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North East, the next big travel & leisure spot

The same number metaphorically describes India's northeastern states as "Seven Sisters."

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New Delhi: There is a fascination with the number seven as the days of the week, natural wonders, rainbow colours, and wedding vows are all ascribed to the number seven.

The same number metaphorically describes India’s northeastern states as “Seven Sisters.”

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“The captivating beauty and cultural diversity of the North Eastern states have beckon travellers to quench their wanderlust by falling in love with nature. Also, every mountain here is associated with some mythological stories and incidents that trigger travellers’ curiosity to explore every valley and unravel the mysteries,” Alapati Krishna Mohan, MD Southern Travels told UNI.

“The tourist destinations of Shillong, Gangtok, Nagaland, Tawang, Majuli, and Meghalaya are the most enchanting regions of the northeast that travellers would love to visit again and again,” he said.

“The stunning North East is a great place to start if you’re considering switching to more environmentally friendly forms of travelling. The North Eastern states are ideal for taking that unique and relaxed holiday you’ve been expecting all year, as they are blessed with beautiful scenery, serene monasteries, wholesome cuisines, and rich tribal traditions,” he shared.

Here is the list of some of the ideal places to visit and explore in North East India.

1) Gangtok:

Gangtok is a populated area and Sikkim’s capital. It is the biggest town in Sikkim, one of the most highly regarded tourist destinations in North East India. It has all the ingredients needed for a wonderful vacation, including monasteries, recreational opportunities, and adventurous activities.

Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Phodong Monastery are among the places you cannot miss during your trip to Gangtok. Additionally, you can enjoy adventure activities like Teesta river rafting, yak rides at Tsomgo Lake, paragliding, and ropeway cable rides from Deorali.

2) Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh):

This less-travelled village, which is situated in the Eastern Himalayas, might be your encounter with an entirely new universe. Discover the primitive tribal culture, bask in the spirit of Buddhism at Tawang’s monasteries, and relish the beauty of the towering Himalayas.

Visit the Khinmey Monastery, Tawang Monastery, Brahmadung Nunnery, Craft Center, and Urgelling Monastery. Take advantage of exploring some breathtaking high-altitude lakes, such as Ptso and Sangster, where colourful rhododendrons bloom all around.

3) Cherrapunji:

Meghalaya serves as the heaven for the planet’s wettest land, Cherrapunji. While Cherrapunji is well-known for its live root bridges, which were created due to constant rain, it is also famous for being one of the foremost tourist destinations in North East India.

The Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Mawsmai Cave, Seven Sisters Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls, KaKhohRamhah, First Presbyterian Church, Rainbow Falls, and Double-decker living root bridge are some worth-watching places of Cherrapunji. Additionally, you can camp beneath or scale the root bridges while taking in the tropical flora and fauna.

4) Shillong:

If you are willing to spend your summer vacation in the northeastern states of India, Shillong is your best bet. Shillong is a popular tourist destination because of its sparkling lakes, green hills covered in pine trees, mysterious waterfalls, and outdoor sports. Shillong has the extra benefit of being the only hill station in India that is reachable from everywhere.

Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves are the most recommended sites to visit in Shillong.

Additionally, you can have fun while shopping at Bara Bazaar, exploring caves, sailing on Umiam Lake, and riding a yacht at the Umiam Lake Water Sports Complex.

5) Pelling (Sikkim):

Pelling is where you may find Sikkim’s most stunning monasteries, waterfalls, bridges, and gardens. Travellers can discover the flora and wildlife of this fascinating place and stop by the Rimbi Waterfall, which flows into the Rimbi River, a popular swimming and fishing spot for locals and tourists.

You can also pay a visit to Sangachoeling Monastery, the Darap Village, the Sewaro Rock Garden, the Singshore Bridge—the tallest bridge in Sikkim—the Rimbi Waterfall, the Pemayangtse Monastery, and the Kanchenjunga Fall. Additionally, you can learn more about Sikkim’s rural culture by exploring the animals at Kanchenjunga National Park and Kanuk, a Lepcha tribe location.

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