Places to visit in North East

When one thinks about places to visit in North East, one thinks about the land of the seven sisters which are like seven different wonders. There are different things to do in North East, depending on the change in weather conditions and the geography of the different states. It is a beautiful area with nature that flourishes its glory. There is a wide range of places to visit in North East India. You can opt for hill stations in North East and scenic valleys that avail hiking, trekking and other adventure activities.

Any travel within these beautiful places in North East Indian states is an adventure because of the roads. You can float amidst the clouds while you watch the sunset. You can do mountain climbing, river rafting, paragliding, and all kinds of snow sports as long as you are in the best places in Northeast. There are numerous experiences you can get in this area that you cannot forget for the rest of your life.

You can explore the best places to see in North East India. Get a glimpse of the one-horned rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National Park. Peaceful Buddhist Monasteries will rekindle the serenity in you and let you see the beauty in this religion. With natural bridges to hidden temples, this area is a mystery in itself. There are so many lakes, mountains, and reserves that you cannot get enough of. Wandering and discovering the tourist places in North East India is a great way to spend your vacation. On the other side, the culture and traditions of Northeast India is a marvel!

Lal Bazaar is one of the most well-known flea markets in the area. 

UNESCO Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is a home to one-horned rhinos. With more than 35 species of mammals and migratory birds that fly down every season, the story of this park is unlike any lore ever told. 

 

Location: Kanchanjuri, Assam.

 

Known for: One-horned rhinoceros.

 

How to reach: Furkating Junctions railway stations is the nearest railway station to this place. 

 

Approximate Cost: It can cost you INR 25 to 1500 depending on the rides you choose in the area. The entry fees are INR 100 per person for Indians. 

 

Operating hours: 24 hours. 

 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes, as this area can get tacky during monsoons. 

 

Type: Animal Sanctuary.

Cherrapunji is a town nestled high on the plateau of East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and is famous for being one of the wettest places on earth due to the high amount of rainfall it receives in a year. The pristine tranquil beauty of the valley speckled with numerous grand and spectacular waterfalls, mysterious caves, lush verdant unadulterated landscape and refreshing cool temperature and ambience makes it a popular tourist destination for locals and foreigners. The town has many mesmerizing spots that attract nature lovers:

Seven Sisters Waterfalls – Known as the Nohsngithiang Falls or the Mawsmai Waterfalls, it is a seven segmented waterfall and fourth highest in India at the height of 1,035 feet. Plunging from the limestone cliffs, it derives its name from the way it spreads into seven streams flowing down like a dazzling vision especially when the radiance of the sun illuminates it vibrantly forming a colourful illusion of a rainbow. It is a major attraction that draws tourists, especially during monsoons.

Living Root Bridge - Cherrapunji’s living root bridges are an exemplary work of nature and human. The root bridges created by the local people of Khasi who have a specialized training is essentially tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Made from the strong roots of a species of the Indian rubber tree that grow and thrive on the slopes of the Jaintia and the Khasi hills, it is a major attraction and most unique in the world. Some bridges are more than 500 years old and can bear the weight of more than 50 people. The best of these bridges is the Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge, which are two bridges stacked up on each other.

Mawsmai Caves - Mawsmai caves 6km away from Cherrapunji, is a fascinating destination that deserves a mention. The limestone caves are a well-lit maze of caves smattered with spellbinding formations of stalactites and stalagmites. While at some places, the openings are big enough to walk, at others its small and have to be passed by crawling. There’s also flora and fauna found aplenty that add to the mysterious air of the cave.

Nohkalikai Falls - Nohkalikai Falls on the East Khasi hills, is an enchanting waterfall and a spectacular sight to behold. At a height of 1,115 feet (340 metres), it is the highest plunge waterfall in India and fourth highest plunge waterfalls in the world.  The waters of the fall look absolutely breathtaking as it plunges majestically from a verdant gorge into a mystic green-hued lagoon surrounded by the lush rainforest.  

Dawki - A small town on the international border between Bangladesh and India in the Jaintia Hills, it is a trading hub and a tourist puller for its emerald crystal clear waters of the Umngot River, boat rides, boat riding competitions, greenery and the impressive British-era suspension bridge over the river.

Thangkarang Park –  12 km from Cherrapunji, Thangkarang Park is an ideal spot for nature lovers to spend a wonderful day in nature. It offers a brilliant view of the valleys of the Bangladesh plains, the Kynrem Falls and the Khoh Ramrah rock. Kynrem Fall is a three-tiered waterfall that cascades gracefully from a height of 305 meters, forming a pool at the base. Surrounded by lush green landscape, it is one of the highest falls in Cherrapunji and a stunning sight especially during and after monsoons when it swells up with water and offers a gorgeous view of the water stream hitting the rocks from above the bridge that helps to cross the falls.  The Kho Ramrah rock which is placed opposite to the entrance of the park is a beautiful rock formation in the shape of a cone basket and is also believed to resemble a shiva lingam. 

