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Top Best 17 Destinations for a Relaxing Family Vacation in Northeast India

Though the North East has been perceived as adventurists’ paradise, some of its destinations are perfect for a fun-filled family holiday as well. Therefore, there is no way that you should ignore this region while planning a family vacation in India. All hail to the natural paradise, because northeast states have always been a dream destination for travelers near and far. What is special about North East India is that there is such a magic in the beautiful litigants of the tourist places that people do not forget the experience there after visiting once. It is said that the North-Eastern region is quite advanced for tourism in India. Be it Darjeeling or Imphal and Aizawl or Tawang, all these places attract a lot of tourists. So, are you ready for your Northeast Vacation?

Raise your hands if you are up to exploring the beauty of Northeast states in these top 17 destinations of Northeast India-

  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Roing, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Pelling, Sikkim
  • Guwahati, Assam
  • Haflong, Assam
  • Gangtok, Sikkim
  • Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
  • Mokokchung, Nagaland
  • Kohima, Nagaland
  • Mon, Nagaland
  • Majuli, Assam
  • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Sivasagar, Assam
  • Agartala, Tripura
  • Bishnupur, Manipur
  • Aizawl, Mizoram

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling Hill Station West Bengal

Darjeeling is one of the best places if you are planning to visit North East India with family and friends. Picturesque dense mountains, delightful weather and colonial charm will take your breath away. Darjeeling, the queen of all hill stations’ East of the land, is also famous for its alluring nature landscapes. This delightful destination is not only preferred by families but also honeymoon couples visit this place to cherish some romantic moments. The romance inducing scenic vistas here are a perfect spot for cute pictures with your loved ones.

Darjeeling gets its name from Dorje (thunderbolt) and Linga (place). Darjeeling is strategically very important due to its proximity with the borders of Nepal and Bhutan.

The hill station was popular from the time of British rule. Every year in early summer the Viceroy of India would be taken to Darjeeling as he was so mesmerized by its beauty. So, if you are really planning your North East India tour, include Darjeeling in your travel bucket list.

Best Places to Explore

Here you can see Tea Estate (Tea Garden), Monastery, Batasia Garden, Kanchenjunga View Point, Mahakal Temple, Tenzing Rock, Rope Way and the world’s 14th and India’s highest ‘Ghoom’ railway station. From Darjeeling you can also see Kusong, India and Nepal’s border Mirik.

Best Time to Visit – April to June

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Roing, Arunachal Pradesh

Roing, Arunachal Pradesh

Mesmerizing mountains, beautiful natural scenery, beautiful waterfalls and lakes, mystic valleys, enchanting flora and fauna, the more you appreciate its beauty, the less it will be- Roing in Arunachal Pradesh is truly soul pleasing. It is one of the best places to be with family in North East India if you are looking for peace and alluring nature vistas.

You will witness beautiful lakes and mountains here. It is very popular among adventure lovers and history buffs. You will find many archeological sites along with a chance to try amazing adventure activities like trekking, angling, river rafting and rock climbing etc. Also, you will get a different cultural experience from various tribes. The delightful hospitality and delicious cuisines, unique rituals and festivities will elevate your travel experience to a whole new level. Indeed, it is one of the best places to explore in Northeastern states.

Best Places to Explore

Here you can visit Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayudia, Hunli, Salley Lake, Mehao Lake, Kampona Pond, rukmini Nati etc.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

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Pelling, Sikkim


Full of natural beauty, Pelling is one of the best places if you are exploring Sikkim in your Northeast family vacation. The city is located at a distance of about 130 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Pelling is a very famous place to visit, due to which almost every tourist draws disciples here. The main attraction of this place is the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga Chhoti, which is visited by a large number of tourists. Here tourists experience a calm atmosphere and peace. Apart from this, this place is very popular among tourists with monasteries, temples and beautiful waterfalls.

Pelling is an absolute family destination and a holiday with loved ones here can certainly add fun to your life. Pelling also offers a panoramic view of the mountains like Kangchenjunga, Rathong, Frey, Kabru North and others. You can tour the town, meet people of different cultures, savor delicious Tibetan and Nepalese cuisines and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Best Places to Explore

There are some spellbinding places that you can visit in Pelling like Singshore Suspension Bridge, which is the second highest gorge bridge in Asia and the highest in Sikkim. You can also take a short nature walk towards Pemayangtse Monastery, the oldest monasteries of Sikkim; Rabdentse Ruins, located at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery; a sacred lake – Khecheopalri, and Sewaro Rock Garden.

