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15 Reasons To Visit North East India This September

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There is more to North East India than monasteries, rocky barren terrains and spectacular sights. Check out these 15 hidden attractions that would compel you pack up and leave.

15 Reasons To Visit North East India This September:

  1. Eco Park, Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  2. Thalon Caves, Imphal (Manipur)
  3. Loktak Lake, Imphal (Manipur)
  4. Sela Pass, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  5. Touphema Village, Nagaland
  6. Umiam Lake, Shillong (Meghalaya)
  7. Sikkim
  8. Temi Tea Estate, Ravangla (Sikkim)
  9. Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala (Tripura)
  10. Meghalaya
  11. Assam
  12. Mizoram
  13. Shillong (Meghalaya)
  14. Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphal (Manipur)
  15. Phawngpui, Aizawl (Mizoram)

1. Eco Park

Eco Parksource: gautamsbrahma.blogspot.com

Initiated by the government of Meghalaya in Cherrapunjee, Eco Park is famous for its several native orchards. It gives you a visual treat with views of the Green Canyons of Sohra as well as cascades located around it. There is a watercourse inside the park and you will have to pass through a bridge to reach the periphery of the canyon. HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Kumar from Guwahati shares, "It was well maintained, visit the park in the morning hours and when there is rain. Water fountain was maintained and the best place for picnic in the park is near by fountain."

2. Thalon Cave

Thalon Cavesource: dventureclicknblog.com

The Thalon Caves are one among various historic sites of Manipur, located at an altitude of 900 mt above sea level and is around 80 km from Imphal. The caves, which also provide the first concrete evidence of Hoabinhian culture in India, lie under Tamenglong district. Discovered in the year 1946 by the then Maharaja of Manipur, Budhachandra, the cave is located amidst darkness and makes an interesting visit.

3. Loktak Lake

Loktak Lakesource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Roshan Khoirom shares, “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.”

4. Sela Pass

Sela Passsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Subhrajit Gupta shares, “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.”

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5. Touphema Village

Touphema Villagesource: greenerpasturesind.wordpress.com

It is a cultural village where you get to know about traditional life of the Nagas. You can stay in quaint huts, enjoy bonfire dinners, cultural dances and more. The museum inside the village houses an extensive ethnographic collection including wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts traditional artefacts, jewellery and archaeological finds. 
HolidayIQ Traveller TGS shares, "The museum is full of unique Naga artifacts. These days, the community kitchen and stadium are used only for the annual village festival which is a must-see. Tuophema tourist resort runs a small handicraft store where you can get exquisite Nagaland style embroidered shawls, scarves, table linen and necklaces."

6. Umiam Lake

Umiam Lakesource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Ismat Hussain Choudhary from Guwahati shares, “Umiam Lake is around 15-16 km from Shillong. It is also known as Barapani. It was created because of the dam for the Hydel Project, and was firstly built in the North Eastern part of India. The scenery is beautiful and the weather is always pleasant. There are facilities like boat riding, kayaking, scooting for the adventure lovers. It can be visited throughout the year. You can even see people selling fishes.”

7. Zemu Glacier

Zemu Glaciersource: wikimedia.org

Zemu Glacier is the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalaya. It is about 26 kilometres in length and is located at the base of Kangchenjunga in the Sikkim Himalaya, India. It may be one of the sources for the Teesta River. The Zemu Glacier drains the east side of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. The glacier is the source of water for numerous rivers, as it feeds them when it melts.

8. Temi Tea Gardens

Temi Tea Gardenssource: flickr - Soumya Kundu

HolidayIQ Traveller Subhro Gupta from Hyderabad shares, "Its a wonderful place to visit. The Kanchenjunga is just in the front, the garden is famous for its organic tea and visit to the garden is a must. A good experience than any other tea gardens that I have visited. The food available is the pantry are all veg but they taste awesome and the rate is quite reasonable. They also have tea packs which we purchased in great number and though being Organic tea they are priced very reasonably."

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9. Ujjayanta Palace

Ujjayanta Palacesource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ Traveller Chandranath Shirwaiker from Pune shares, “You have to visit this place in early morning and late evening too for the picturesque sight through vegetation, with reflection in the pond. The colourful lights, the gate across the lake has its own beauty so also the clock on the curved roof.”

10. Khasi Tribe - The Only Matriarchal Society Of India

Khasi Tribe - The Only Matriarchal Society Of Indiasource: footprinttravelguides.com

Khasis are known for being one of the few matriarchal societies surviving in the world today. The Khasi society is a matriarchal one, where the mother is the head of the family and the children write her surname. The property is passed on to the youngest daughter. HolidayIQ Traveller Shivasish Borthakur shares, “The culture is interesting. The matriarchal society with liberal society and secured.”

11. A Village That Still Follows The Barter System - Jonbeel Mela In Morigaon

A Village That Still Follows The Barter System - Jonbeel Mela In Morigaonsource: goimonitor.com

If you thought the barter system is a thing of the past, you are mistaken. In Assam one can still find it in vogue at the Jonbeel Mela in Morigaon, some 30 km from Guwahati. Here, people from the plains and the hills barter goods according to their needs. The three day long festival takes its name from the lake next to which it is celebrated, the 'Jonbeel'. "Here we can exchange our goods with those of the people from the plains. HolidayIQ Traveller Jatin Kocchar shares, “A forthnightly market is also held at the border where people from both side take active part. Interestingly, the age old barter system is still prevalent amoung the natives in this market.

12. A Shop Without Shopkeepers – The Nghah Lou Dawr Culture Of Mizoram

A Shop Without Shopkeepers – The Nghah Lou Dawr Culture Of Mizoramsource: routofy.com

These little shops might not be great wonders to include in your travel bucket list, but will certainly warm your hearts. The name literally translates to ‘shops without attendants’. Shop owners leave goods out in the open for the customers, with the price of each displayed and little jars to put their money in. About 65 km from the capital of Aizawl, passersby on the highway do transactions without the presence of any shopkeepers. HolidayIQ Traveller Dharmindar Singh shares, “Aizwal is a very beautiful place on top of the hills. People are very friendly. The nearest airport is Lengpui airport.”

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13. The Mawphlang Sacred Forest And Its Megaliths

The Mawphlang Sacred Forest And Its Megalithssource: tootlers.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Gupta shares, "Mawphlang is a small village located around 20-22 km away from Shillong. It is a very beautiful village popular for eco-tourism. I strongly suggest this place to all travellers."

14. Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphal

Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphalsource: staticflickr.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Thokchom Heroji says, “Khwairamband-Bazaar is the largest women market in northeast India. Here, you will get all the handloom and handicraft items. The market is also the best place to shop for the freshest produce of Manipur.”

15. Phawngpui Peak - The Blue Mountain

Phawngpui Peak - The Blue Mountainsource: walkthroughindia.com

Phawngpui Peak - the Blue Mountain, exhibits the most enchanting view of Mizoram. There is a semi-circular cliff in the western side called Thlazuang Khàm, which has a sharp and deep fall and is believed to be haunted by spirits. It is an excellent place for hiking and the adventurous at heart could try and scale the Phawngpui, the highest peak in the region.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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