The best time to visit Cherrapunji is from September to May. June received the highest amount of rainfall and should be avoided.

 

Highlights

 

1. Cherrapunji is brimming with hypnotizing waterfalls, ancient caves and lush greenery. 

2. Cherrapunji has some interesting caves that a tourist can experience for an adventure of lifetime. While The Krem Mawmluh Cave is a dark and difficult to maneuver with slippery surface and waist high water along with bats for company, the Krem Liat Prah has an enormous passage known as the ‘aircraft hangar’ with rock formations coloured in brilliant hues of orange, red, black, grey, blue, green and white.

3. For the wildlife lovers, a trip to the Nokrek National Park will be a sheer delight to witness the diverse flora and fauna including the rare red panda.

4. The eco-park by the Shillong Agri-Horticultural society is also called the ‘green canyons’ and is an attraction for locals and tourists alike with bewitching views of Bangladesh’s sylheti plains and the exotic variety of the orchids grown in the greenhouse of the park.  

5. The wettest land, it has several more awe-inspiring waterfalls such as Dainthlen falls, Wakaba falls and rainbow falls.

6. The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View developed by the government at the beginning of the Sohra tourism circuit is a breathtaking sight of the verdant landscape and tranquil ambience offering peace and calm.

Interesting Facts About Cherrapunji

1. Cherrapunji is the second wettest land in India and on the planet.

2. The original name of Cherrapunji is Sohra and eventually evolved to Cherrapinji which means ‘land of oranges’

3. Ironically, despite heavy rainfall, Cherrapunji faces scarcity of clean water and locals travel far and wide to get potable water.

4. Cherrapunji holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year: 1,042.2 inches of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month: 370 inches in July 1861.

5. The Nohkalikai Falls literally translated means "Jump of Ka Likai" in Khasi and is derived from the legend that a woman named Ka like had jumped off the cliff into the waterfall when she discovered a severed finger and realized that her second husband had killed her daughter and fed the meat to her.

 

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A holiday amidst bewitching waterfalls and lush green canyon.

How to get to Cherrapunji

Flight: The nearest airport is Umroi airport, Shillong located at a distance of 35 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Cherrapnji

Train: The closest station is Guwahati railway station at a distance of 180km. A cab or bus can be hired from there to Cherrapunji.

Road: Frequent buses for Cherrapunji leave from the Sohra Bus Stand in Shillong. Private car and taxi can also be hired.

Location

Meghalaya

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Also known as Kamrup-Kamakhya, this is a Hindu temple of the Mother Goddess Kamakhya. This temple is one of the oldest amongst the 51 Shakti Pithas and is located on the Nilachal Hill in western Guwahati. Apart from the main temple, there is a complex of many individual temples around that are worth a visit. The entire complex attracts Hindus and people of other faiths as well.

 

Location: Guwahati, Assam

Known for: Among the 51 oldest Shakti Pithas. Really old temple.

How to reach: Take a Cab or Auto from Guwahati Railway Station. Regular Assam Tourism buses also ply to and from the temple.

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Operating hours: 08.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. visiting in Afternoons is ideal to avoid crowds.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear sober clothes as this a temple. Ensure that clothing is not constricting as you may need to bend and lean in the main sanctum sanctorum of the temple

Type: Temple

Located on the Brahmaputra, this island was initially 1200 square km when it was formed. As years passed by, Brahmaputra got eroded and made it 420 square kilometers. So, visit it before it vanishes!

 

Location: Assam.

Known for: A lot of birds and traveling through fields on a canoe.

How to reach: take a 20 km ride from Jorhat on a ferry to reach Majuli.

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Operating hours: Open 24 hours.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your binoculars to get a view of some of the rare birds that migrate here.

Type: Village. 

A thin gauge train course that connects Darjeeling and Siliguri is popularly referred to as the 'toy train.' It transports people to the hills and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling from the lower part of Easter Himalayas.

 

Location: Darjeeling

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Each ride will cost you INR 200-400 per person approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of the plantations in Darjeeling. 

Tips: Carry your camera to capture these breathtaking views.

The hills of Unakoti host a wide range of rock-carved figures and stone images of Gods. They are the prime tourist attraction of the city in North Tripura.

 

Location: Tripura

 

Known for: Rock-carved figures and stone images of Lord Shiva, Ganesha, and Maa Durga.

 

How to reach: There are many rail and road connects to Tripura from the rest of northeast India.

 

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

 

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes, as this is a rocky place.  

 

Type: Historic Site

Known worldwide for its tea plantations, Assam is a beautiful place to witness. With tea gardens that sprawl over an area of 216200 hectares, there are more than 100 estates you can visit and have a look at.

 

Location: Assam.

 

For: Everyone.

 

Difficulty level: Easy

 

Approximate Cost: It might cost you INR 100-200 to enter the tea estates at some places.

 

Why you should do it: To indulge yourself in the aroma of tea.

