Hills in Northeast India

Straying Off The Regular Tracks: Tourist Places in Tripura and rest of Northeast India

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-03-27

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Northeast India is the eastern part of the nation comprising of eight different states nestled in the lap of the great Himalayas. These states have similar kind of landscapes, and most of them are untouched and unexplored, which is why the natural beauty of these places are unspoiled and are worth praising. The eight states of Northeast India are also famously known as the “seven sisters and a brother.” Seven sisters comprise of seven Northeastern states of India, namely Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya; one and only brother of these seven states is Sikkim. These states in the Northeast region of India have many places that are popular tourist attractions. And a large number of tourists visit these places every year from other parts of India and around the world. All these Northeast Indian places feature a number of gems hidden within. If you are a traveler or just a person visiting these places for holidays, you will surely love exploring them. There are many places in this part of India that are a treat to the eyes. Each state has a unique identity of its own, but the people in all these places are welcoming, warm, and hospitable.

The unspoiled and untouched beauty of states such as Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim with many waterfalls, caves, rivers, monasteries, etc; numerous National Parks of Assam; a cultural wonderland of Nagaland and Mizoram; and the historical architectures of Tripura are just a few reasons why these places in Northeast India are worth visiting. These eight states are also considered as some of the assets of India.


Tripura is one of the best places to visit in Northeast region of India. It is one of the smallest states in India that is least explored and traveled. Famous for its beautiful hills and valleys, rich wildlife, tribal settlement, historical architectures, age-old temples, ancient palaces, and archaeological sites, Tripura is one of the places in India you must visit for an amazing experience as a traveler. There are many interesting places for tourists to visit in this small state of India.  Few of the most famous places in this beautiful Indian state are:

(1) Ujjayanta Palace

Located at the heart of the capital city Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace was a royal palace many years ago. India has so many ancient palaces with rich histories. It is also one of the famous palaces in India that is now treated as a tourist spot. This Palace was built in 1901, and after all these years, it still looks beautiful and new with magnificent tiled floors, lovely doors, and curved wooden ceilings. It was treated as the meeting place for the Tripura Legislative Assembly till 2011 but now serves as a museum and a popular attraction for tourists from India and all over the world. If you want to be stunned by the beautiful throne room, durbar hall, library, and public halls, you should visit this Palace.

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

(2) Neermahal Palace
Neermahal Palace is also known as “the lake of Tripura”; it is the largest palace of its kind in the entire Indian subcontinent. It is one of the most popular places for tourists in this Northeastern state of India. In the olden days when this Palace was run by the royals, it was considered as the summer palace for the king and his family. This beautiful Palace is located in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake in Tripura, India. The flower beds and the lawns make this place the best. 

Neermahal Palace, Tripura

Neermahal Palace, Tripura
(3) Jagannath Temple:
There are many Jagannath temples in India in different places and one of them is in Tripura Agartala. This temple is a famous religious site. It is dedicated to the Hindu gods Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. If you are looking for experiencing tranquility while visiting places and want to offer prayers to the gods, do visit this beautiful old temple in Northeast India in Tripura. Like other places in India, this place will also stun you with the beauty of its spectacular architecture and surroundings.

(4) Unakoti:
Unakoti is 180km away from the capital city of Tripura. In the Northeast region of India, it is one of the popular places for tourists to visit. It is a group of rock-cut sculptures. Among many sculptures is a 33 feet high bust of Lord Shiva with 11 feet high headgear, which has been partly broken now. This place is considered as one of the sacred places by the people of Tripura and Indian tourists. The stone carvings of this place have been thrilling Indian archaeologists for decades. Unakoti literally translates to “one less than a crore” (10 million), with a number of legends and myths associated with it. It is counted amongst Tripura’s best-kept secrets.

(5) Jampui Hills:
Jampui Hills in Tripura is also known as “the eternal hills of spring” mainly because of the pleasant climate in this area all year round. The hills are always lively and beautiful no matter what season it is. Large numbers of tourists visit Jamupi Hills every year among other popular places. The lush green hills, with plantations of orchids and tea, provide a good vantage point to view the valleys below. Oranges are planted along the slopes in these hills that add to the beauty of this place. It is a place you must visit in Northeast India in Tripura.

These are just a few of the famous places to visit in the Eastern part of India in Tripura, but there are more. Apart from Jampui Hills, Chittangong Hills in Agartala is also famous for its picturesque view that comprises mini-mountains with multiple valleys. You may also be glad to know that there are seven rivers meandering across these valleys that add to its beauty.

If you would also like to explore the wildlife of Tripura then you may be excited to hear that there exists wildlife sanctuaries and is home to a variety of wildlife especially birds and primates in Tripura. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary in Agartala is not only home to wildlife but it is also a research and academic center. Many lakes are present within the sanctuary, with the availability of a boating facility. 

Another wildlife sanctuary is the Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary in Agartala where the untainted habitat of multiple species of flora and fauna can be found. Tigers, wild horses, bison, aquatic life, and many migratory plus local birds can be spotted here. These sanctuaries are rich in flora, fauna, and avifauna and are treasured in India. 

