North-East India’s Most Scenic Villages

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North-East is one of the most unexplored regions in India. When you visit the place you’ll be proud to say that it’s in India. It’s a small world full of surprises if you are ready to explore.The breathtaking views of mountains, the endless verdant, the magical waterfalls, the wild caves and the distinct culture of North-East India will leave you with an amazing travel experience.You will drool over the North-eastern cuisines as these  have a lot of  variety and are different from the rest of  India.

North-East India has everything for you. You name it and you get to explore your kind of place. I wanted to experience the wilderness of the Natural caves. The caves are the home to many bats and different species of insects. Despite being scared of insects I dared to explore the dark caves and it was one of the wildest experiences of my life. Tiny waterfalls flowing through the lime-stones and the never ending darkness with bats all around made for  one of the most memorable days of my trip!

The beautiful villages of North-East will take your breath away. Some of them have interesting facts about them with the beauty. Let’s explore the Scenic Villages of North-East India.

Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
The least known place in North-East India, Ziro Valley has pleasant climate throughout the year, so you backpack to this place any day you want. It is just 115 kms from the state capital Itanagar and will take you around 4 hours to reach. Ziro Valley, also known as Apatani Plateau is home to the Apatani Tribes. The green rice field patches make the place look stunning! The Taley wildlife sanctuary, Kile Pakho ridge and the Bamboo groves are worth a visit. If you are planning an offbeat and peaceful trip then this is the destination for you!

The Scenic Ziro Valley Image Credit-
The Scenic Ziro Valley Image Credits –

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang has the largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world. Situated at a height of 10,000 feet, it is a beautiful offbeat hill town to explore. The best time to visit Tawang is in summers from March to September. Tawang is 326 kms from Tezpur which will take around 12 hours. In winters it’s all covered with snow. With its blue and grey skies in the background and 65 white-golden buildings, this picturesque small town should definitely be on your list!

The Beautiful Monastery
The Beautiful Monastery of Tawang

Majuli Island, Assam
The world’s largest freshwater island is in India in Assam and you can visit this paradise anytime from October to March. But in monsoons it looks the most beautiful when the river is swollen with water. Majuli Island is formed by Brahmaputra river and is only accessible through ferries from the city of Jorhat. Fair enough! This marvelous place should be kept hidden from the rest of the world. The natural scenic beauty, the stunning landscape with blue water and greenery all around, and a bird sanctuary – make it one of the best places to travel.

Enchanting Majuli Island in Assam
Enchanting Majuli Island in Assam

Moirang- Loktak Lake, Manipur
Talking about water, I cannot miss on the breath-taking Loktak Lake. The Largest freshwater lake in North-East India floats in Manipur in Imphal which is easily accessible from all the major towns of Manipur by bus. It is the only floating lake in the world because of the Phumdi – mass of soil, vegetation and organic matters at various stages of breakdown. Phumdi is spread across the lake making it look stunning. Apart from its beauty, Loktak Lake is also known for its tasty fish. Dried fish is one of the most favorite foods in Manipur and it is found here in plenty.

Loktak lake
A scenic construction in the middle of the Loktak Lake

Dawki, Meghalaya
The crystal clear greenish-blue river makes Dawki one of the most attractive places in Meghalaya. Drive to Dawki through the scenic route of 70 Kms from Shillong. The water is so clear and clean, it would seem as the boat with fishermen is floating in the air. Dawki is one of the few road borders crossing between India and Bangladesh. The two nations are connected with a suspension bridge over the river for regular trading which makes it even more fascinating! You will come back refreshed and revitalized. This place will definitely give you a surreal experience.

Dawki River

Mawlynnog, Meghalaya
Mawlynnog village, also referred to as “God’s own garden”, has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia. It is located around 90 kms from Shillong. It’s serene and calming just to sit there amidst greenery with a gentle gurgling of waterfall in the background. You will be amazed to see the living root bridges here. The roots of two trees on opposite sides of a river have intertwined, making it a natural bridge for the village folk. Take a walk on the bridge and meet the nature at its best!

Living root bridge in Meghalaya
Living root bridge in Meghalaya

Dzukou Valley, Manipur
The natural beauty and the exotic flowers of Dzukou valley will take your breath away. The magical valley looks like a dreamland. Dzukou valley is nearest to Kohima, capital city of Nagaland. The emerald green hills, the streams flowing by and the lush green forest are enchanting! Get away from the hustle bustle of cities and get lost in the calmness and serenity of the place. When you want to spend time with yourself and the blissful nature, this is the perfect destination for you!

The Dzukou Valley
The verdant Dzukou Valley

Zuluk Village, Sikkim
Zuluk Village, once a point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India, has remained unchanged since that time. Gangtok and Siliguri are the nearest places to reach Zuluk. One of the best offbeat destinations in East Sikkim, it offers the view of the entire rKanchenjunga range. No words can describe the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga, when the glittering rays of sun kiss the snow clad peaks of mountains, bathing them with golden and then eventually silver!  This is one of the greatest attractions in Zuluk.

Silk route in Sikkim
Silk route in Sikkim

Pack your bags and get away from this noisy world to spend some time with yourself and these natural beauties!

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