Best Time to Visit – February to May and September to December

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Guwahati, Assam

Guwahati-Kamakhya Devi Temple

One of the best Northeast India tourist places and the gateway to the seven sisters, Guwahati is a mega city always blooming with celebrations. Basically, an amazing place if you want to sight-see the multicultural displays of Assam. Your family will certainly have a good time to keep you company here.

It is said that in earlier times, Guwahati was also known as Prayagjyotishwar. The ancient temples in Guwahati are much more than the whole of India, and every ancient temple here has some history hidden within itself and when you visit the temples here, you will automatically feel curious to know about its history.

Best Places to Explore

Some notable and must visit places in Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, Fancy Bazar, Assam State Zoo, Regional Science Center, and Accoland. You can also take up a Boat tour to the island of Brahmaputra, where the famed Umananda Temple is situated. If you feel like meandering and spending quality time with family, Guwahati has some lush gardens too.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

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Haflong, Assam

Haflong Lake Assam

Bid goodbye to the city life and say hello to the fresh dwelling of Haflong in Assam. Haflong is the only hill station in Assam and it has captivated people for its charming hillocks and crystal-clear streams. It is also known as ‘Switzerland of the East’.  With about 7 hours of distance from Guwahati, Haflong is a nature lover’s paradise. Perhaps, a nice selfie session at Haflong Lake will brighten your day; the lake is a perfect place to enjoy boating.

Haflong also has wonderful lakeresorts which will not only give a comfortable stay but also mesmerizing views of scenic landscapes. It is one of the best places to try trekking, paragliding and camping, these adventures will be memorable for a lifetime. No doubt, why it is one of the most incredible holiday destinations in the Northeast region.

Best Places to Explore

Other popular landmarks in Haflong are Haflong Hill, Panimoor Waterfall, Synod-Presbyterian Church, Dimasa Mahila Samity Sibarai Mandir and more.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

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Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok Sikkim

Forget about bustling city life when in Gangtok. This divine place is a perfect getaway for family vacation for many reasons. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and this land occupies some amazing monasteries and fun adventure things to do.

The city of Gangtok is filled with many amazing natural wonders. This place is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. From lush green valleys to serene lakes and snow-capped mountains, this city amazes everyone with its beauty.  On the contrary, Gangtok is quiet in its own way.

Gangtok is famous for its ancient temples and spectacular view of the Himalayas. From here, the grand view of the Kangchenjunga ranges will captivate your senses. It is also one of the best places to visit for honeymoon couples. Because of its scenic natural wonders, couples click romantic pictures amidst the fairy tale-like setting. The weather here is also very delightful.  Also, there are many such famous places in the city which really win the hearts of tourists. It is one of the best tourist places in North East India.

Best Places to Explore

You can explore and keep your family amused by visiting sites in Gangtok like Tsomgo Lake, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Pemayangtse Monastery, Saramsa Garden, Banjhakri falls and park, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir etc. If you want to add a little adventure you can hike up Nathu La and Zero Point Yumesamdong.

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong, Meghalaya

The beauty awaits – Shillong is a mesmerizing town that is surrounded by hillocks and wondrous landmarks. Shillong, also known as the Scotland of the East, is undoubtedly an important family tourist destination in Northeast India. It has rapidly grown into a modern town and it hosts cultural events, music festivals all year round. A walk in the glory plaza, shopping for north-eastern clothing; and boating at Wards Lake are just some activities that you can enjoy with your family. So, it is one of the absolute fun places worth visiting in North East India with your family.

The green dense forests, the unique natural sceneries, the mountains covered with clouds, the sweet fragrance coming from the flowers, the friendly people make this place worth your visit for a family vacation in Northeast India.  While Shillong enjoys abundance of greenery, on the other hand, the hectic life of the city makes Shillong tourism delightfully chaotic.