Tips: Get hold of a few tea bags in local shops to carry this taste home ass a souvenir.

This beautiful monastery situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh, gives a stunning view of the valley.

 

Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Known for: Its beauty in the night. You can plan a visit on a full moon night to witness this celestial beauty with around 850 sculptures to admire.

 

How to reach: There is all kind of transport that takes you to Tawang, the most special one being the helicopter or flight that will give you breath-taking views of the area.

 

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

 

Operating hours: 7 am to 7 pm.

 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable clothes.

 

Type: Buddhist Monastery. 

Located at the Indo-China border, Nathu La Pass is a beauty in itself. It was the legendary Silk route from Tibet to India in the past, which is a great tourist spot in the present. This is a must trip if you visit the North East India.

 

Location: 52 kilometers from Gangtok.

For: Young group of friends and couples.

Difficulty level: Difficult

Approximate Cost: You will need to get permit in Gangtok.

Why you should do it: To get a view of the mist covered zigzag roads amidst the scenic lakes and roaring waterfalls.  

Tips: Carry the warmest clothes you have, as the temperatures here are extremely freezing. 

With a panoramic view of the mountains like Kanchenjunga, Rathong, Frey, and Kabru North; delicious Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine; and the scenic beauty; Pelling is a perfect destination to be in Sikkim.

 

Location: Sikkim

Known for: Sing Shore Suspensions Bridge, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdengtse Ruins, Khecheopalri, and Sewaro Rock Garden.

How to reach: You can reach by rail, road or airways.

Approximate Cost: No entry fees. 

Operating hours: 24 hours

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry warm woolen clothes.

Type: Landmark. 

Spread over 550 square kilometers, the Dampa Tiger Reserves are a home to some of the most beautiful tigers you can witness.

 

Location: Mizoram

Known for: 10 species of animals and a wide variety of birds. It is a home for Sparse Tiger species which are hard to spot.

How to reach: You can take a local transport from Mizoram or even hire a taxi.

Approximate Cost: INR 5-10 per person.

Operating hours: 8 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes and carry your binoculars.

Type: Animal Sanctuary.

Rich in limestone deposits, these hills are located in the heart of Meghalaya. There are many caves to explore in this area that will boost your adrenaline.

 

Location: Meghalaya

Known for: Limestone deposits and caves.

How to reach: Take a ride from the center of Meghalaya, and after you reach there, you can take a ferry.

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Operating hours: Open 24 hours.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable clothes to enter close places and protect yourself from mosquitos.

Type: Landmark.

The third highest peak of the world, Kanchenjunga is a big-time favorite for adventure junkies. It is one of the unique and beautiful treks you can come across in the Northeast India.

 

Location: Kanchenjunga

For: Young groups and couples.

Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Why you should do it: To get a breathtaking view from the tip of Kanchenjunga

Tips: You need to be very fit to be a part of this trek, or you might face health issues.

One of the most romantic trails in the Himalayas, the Goechala trek in Sikkim is a trip you must do. When you are exploring the North East Himalayas, make sure you don't give this a miss.

 

Location: Sikkim

For: Young group of friends and most importantly Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of Rhododendron forests, Dzongri and Thansing, Samiti Lake, Kanchenjunga, and Pandim. 

Tips: Protect yourself from the chilly weather with warm clothes and comfortable shoes for hiking.

One of the increasingly popular adventure sports of Sikkim is paragliding. You can get a magnificent view of the Himalayan range as you steer across the mountains in a beautiful 15-20 minutes ride.

 

Location: Sikkim

For: Young group and couples

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 500-600 for a 15-20 minutes ride.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayan range. 

Tips: Make sure you listen to your instructors to get a good experience.

Also known as Bong Bong falls, these waterfalls are 100 meters high from the sea level. They are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

 

Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Known for: Breathtaking views.

How to reach: Take a taxi from the Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh.

Approximate Cost: No entry fees

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes as you might need to trek.

Type: Waterfalls.

One of the most adventurous things you can do while you are in Sikkim is to take a ride on the grumbling waters of Teesta River. The water is extremely icy and turbulent, giving you a lot of jerks as your travel on them. This one is sure to pump your adrenaline.

 

Location: Teesta River, Sikkim

 

For: Mostly young group of friends and couples.

 

Difficulty level: Hard

 

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 400-500 for a 1-2 hr ride per person in the river.

 

Why you should do it: To go on a challenging ride over the turbulent waters of River Teesta.

 

Tips: Don't forget to wear your helmet and pull the ropes of your jacket tightly.

Regarded as the wettest place in the country, Meghalaya is also the home for root bridges. These living root bridges in Cherrapunji are the major tourist attraction of the Northeast India. These bridges are being grown for centuries and can hold the weight of 50 people at a time.

 

Location: Khasi Hills and Jaintia

For: All age groups.

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: No entry

Why you should do it: To get an experience of walking over the living

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes to avoid slipping. 

