Explore the little paradise state of Manipur—Best places to visit in northeast India

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-10-19

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India is one of the most diverse countries in the world and also has the largest democracy. People belonging to different castes, faiths, and ethnic groups live in peace and harmony together. India has not only been blessed with rich culture, heritage, and the greatest minds but even nature has been kind to her. The rich culture, traditions, religious sites, ancient historical sites, landscapes, hills, plains, seas, waterfalls, and a variety of wildlife makes India one of the best countries to visit and explore. This old and beautiful country has it all. India is the best example of unity in diversity. The landscapes of India vary from a state to another from mountains to hills, valleys, plains, and plateaus to steep flowing waterfalls, rivers, and seas spread across the horizon as far as your eyes can see.

2. The Himalayas in northeast India

The Himalayas in Northeast India

Every part of India makes for a great tourist destination. The eastern, western, northern, and southern parts of the country are totally different from one another and vary greatly in terms of culture, customs, food, landscapes, wildlife, etc. Every state of India has its own unique identity and is best known for their uniqueness. They might be different from one another in various aspects but these states relate to one another in many platforms. For example, the northeast is totally different from the rest of the states in India but the love for the country is all same. Northeastern India is the easternmost part of India that represents both the political and geographical administrative divisions of the country. There are a total of 8 states representing northeast India and are popularly known as the seven sisters and a brother.

3. Beautiful city of Assam

Beautiful city in Assam – one of the best cities in Northeast India

Northeast India comprises of seven contiguous sisters and a brother, where Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura are the famous seven sisters and Sikkim is the brother. All these eight states also differ from one another in terms of the languages they speak, cuisine, culture, and traditions. But they all have something really enchanting and common somehow; the undulating hills, the plains, luxuriant green covers, wide variety of flora and fauna, and many exotic plants and animals make these states in Northeast India outstanding. The states in Northeast India are not much developed when compared to other parts of the country, hardly make it on the traveller’s map. Due to this reason, Northeast India is the least explored and untouched, and hence, the natural beauty, which has remained intact, can sweep you off your feet and considered as one of the best destinations to spend holidays at. These eight Indian states have their own charm, and once you visit these places, you can do nothing but lose yourself in its charismatic charm and magic. Northeast India has some of the best places in the country to visit, and they have been attracting people for many years now. Once you visit any of these places in this part of India, you will want to visit them again and again. No one can get enough of these beautiful and best places in the Northeast. Every state has something unique to offer and is open to visitors of all kinds. Whether you are visiting with your family, friends, group of like-minded people, or are a solo traveler, you will realize that northeast India is a must visit place in the country. It is also totally safe for solo female travellers.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Northeast India during your holidays:

Manipur – one of the best states to visit for the holidays

Manipur is one of the best places to visit in Northeast India. The lush green slopes of the hills are always calling visitors. Located in a green corner of Northeast India, it is one of the best places with an oval-shaped valley surrounded by nine ranges of bluish green hills intertwined with cascading rapids. This beautiful northeastern state is covered with carpets of flowers and lazy lakes in some places. Manipur is also often referred to as a little paradise on earth in Northeast India. With a rich cultural heritage and sublime natural beauty, this northeastern state promises to be one of the best and favourite tourist destinations for visitors. Some of the best places to visit in this northeastern Indian state are listed below.

(1) Imphal – the beautiful capital city of Manipur in India

Imphal is one of the less explored places in this Indian state and has some untouched charm to it. It is one of the best places to visit in Manipur and is also a famous tourist destination for visitors. The green landscapes, undulating rivers, unexplored areas, and beautiful surroundings will make your holidays in this stunning northeastern state one of the best ones you’ve had. Some of the popular places you can visit in Imphal are the Manipur State Museum, Loktal Lake, Kangla Fort, Langthabal, and war cemeteries.

3. Night view of Imphal – capital city of Manipur

Imphal –the best and the must visit place in Manipur

(2) Manipur State Museum – one of the important places to visit in Manipur in India

The Manipur State Museum in Imphal is another popular place of attraction and also one of the best and most important museums to visit in the state. It houses archaeology, ethnology, and a wide variety of galleries of natural history; it also showcases royal costumes of the past, the tribal dresses, war weapons, etc. If you happen to be in this beautiful northeastern state of India, do not miss visiting this famous state museum.

