Last Updated: May 28, 2019 Abhishek Gurung
All hail to the natural paradise, because northeast states have always been a dream destination for travellers near and far. And this time we will be guiding you to some best places in Northeast you can venture for a family vacation. Though North East has been perceived as adventurists’ paradise but 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. Raise your hands if you are up to vacay with family in these 15 destinations of Northeast India.
1. Pelling, Sikkim
Pelling is an absolute family destination and a holiday with loved ones here can certainly add fun to your life. Pelling 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, savour delicious Tibetan and Nepalese cuisines and enjoy the scenic beauty. 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.
2. Guwahati, Assam
The largest city in Northeast 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. Some notable and must visit places in Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, Fancy Bazar, Assam State Zoo, Regional Science Centre, and Accoland. You can also take up 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.
3. Haflong, 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. With about 7 hours of distance from Guwahati, Haflong is a nature lover’s paradise. Perhaps, a nice selfie session at the Haflong Lake will brighten your day; the lake is a perfect place to enjoy boating. Other popular landmarks in Haflong are Haflong Hill, Panimoor Waterfall, Synod-Presbyterian Church, Dimasa Mahila Samity Sibarai Mandir and more.
4. Gangtok, Sikkim
Forget about bustling city life when in Gangtok. This divine place is a perfect getaway for many reasons. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and this land occupies some amazing monasteries and fun adventure things to do. On the contrary, Gangtok is quiet in its own way. 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.
5. Shillong, Meghalaya
The beauty awaits – Shillong is a mesmerizing town that is surrounded by hillock and wondrous landmarks. 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 is just some activities that you can enjoy with your family. Apart from this, places to visit in Shillong include Golf Course, Shillong Peak, Laitlum Canyons, Lady Hydari Park, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, and Elephant Falls. You can also visit nearby places from Shillong like David Scott Trail, Lumpongdeng Island, and Cherrapunji.
6. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
This subdivisional town in Meghalaya holds breathtaking sights to keep you company all day. 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. 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.
7. 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 mix cultural ambience with people, culture, food habits etc. Amongst the many small villages around Mokokchung, you will get a treat to savour its different Northeastern cuisine. 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 it. 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’.
8. Kohima, Nagaland
The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima has a spellbinding ambience and cool weather 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. 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 cosy green hills of Kohima.
9. Mon, Nagaland
In order to witness the simplicity of life, Mon district in Nagaland is a perfect place. The people in Mon district live a very humble life and often are found as street vendors selling unique eateries and tribal ornaments. This land will give you new insight on how you see the Northeast, its humble hospitality and cosy cottages of Konyak tribe and its welcome drinks are just some small details. You can certainly enjoy its many exotic landmarks; some villages to visit around Mon are Chui, Naginimora, Shangnyu and you can also expedite 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.
10. Majuli, Assam
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. 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 Bongaori, which is a well-known tourist town at a distance of 8 km from Samaguri in Majuli.
11. 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. 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 Jaswant Garh War Memorial to keep you occupied. 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 ofe high-altitude mountain passes in the world that is motorable.
12. Sivasagar, Assam
Sivasagar is a divine destination for any travellers. It is an uptown of Assam and it stores many gems of historic importance. 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.
13. Agartala, Tripura
The second largest city in Northeast, Agartala has made some impact on tourists since 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. 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 for you to visit. The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Rose Valley Amusement Park, Dumboor Lake and other worth visiting sites in Agartala. The place has lapful of gems with which you will be entertained all throughout your visit.
14. Bishnupur, Manipur
If you are looking forward to wander 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. Last but not the least, 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.
15. Aizawl, Mizoram
The largest city in the state and the capital, Aizawl has a sub-tropical climate that calls on visitors through out 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. One can visit sites like Durtlang Hills, Solomon’s Temple, Tamdil Lake, Burrra Bazar, 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.
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Published: 22 Feb, 2017