Located in the heart of Dimapur, Hong Kong market is a home for foreign goods and products. There are many things like shoes, clothes, and electronic goods of unique varieties. Make sure you visit this place in Nagaland if you have an eye for branded items!

 

Location: Hazi Park Road, Dimapur, Nagaland

Timing: 10 am to 7 pm

Known for: Branded and unique items. 

Bargaining: It is pretty hard to bargain in this area!

Situated in the Hotel Polo Towers near the Polo Grounds, Platinum is one of the classiest bars of Shillong. With authentic decor and ambiance, Platinum is the perfect place to groove for great music that plays into the night.

 

Must try: Starters.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 12 am every day.

Location: Polo Grounds, New Colony, Shillong, Meghalaya

This Blue Mountain of Mizoram is the highest mountain peak that offers breathtaking views. It hosts a wide range of spectacular trees and flowers of all colors and offers a stunning view of the blue hills. 

 

Location: Mizoram

 

Known for: Orchids and rhododendrons

 

How to reach: There are many rail and road connections to Mizoram from Assam. 

 

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

 

Operating hours: 24 hours, but is ideal for a visit during dusk or dawn.

 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your binoculars that can come in handy. Also, don't forget your camera. 

 

Type: Landmark.

Your trip to Guwahati cannot be complete without shopping at the Fancy Bazaar. Stopover for a few hours in the bazaar and indulge yourself in the guilty pleasure of shopping! There are colorful silk fabrics, wooden toys, bamboo art products, cane items, and home décor that are sure to divert your attention!

 

Location: Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Known for: Silk fabrics and a wide variety of shoes, wooden toys, and cane items. 

Bargaining: You can bargain

One of the most exciting pubs in Guwahati, Kamikaze is located at the Uzan Bazar. This disco cum pub stands on a ferry that is afloat on the river. There is good music, appetizing platter many different options of spirits that add an amazing aura to the place!

 

Must try: Starters and international spirits.

Opening hours: All days of the week from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Location: Kamrup District, Guwahati, Assam.

This a marine-themed AC restaurant that serves a hearty meal comprising of North Indian cuisine and also some of the best local food. They also have an outside seating area with tables set amidst lush greenery and beautiful sculptures.

 

Must eat: Local food.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: LN Bari Road, Agartala.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm

Bara Bazaar in Aizawl is an exciting place for shopping enthusiasts. There is a wide range of handicrafts, shawls, clothes, and jewelry that are available in a vast array of shops in the bazaar.

 

Location: North of Dalhousie Square, Aizawl, Mizoram

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Known for: Handicrafts, shawls, and jewelry. 

Bargaining: You can bargain!

One of the most happening pubs of Guwahati featuring live music bands from across the state. With feet tapping numbers and lip-smacking starters, this place is sure to make your night tipsy.

 

Must try:  Penne Pasta, Sangria, Garlic bread.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 12 am every day. With happy hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm.

Location: 4th Floor, Dona Planet Mall, G.S.Road, Christian Basti, Guwahati.

Named after the legendary Jimi Hendrix; this pub is the final destination for all music lovers. There is a well-stocked bar, delicious bar food and lovely ambiance that will leave you in awe! With live music featuring original covers, this is a must-try place for all the music lovers!

 

Must try: Delicious snacks.

Opening hours: 1 pm to 12 am

Location: Opposite Pantaloons, Rukminigaon, Six Mile Area, Guwahati, Assam

With tables that let you witness pleasant mountain views and yummy Mizo dishes served on your plate; David's Kitchen is an authentic Mizo, Thai, Indian Chinese and Continental food eatery. They also have a decent range of mocktails on their list!

 

Must eat: Smoked-pork stew with mustard leaves, served with rice and chutney!

Approximate Cost for two: INR 700-900

Address: G-16, Chanmari, Aizwal, Mizoram. 

Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm on Sundays. 

This cozy eatery serves freshly made local dishes like churpa which is a delicious fermented-cheese broth with fungi and vegetables, momos which are the authentic Tibetan dumplings and other Chinese dishes.

 

Must eat: Fiery chili chicken, salted Tibetan yak-butter tea, and momos.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Old Market, Tawang Valley

Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm

This fine-dining spot which doubles as a lounge bar in the evenings serves a vast variety of Indian and Chinese dishes. This place has maroon-and-white table linen sporting rich woodwork that will give you authentic Chinese vibes.

 

Must eat: Chinese dishes like momos and dumplings.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Hotel SC Continental, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm.

The world's only market whose shops are owned, run and controlled by only women! More than 3000 women make their livelihood by selling products at the Khwairamband Bazaar. There are Manipuri traditional dresses, handloom garments, utensils, shawls, ivory crafts, porcelain dolls and authentic Manipuri jewels that attract the attention of tourists from all over the world.

 

Location: Centre of City, Imphal

Timing: 7 am to 5 pm

Known for: Handicrafts and Manipuri traditional dresses.

