Exploring The Northeast India : 50 Must Visit Tourist Destinations In The North East India

The Northeast states of India, with their rolling hills, green valleys and bubbling rivers, and mesmerizing aura, are popular with tourists across the globe. The states are also known for their cultural diversity and heritage.

Exploring The Northeast India : 50 Must Visit Tourist Destinations In The North East India
Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in the northeast

Must Visit Places in North East India

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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 and it is one of the famous places to visit in North East India. 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: It is located about 193 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

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

The winding roads which make a 37 km long journey from Gangtok to reach an altitude of 12,400 ft are ethereally beautiful and it is one of the best places to visit in North East India 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: Around 37 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

Agartala, Tripura

Agartala, Tripura

Agartala | #15 of 22 Places to Visit in Northeast India

The only city in Tripura, Agartala offers visitors a relaxed pace of life and the joy of small-town living. This capital city is renowned for its palaces and temples that showcase a rich history and heritage. It is equally well-known for its bamboo handicrafts and hand-woven textiles. Even though Agartala is a popular family destination in Northeast India, there’s something here for everyone. While you’re here, don’t miss out on sampling the local cuisine.

  • Best Time to Visit: December to March
  • Key Attractions: Ujjayanta Palace, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Chittagong Hills, Tripura Sundari Temple, Neermahal, Ummaneshwar Temple, Tripura Government Museum, Nehru Park, Tripura Royal Palace, Rajbari Lake, and Haveli Museum
  • Nearest Airport: Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala
  • Nearest Railway Station: Agartala
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Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

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 travelers who enter the town of Tawang.

Best time to visit: Anytime between November to March.

Distance: Around 7.2 KM from Tawang.

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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Nathula Pass, Sikkim

Nathula Pass, Sikkim

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: 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.

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Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley 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 and it is one of the best places to visit in North East India.

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. Hence making it one of the must-visit tourist sights in Arunachal Pradesh.

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

Distance: 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 Valley.

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Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

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: Around 55 KM from Shillong.

Timings: 24 hours. 

Price: Entry is free of cost.

Location: Sohra, Meghalaya 793108, India, Cherrapunji

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Gorichen Peak, Arunachal Pradesh

Gorichen Peak, Arunachal Pradesh

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: Around 55.8 KM from Tawang. 

Duration: 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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Goechala, Sikkim

Goechala, Sikkim
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Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

This man-made reservoir is situated 5 kilometres north of Shillong and is a mesmerizing spot which is one of the famous places to visit in North East India, 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 making it one of the most popular destinations in Shillong.

Best time to visit: Anytime between October and May.

Distance: It is around 17 KM from Shillong.

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

Location: Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh, Meghalaya, India

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Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, Meghalaya

Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, Meghalaya
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Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake, Manipur

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 and it is one of the best places to visit in North East India.

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: 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

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Siang River Rafting, Arunachal Pradesh

Siang River Rafting, Arunachal Pradesh

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
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Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya

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: 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.

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Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura

Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura

This old Hindu shrine is situated around 56 km from Agartala town and is said to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and it is one of the best tourist places in North East India. 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: Almost around 56 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

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Gangtok

Gangtok
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Kanchenjunga

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.

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

Grade level: Moderate

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Pelling

Pelling
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Yuksom

Yuksom
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Singalila National Park

Singalila 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 and it is one of the best places to visit in North East India. 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: 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

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Double Decker Living Root Bridge

Double 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 and it is one of the famous places to visit in North East India.

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:  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

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Laitlum Canyon

Laitlum 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: 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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Dawki River

Dawki 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: 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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Mawsmai Cave

Mawsmai 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: 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

Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh

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Nuranang Falls

Nuranang 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 best tourist places in North East 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: 24.9 KM from Tawang.

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 Indi

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Nagula Lake

Nagula 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 tourist places in North East India 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.

Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

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Roing

Roing
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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

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Bomdila Monastery

Bomdila 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: It is 170 KM Tawang.

Timings: Anytime during the day.

Price: Free of cost.

Location: Cona, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh 790001

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Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park

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 tourist places in North East India 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: It is 430 KM from Itanagar.

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

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Majuli Island

Majuli 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: 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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Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya 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: 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

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Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh
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Brahmaputra River

Brahmaputra 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.

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

Location: Tibet, India, Bangladesh.
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Ujjayanta Palace

Ujjayanta Palace

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: Around 3 KM from Agartala Bus Stand.

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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Jagannath Temple

Jagannath 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: Approximately 52 KM from Agartala.

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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Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

Sepahijala 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: 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
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Rudrasagar Lake

Rudrasagar 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: Around 48 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

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Reiek Heritage Village

Reiek 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: Aizawl 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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Khawnglung Wildlife

Khawnglung 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 127 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

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Vantawng Falls

Vantawng 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:
 Approximately 103 KM from Aizawl.

Timings:
 24 hours.

Price:
 Free of entry charge.

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

Solomon'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: Around 8 KM from Aizawl bus stand. 

Timings: 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Price: Entry is free of charge.

Location: Chawlhhmun, Aizawl, India

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Durtlang Hills

Durtlang 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

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Dimapur

Dimapur

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

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Kohima Museum

Kohima 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: It is around 1.2 KM 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

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Mokokchung

Mokokchung

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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Mon

Mon

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

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Khonoma Green Village

Khonoma 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

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Doyang River

Doyang River

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: Around 26 KM from Wokha. 

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

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Shri Govindji Temple

Shri 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: Around 3 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

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Imphal Valley

Imphal 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: 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, India51

Kangla Fort

Kangla 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: 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