endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer, Sangai and photographing more than 425 species of animals and 100 species of birds. It is one of the must-go places to visit in North East India.

    Best time to visit: Anytime between October to March.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 53 KM from Imphal city.

    Timings: The most preferred is 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: Free of entry charge.

    Location: Loktak Lake, Moirang, Manipur, 795133, India

  • 49Shri Govindji Temple

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath and dates back to the year 1876, almost 130 years old. The beauty of this ancient temple is dotted with two small ponds named Radha Kunj and Krishna Kunj. 

    The Golden domes of the temple are visible from quite a distance and you are even allowed to photograph this place. If you are interested in history and architecture, it can be an informative stopover which is situated right next to Kangla Fort.

    Best time to visit: Early morning Aarti ceremony.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 2 KM from Imphal city.

    Timings: 5 AM to 12 PM and then 4 PM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: Free of entry charge.

    Location: Wangkhei Keithel Ashangbi, Imphal East, Manipur, 795005, India

  • 50Imphal Valley

    This oval shaped canyon is situated an hour drive away from the city and is incredibly scenic. This valley owes its beauty to the confluence of several small river streams from the neighbouring hills, giving a unique colour to the river and scenery. 

    The famous Loktak lake is one of the lakes and swamps of the Southern side of the valley. The valley is picture-perfect and you can click endless selfies, the frame will always look bright and beautiful.

    Best time to visit: Early in the morning or evening, throughout the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 30 KM away from Imphal city.

    Timings: Any time of the day.

    Price: No entry cost but transport charges will cost you depending on the mode you chose.

    Location: Near Loktak Lake, Imphal, India

  • 51Kangla Fort

    Kangla fort is located right on the banks of Imphal river. It holds a strong significance and importance in the history of the North Eastern region and that is why it is always flocked with tourists. 

    It spans across an area of 237 acres of land and has seen reigns of multiple kings in the past. The state government opened this fort to Public in the year 2004 adding up to the list of places to visit in North East India.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Distance from bus stand: Around 2 KM from Imphal city.

    Timings: Opens from 7 AM till 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Price: INR 2 per person.

    Location: Near Bank of Imphal River, Imphal East, Manipur, 795010, India

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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