Bargaining: You can bargain

This restaurant serves one of the most popular thalis in town. With more than a dozen local delicacies like tangy fish stew, fried fish, leafy greens, grilled vegetables, local dhal, iromba which is fermented fish curry, and ngapi which a fermented shrimp paste; this sumptuous meal is worth all your bucks!

 

Must eat: Thali

Approximate Cost for two: INR 300-400

Address: Wahengbam Leikai Road, Imphal

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm

This tiny roadside restaurant offers you an assortment of local cuisine. They serve the most authentic Assamese food in a cane furnished dining area.

 

Must eat: Fish in Sesame Paste, Fried duck, fried pork with dried bamboo shoots and spicy mutton chunks.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 500-700

Address: Adjacent to SBI Kohora, Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Contact: 9435600879

Opening hours: 12 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm.

This cozy eatery serves freshly made local dishes like churpa which is a delicious fermented-cheese broth with fungi and vegetables, momos which are the authentic Tibetan dumplings and other Chinese dishes.

 

Must eat: Fiery chili chicken, salted Tibetan yak-butter tea, and momos.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Old Market, Tawang Valley

Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm

If you want a break from the North Eastern cuisine, you can opt for Moti Mahal restaurant. It includes all the North Indian staple food in its menu, sending you on a nostalgic high.

 

Must eat: Palak Paneer, Tarka Dhal.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 500-800

Address: AT road, Dibrugarh, Assam

Opening hours: 11 am to 3 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm.

This is one of the most laid-back pubs in Gangtok bearing a unique name. The drinks, food, and music are very soothing that will help you relax after a tiring day of sightseeing and shopping.

 

Must try: Wide range of spirits.

Opening hours: 7 pm to 11:30 pm

Location: MG Marg, Gangtok

Popular among the Indian tourists, Paradise is a perfect choice to eat a lunch thali. They bring together all the local culinary flavors on a platter, giving you the best meal that you cannot forget for the rest of your life.

 

Must eat: Subtly flavored fish curry, Tenga.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 100-200 for a main dish. 

Address: GNB Road, Guwahati

Contact: 9435548812 

Opening hours: 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

One of the most happening places of Shillong, Cloud Nine is a hub for party goers. True to its name, the ambiance, lights, and breathtaking views of Shillong from one side of the pub will make you feel like you are on Cloud Nine. With wide glass windows that give a stunning view of the hills of Shillong and the décor that is purely authentic, Cloud Nine is a place where one would like to sit back and enjoy a drink.

 

Must try: Their Sunday afternoon buffet is to die for!

Opening hours: 8 pm to 11:30 pm every day.

Location: Hotel Centre Point, Police Bazar, Shillong.

This discotheque located in Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok is one of the oldest pubs in Guwahati. The river Brahmaputra flows across the place giving a beautiful view as you team up with your gang and shake a leg on the dance floor.

 

Must try: Wines, Whiskies, Scotch and Beers.

Opening hours: 5 pm to 11 pm daily.

Location: Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, MG Road, Guwahati.

One of the most beautiful experiences on your visit to North East India is the cable car ride. It starts from Deorali Bazar and extends until Tashling.

 

Location: Gangtok.

For: All age groups.

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Each ride will cost you INR 200-400 per person

Why you should do it: To get scintillating views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the entire town of Gangtok. 

Tips: Carry your binoculars and camera to capture the moments.

This is one of the best bars in Gangtok with live music and warm ambiance. There are scrumptious meals you can savor and foot-tapping music that will set your mood right. It is the perfect place to spend a lazy evening.

 

Must try: Malai Tikka and Sauteed mushrooms.

Opening hours: 10 am to 10:30 pm every day

Location: MG Mark, Gangtok, Sikkim.

Be it books, jackets or dresses; the Police Bazaar has it all! It is a mix of modern and traditional culture where you can hang out with your gang of friends or even shop with your family. People from all different countries come to Police Bazaar, giving you an opportunity to meet and mingle with them!

 

Location: Downtown, Shillong

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Sundays

Known for: Souvenirs like handicrafts and showpieces 

Bargaining: You need to brush up your bargaining skills to shop at fair prices in this market.

One of the famous choice among the youth, X'Cape is a groovy nightclub that plays good music until midnight. The decor and ambiance of this place give warm vibes, making it more cozy and comfortable. The music is foot-tapping, and the food is mouth-watering. What else do you need to spend a good night dancing away?

 

Must try: Exotic cocktails.

Opening hours: 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Location: Vajra Cinema Hall, Baluakhani Road, Sungava, Gangtok.

 

 

With the friendliest staff who will happily explain you about the local cuisines and a cozy ambiance; Sky Chef is the best place to reach out for after a long day's sightseeing around town. They serve a good range of Chinese, Indian, and local Assamese food.

 

Must eat: Chinese and Assamese local cuisine of your preferred choices.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 300-400

Address: Hotel Shiva Palace, AT Road, Sivasagar.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10:30 pm.

