If you are currently considering going on vacation and you are still not sure where exactly your destination should be, you are in the right place. Your vacation time should be a combination of rest, healthy activities, rejuvenation, fun and most importantly a break from the hustle and bustle of our day to day activities. This is according to the definition of tourism here.
There are so many great tourist destinations around the world with some of them more popular than others. The main consideration when choosing a destination for your vacation should not be its popularity but the value it offers.
Staying away from the beating paths of European tourist sites, we want to introduce the North East of India with its exotic, natural and breathtaking tourist destinations. Hopefully after you have read this, you will gladly decide that your next vacation will be to this area.
What’s Special About this Region?
This region is located in the far east of India and it covers a land area of 262,230 km2, sharing border lines with Tibet, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan at different points.
Eight of the 29 states in India are located within this region. These include: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. Their population is put at approximately 45,772,188 with a density of about 170 per square kilometer.
This region hosts some of the most amazing natural tourist sites you may have ever come across and we will mention a few of them here.
Planning Your Vacation
If you are planning your vacation and want to go on a trip to the north east of India, there are a few things you should be aware of to ensure your trip goes without a hitch. We will discuss at a couple of the more important ones below.
When Best to Visit
You do not want to visit this area at certain times of the year. The best time for a visit to any of the locations that can be found in any of the states in this region is between the months of October to May, precisely, the middle of May.
The reason for this is quite simple. During these months, weather conditions are mostly dry with a few rain showers every now and again. However, from the month of June to September which is the monsoon season, there are heavy rains in many parts of the region. In fact, some areas get up to 10,000 mm of rain in 24 hours. This is sure to ruin any vacation plans unless the plans include experiencing the region’s monsoon season.
For temperatures, between October and May, the temperature will differ widely from place to place and from month to month. Around January, temperatures in the mountain regions of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland will range from sub-zero to about 14 °C. This will be a bit higher in other places. During the summer days, temperatures in the plains range from 30 to 33 °C while in the hills it hovers around 20 °C but could go as low as 15 °C.
With this, you can plan your trip for the right time.
Where to Visit
Now this is the fun part. There are tons of locations you can visit in India’s north east region. All over the eight states in the region you have about 20 national parks where you can find a widely varied selection of fauna and flora. Across these national parks, some of which are also wildlife reserves, you will also find a couple of the most uncommon species in the world, as well as a couple of the most endangered ones.
Examples include the Namdapha National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park, Manas National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and others.
Aside from national parks, you also have over a dozen waterfalls, 15 to be precise, spread across about four states in this region. The highest of these water falls, Nohkalikai Falls, measures about 1,120 feet in height.
The region is also renowned for its highlands. There are about 16 hills in the region including the 8,586 meter Kangchenjunga Mountains which is the third highest mountain worldwide.
The region has two river islands and both have global significance. The first, Majuli river island is the largest in the world while Umananda Island is the smallest inhabited one. This is a very interested contrast.
There’s no end to the tourism potentials of this region. Aside from natural locations like the ones mentioned above, you also have sites like monasteries and events like festivals and the likes.
So, how do you go about visiting these areas? Your best bet is to find a company that offers north east India tours. These tour packages are designed to maximize your time in the region, ensuring you experience as much of the region as you possibly can within the time you have to spend there.
There are usually different kinds of packages to choose from. You have Treks which are just right for people who love hiking through nature. These treks are planned through different trails. All you are required to do is choose the trail you fancy the most.
There are also custom tours that can be specially designed for an individual or group based on interest. A custom tour can include any mix of activities but will also likely cost more.
One interesting package is what some companies refer to as Home Stay. The purpose of this package is to allow the tourists spend some time with locals, observing their way of life and day to day activities. There are no hotels or resorts, you simply bunk down with the locals.
The options to choose from are wide and varied, offering each person an opportunity to choose a package that really reflects their interest.
If you want to know all you can about the tourism sites and events in India’s north east, you can check here: http://northeasttourism.gov.in/. One thing that is however certain is that the north east of India is gradually emerging as the toast of global tourism.
Just take some time to find a suitable tour company, look through their packages and choose the one that interests you the most. You can always choose a different package on your next vacation. Experience north east India and experience life untainted by man’s exploitation of nature.
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