Best Places to Explore

Best places to visit in Shillong include Golf Course, Shillong Peak, Laitlum Canyons, Lady Hydari Park, Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures, and Elephant Falls. You can also visit nearby places from Shillong like David Scott Trail, Lumpongdeng Island, and Cherrapunji.

Best Time to Visit – September to May

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Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

This sub divisional town in Meghalaya holds breathtaking sights to keep you company all day. It is so beautiful that you will be compelled to live here forever. Misty valleys and waterfalls in the area make for a long drive through Cherrapunji which is ideal for road trips.

It rains all the time here. If you go there, you will get to see only rain. You always find clouds around you while walking in Cherrapunji. Here you can actually walk among the clouds. There are many waterfalls scattered here and there on the hills surrounding Cherrapunji.

No matter where you are in the valley, you will either hear the sound of a waterfall around you, or you will definitely see a waterfall. Which is the reason why couples visit this place, the place is really very beautiful for a romantic vacation in North East India. If you don’t intend to stay back, Shillong is only an hour and a half away from Cherrapunji. Else you can accommodate in some guest houses the place offers. It is one of the best holiday destinations in North East India.

Best Places to Explore

Being marked as the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji houses some spellbinding waterfalls. Nohkalikai Falls, Dainthlen Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls, Seven Sisters Falls along with the Mawsmai Cave, Thangkharang Park, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Mawkdok Dympep Valley are few notable places to sightsee in Cherrapunji that can provide a complete rejuvenating experience for you and your family.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

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Mokokchung, Nagaland

Mokokchung Nagaland

Mokokchung is tucked away further into the far Northeastern paradise but don’t let the distance be a hurdle for you. Mokokchung is a charming hill station that sits atop a hill; you will find a mixed cultural ambience with people, culture, food habits etc.

Amongst the many small villages around Mokokchung, you will get a treat to savor its different Northeastern cuisine. It is an epicenter of the Ao Tribe.

In fact, Mokokchung has many villages and sites like Longkhum village, Ungma Village, Mopungchuket Village, Langpangkong Caves that you can make a day out of. If you are looking for an afternoon picnic with your family then you can visit ‘Just A Venue Hill Resort’ or ‘Metsuben Resort and Organic Farm’.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

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Kohima, Nagaland

Kohima War Cemetery

The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima has a spellbinding ambience and serene vibes during winters. This charming hill capital is where the famous Hornbill Festival takes place. So, if you are looking forward to attending this cultural affair then December is the month for you.

Kohima gives tourists the bliss of scenic views of natural beauty. By coming here, the visitors see the very breathtaking views of nature. High peaks, rolling clouds and amazing weather make this place memorable for tourists. So, if you are planning to visit Northeast India, Kohima is a must visit tourist place for a perfect relaxing vacation.

Best Places to Explore

You can sightsee other landmarks as well like The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill, World War II Cemetery, the Nagaland State Museum, and the Zoological Park. Apart from sightseeing in Kohima, you can also attempt a trek with your family to Dzukou Valley, which is some 20 kms away. Spend a serene time with your loved ones in the cozy green hills of Kohima.

Note- Kohima comes under the Protected Areas Act where domestic tourists require an ILP (Inner Line Permit) to travel.

Best Time to Visit- October to May

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Mon, Nagaland

Mon Nagaland

In order to witness the simplicity of life, Mon district in Nagaland is a perfect place to explore in Northeast India. The people in Mon district live a very humble life and often are found as street vendors selling unique eateries and tribal ornaments.

Rich in culture, the city of Mon is known as a cultural paradise among tourists. Mon district is specially known as the land of Konyakusha, the Tattoo warrior tribe of Nagaland. The men and women of the village of this district wear traditional clothes, in which heavy ornaments, especially large earrings are also seen. This land will give you new insight on how you see the Northeast, its humble hospitality and cozy cottages of Konyak tribe and its welcome drinks are just some small details.

Best Places to Explore

You can certainly enjoy its many exotic landmarks; some villages to visit around Mon are Chui, Naginimora, Shangnyu and you can also explore the Veda Peak which is the highest peak in Mon district. What’s more interesting is the Longwa Village which is not only famous for its skull exhibits but also a place where you can easily access Myanmar as this village lies on the border.

