Always heard about the mesmerizing beauties of north-eastern states, but couldn’t visit them, yet? Here, I give you a few more reasons to up that travel itch.
1. The waterfalls! A view from afar makes the falls look like white pearls rolling down the rocky terrain falling into the lush green forests; safely hidden away from all the urbanization, this area houses the most beautiful falls in the entire country!
Nohkalikai Waterfalls near Cherapunjee, Meghalaya is fed by rain water, dropping down to 1115 feet below. Another one, the Nohsngithiang Falls or the Seven Sister Falls, Meghalaya, gets its name as it is seven segmented. These two falls are listed under the tallest waterfalls of India and are nothing short of a delight to watch.
The Elephant Falls, or the Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, is also situated in Meghalaya. The falls was named so by the British because of the presence of a rock that resembled an elephant. The rock was destroyed in an earth quake by the falls retained the name.
Remember the song “Tanhai” from “Koyla?” It was shot right here at the Nuranang Falls in Arunachal Pradesh. It was the first ever time this state received attention from the Film Industry.
Not just the beauty of the falls, each of these falls has an interesting legend attached to it. Do ask the locals about it when you visit! 😉
2. The peaks! Coyly protected by the Himalayas, the states see a lot of crowd coming in for trekking and mountaineering.
The Kanchenjunga, Sikkim, is one of the most frequented peaks as it is the third highest peak in India. One of the best view of the place can be seen from the War Memorial in Darjeeling. It also houses a nature park and a sanctuary.
The Phwangpui Range, or the Blue Mountains in Mizoram are nature’s magic on earth. Close to Myanmar, the mountains are home to the barking deer, macaque, leopard, etc. Many medicinal herbs are also found here, and the mountains appear blue because of the orchids that grow there.
3. The Lakes and the Rivers! The lakes there are a shade of blue that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
Dwaki, Meghalaya is where the annual boat race happens. Making its way through the deep gorges and ravines of the place, the Umngot River makes its way into Bangladesh. Get on the boats of one of the locals for the most natural experience of this place!
The Loktak Lake in Sikkim in the largest fresh water lake in the area. But that isn’t why you should go there, this lake is known for the phumdis that it houses. These phumdis create one of the most spectacular pattern on the clear blue lake, making this place a must visit on your list.
4. The National Parks! Being close to the Himalayas has another advantage to this place, the number of National Parks the place is known for!
After making your way through the elephant grass and the dense forest, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam greets you with a wide variety of flora and fauna. It home to a large population of One-Horned Rhinos and tigers.
Making the Kyongsala Alpine Sanctuary, Sikkim, its home, the little red panda and many other endangered species of animals thrive here. The place also has a variety of endangered orchids, Rhododendron Nevium, etc,.
5. The Villages and the Tribes! The area has over 220 communities residing there. Out of which many of them are tribes, to indulge in the culture of these tribes or to just observe them is a privilege. Don’t forget to do that!
The Touphema Tourist Village in Nagaland, is a collection of theme based huts on the hilltop. The village not only houses a museum based on the tribes that reside in the area but also provides a view of the valley bellow, which is nothing short of magnificent!
While here, do carry along an umbrella and visit the Mawsynram in Meghalaya which is the wettest place on earth! The Living Root Bridge in Meghalaya as well, is nature’s own one of a kind spectacle.
Loktak Lake: The Shillong Times