In northeast Indian states, there is no shortage of tourist destinations. From lush tea garden laden hills to amazingly beautiful river valleys, tourists get literally spoilt for choice. In each state of the region, you can also find some places that are ideal for spending weekends with near ones. These places while somewhat offbeat from main tourists spots, offer plenty of attractions for people seeking serenity and natural bliss.
Below listed are few such top weekend destinations in the Northeast India.
The hustle and bustle in the capital city of Sikkim can get on your nerves at times, more so if you happen to visit the place during a festival such as Christmas! If you prefer a break from the chaotic urban life in Gangtok, a weekend trip to the picaresque Yumthang Valley is worth a shot. This is quite a high altitude place. The diversity in landscape including hot water springs, rhododendron laden forests and lush green meadows is a treat for your eyes. The snow laden mountain ranges serve as a nice contrasting backdrop. You may also explore the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary while visiting Yumthang Valley. It takes about an hour from Gangtok to reach the valley. Owing to its proximity to Indo-China border you will need permits to visit the place. Opting for the services of travel agencies will be prudent.
Guwahati is a big city thriving with activities and visitors all over the year. However, there are some serene and lovely weekend destinations near the city in Assam. One such place is Kukurmara, a small township in Kamrup district- about 40 km away from Guwahati. Here you can find the Kulsi river- a tributary of Brahmaputra. The river has a population of Indian River Dolphins. Viewing the endangered labeled marine creature is a delight though taking snaps of them can prove to be tricky! You can also hire a boat to see the endangered dolphins from up close. You may also choose the riverside for enjoying picnic in serenity while enjoying the greenery and beautiful views around.
Nature and wildlife lovers visiting Manipur should not miss exploring the amazingly beautiful Sendra Island and Lohtak Lake. Deemed as one of the biggest fresh water lakes in India, Loktak Lake is a vast water body with diverse marine ecology and wildlife around. The Sendra Island located at the middle of the lake has a Tourist Bungalow and café for tourists. The floating bio mass called phumdis that make up the islands atop the lake has led to a thriving wildlife. The lake spans across a 312 sq. km area and resembles a miniature island sea. On the southern fringe of this lake there is the Keibul Lamjao National Park- home to famous Sangai deer of Manipur. You can also opt for boating across the vast lake. This island and lake makes up for an ideal weekend getaway just 48 km from Imphal.
Pasighat is one of the most interesting places in Arunachal Pradesh that you can include in your tour. It is deemed as gateway to Arunachal Pradesh and is an old town. It was set up by the British in 1911 and traces of the era still remain. It is also the East Siang district headquarters. The view of the city located on Siang river banks is enchanting. Pasighat is adjacent to many lush tea gardens. Around the town, you can find many natural attractions like hanging bridges, mountain cliffs and waterfalls. The Daying Ering Sanctuary is another nearby attraction for nature and wildlife lovers. Observing the life and custom of the Adi tribes inhabiting the region can also be interesting for visitors. They celebrate regional festivals like Solung and Mopin with gusto. The city is well connected with Guwahati by roads and buses ply regularly.
Located a little more than 50 km from Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl- Thenzawl is a nice serene village that serves as perfect weekend destination for travelers. The small valley between lush green hilly landscape soothes your eyes. The place has a warm climate owing to its lower altitude. From Aizawl it takes about 4 hours to reach Thenzawl by road. The place is replete with wildlife and thick vegetation. You will love watching the beautiful meadows surrounding this village and shutterbugs too will have a gala time. The sunset is particularly beautiful and lingers for longer than usual. You can also head to Vantawng Khawhthla- Mizoram’s highest waterfall from here. At the outskirts of Thenzawl, there is a deer park.
After exploring the attractions in Shillong, you may opt for a weekend getaway in any of the adjacent villages. While a lot of tourists head to the famous and cleanest village of Asia- namely Mawlynnong, you may as well head to Riwai. It is actually on the way to Mawlynnong and 81 km from Shillong. In fact, the villagers in Riwai also adhere to clean ways of living. The major tourist attraction in Riwai village is the living root bridges- a biological wonder. The villagers have made great efforts in manually intertwining roots of ancient banyan trees to form these living bridges. The village is also laden with Robab Tenga trees and seasonal flowers are also a delight to watch. You will also spot a variety of butterfly species in the state.
If spending a weekend adjacent to a sprawling water body in Tripura is in your holiday plan, opt for the Dumboor Lake. It is about 58 km from Udaipur and 120 km from Agartala. It is ideal for picnics also. The lake is the source of famous Gomti River and it is where two rivers Raima and Sarma merge together. A hydro electric plant has been set up at the lake. Spread over an area of 41 sq. km the beautiful lake becomes a nesting ground for migratory birds in winter. For well being of the avian species, boating is not allowed at the lake though. The nearby Tirthamukh Pilgrim Centre is another attraction for visitors.