Ah, the seven sisters! How I love to talk about mountains. Mountains that beckon me! Mountains that are an insignia of peace and tranquility! Mountains that soothe the soul!
These feelings reach the pinnacle when it comes to the Himalayas. Oh, my holy Himalaya! Himalaya which covers the whole North-East under its majestic heights! Himalaya that is the pride of this sub-continent! Himalaya that is beauteous and daunting both! Himalaya that is bliss and is every wanderlust person’s wish!
If you are a mountain person like me, then North-East can be a delight as a getaway and more importantly less crowded alternative to much-patronized hills of North-India. Here’s the list of 7 must-visit getaways in the Seven Sisters of India –
1. Aalo – Whim for Valley – Arunachal Pradesh
Savoring its own beauty at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom River, Aalo is a picturesque valley in Arunachal Pradesh which will satiate the wanderlust in you. If you are a nature lover, then it will take just the first step in this valley for you to fall in eternal love with it. It has all the basic facilities like Guest House and other stuff that comes along. There are places for sightseeing like Shree Ramakrishna Paramhansa mission campus, Patam Bridge, Bagra Village and Donyi Polo temple. If the word adventure gives you an adrenaline rush, then you can go to Siyom hanging bridge for river rafting in a rather turbulent stream. Kamki Hydropower Dam is just 25 kilometers from Aalo and it’s a quaint and wonderful location to visit in the Seven Sisters of India.
2. Dibrugarh – The Tea City of India – Assam
If there is a city which is emblematic to the culture of Assam, it is Dibrugarh. Located in the upper west region of Assam, ‘Dibrugarh – The Tea City of India’ has a lot to cater for tourists. While you can witness the expanse of a rather daunting river of India called the Brahmaputra, Dibrugarh also offers adventure activities like mountaineering, camping, and trekking to the tourists. River rafting is fun in the mammoth water body that the Brahmaputra is. You will be able to satiate your shopping whim as the city is famous for the silk garments. Apart from that, Dinjoy, Debhing Namti, and Dehing Satra are places you should add in your itinerary along with Jagannath and Radha-Krishna temple, which are much-visited sites in this one of the best getaways in seven sisters of India. Khanikar Park is a must visit place too.
3. Laitlum Canyon – In the realms ‘lush blue’ mountains – Meghalaya
If there is a place in seven sisters which can parallel the magnificence of Ladakh’s Pang Pong Tso or Tso Moriri, then it has to be Laitlum Canyon. The mere sight of green high mountains of Himalayas trying to ogle up the blue sky is a feeling of pure bliss to the eyes, and Latium Canyon is the place of that bliss. To all the shutterbugs like me and professional photographs, you are going how nature will paint the canvas of your lens giving rise to beauteous images. Since you will be in Laitlum Canyon, you can always walk an extra mile to visit Mawphlang Sacred Forest which is just 15 km in distance.
Wards Lake and Elephant Fall must be stapled places in your itinerary as they are just 10 km away. And well, you should miss the Shillong ViewPoint from where you will be able to see the whole city.
4. Imphal – A Manipur Essential – Manipur
This is one of the most famous and much-patronized places in North-East India. It is situated in the heart of Manipur. Once you are in Imphal, you have things to explore in galore. You can start with Loktak Lake which is one of the largest water bodies in North-East India, and then you can visit Moirang, Andro and Matai Garden. If you are interested in Wildlife then there are places like Manipur Zoological Garden and Keibul Lambjao National Park. Khwairamband Bazaar will give you a feel of the Manipuri culture. Apart from that, Imphal also has three mothers art gallery if you are someone who is interested in art
5. Phawngpui Hills – House of Gods – Mizoram
Well, begrimed charm is the phrase I would like to associate with beauteous, iridescent and highest mountain peak of Mizoram. This quaint hill station is one of the best getaways in the seven sisters. It has orchids, herbs, and some exotic fauna. Phawngpui Hills is in Champhai district, so you can also Durtlang Hills and Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also travel to Aizwal and enjoy KV Paradise and Vantawang Falls
6. Kohima – Greenery Galore – Nagaland
Kohima is one of the most charming places in Nagaland. Even though it has become a commercial capital but hasn’t quite lost that quaint charm of a typically low profile hill-station like Kasol. It is the perfect amalgamation of ancient and modern cultural elements. The town offers a lot of picturesque views and somehow reminds of the time of world war – II. The major attractions for tourists in Kohima are Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, and Kohima War Cemetery. If you are a wildlife lover than Kohima Zoo should be there in your itinerary. Dzuleke and Tseminyu are near to Kohima and are just as beauteous as they can get. So, if you are not running short of time, you should plan to visit those places too.
7. Agartala – Opulence in Abundance – Tripura
Once you are visiting seven sisters, you expect some sense of peace and tranquility. So, your inclination will be towards not so crowded places. However, Agartala, the capital of Tripura warrants a visit. Palaces, wildlife, temples, and natural beauty, you name it and it is there in Agartala. Ujjayanta Palace, Kunjaban Palace, and Neermahal are emblems of affluence that Agartala carries with it, while you will also find Tripura Sundari Temple and Jagannath Temple great work of architecture barring the spirituality associated with it. When it’s Agartala, you just can’t skip Chittagong hills. Walk that extra step to capture the beauty!
Apart from the best places in seven sisters, Sikkim is a world of a sort. Head on to the list of best places to visit in Sikkim!