A must do activity in North East India is the Yak ride. These beasts travel on a harsh terrain where there are no proper roads, making it easy for you to reach destinations.

 

Location: When riding to the high lying areas.

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 400-500 per person approximately for a 1-2 hr ride.

Why you should do it: To test your endurance levels and to get a picture of Yak as a memory from the area. 

Tips: You don't want to tease the beast to the point that it gets irked!

With super-friendly hospitality and soothing music, Tango is a perfect place to hang out with your gang of friends. They have a live band followed by a DJ to end your night with a classic dance on the floor!

 

Must try: Meatballs.

Opening hours: 2 pm to 10:30 pm every day.

Location: OB Shopping Mall, Shillong, Meghalaya.

Located at the Indo-China border, Nathu La Pass is a beauty in itself. It was the legendary Silk route from Tibet to India in the past, which is a great tourist spot in the present. This is a must trip if you visit the North East India.

 

Location: 52 kilometers from Gangtok.

For: Young group of friends and couples.

Difficulty level: Difficult

Approximate Cost: You will need to get permit in Gangtok.

Why you should do it: To get a view of the mist covered zigzag roads amidst the scenic lakes and roaring waterfalls.  

Tips: Carry the warmest clothes you have, as the temperatures here are extremely freezing. 

One of the most beautiful experiences on your visit to North East India is the cable car ride. It starts from Deorali Bazar and extends until Tashling.

 

Location: Gangtok.

For: All age groups.

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Each ride will cost you INR 200-400 per person

Why you should do it: To get scintillating views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the entire town of Gangtok. 

Tips: Carry your binoculars and camera to capture the moments.

Known worldwide for its tea plantations, Assam is a beautiful place to witness. With tea gardens that sprawl over an area of 216200 hectares, there are more than 100 estates you can visit and have a look at.

 

Location: Assam.

 

For: Everyone.

 

Difficulty level: Easy

 

Approximate Cost: It might cost you INR 100-200 to enter the tea estates at some places.

 

Why you should do it: To indulge yourself in the aroma of tea.

Tips: Get hold of a few tea bags in local shops to carry this taste home ass a souvenir.

One of the most adventurous things you can do while you are in Sikkim is to take a ride on the grumbling waters of Teesta River. The water is extremely icy and turbulent, giving you a lot of jerks as your travel on them. This one is sure to pump your adrenaline.

 

Location: Teesta River, Sikkim

 

For: Mostly young group of friends and couples.

 

Difficulty level: Hard

 

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 400-500 for a 1-2 hr ride per person in the river.

 

Why you should do it: To go on a challenging ride over the turbulent waters of River Teesta.

 

Tips: Don't forget to wear your helmet and pull the ropes of your jacket tightly.

One of the most romantic trails in the Himalayas, the Goechala trek in Sikkim is a trip you must do. When you are exploring the North East Himalayas, make sure you don't give this a miss.

 

Location: Sikkim

For: Young group of friends and most importantly Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of Rhododendron forests, Dzongri and Thansing, Samiti Lake, Kanchenjunga, and Pandim. 

Tips: Protect yourself from the chilly weather with warm clothes and comfortable shoes for hiking.

A must do activity in North East India is the Yak ride. These beasts travel on a harsh terrain where there are no proper roads, making it easy for you to reach destinations.

 

Location: When riding to the high lying areas.

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 400-500 per person approximately for a 1-2 hr ride.

Why you should do it: To test your endurance levels and to get a picture of Yak as a memory from the area. 

Tips: You don't want to tease the beast to the point that it gets irked!

A thin gauge train course that connects Darjeeling and Siliguri is popularly referred to as the 'toy train.' It transports people to the hills and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling from the lower part of Easter Himalayas.

 

Location: Darjeeling

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Each ride will cost you INR 200-400 per person approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of the plantations in Darjeeling. 

Tips: Carry your camera to capture these breathtaking views.

One of the increasingly popular adventure sports of Sikkim is paragliding. You can get a magnificent view of the Himalayan range as you steer across the mountains in a beautiful 15-20 minutes ride.

 

Location: Sikkim

For: Young group and couples

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 500-600 for a 15-20 minutes ride.

Why you should do it: To get a great view of the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayan range. 

Tips: Make sure you listen to your instructors to get a good experience.

The third highest peak of the world, Kanchenjunga is a big-time favorite for adventure junkies. It is one of the unique and beautiful treks you can come across in the Northeast India.

 

Location: Kanchenjunga

For: Young groups and couples.

Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: No entry fees.

Why you should do it: To get a breathtaking view from the tip of Kanchenjunga

Tips: You need to be very fit to be a part of this trek, or you might face health issues.

Regarded as the wettest place in the country, Meghalaya is also the home for root bridges. These living root bridges in Cherrapunji are the major tourist attraction of the Northeast India. These bridges are being grown for centuries and can hold the weight of 50 people at a time.