Tripura is that Northeastern Indian state with beautiful hills and valleys, rivers, and lakes; rich culture; and delicious cuisine with many amazing places to visit. It is one of the stunning places in India with rich historic value and old architectural buildings. Spending holidays in this part of India is going to be a great experience.

There are so many other places to visit in the Northeast region of India. Listed below are some of the most famous places found in each state:

The largest tea-producing state of India, Assam is not only famous for its tea gardens. This state in India is also home to a two-third population of the entire world’s one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park. The largest freshwater river island is also in Assam. When you’re in this part of India the “must visit” places are:
Kaziranga National Park

These places attract tourists from across the globe and India. There are more places you should visit in Assam but these are on top of the list if you want to feast your eyes and understand Assam from close proximity.

One of the best states for spending your holidays in Northeast India is Meghalaya. This state has places like Cherrapunjee, which is one of the wettest places in the world. Meghalaya has so much to offer—beautiful waterfalls, lush green hills, rich wildlife, amazing culture, and delicious cuisine—that you will want to come back again. A few of the places you can visit are:
Elepphant Falls
Nohkalikai Waterfalls
 Mawsynram is a beautiful village that receives the highest rainfall in Meghalaya and India. Apart from these places, there are so many tourist attraction spots in Meghalaya. It is an ideal tourist destination for those who love nature and want to stay close to it. 

Tucked comfortably in the lap of the Himalayas, Sikkim the second smallest state in India; it is a hill station that gives you distant skyline views of the majestic Khangchendzonga Mountains in India and peaks next to it. There are so many places in Sikkim you can visit in your holidays and gather wonderful experiences on your way back home. Some places that have been major tourist attractions are:
MG Marg
Gurudongmar Lake
Tsomgo Lake
Rumtek Monastery
Khangchendzonga National Park
Cable Ride in Deorali

These are only a few places that tourists from all around the world and India love to visit in Sikkim. From mighty Himalayan ranges to beautiful waterfalls, an array of flora, rich wildlife, and grand monasteries, Sikkim is a treasure in India you must visit.

Arunachal Pradesh
There must have been times you may have thought if nature has been more kind to some places. This world has so many places that offer you great experiences, amazing views, and breathtaking moments. Arunachal Pradesh in India also has such places that will stun you. Some of these places are:

If you are seeking an extraordinary trip to spend your holidays in an amazing place, Arunachal Pradesh is that destination for you. This Northeastern Indian state is the perfect place for you if you wish to explore tribal culture and the simplicity of their exquisite beauty.

Nagaland is a state in India known for its rich culture and tradition—diverse in tribe, languages, and customs but united at heart. Famous for its ethereal environment, unexplored and untouched beauty, Kohima is the capital of this beautiful state in Northeast India. Famous tourist places you can visit in Nagaland are:
Town Mani Park
District Museum
Unman Village (regarded as the oldest and the largest village)
Ao Village

People who love going trekking, hiking, and camping should visit Nagaland for a thrilling experience. This place in India is endowed with quaint hills, picturesque landscape,s and emerald forests. All adventure enthusiasts are advised to go visit this beautiful Indian state at least once in their life.

Mizoram is neatly tucked in beautiful Northeast India. Aizwal is the capital of Mizoram and is also one of the popular places tourists love to visit. It is also considered as the cultural and religious capital of the Mizos. It is also one of the oldest cities in the Northeast region of India; it is slightly elevated with breathtaking views. Places that can be visited in Mizoram are:

There are so many places to visit but these are just a few of them. Mizoram in India is perfect for relaxation while enjoying local food and culture.

Imphal is the capital of Manipur; Manipur, also sometimes referred to as “the Switzerland of India,” is the right destination for tourists who love nature. There are so many places in Manipur that attract tourists from other states of India as well as the world. This beautiful Northeast state of India is known for its rich culture, cuisine, tourist spots, and definitely its beautiful landscapes, hills, and valleys with stunning water bodies. There are so many places to visit in Manipur with famous tourists destinations like:
Loktak Lake
Manipur State Museum
Manipur Zoological Gardens
Matai Garden
Khayang Peak
Khachouphung Lake
Hundung Mangva Cave
Pancha Rata Temple
Thoubal River

These are just a few of many places to visit in this beautiful state in India. For people who have been “nature-deprived” in their cities outside, Manipur is a dream destination for all. Even if you belong to a place as similar as Manipur, know that Manipur has more to offer. Visiting this beautiful eastern part of India is definitely worth it.

Northeast India is one of the most culturally diverse regions of the world; it is a dream destination of so many people around the globe. Least explored and untraveled areas make it more interesting, and you will be able to relax, feast, enjoy, and be glad for making a decision of visiting this part of the country. India has been blessed with such spectacular places, culture, and minds. The best way to understand the diversity in India in these regions is to visit and explore them. These Northeast India states are protected and tucked in comfortably by the great Himalayas and have so much to offer. Northeast India is one of many treasures of India that is least unexplored and unreached. If you love straying off the regular beaten track and into nature, Northeast India is the destination for you. 

Additional read:

Discover Agartala in Tripura
Discover Neermahal in Tripura
Discover Jampui Hills in Tripura

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