Being from North East India, I know how untouched this place is and the kind of options it provides to travelers. That is why I am here with my new article where I would be telling you my Top 05 most beautiful places to visit in North East India or you may say the best places to visit in northeast India.
Northeast is a mesmerizing destination for all kind of explorers, it is like visiting a whole new world with no boundaries. Where culture changes in every 20 km’s, weather changes in every 30 minutes, where you will find the most down to earth locals with smiling faces and a cuisine which is totally different from other parts of India and mouth watering too 😛
By the way, check out these images. And tell me, whether you still have any questions in your mind about how beautiful Northeast India is?
In recent times, North East India has gained a lot of attention for its virgin, untouched and unrifled destinations. Not only this, north east India has a fair share of its own indigenous tribes like Bodo tribe, Kuki tribe, Adi tribes, Nishi tribe, Angami tribe, Rengma tribe, Bhutia tribe, Garo tribe, Khasi tribe and so on. Their culture, food, and way of living are totally different from other parts of India but still, they are Indians.
“This is the kind of diversity India has”
Surrounded by the Himalayas, vast green lands, and beautiful vistas… today I will be telling you my list of Top 05 most beautiful places to visit in north east India. These five tourist places in north-eastern states of India are untouched and virgin from tourist footprints.
So What Are Those Five Most Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India
The green village of North East India: Khonoma Village
There are many places to see in north east India but one of the most beautiful places to visit in north east India which is untouched and somewhat virgin is a village named Khonoma. Being a backpacker, I was there in the year 2015, December during the Hornbill Festival in Kohima.
Note: Hornbill Festival In Nagaland is one of the most sought after festivals in Nagaland.
After seven days of fun and with a festive mood and a lot of local liquor running through my veins, I wasn’t sure where to move next. Everyone was planning their travels to some other parts/places to visit in north east India like Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and so on but no one was planning to explore Nagaland.
I as a traveler was not satisfied only watching Hornbill Festival. It was fun but for me exploring a place and culture is not only about attending a fest. I was looking for more and soon as I was planning to leave I asked locals and the hotel guy regarding best places to visit in Nagaland apart from Kohima and one place which most of them suggested was Khonoma Village. 1st destination in my list of “most beautiful places to visit in north east India”
So that was it, I was ready for my next league of the journey to Khonoma Village.
Khonoma is located around 20 km’s from Kohima (Nagaland). Reaching there is not an easy task either you have to have your own conveyance or else you need to break down your journey. There are buses too from Kohima Bus stand which runs between Kohima to Khonoma but it starts early morning. I wasn’t sure about the bus timings and when I reached Kohima Bus stand, it already left. So I hitchhiked through the dusty roads of Nagaland and reached there.
Also known as ‘Khwunoria’, it is one of the oldest villages ever known in the North Eastern part of India. Surrounded by green hills and farming land it is one of the most beautiful and scenic villages with an estimation of 700 years of history. Not only this, Khonoma is known for its varied flora & fauna, its unique form of cultivation and for its fierce ‘Angami’ tribe. With so much of historical significance, beautiful vistas and an extraordinary culture…. I would surely rate Khonoma Village as one of the best places to see in North east India.
Where To Stay: If you are looking for hotels or 5star resorts then Khonoma is not the place for you. But if you are the one who loves to stay with locals and likes to listen to their war stories and understand their culture, then this village is the one you were looking for. I was there for 02 days, but haven’t seen any hotel.
Note: When in Khonoma, first you have to register yourself. The registration office or the guy who note down your name and details sit just next to the only tea stall near to Khonoma bus stand. This guy is the one whom you need to contact for the home stays. There are a number of locals who allow travelers to stay with them in return for money. This is kind of an income source for them. You may try that or can even search by your own for a homestay.
Where To Eat: There are good chances that you will be staying with a local family so you will be mostly getting home cooked food. Apart from that, there are a couple of small tea shops where you may have your breakfast and snacks.
How To Reach: Reaching Khonoma is kind of a hard task, there are buses which run from Kohima to Khonoma but the frequency is very rare. So when in Kohima do check out the timing of the buses from the Kohima bus stand inquiry counter. As far, I can recall…the first bus from Kohima leaves around at 5 am.
Another way to reach Khonoma is by booking a taxi which is a costlier option.
Best Time to Visit: You may visit Khonoma all round the year.
Per Day Budget: Khonoma homestays would cost you around Rs.500 to Rs.1000 per person per day. It mostly includes breakfast but if you can negotiate the price may come down.
Most of us, be it a seasoned traveler or a pro trekker everyone knows about Valley Of Flowers.
But have you ever heard about Dzuko Valley???
If not then you have no idea what a beautiful valley is. Located just behind Japfu Peak, this valley is known for its varied flora and fauna and jaw-dropping beauty. By the way, who doesn’t want to explore a valley filled with flowers and streams with icy cold water.
It is still an unexplored hamlet by many of us. So when In Nagaland, do keep a couple of buffer days for this small trek. The trek or hike itself is quite beautiful. As you cross through one of the most unexplored, untouched and cleanest trekking routes, breathing the fresh air, crossing the little streams in your way, you will know right then that there is no other valley so unraveled and stunning on the planet like this little valley in Nagaland.
How To Reach: To reach Dzukou Valley, you first have to reach Dimapur In Nagaland and from Dimapur travel to Kohima. There are govt. buses and even shared cabs which ply from Dimapur to Kohima at regular intervals. From Kohima, you have to book a taxi for Zakhama or Viswema village which can be termed as base camps for Dzukou Valley. From both these villages, Dzukou Valley is only 3-4 hrs of trek. You can spend a night there if you have your own Tent and sleeping bag.