Best Time to Visit – November to April

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Majuli, Assam

Majuli Island

Explore the hidden gems of Majuli and unlock your knowledge by visiting its unique sites and exploring its assets. Majuli is a river island and what makes it different is that this is the first district island in the country. Majuli can be easily accessed from Jorhat via a ferry ride, the feel and a thrill moving towards Majuli afloat the Brahmaputra River is something unusual. It is indeed one of the top visiting tourist destinations in Northeast India.

Best Places to Explore

You and your family can indulge in exploring places like Samaguri Satra, Kamalabari Satra, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Amruteshwar Temple, Bangalpukhari, and Tengapania. You can also visit Bongori, which is a well-known tourist town at a distance of 8 km from Samaguri in Majuli.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


The smallest of the 16 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is the place where you can feel the heaven on earth. It is one of the best hill stations to explore in North East India. This exotic land is located about 2,669 meters and it houses mesmerizing sites like Tawang Monastery, Taktsang Gompa, Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls, Pankang Teng Tso Lake, Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls, and JaswantGarh War Memorial to keep you occupied.

According to legend, this place was chosen by the horse of Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso. Merag Lama Lodro Gyamtso was looking for a suitable place to build a monastery. He could not find any such place from which he decided to pray to seek guidance from the divine power. When he opened his eyes after prayer, he found that his horse was not there.

Best Places to Explore

Apart from the above-mentioned places you can also visit passes like Bumla which is the Indo-China border located 37 km away from Tawang and Sela Pass known to be one of high-altitude mountain passes in the world that is motorable.

Best time to Visit – March to June and September to October

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Sivasagar, Assam

Sivasagar Assam

Sivasagar is a divine destination for travelers. It is an uptown of Assam and it stores many gems of historic importance. Once upon a time, Sibsagar was the area from which the great Ahom kings ruled for more than six centuries. They ruled until the early 19th century, after which they were defeated by the Burmese. At that time this place was known as Rangpur. It is not very popular when it comes to North east India Tourism places but indeed one of the most amazing places to visit in Northeast India.

Best Places to Explore

Some places to visit in Sivasagar with your family are Rang Ghar, Sibsagar Lake, Shiva Temple, Tai Ahom Museum, Central Baptist and Catholic Church, Pani Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary, and Anandaram Baruah Park. If you want to hit the road and explore places around Sivasagar then you can travel to Dibrugarh at a distance of about 76 km, Jorhat at a distance of 55 km, Charaideo at a distance of 28 km away and Talatal Ghar at a distance of 6 km.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

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Agartala, Tripura

Tripura State Museum

The second largest city in Northeast, Agartala has made some impact on tourists for a couple of years. It is marked as one of the fastest developing cities of India and the third international internet gateway after Mumbai and Chennai.  It is a must visit place in your North East India Tour. The place offers a beautiful combination of royal heritage places, rich culture and traditions along with spectacular natural beauty. There are many stunning serene lakes and beautiful temples in this place. Emerald green forests, beautiful valleys and cascading waterfalls makes this place a wonderful spot for nature photography too.

Best Places to Explore

Apart from the facts, this clean and green city of Tripura has many megastructures like Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura Sundari Temple, Neermahal Palace, Tripura Government Museum lined up for you to visit. The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Rose Valley Amusement Park, Dumboor Lake and other worth visiting sites in Agartala. The place has a lapful of gems with which you will be entertained all throughout your visit.

Best Time to Visit – March to July

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Bishnupur, Manipur

Vishnu Temple Bishnupr Manipur

If you are looking forward to wandering amidst the fascinating gems of Northeast India temples, then Bishnupur has it all. The cultural and religious city Bishnupur is a heavenly land which is dotted with dome shaped terracotta temples that would keep you and your family occupied all throughout your trip.

Located at a distance of 29 km away from Imphal, the town is a home to the dancing deer- ‘Sangai’ which is found in the southern part of the Loktak Lake. Also, if you happen to visit Bishnupur in the month of February or March you could be a part of the vibrant Yaoshang Festival which is similar to Holi. Visiting Bishnupur in the month of April, you could witness the much-celebrated Cheiraoba Festival, which coincides with the Meitei New Year.

