I’m lost for words when describing India’s northeastern states. For travellers, this part of India is for wanderlust souls who enjoy gasping on everything they see. The question is what do we not have? Northeast India has a variety of things to do with a bag full of activities and camping is one of the best activities you can dive into. But why? Well, I have a list of reasons why you must camp in Northeast India.
(1) See a rare flower found only in Dzukou Valley
You should not be surprised that this valley is on top of everyone’s trek list. The Dzukou Valley trek is a moderate trek, thus making it accessible for first-time trekkers also. It has small caves and a carpet of miniature bamboos. Every season, a variety of flowers bloom but one rare flower to watch out for is the Dzukou Lily. To see this flower, visit the valley during the monsoon season. The first two weeks of July is the peak flower season in Dzukou Valley. Dzukou Valley is accessible from Manipur and Nagaland. The latter is much steeper yet cuts the many hours taken to reach the valley.
Blog post: Dzükou Valley: Four souls one paradise (Part I)
The rare Dzukou Lily
(2) You can stand between the international borders
Yup, you read that right. Mount Saramati is the highest mountain in Nagaland. It lies on the edge of the Indian territory making it a must-visit destination among adventure lovers. Ofcourse, since this part of Nagaland is less visited, a local guide and a porter are required. Instead of venturing out by yourself, get help from a local travel agent in Kohima or Dimapur. That way you will not need to worry about the trip, just get to the summit and admire the dramatic mountains of India and the plains of Myanmar. You cannot camp at the summit but for few hours from the top, you can set your tents and spend a cosy night under the starlit sky.
Blog post: Travel Guide to Mount Saramati, Nagaland
Mount Saramati in Nagaland
(3) Jive to Music and Make Camping Buddies in Ziro Valley
Ziro Valley has gotten a lot of attention from young travellers and for all the best reasons. It organises an outdoor annual music festival, which is equated to the local Sunburn Festival. There is no need to carry tents to attend this festival as everything is provided by the agents and is included in the festival ticket price. When you are not singing your guts out, you can walk along the village trails and explore the surrounding. Check out tiny village houses, listen to the birds, and watch your day pass by in a jiffy.
Camping in Ziro Valley
(4) Listen to the Sound of the Umngot River from your Tent
Have you seen crystal clear waters? Or even better, have you ever swum in them? You can if you visit Meghalaya’s most-loved destination, Dawki. Close to the Dawki town lies Umngot River, which has such smooth, clear water that you can even see the river bed and tiny fishes beneath. Alongside the river are many camping spots. Get in touch with a travel agent and voila! you’ll be sipping tea sitting on one of the riverside rocks. Now, won’t that be splendid?
Riverside camping in Umngot River
(5) Watch the Shooting Stars Fall and Disappear from Hmunchung Tlang
What started off as a lovemaking hill, Hmunchung Tlang soon became a base for camping. It is not that famous and that’s what makes it worth a visit. Hmunchung Tlang is located in the small town of Sialsuk in Mizoram and because of fewer artificial lights from the town close by, the Milky Way is visible. It is extremely easy to get to the top. A short drive or walk up the dry grassland is all you need to do. It is a great spot to see the sunset and enjoy the view of multiple layers of unending mountains.
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