5. Manipur State Museum – one of the popular places in Imphal

Manipur State Museum- the best place to visit to understand the history of Manipur

(3) Loktal Lake and Sendra Island –a must-visit place in the Northeast Indian state Manipur

Loktal Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the whole of India. This gorgeous lake has the famous Sendra Island resting on it and is one of the best places to visit in Manipur. It is also the home to all the rivers and rivulets of this beautiful northeastern Indian state. This is one of the best places that has many floating islands, and its unmatched beauty magnetizes visitors from the rest of the states of India and the world. The green surroundings, crimson sunset by the lake, pristine water, and the labyrinth of boat routes are something you have to see.

4. The enchanting Loktal Lake – a famous tourist spot in Manipu

Loktal Lake – one of the best and must visit places

(4) Chandel in Manipur India

This is also one of the best places to visit in Manipur and is bestowed with natural beauty and a diverse cultural scene. Chandel is a beautiful place like paradise and has a lot to offer to its visitors. It is also one of the best places for trekking and hiking in Northeast India.

(5) Senapati in Manipur – one of the best places to visit in Manipur

This is one of the beautiful places to visit in Manipur with 80% of the area covered in verdant forests. Considered as one of the best hideout places, any nature lover would love to visit this place in Manipur and witness the nature’s bounty here. While exploring the woods in this place you can visit the village nearby.

7. A view of Senapati in Manipur

Senapati – best place to get close to nature in Manipur

(6) Tamenglong – a best place to visit in Manipur

Also known as the Land of Hornbill, Tamenglong is one of the best places to visit in Manipur. The unexplored and untouched forests and surroundings make this place a really precious one. Visitors often visit Tamenglong for bird watching and to find a peace of mind. It also has many places of attraction and is on the list of must-visit places in Manipur.

10.  Tamenglong - land of hornbill

Tamenglong in Manipur

Manipur is one of the most mesmerising and attractive northeastern states of India that has become one of the best places to go for holidays for visitors all around the world. These places mentioned above are just some of the many places to visit in Manipur, but this state has so much more to offer. Some of other attractive and famous places of attractions to visit in Manipur are Thoubal, Khongjom War Memorial, Andro, Ukhrul, Kangla Fort, etc. Apart from these wonderful places, Manipur is extremely rich in lush green valleys, rivers and lakes, heritage, and culture. Visit these bewitching places in Manipur and feast your soul on the astounding landscapes flaunting the beauty of hilltops and foothills in all their glory.

Meghalaya – one of the eight northeastern states of India

Also known as the abode of clouds, Meghalaya is famous for its subtropical forests, biodiversity, rich culture, mysterious caves, and the highest rainfall. This state lies in the Himalayan region in the eastern side of India abutted by Assam in the north and Bangladesh in the south. Meghalaya is often referred to as the “Scotland of the East” in India due to the similarity in its natural beauty. It attracts visitors throughout the year from different parts of India and the world. This beautiful state is on the wish list of many travelers and visitors everywhere and is considered to be one of the best states in Northeast India to visit and spend your holidays at. Some of the famous tourist destinations that offer extremely beautiful and spectacular places to visit in Meghalaya are Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya; the famous Elephant Falls; Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia; Mawsynram, the wettest place on earth; Umiam Lake; Cherrapunjee; Dwaki; Nohkalikai Waterfalls; and Mawsami cave, the longest cave in Asia. If you are an adventure freak but also a nature lover and love to visit famous places on earth, Meghalaya is the best destination in Northeast India for you.

2. Clouds dancing on the hills of Meghalaya

Meghalaya the adobe of clouds – one of the best states in northeast India

Tripura – one of the best places to visit in India

Tripura is one of the stunning states of India best known for its ancient archaeological sites and history. You must visit this state for its beautiful landscapes, interesting culture, delicious cuisine, palaces, sightseeing, heritage sites, etc. Tripura is also best known for mesmerising viewpoints, religious temples, rich wildlife, and waterfalls. If you are seeking for an adventurous holiday in the northeast, you might be glad to know that Tripura can be one of the best places you can go to. However, if you are someone immensely interested in historic sites and archaeology, without a second thought book your tickets to this state. Most of the places to visit in Tripura are ancient palaces, old architectures, archaeological sites etc. 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.