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11 Places In Northeast India Where Winters Are Simply Magical!

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Visit Northeast India this winter and experience nature like you have never before.

11 Places In Northeast India Where Winters Are Simply Magical!:

  1. Sualkuchi, Dispur (Assam)
  2. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Labrang Monastery, Mangan (Sikkim)
  4. Gurudongmar (Sikkim)
  5. Rumtek (Sikkim)
  6. Loktak Lake, Imphal (Manipur)
  7. Sela Pass, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  8. Majuli (Assam)
  9. Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  10. Ravangla (Sikkim)
  11. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)

1. Sualkuchi

Sualkuchisource: blogspot.com

Sualkuchi, the ‘Manchester of Assam’, is known for its rich cultural heritage. Out of all the festivals celebrated, the most exciting of the lot is the boat race event. The town takes on an electric atmosphere during the event, with crowds cheering their favourite team.

2. Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling-Himalayan Railwaysource: wikimedia

Batasia Loop is one of the most scenic places, between Ghum and Darjeeling, offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

HolidayIQ Traveller Megha says, “The train takes a very long time to cover the distance but the splendid views it offers makes it worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience.”

3. Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monasterysource: flickr

The monastery houses a Buddhist museum with a large collection of Buddha statues, sutras and murals. A 50 feet-high golden statue of Buddha used to be there in the Tibet Mall. Just below the road, between Phodang and Labrang Monastery, are the ruins of Tumlong, which is another attraction in the north district. 

4. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lakesource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Satyendra Dwivedi from Bangalore shares, “One of the most beautiful lakes I have seen. I can compare this with Pangong Lake near Leh, and Crater Lake in Oregon USA. No pollution because human can't stay here for long because of high altitude. When we visited, it was completely frozen. We could see ice and snow everywhere. Amazing experience! But keep in mind nothing is free. It is long journey (8 hours both way from Lachung) on very bad roads (Can we call roads).”

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5. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monasterysource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Boishakh Utsav from Ahmedabad shares, “Rumtek is one of the holiest monasteries for Buddhists. Seat of the Karmapa it is also a good visit for tourists. Its got a lot of historical articles to be seen. A 30 mins drive from Gangtok city.”

6. Loktak Lake

Loktak Lakesource: flickr

HolidayIQ Traveller Roshan Khoirom says, “It is my native village. The main attraction of the village is the floating Loktak Lake.” HolidayIQ Traveller Roshan Khoirom says, “Go for boating on the lake with the help of the local villagers.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Vishal, “There is one independent cottage at Sendra located just beside the lake.”

7. Sela Pass

Sela Passsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Subhrajit Gupta says, “The two beautiful crystal clear lakes surrounding the snow clad peaks makes this place beautiful. The continuous hide and seek played between the sun and heavy fog makes it mysterious. If you are lucky, you might get a cup of hot tea from the only tea stall.”

8. Majuli Island

Majuli Islandsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Govind Singh Khurana says, “It is the world's biggest river island. I went to the island by a boat, which travelled through Bhramaputra River. The place is serene and quiet.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Shilpa says, “The local fish food is a must-try.”

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9. Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunjee

Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunjeesource: wikipedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Ranajoy recommends boating at Umeim Lake, Wards Lake and trekking on Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong.” HolidayIQ Traveller Subhankar Mukherjee adds, “The last stage of the path leading to the Living Root Bridge has stones and boulders on a very stiff slope. So, take care of your ankle & knee.”

10. Ravangla, Sikkim

Ravangla, Sikkimsource: flickr- Abhishek Paul

HolidayIQ Traveller Arjun Paul says, "Ravangla is easily accessible from NJP station, Bagdogra airport or from Gangtok by car. Ravangla is for peace seekers, Natural beauty connoisseurs and photographers paradise. It can be brilliant destination for honeymoon and birdwatchers also. It has perfect views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and many other mountain peaks. Ravangla has recently come under Sikkim tourism department scanner and efforts to make it a tourist hotspot is easily appreciated, one such example is Buddha park. Other significant places to see in Ravangla are Temi Tea Garden, Ralang Monastery, Borong Hotsprings and its the starting point for many trek routes as well. The place still feels like virgin lands and the hotels and their staff here are still not that commercialised, and as a result, they are very warm, homely and accommodating people."

11. Tawang

Tawangsource: sevendiary.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Sundar Ganesaan says, “The best part of the travel was from Bomdila to Tawang (make sure you travel in the mornings) at a place called Sela Pass. This place is so scenic that I haven't seen blue skies any better. We hired a local taxi to reach Tawang. The driver was Buddhist and he shared a lot of interesting facts about Tawang. The Highlight of the journey was the Indo-China border (McMahon Line) and the Jaswantgarh war memorial.”

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