If you are planning a unique vacation in India, hill stations of North East India are a great option for you. Read through to know about the most exotic and the best hill stations of North East India.
1. Pelling, Sikkim
A place of sureeal scenic beauty with where you can view the whole of magnificent Kanchenjunga. Pelling, in West Sikkim is a serene hill station surrounded with snow clad mountain peaks. Pelling has a lot to offer to its tourists. Go for trekking from Pelling to the nearby waterfalls and visit some of the most revered monasteries like the Pemayangste monastery and Sanga Choling monastery over here. Take a three day monastic trek from Pelling to Tashiding through Khecheopalri Lake. Visit it during March/April for the Khachoedpalri Mela, when they float out butter candles in a holy lake and get mesmerized.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, 145 kms.
Accommodation: There are many medium to budget hotels here.
2. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is one of the best escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city. The soaring Kanchenjunga ranges can be seen above the western horizon at dawn. There are remarkable sight seeing places like Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Do-Drul Chorten. You can also enjoy wonderful views from Damovar rope way. Don’t forget to shop for Sikkimese souvenirs from the splendid flowery M.G. Road market of Gangtok.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, 123 kms.
Accommodation: There are many medium, budget & luxury hotels and even hostels in Gangtok that offer comfortable stay.
3. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
One of the most unique tourist attractions in North East India is the breathtaking and pristine Tawang bordering Tibet. Situated at a height of 12,000 ft. above the sea leveI it is Arunachal Pradesh’s ‘little Tibet‘ in the true sense. Tawang Monastery, Tawang War Memorial, Gorsam Chorten, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, and Jaswant Garh are the main attractions here. The Tawang monastery is the largest and most ancient Budhhist monastery of India.If you wish to touch the clouds, visit Se La pass. Tawang also offers various out adventure options like hiking and trekking in its virgin hills. You need to take special permit to visit Arunachal Pradesh. The best time to visit this place is October to April.
Nearest Airport: Tezpur Airport, located 320 km away.
Accommodation: There are many medium to budget hotels here, no luxury hotels can be found.
4. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Hills dotted with pine trees and the intriguing Apatani tribe with women with lovely face tattoos and nose plugs are the main attractions of the picturesque Ziro Valley. Ziro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for quite a few years now due to its unique natural beauty. For four days in September each year, Ziro attracts thousands of music lovers from across the country who come here for the famed Ziro Music Festival, that showcases some of the best musical bands of India along with the best of regional music. The places worth visiting around Ziro are Pasighat via Daporijo and Along.
Nearest Airport: Tezpur, 300 kms away.
Accommodation: There are Government Guest houses and few budget hotels.
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5. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Cherrapunji is the answer to the most commonly asked general knowledge question regarding the highest rainfall in India. However, it is a lot beyond that. Visit it from March to July for the most comfortable trip to this scenic place. It is set in wild moorlands and resembles Scotland in many ways. There are many places to visit around Cherrapunji that include Nohkalikai Falls, lime stone caves at Krem Mawmluh and famed living root bridges near Mawshamok.
Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport 95 kms and Guwahati Airport that is 163 kms away.
Accommodation: There are many hotels in every budget and also home stay options.
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6. Shillong, Meghalaya
Check out the colonial era charm at Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. If you are fine with non vegetarian food, you can try out the local khasi dishes like ja doh and curried pig innards. Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Wards Lake and Lady Hydari Park are some of the must visit places over here. Shillong is one of the most beautiful hill-stations of north east India.
Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport Guwahati Airport that is 100 kms approx.
Accommodation: There are many hotels and resorts here offering a comfortable stay.
7. Mokokchung, Nagaland
This is the centre of the culture of the Ao Nagas. The warriors of this tribe used to wear beautiful black and red handwoven shawl with its white decorated band to signify their ability over their enemies. Situated at 1,325 metres up in the hills, it has a very pleasant climate. Mokokchung is one of the most recommended places for trekkers. It is a laid back town but the hill side setting would leave you spell bound. Nagaland’s capital city Kohima is also a worth visit, while in Nagaland. The most ardent travelers would compare the forested ridges and hill tops to the glittery toppings on a huge pistachio sundae.
Nearest Airport: Dimapur Airport 90 kms away.
Accommodation: Circuit House and various medium and budget hotels.
8. Aizawl, Mizoram
Aizawl simulates painted backdrop of an Italian opera because of the steep ridge on which it is located- its simply picturesque. Mizoram State Museum is a must visit over here. It displays Mizo culture quite interestingly. You can also visit Sumkuma Point and the Church along with Salvation Army Temple. Keiek Tlang is around one hour winding road from Aizawl. June Anthurium Flower Festival over here has a huge tourist draw. Hmuifang Tlang is also worth a visit.
Nearest Airport: Lengpui Airport is the domestic airport in Aizawl.
Accommodation: Mid range and budget hotels and also many lodges are there for good and cheap accommodation.
9. Jatinga, Assam
Jatinga lies in Barail range of Assam. Ornithologists flock to Jatinga because it is said to be the reason of bird suicide on moonless nights during the months of September to November. During these late monsoon months, just after sunset, numerous local and migratory birds commit mass suicide here. It is the most noteworthy, beautiful and ever fresh looking village on the Haflong-Silchar road, that makes it one of the most recommended holiday spots. Haflong near Jatinga is also a picturesque and serene hillstation worth a visit.
Nearest Airport: Kumbhirgram Airport , Silchar.
Accommodation: Lovely lodges and hotels offer comfortable accommodation.
10. Umrangshu, Assam
Umrangshu is a remote place in Assam. However, the huge hydel plant of North East India in this secluded city is worth knowing about. 224 kilometers from the state capital Guwahati, Umrangshu is one of the most unexploited places for people seeking recluse.
Nearest Airport: Kumbhirgram Airport , Silchar.
Accommodation: Budget Hotels and Lodge
If you are a wanderer by spirit, get your tickets reserved, take your camera and check out these exotic and best hill stations of North East India.