India is a country of myriad hues. Its landscapes, culture and heritage seem to cover each and every shade of the spectrum. Some of the most exhilarating experiences in India can be had in the pristine environs of the North Eastern part of the country. A region that is home to some of the most enriching and exhilarating places that are guaranteed to give you unforgettable memories. Though there are so many treasures, some known and some unknown in the region, presented here are some of the top things to do when you are in the North East of India.
Visit the Valley of Flowers, Yumthang
At a distance of about 150 kilometers from Gangtok – the capital city of Sikkim – lies an enchanting pastoral valley which erupts in beautiful and colorful blossoms during the summer months. Over 24 species of Rhodenderon adorn the valley lending it an ethereal ambience. This place is called Yumthang and is dubbed as, “The Valley of Flowers”. Come winter the valley becomes a skiing haven. A beautiful place that one must experience in their lifetime.
Relax and Rejuvenate at Ravangla
A small and fairy tale like picturesque town that lies near Gangtok, at a height of about 7000 feet is Ravangla. A place where time seems to stand still as nature unveils its best. The village sits pretty with the backdrop of the lovely Kanchenjunga Mountains. A place where you can see the first rays of the sun, caress the snow clad Himalayan peaks and listen to the sweet music of rare Himalayan Birds. Ravangla is a place where you can relax in meditative silence at a serene monastery. Ravangla is indeed a boon to be experienced. While you are here, live at the magnificent Delisso Abode and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul as you lose yourself in this blissful haven.
Rendezvous with Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park
If you are looking for adventures of the wild kind, then head over to the Kaziranga National Park, in Assam. The park is a World Heritage Site and is home to approximately 2/3rd of the One Horned Rhino population of the world. Apart from the rhinos you can also see eye to eye with Tigers, Elephants, wild water Buffaloes, and Swap Deer. The Kaziranga National Parker offers an excellent opportunity to see these wild beauties unfettered in their natural environs.
Visit the only floating National Park in the World at Loktak
In the North Eastern state of Manipur lies a freshwater lake known as Loktak. Huge masses of land, known as Phumdis, float on this spectacular lake. These consist of a heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter. The largest of these is about 40 square kilometers. The Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated here and is home to the endangered Eld Deer. A visit to this amazing place is sure to leave you awestruck.
Visit the wettest place in the world at Mawsynram
As you travel 16 kilometers west of Cherapunji in Meghalaya, you reach the village of Mawsynram, arguably the wettest place on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 11. 872 mm. The village is situated at a height of about 4,600 feet and offers a temperate climate. The thrill of being at an iconic location is by itself an experience. However the lush green village offers opportunities for unforgettable treks that would take you close to nature.
Salute the Indian Soldier at Nathula Pass
Drive across some of the most rugged roads that will take you across some stunning and varied landscapes to reach Nathula Pass – The last frontier on the Indo-China border. The drive that will take you to a height of about 14,140 feet is sure to leave you literally gasping for air as you soak in the wild and natural beauty that envelops the land. The loud roar of silence in the serene land seems to embrace you as you lose yourself in the beautiful environs. You will feel a rush of patriotism as you shake hands with an Indian soldier bravely guarding this desolate outpost in harsh climatic conditions.
These are only a few gems from the treasure trove that is the North East of India. There are countless other gems waiting to be discovered and explored across each bend and curve of the North East. Couple your holiday with a luxurious stay at Sterling Holidays and treat your loved ones to an extravagant vacation.