Northeast India

Explore Nagaland and other states of northeast India

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-05-09

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The country with largest democracy in the world, India, is popular for its rich culture and globalization. India is home to hundreds of different ethnic groups, and all the states of India have something unique to offer to the country. The plethora of different cultures, traditions, languages, and cuisines belonging to a variety of communities in India fall into one place making this country a home. The northeastern part of India is quite interesting. Nestled on the foothills of Himalayas and cozily tucked between the lush green hills with rich variety of local and exotic flora and fauna, the northeast states in India make great tourist destinations.

The northeast India consists of eight beautiful states popularly known as the seven sisters and a brother. These eight states aka sisters are Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Sikkim–a little away from all these states in the northeast and above West Bengal. Sikkim was the last northeastern state in India to have been considered as a part of the northeast union. These eight states of northeast India are no less than paradise and are the least explored states of India but are known for their natural beauty, people, culture, diversity, rare and unique wildlife, and Himalayan mountain ranges. Northeast India is one of the most valuable assets of the country, so let’s get to know about these beautiful states in northeast India:

Nagaland – The Land of Festivals in Northeast India

Nagaland is one of the eight states of northeast India situated and settled beautifully on the easternmost part of India and is covered mostly by high altitude hills and mountains. It is bordered by few other states of northeast, Arunachal Pradesh in the north, Manipur in the south, Assam in the south and the country Myanmar in the east. Like most other northeastern states of India, there are numerous tribal communities in this state living in peace and harmony. Nagaland is popularly known as the land of festivals as it is the home to many colorful festivals in India. The festivals of this northeastern state of India is marked by the activities like singing, dancing, and drinking the locally prepared rice beer and some festivals even last for ten days. The steep mountains, high hills, green valleys, deep gorges, exotic flora and fauna and the twisty streams in Nagaland magnetizes travelers to northeast India. The staple food of this state is rice and either dry or pickled meat with every meal is preferred in Nagaland.

The land of festivals in northeast India is particularly known for its untouched beauty and ethereal environment endowed with quaint hills and emerald forests. One source of income in this state is through tourism, and it is no doubt that Nagaland will give its tourists some of the best times of their lives. This northeastern state of India is famous for numerous places of attractions. Some of the most visited and popular tourist attractions in Nagaland are the capital city Kohima. Kohima is one of the fastest developed places in this state in India. It offers many tourist spots in the state. Other places that attract tourists in this state are Dimapur, Mokokchung, Phek, Tuensang, the famous Dzoukou Valley, and Japfu Peak. Nagaland is not just for people seeking for some quite time away from home but any adventure enthusiast will also be glad to visit this state in India. This northeastern state of India is for all. Some people often visit northeast India for trekking, hiking, camping, bungee jumping, paragliding, and river rafting.

Nagaland Tour Packages

4. The breathtaking view of valleys in Nagaland India

The breathtaking view of valleys in Nagaland India

The climate in all the northeastern states of India is always pleasant and mild compared to some other states with extreme climatic conditions. The climate of Nagaland is also pleasant and comfortable to travel throughout the year. It might get a little hot during peak summer at some places, but the temperature does not exceed 310 C. During summer, that is, from May to July, the temperature ranges from 160 C to 310C, and in winter it can range from 40C to 240C. The best time to visit Nagaland or travel to northeast India would be in spring season or in winter. You must avoid monsoon season for traveling to Nagaland from the month of June to early September to avoid heavy rains that would cause hindrance in your journey.

Assam – An Agriculture State of Northeast India

Assam is popularly known as an agriculture state of India in the northeast. It holds an important position in the economy of the country. The largest tea production in India is done in Assam and is also well known for numerous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Assam is the most urbanized states in northeast India with extremely rich wildlife and biodiversity. Some of the important productions of the country apart from tea are also done by Assam like orange, banana, pineapple, guava, mango, jackfruit, citrus fruit, oilseeds, sugarcanes, potato, jute, etc. This beautiful state in northeast India is also rich for its forest wealth constituting about 26.22% of the total forest land. Assam has amazing range of colorful festivals like Bihu, Rongali Bihu, and Bohag Bihu. This state contributes a lot for India and is also one of the famous tourist destinations in the northeast.

