How To Reach North East India

Travel Options

By Road

All the states have a good connection of roads in the urban areas with regular long distance buses from many north-eastern states to West Bengal. Self-Driving here is not very advisable due to security reasons. The National Highways 31, 37, 38 and 40 connect Assam to the major cities of India. Since there is not much rail connectivity among the north-eastern states, there are many buses that ply from Siliguri to Sikkim, Assam, and Gangtok. Road trips are however very much attractive to the young group of people due to the sublime landscapes they offer. You can enjoy this pristine region with your vehicle or by hiring a driver, to get a glimpse of some of the most beautiful views. The roads to north-eastern states are pretty convenient in most of the parts, but if you want to reach an off-beat destination then brace yourselves for all the bumps. Most of the highways in and around Assam as smooth with small puddles here and there. Nevertheless, as you ascend towards uphill, the roads get a little bumpy and will give an adrenaline rush with the steep and narrow slopes. However, within the north-eastern states; Shillong to Cherrapunji, Guwahati to Moreh, Jorhat to Mechuka, Tezpur to Tawang, Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake, and Kalimpong to Zuluk are some of the trips you cannot give a miss! Duration of Travel: It will take you more than 48 hours to reach by road from Delhi. Approximate cost per person: The tickets for the bus will cost you INR 2000-3000 depending on the demand. How to travel by road: Take National Highways 31, 37, 38 or 40, depending on the route you chose to travel. It is easier to reach when you start from Kolkata. However, there would be a lot of landslides and other threats which make it advisable to not travel by road. It is also a bad idea for people who have motion sickness.

By Air

Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura are connected by direct flights from Kolkata as well as Delhi and Kolkata. Whereas, from other states; you need to take multiple flights. Northeast India flights usually land in Silchar airport and Dibrugarh Aiport in Assam. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is well connected to major cities of India. You can also reach Manipur by air very conveniently. There are also many helicopter services to Aizwal and Naharlagun from the respective places. However, Arunachal Pradesh has no flight service. Frequent flight names: Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Air Deccan. Biggest airport: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.

By Train

Major cities of the country have some good connectivity by train to Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Naharlagun is the important station in Arunachal Pradesh which is located between Guwahati and New Delhi. Also, Guwahati, Lumding, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia are the crucial stations in Assam. There are Rajdhani Express, North-East Express, and Brahmaputra Mail which run from Delhi to North East India. Whereas, the Saraighat Express runs from Kolkata. The train tracks are not electrified, and hence there would be a lot of delays before you reach here. Mizoram does not have any rail links. To reach Sikkim, you should take a train to New Jalpaiguri, on the other hand, Kumarghat is the nearest rail station to enter Tripura. Duration of travel: The Rajdhani Express is the fastest one which reaches in 28 hrs, followed by North-East express which requires 32 hours and Brahmaputra Mail which needs 42 hours to reach Assam. Approximate cost per person: It will cost you INR 2,500-3,500 depending upon the destination you travel from.

Transportation in north east

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