 

Location: Khasi Hills and Jaintia

For: All age groups.

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: No entry

Why you should do it: To get an experience of walking over the living

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes to avoid slipping. 

Popular among the Indian tourists, Paradise is a perfect choice to eat a lunch thali. They bring together all the local culinary flavors on a platter, giving you the best meal that you cannot forget for the rest of your life.

 

Must eat: Subtly flavored fish curry, Tenga.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 100-200 for a main dish. 

Address: GNB Road, Guwahati

Contact: 9435548812 

Opening hours: 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

This fine-dining spot which doubles as a lounge bar in the evenings serves a vast variety of Indian and Chinese dishes. This place has maroon-and-white table linen sporting rich woodwork that will give you authentic Chinese vibes.

 

Must eat: Chinese dishes like momos and dumplings.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Hotel SC Continental, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm.

This restaurant serves one of the most popular thalis in town. With more than a dozen local delicacies like tangy fish stew, fried fish, leafy greens, grilled vegetables, local dhal, iromba which is fermented fish curry, and ngapi which a fermented shrimp paste; this sumptuous meal is worth all your bucks!

 

Must eat: Thali

Approximate Cost for two: INR 300-400

Address: Wahengbam Leikai Road, Imphal

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm

This tiny roadside restaurant offers you an assortment of local cuisine. They serve the most authentic Assamese food in a cane furnished dining area.

 

Must eat: Fish in Sesame Paste, Fried duck, fried pork with dried bamboo shoots and spicy mutton chunks.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 500-700

Address: Adjacent to SBI Kohora, Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Contact: 9435600879

Opening hours: 12 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm.

If you want a break from the North Eastern cuisine, you can opt for Moti Mahal restaurant. It includes all the North Indian staple food in its menu, sending you on a nostalgic high.

 

Must eat: Palak Paneer, Tarka Dhal.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 500-800

Address: AT road, Dibrugarh, Assam

Opening hours: 11 am to 3 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm.

Popular among the Indian tourists, Paradise is a perfect choice to eat a lunch thali. They bring together all the local culinary flavors on a platter, giving you the best meal that you cannot forget for the rest of your life.

 

Must eat: Subtly flavored fish curry, Tenga.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 100-200 for a main dish. 

Address: GNB Road, Guwahati

Contact: 9435548812 

Opening hours: 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

This cozy eatery serves freshly made local dishes like churpa which is a delicious fermented-cheese broth with fungi and vegetables, momos which are the authentic Tibetan dumplings and other Chinese dishes.

 

Must eat: Fiery chili chicken, salted Tibetan yak-butter tea, and momos.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Old Market, Tawang Valley

Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm

This a marine-themed AC restaurant that serves a hearty meal comprising of North Indian cuisine and also some of the best local food. They also have an outside seating area with tables set amidst lush greenery and beautiful sculptures.

 

Must eat: Local food.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: LN Bari Road, Agartala.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm

This fine-dining spot which doubles as a lounge bar in the evenings serves a vast variety of Indian and Chinese dishes. This place has maroon-and-white table linen sporting rich woodwork that will give you authentic Chinese vibes.

 

Must eat: Chinese dishes like momos and dumplings.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 400-500

Address: Hotel SC Continental, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm.

With the friendliest staff who will happily explain you about the local cuisines and a cozy ambiance; Sky Chef is the best place to reach out for after a long day's sightseeing around town. They serve a good range of Chinese, Indian, and local Assamese food.

 

Must eat: Chinese and Assamese local cuisine of your preferred choices.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 300-400

Address: Hotel Shiva Palace, AT Road, Sivasagar.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10:30 pm.

One of the most exciting pubs in Guwahati, Kamikaze is located at the Uzan Bazar. This disco cum pub stands on a ferry that is afloat on the river. There is good music, appetizing platter many different options of spirits that add an amazing aura to the place!

 

Must try: Starters and international spirits.

Opening hours: All days of the week from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Location: Kamrup District, Guwahati, Assam.

One of the most happening places of Shillong, Cloud Nine is a hub for party goers. True to its name, the ambiance, lights, and breathtaking views of Shillong from one side of the pub will make you feel like you are on Cloud Nine. With wide glass windows that give a stunning view of the hills of Shillong and the décor that is purely authentic, Cloud Nine is a place where one would like to sit back and enjoy a drink.

 

Must try: Their Sunday afternoon buffet is to die for!

Opening hours: 8 pm to 11:30 pm every day.

Location: Hotel Centre Point, Police Bazar, Shillong.

This discotheque located in Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok is one of the oldest pubs in Guwahati. The river Brahmaputra flows across the place giving a beautiful view as you team up with your gang and shake a leg on the dance floor.

 

Must try: Wines, Whiskies, Scotch and Beers.

Opening hours: 5 pm to 11 pm daily.

Location: Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, MG Road, Guwahati.

One of the most happening pubs of Guwahati featuring live music bands from across the state. With feet tapping numbers and lip-smacking starters, this place is sure to make your night tipsy.