Best Places to Explore

Don’t miss out visiting the Vishnu Temple, Keibul Lamjao National Park (the only floating park in the world), Ibudhou Thangjing Temple, Loktak Lake and Sendra Island.

Best Time to Visit- October to April

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Aizawl, Mizoram

Aizawl Mizoram

The largest city in the state and the capital, Aizawl has a sub-tropical climate that calls on visitors throughout the year. Mizoram, in general, is popular for its incredibly picturesque landscapes and waterfalls and small hillocks with winding trails. A well-planned family vacation in Aizawl can certainly be filled.

Aizawl is not only the capital of the state but it also serves as the cultural center of the state. Mizoram State Museum, Solomon Temple and Aizawl’s twin lake-Rangdil Lake are some of the tourist places that make Aizawl tourism interesting. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday, you will witness spectacular natural landscapes here. Emerald blue lakes, colorful bazaars and scenic gushing Tlawng and Tuirial rivers. It is also the best place for thrill seeking. This place is very popular for paragliding, mountaineering, rafting and angling activities.

Best Places to Explore

One can visit sites like Durtlang Hills, Solomon’s Temple, Tamdil Lake, Burrabazar, Reiek Heritage Village, Vantawng Falls, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, Tomb of Vanhimailian, and Paikhai. And if you feel rejuvenation is needed then a visit to Infinite Ainawn Park will certainly make your day.

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the Year

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the best offbeat tourist places to explore in Northeast India?

Northeast India is a beautiful region to plan your travel holidays in India. It is less explored and thus offers some of the most enchanting places which you might have never seen in your life.

  • Anini
  • Dong
  • Nongriat
  • Mawlynnong
  • Mon Village
  • Old Ziro
  • Tamenglong
  • Champhai
  • Unakoti

How to Spend One Week in Northeast India?

If you have one week in hand then Northeast India would definitely be a wise choice to spend your vacation. Usually, to cover the entire north east 10-15 days are required but, in a week, also you can choose the best places to spend your vacation. You can visit Assam to see Kaziranga national park then you can head to Shillong to explore some of the most picturesque destinations like Elephant falls, Umiam Lake, Shillong Peak, Ward’s Lake, Police Bazaar etc. from Shillong, Cherrapunji is not very far. So, it will be your next destination where you will spot amazing places like Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai cave, Seven Sister Falls etc. Last but not the least you can spend your days in Guwahati and witness the cultural life, try different cuisines, and explore the temples and heritage sites.

Which are the top places to visit in Summer in Northeast India?

From beautiful mountain valleys to river-valley waterfalls, you will find everything in the Northeast. You will also get an opportunity to know the local folk art and culture here. The North Eastern part of India is worth spending with a partner, family or solo. To beat the heat of summer it is the best region to plan your vacation in India. Some of the top places to visit in Summer are –

  • Sikkim
  • Meghalaya
  • Shillong
  • Aizawl
  • Assam
  • Nagaland
  • Manipur
  • Mizoram
  • Arunachal Pradesh

Is Northeast India a good destination for solo traveling?

No matter the place one always needs to be careful of themself and their belongings. If solo travel excites you then you should travel solo to beautiful places keeping in mind the safety. Northeast India in terms of tourism is less explored but has some of the most enchanting destinations to explore. The warm hospitality of Northeast people never dull your moments. You can travel solo here but be careful when you travel here at night. The hilly areas have low connectivity. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid any hassle.

Which are the offbeat villages to explore in Northeast India?

Some of the best offbeat villages to explore in north East India are-

  • Ziro
  • Majuli
  • Mawlynnong
  • Dzukou
  • Zuluk
  • Namphake
  • Reiek
  • Molung
  • Kongthong
  • Andro
  • Dong

Which are the top Travel destinations in Northeast India for winter vacation?

Some of the best places to explore in winters are-

  • Gangtok
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Shillong
  • Ziro
  • Guwahati
  • Cherrapunji
  • Pelling
  • Yuksom
  • Siliguri
  • Manipur
  • Tawang
  • Darjeeling
  • Majuli
  • Nagaland
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Kohima

Published: 04 Apr, 2022

About the author

Abhishek Gurung

Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.