Are you one of those who fancy a trip to the much talked about Northeast India? If so, here is the perfect guide for you! You need not spend two, three weeks exploring the whole of Northeast (because that’s what it will take), there are certain places you cannot simply miss, and if you visit those places, you can rest assure that you have seen the beauty of Northeast that it is so well known for.
The most popular city in the Northeastern region of India, the city of Guwahati is commercial capital of not just Assam alone but the whole of the Northeast region since all the goods and the imports carried from the Indian mainland pass through the city before it reaches Dimapur in Nagaland, before it is distributed to the entire region. Guwahati, and not Kolkata is the true gateway to Northeast India as, in order to explore the beautiful landscapes of Northeast, one needs to catch the Delhi to Guwahati flights and begin their journey from there.
Although, there is nothing much to see in Guwahati and Assam in general compared to what the other part of the Northeast offers in natural beauty, it commercialisation and its fast paced progression to turning into a developed modern city is something that drives people to the city. It paves way and acts as a stepping stone for the tourists and travellers from all over wanting to explore the hidden gems of the Northeast region. The moment you reach Guwahati, you can immediately make your way for Shillong, the place voted as India’s favorite hill station in the year 2015. Shillong is known for being the stronghold of Khasis who too like the rest of the tribes in the Northeast have a very unique tribal culture. Shillong paves way for you to visit the other beautiful places in the state of Meghalaya. One of the most notable tourist hotspots is the place called Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, lying just 2 hours away from Shillong. This is the place where the beautiful and unique hanging root bridges used on multiple platforms to showcase Meghalaya can be found.
After Meghalaya, you will have to catch a bus and make your way to Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland and the lifeline of many other surrounding states. Dimapur, while lacking the infrastructure like Guwahati, makes it up in all the other departments. The city has an active music scene where you can witness live music in the various pubs in the city. Although declared a dry state, the city’s nightlife is dubbed as the best in the whole Northeast region. Alcohol is not sold openly over the counter but easily and rampantly available everywhere. Dimapur opens you the doorway to visit beautiful neighbouring places of tourist interest like Medziphema, Chumukedima, Kisama, Sovima, Kohima, Dzukou Valley and many more places. The ideal time to visit Nagaland will be during the time of the popular Hornbill festival, which sees a horde visitors from all over the world and different parts of India. It has been said that the number of tourists recorded the past year surpassed over 2 lakhs, and even more visitors from other parts of India.
Finally, to end your Northeast tour on a mystical note, come back to Dimapur, and head on to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the most pristine locations in India, whose beauty is not done enough justice by the publicity it receives. Ziro is also popular for the Ziro music festivals it hosts every year for the local and indie artists. It began in 2012. You will see some of the finest musicians from the region getting together to perform during this festival.
You can head back to Dimapur or Guwahati and catch your train or flight back and look back to the magnificent and surreal journey you just completed!