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Really? 10 Places In Northeast India That Are Surprisingly Not Very Popular

Northeast India is like a treasure chest of amazing places worth visiting but some of them have failed to gain a lot of popularity. HolidayIQ Travellers list these places so that you can finally give them their due.

Really? 10 Places In Northeast India That Are Surprisingly Not Very Popular:

  1. Dispur (Assam)
  2. Shillong (Meghalaya)
  3. Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  4. Gurudongmar (Sikkim)
  5. Mangan (Sikkim)
  6. Imphal (Manipur)
  7. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  8. Gangtok (Sikkim)

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. Umaim Lake

Umaim 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.”

3. Eco Park

Eco Parksource: 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. 

4. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lakesource: flickr - soumyajit pramanick

HolidayIQ Traveller Satyendra Dwivedi from Bangalore shares, “One of the most beautiful lake 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. 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. 

6. Loktak Lake

Loktak Lakesource: wordpress.com

Characterised by the floating vegetation known as 'phumdi', it is said to be the only floating lake in the world. Besides the fresh water, Loktak Lake is known for its tasty fish. Do pick up some dried fish from the Moirang market located nearby.

7. Sela Pass

Sela Passsource: trekearth.com

At an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, the gorgeous mountain pass connects Tawang to other parts of the country. The pass is open round the year. However, heavy snow causes occasional shutdowns. 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. Thalon Cave

Thalon Cavesource: theotherhome.com

900 meters above sea level, the cave might scare you with its darkness but it’s quite interesting. The caves are an attraction as part of the Manipur Tourism Festival and three-week expeditions are organised for tourists. Located at a distance of 80 km from Imphal, the caves can be reached by trekking from Thalon Village.

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9. Ward Lake

Ward Lakesource: mapsofindia.com

The lake is an artificial one set amidst lush green gardens in the middle of the scenic hill station Shillong. This horse shoe shaped lake has boating facilities and a bird sanctuary. HolidayIQ Traveller Dhananjay Dhar says, “Ward’s Lake is beautiful with a variety of colourful flowers, ducks and swans swimming in clear water. Multiple exit paths make it easy to venture out of the park. The cafe inside the park is a must-try. It serves tasty local food and steaming hot soup.”

10. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monasterysource: wikimedia.org

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.”

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

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