 

Must try:  Penne Pasta, Sangria, Garlic bread.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 12 am every day. With happy hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm.

Location: 4th Floor, Dona Planet Mall, G.S.Road, Christian Basti, Guwahati.

This is one of the best bars in Gangtok with live music and warm ambiance. There are scrumptious meals you can savor and foot-tapping music that will set your mood right. It is the perfect place to spend a lazy evening.

 

Must try: Malai Tikka and Sauteed mushrooms.

Opening hours: 10 am to 10:30 pm every day

Location: MG Mark, Gangtok, Sikkim.

One of the famous choice among the youth, X'Cape is a groovy nightclub that plays good music until midnight. The decor and ambiance of this place give warm vibes, making it more cozy and comfortable. The music is foot-tapping, and the food is mouth-watering. What else do you need to spend a good night dancing away?

 

Must try: Exotic cocktails.

Opening hours: 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Location: Vajra Cinema Hall, Baluakhani Road, Sungava, Gangtok.

 

 

Situated in the Hotel Polo Towers near the Polo Grounds, Platinum is one of the classiest bars of Shillong. With authentic decor and ambiance, Platinum is the perfect place to groove for great music that plays into the night.

 

Must try: Starters.

Opening hours: 12 pm to 12 am every day.

Location: Polo Grounds, New Colony, Shillong, Meghalaya

This is one of the most laid-back pubs in Gangtok bearing a unique name. The drinks, food, and music are very soothing that will help you relax after a tiring day of sightseeing and shopping.

 

Must try: Wide range of spirits.

Opening hours: 7 pm to 11:30 pm

Location: MG Marg, Gangtok

Named after the legendary Jimi Hendrix; this pub is the final destination for all music lovers. There is a well-stocked bar, delicious bar food and lovely ambiance that will leave you in awe! With live music featuring original covers, this is a must-try place for all the music lovers!

 

Must try: Delicious snacks.

Opening hours: 1 pm to 12 am

Location: Opposite Pantaloons, Rukminigaon, Six Mile Area, Guwahati, Assam

With super-friendly hospitality and soothing music, Tango is a perfect place to hang out with your gang of friends. They have a live band followed by a DJ to end your night with a classic dance on the floor!

 

Must try: Meatballs.

Opening hours: 2 pm to 10:30 pm every day.

Location: OB Shopping Mall, Shillong, Meghalaya.

One of the oldest and the most fascinating shopping street of Gangtok is the Lal Bazaar. They sell a wide range of shoes, gift items, dresses, tops, and local cosmetics. Grab yourself a pair of Sikkim cups that have a unique looking attractive traditional Sikkim's design on them in different color combinations.

 

Location: Lal Bazar Road, Gangtok

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm.

Known for: Sikkim cups and various other clothes. 

Bargaining: You can bargain!

Be it books, jackets or dresses; the Police Bazaar has it all! It is a mix of modern and traditional culture where you can hang out with your gang of friends or even shop with your family. People from all different countries come to Police Bazaar, giving you an opportunity to meet and mingle with them!

 

Location: Downtown, Shillong

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Sundays

Known for: Souvenirs like handicrafts and showpieces 

Bargaining: You need to brush up your bargaining skills to shop at fair prices in this market.

Bara Bazaar in Aizawl is an exciting place for shopping enthusiasts. There is a wide range of handicrafts, shawls, clothes, and jewelry that are available in a vast array of shops in the bazaar.

 

Location: North of Dalhousie Square, Aizawl, Mizoram

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Known for: Handicrafts, shawls, and jewelry. 

Bargaining: You can bargain!

The world's only market whose shops are owned, run and controlled by only women! More than 3000 women make their livelihood by selling products at the Khwairamband Bazaar. There are Manipuri traditional dresses, handloom garments, utensils, shawls, ivory crafts, porcelain dolls and authentic Manipuri jewels that attract the attention of tourists from all over the world.

 

Location: Centre of City, Imphal

Timing: 7 am to 5 pm

Known for: Handicrafts and Manipuri traditional dresses.

Bargaining: You can bargain

Your trip to Guwahati cannot be complete without shopping at the Fancy Bazaar. Stopover for a few hours in the bazaar and indulge yourself in the guilty pleasure of shopping! There are colorful silk fabrics, wooden toys, bamboo art products, cane items, and home décor that are sure to divert your attention!

 

Location: Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Known for: Silk fabrics and a wide variety of shoes, wooden toys, and cane items. 

Bargaining: You can bargain

Located in the heart of Dimapur, Hong Kong market is a home for foreign goods and products. There are many things like shoes, clothes, and electronic goods of unique varieties. Make sure you visit this place in Nagaland if you have an eye for branded items!

 

Location: Hazi Park Road, Dimapur, Nagaland

Timing: 10 am to 7 pm

Known for: Branded and unique items. 

Bargaining: It is pretty hard to bargain in this area!

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