Assam Tour Packages

5. A mesmerizing view of Brahmaputra River in Assam

A mesmerizing view of Brahmaputra River in Assam

Arunachal Pradesh –The Land of Rising Sun in Northeast India

Another state of northeast India is the beautiful Arunachal Pradesh often called as the land of rising sun of India. It is considered as the treasure of nature and is home to a variety of exotic orchids known for their spectacular blooms. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the prides of India in northeast with dense forests and green vegetation, when you look at the Indian map you will find a patch of green representing this state. The natives of Arunachal Pradesh have found a deep sense of beauty and found their way of telling joys of nature by expressing them in their songs, crafts, and dances. This northeastern state of India has also been mentioned in the literature of Kalika Purana and one of the epics of India Mahabarata. Tourism is also a great factor in this state, and tourists of all kinds come to visit the state. There are many places of worship such as temples and monasteries. Some of the villages in Arunachal -Pradesh are quite old like Tawang Village, with a 400-year-old monastery. This northeastern state has immensely beautiful lakes, rivers, hills, mountains passes, and also provides abundant scope for angling, river rafting, boating, trekking, hiking, and camping. The climate is mostly mild throughout the state but varies from a place to another. It gets colder as you move towards the north in Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh Tour Packages


The library at Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Manipur – The Jeweled Town of Northeast India

Popularly called as the jeweled town of the northeast India, Manipur is one of the astonishing states of India sharing borders with Nagaland, Mizoram and Myanmar. The name jeweled town correctly justifies the land of Manipur that is surrounded by nine extremely mesmerizing hills and the presence of an oval shaped valley at the center of these hills make Manipur look like a precious and rare jewelry. The lush greenery, wide array of flora, the different colors of the sky, and the festivals of this state add on to the beauty of the land. The literal translation of Manipur is “jeweled land.” This beautiful northeastern state of India is a melting pot of culture, picturesque views, and natural beauty with breathtaking places.

Manipur Tour Packages

7. A glimpse of fishing in Manipur in northeast India

A glimpse of fishing in Manipur, northeast India

Meghalaya – The Adobe of Clouds in Northeast India

The name Meghalaya literally means “the adobe of clouds” in Sanskrit and is often referred to as the Scotland of India. Meghalaya is rich in culture and traditions and is one of the treasures of India. It is an interesting state and the nature has blessed this state abundantly. It is known all over the world for holding many records. The wettest place on earth is Maysynram in Meghalaya famous for receiving maximum rainfall. The cleanest village in Asia also happens to be a village in this state called Mawlynnog, and the longest cave Mawsami is also in Meghalaya. All these places magnetize tourists to this bewitching state in northeast India. Previously, outsiders were required to have a special permit to enter this state in India, but after the removal of permit restrictions in 1955, an entry permit is no longer required. This has resulted in the boost of a large number of visitors to the state resulting in an increase of tourism and economy. The state has some of the thickest primary and subtropical forests in India with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Hence, it constitutes one of the important ecotourism and wildlife circuits in the country.

Meghalaya Tour Packages

8. Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya

Tripura – A Beautiful State of Architecture in Northeast India

Tripura is one of the hilly states of northeast India bordered by Bangladesh, Mizoram, and Assam. It is one of the states of India that is home to a diverse mix of tribal groups and cultures. Tripura has places that hold important historic significance and ancient buildings from British invasion, and palaces of former kings still stand tall on a lot of the state land. One source of income in Tripura is through tourism. The beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine, interesting cultures, old palaces, ancient architectures, and heritage sites attract tourists from all over the world to Tripura, India. It is also known for numerous mesmerizing viewpoints, religious temples, pilgrimage sites, varieties of wildlife, and rich biodiversity. Some of the best places to visit in Tripura are Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura Sundari Temple, Chittangong Hills, Neermahal, Ummaneshwar Temple, Jagganath Temple, Jampui Hills, Buddha Temple, Unakoti, and Kunjaban Palace.

Tripura Tour Packages