BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTH EAST

 

Gangtok:

 

  • Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim.
  • Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975.
  • Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Notable Buddhist sites include Rumtek Monastery, home of rare artifacts belonging to the Karma Kagyu order  also known as the “Black Hat”.
  • Enchey Monastery is built in the style of a Chinese pagoda.
  • Whitewashed Do Drul Chorten is a giant stupa constructed in the 1940s.
  • The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology contains a museum housing a collection of rare manuscripts and Buddhist arts and crafts. Passing nearby, the Gangtok Ropeway gondola offers panoramic views of the city.
  • The region’s outdoor recreation includes hiking, camping, mountain climbing and white-water rafting.

Guwahati:

 

  • Guwahati is a sprawling city beside the Brahmaputra River in the northeast Indian state of Assam.
  • It’s known for holy sites like the hilltop Kamakhya Temple, featuring shrines to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu.
  • To the east, 18th-century Navagraha Temple is an astronomical center with planetary shrines. Umananda Temple, dedicated to Shiva and covered with engravings, stands on Peacock Island in the river.
  • Near the large Digholi Pukhuri pond, the Assam State Museum displays sculptures, textiles and regional coins.
  • The Guwahati Planetarium offers stargazing and light shows.
  • In the east of the city, the Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical Garden is a vast, leafy space that’s home to an orchid house and rare animals such as white tigers and one-horned rhinos.
  • Farther southeast, the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra arts complex contains a cultural museum and an open-air theater, and hosts plays and exhibitions. West of the city, Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary’s lily-covered wetlands attract spot-billed pelicans and whistling teals.

 

 

Kaziranga National Park:

 

    • National park in Kanchanjuri, Assam
    • Protected habitat of elephants & two thirds of the world’s remaining Great One-Horned Rhinoceros.
    • Peak time for wildlife-spotting at Kaziranga National Park is Nov–Apr, when it’s relatively dry and temperatures are warm to hot.
    • The park is open Oct–May, and closes during monsoon season (Jun–Sep) when heavy rainfall can cause flooding.
    • Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species.
    • When compared with other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation.
    • Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
    • Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water.
    • Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.

 

Nyingchi:

 

  • Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District.
  • The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture.
  • Nyingchi is the location of Buchu Monastery.
  • East of Nyingchi County, is the Seche La Mountain, a mountain of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain Range, which forms part of the watershed of the Nyang River and the Polung Zangbo River.
  • Benri La Mountain near the small town of Dagze is a known sacred site of the Tibetan Bon Sect.
  • Tibetans as one of the four great holy mountains in Tibet, on every tenth day of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar, a day of intense worshipping called “Nangbolhasoi,” is performed meaning “seeking for treasures from immortals.”
  • Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters

Cherrapunji:

 

  • Town in Meghalaya
  • Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra, is a high-altitude town in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya.
  • It’s known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees.
  • To the northeast, Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point overlooks verdant gorges.
  • Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra, is a high-altitude town in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya.
  • It’s known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees.
  • To the northeast, Mawkdok Dympep Valley View Point overlooks verdant gorges.
  • In the surrounding hills, the Noh-Kalikai, Dain-Thlen and Kynrem waterfalls plunge from forested clifftops.
  • South of town, Mawsmai Cave is illuminated to show its stalagmites.
  • Cherrapunjee is known for its extremely wet climate. Heavy monsoon rainfall (May–Sep) makes the area’s waterfalls fast-flowing and dramatic.
  • A peak time to visit is just after the monsoon (Oct–Nov), when it’s usually warm and the hills are particularly verdant.
  • There’s little rainfall Nov–Feb.

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