Best Time to Visit: You Best time to visit Dzukou valley is in summers from June to September when the flowers in the valley are in full bloom.
Note: You can cover this trek solo as it is not a very hard trek. There are local porters too in both these villages, who can help you out by carrying food and other essential materials for this trek.
In this list of 05 most mesmerizing and beautiful places in north east India, it Surrounded by Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the west, Assam, and Nagaland in the east, Arunachal Pradesh is the last frontier of India in North-East. Lush green forest and mountains provide a suitable place for various indigenous tribes to strive and survive happily. In Arunachal Pradesh, there are around 82 tribes and various other sub-tribes. And one of the know tribe is Apatani Tribe. And the den for this tribe is Ziro valley. There are around 7 villages in Ziro valley and each one has its own style. Ziro valley is surrounded by mountains and green rice fields. This region is famous for its scenic landscape and various festivals like Dree Festival, Friendship Fest and the most famous is Ziro Music Festival.
Where To Stay: As I mentioned earlier, Ziro Valley has around 6-7 villages and most of these villages have something to offer for the travelers. Hong is one of the largest Apatani villages and has a couple of homestays but for that, you need to ask the locals. Like Hong, Siri village also offers home stays whereas Biirii village is known for its famous Ziro Valley Resort. Hapoli village or also known as ‘new Ziro’ is home to various hotels, ATMS, markets and a couple of good restaurants.
Where To Eat: Most of the homestays provide home cooked food. Apart from that, every village has some tea shops where you can have your breakfast and snacks. However, if you are staying in Hapoli, you can experiment with your taste buds in different restaurants.
Hotels & Resorts:
Hotel Blue Pine(Hapoli) 03788- 224812
Siiro Resort (Siiro village) 03788- 225123
Ziro Valley Resort (near to Ziro Music Festival venue) +91 9612914294
Traditional Homestay: Narang Tam +91 9402464841
Abasa Homestay: Kago Kampu 03788-225561
Note: A homestay will cost you around 200 – 500 per day (negotiable)
How To Reach: The only way to reach Ziro is by road as there are no airports and railway stations in Ziro. However, the nearest airport is Tezpur which is around 300kms. There are direct weekly flights from Guwahati, Kolkata & Silchar. So if you are planning by air, you have to book your flights to these three locations from there you can proceed for your onward journey. From Tezpur, there are Govt. run buses and shared cabs which ply every day to Ziro.
Best Time to Visit: Best time to visit Ziro is from February to October.
Per Day Budget: Ziro is not that costly unless you are staying at a resort. Homestays and even the restaurants in Hapoli are very reasonable.
Every place has its own charm, either you would like it or you wouldn’t. But for Sikkim, it is very hard to keep any kind of aversions against this state. It has everything beautiful valleys, lovely people, snow-capped mountains and beautiful lakes.
There are quite a few high altitude lakes in Sikkim and one of this is the mythical Gurudongmar lake. Surrounded by mountains and an untold story to tell this lake is one of the most beautiful and yet untouched lakes in Sikkim.
Where To Stay: The only place where you can get hotels and lodges for an overnight stay before Gurudongmar lake is Lachen. There are quite a few lodges and homestays there which charge around 300 -700 per night for a room.
Where To Eat: The best option to get a good meal is at your hotel. These cozy little lodges have their own kitchen and serve travelers with home cooked simple food.
How To Reach: Reaching Gurudongmar lake is quite a hard task. To reach this place, you first have to reach Gangtok and from there you have to book a cab for Gurudongmar. These cabs leave early morning and will reach Lachen by evening where you will be staying. From Lachen, it leaves around at 3 am next day and after visiting Gurudongmar Lake, it will drop you in Gangtok by late evening.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this place is from November to June
Per Day Budget: Staying and fooding are not that costly out here. The only costly part is the transportation from Gangtok to Gurudongmar and back. As the taxis have a fixed rate and it’s all about luck whether you get a group or not, to share the cab and price.
Loktak Lake (Manipur)
Imagine standing on a piece of land that floats on water.
Welcome to Loktak Lake, a freshwater lake or we can say the largest freshwater lake in North-eastern region. It is huge with islands and views which most of us might not have seen and that is why Loktak Lake is on our list of five most beautiful places to visit in north east India or in Manipur. Located in Bishnupur district in Manipur, this lake is only 53 km’s from the capital city Imphal. I have seen travelers visiting many tourist places in north-eastern states of India but never plan for Manipur. Yes, there are many places to visit in Northeast Indian states like Sikkim, Arunachal, Nagaland, Assam and all and most of the times Manipur is ignored due to its volatile political scenario and less knowledge about its offerings. But you can mark my words, Manipur is as beautiful as other north-eastern states.
Where To Stay: There are various guest houses, hotels and even resorts in various islands near to Loktak Lake. The rate starts from 500 and even touches 3000 INR per night.
Where To Eat: Like hotels, these region provides a lot of restaurants to travelers. So finding food wouldn’t be a hard task.
How To Reach: From Imphal, there are buses for Loktak Hydro Project and even you can book a cab for a day visit, which will cost you somewhere between 2000 – 3000 INR
Best Time to Visit: You may visit Loktak Lake all round the year.
Per Day Budget: It all depends on you out here. You have everything from budget hotels, to guest houses to resorts. So you may stay and eat as per your budget.
I guess, now you have an idea about places to see in northeast India.
So finally I am done with my article 05 Untouched & Most Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India
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