7 Must Visit Destinations at the Seven Sisters of India
Seven is such a mystic number and so many captivating things are associated with this digit. The number of days in a week is seven, colors in a rainbow – Seven! Marriage wows in Hindu Culture – Seven! Total Wonders of the World – Seven! And so are the states holding esteem natural beauty in the eastern part of India.
Yes, we are addressing the Seven Sister States of India – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura.
In this blog, you will get to know about 7 Must-Visit Destinations at the Seven Sisters of India that you should not miss in your 10 day trip to northeast India.
But before that, have you ever wondered why North-Eastern states are called Seven Sisters?
Well, the reason is that the states are interdependent on one another, just like sisters. As you see on the map of northeast India, the seven states are connected to the nation via Siliguri Corridor and that is the only way to reach the states. Sikkim is some distance away from the seven states sharing a border with Nepal, China, Bhutan, and West Bengal. Because of this, the Sikkim is also called the brother of Seven Sister States.
Enough with the relationships and now coming back to the point – Best places to visit in the Northeast region of India, which is largely unexplored.
Pack your bags to witness some of the greatest monasteries, green valleys, mountains, raging rivers, ethnic customs, and homeliness offered by local people that will surely make your 10 day trip to northeast India a memorable experience. Not only this, we are here to tell you about a budget trip to northeast India because traveling can be pocket friendly. So let’s begin!
1. Shillong – The Scotland of India
2. Majuli – The largest River Island
3. Tawang – Biggest Monastery of India
4. Mokokchung – Simplicity at best
5. Imphal – Surprise for nature lovers
6. Aizawl – Home of the Highlanders
7. Agartala – Gateway to Tripuran Heritage
#1 Shillong – The Scotland of India
Situated in the state of Meghalaya, Shillong is renowned among travelers as ‘The Scotland of India’. Giving the visitors a sparkling and spell-bounding welcome with its beautiful waterfalls, Shillong is a place of many experiences. If you are in search of serenity and tranquility in your budget trip to northeast India, then Shillong is the right place for you. Here you can visit Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves.
How to Reach – The nearest Airport to Shillong is in Umroi which is about 35 km away and the nearest railway station to Shillong is in Guwahati which is around 135 km away. Travelers can take a bus or hire a private cab from here onwards to Shillongs.
#2 Majuli – The largest River Island
Situated in Assam which holds the highest population in Northeast India, Majuli is an isolated place where one can’t expect hustle. The largest freshwater river island in the world, situated right at the center of the mighty Brahmaputra river defines Majuli. If you are looking for the best places to visit in winters in northeast India, then Majuli needs to be on your bucket list. You can stay here in homestays made of Bamboo and visit monasteries. People all around the world visit Majuli in monsoon as well to experience the scent of fresh rain and rejuvenate while enjoying the breathtaking sunset picturesque.
How to Reach – To reach Majuli, you need to reach Jorhat first. You can take a flight to Jorhat from Kolkata and Shillong. The distance between Jorhat and Majuli is 20 kms and you need to take a ferry ride to cover this distance.
#3 Tawang – Biggest Monastery of India
If you are fascinated by Buddhism then Tawang is a must-visit place for you as here you will find the second largest monastery in the world and biggest monastery of India – Tawang Monastery. This place holds extreme importance in Buddhism as it is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. Along with this, travelers visit Sela Pass, Bong Bong Waterfall, and Sangetsar Lake. The place is filled with tranquility serving as a perfect getaway to the ones looking for peace. The astonishing picturesque snow carpet is another factor making it the best place to visit in December with family.
How to Reach – The nearest airport and railway station to Tawang is located in Tezpur. You can reach Tezpur by air, by bus and by train. The distance from Tezpur to Tawang is 334 kms which would take around 11 hours. You can take private taxi and bus for the same.
#4 Mokokchung – Simplicity at best
Located in Nagaland state, Mokokchung is home to Ao Naga Tribe. It is the most beautiful district of the state and also known as ‘Land of Pioneers’. The town believes in simple living philosophy and agriculture constitutes the main occupation in the area. The town hosts several festivals during sowing and harvesting months which enhances the tourists’ experience. While being here you can visit Longkhum, Molung Village, Ungma Village, Langpangkong Caves, and Ongpangkong Range.
How to Reach – The nearest Airport to Mokokchung is situated in Jorhat (Assam) which is around 112 km away from the district headquarters. The nearest railway station is situated in Mariani (Assam). Both places are well connected to Mokokchung by road and you can easily reach by bus or by hiring a private cab.
#5 Imphal – Surprise for nature lovers
Nestled in gorgeous Manipur, Imphal is the capital of the tiny state. Popularly known as the ‘Jewelled Land’, Imphal is blessed with myriad historical and cultural attractions, in the lap of nature. While planning your budget trip to North East India, don’t forget to visit Imphal to witness the beauty of Loktak Lake. Along with this the Kangla Fort and Ima Keithel are some of the renowned tourist attractions.
How to Reach – Imphal is a major town and has its own airport but the town doesn’t have a local railway station. If you are planning to go by train then you have to reach Dimapur which is the nearest railway station and around 215 kms away. You can take a bus or hire a private cab from Dimapur to Imphal.
#6 Aizawl – Home of the Highlanders
Capital of the state of Mizoram, Aizawl is situated at an altitude of 3500 feet and is famous for its handicrafts. The town is blessed with esteem natural beauty and can be called the most beautiful place in north east India. While being in Aizawl, travelers can witness Tlawng flowing quietly on the east and jagged hills of Durtlang in the north. The state museum at Babu Tlang, Tamdil Lake, Vantawng Falls are some of the renowned tourist spots of Aizawl.
How to Reach – The most preferred way is to travel by Air as there are regular flights from Calcutta to Aizawl. If you are planning to travel by train, then the nearest railway station is located at Silchar. Aizawl is 130 km away from Silchar and you can easily find a bus from Silchar to Aizawl.
#7 Agartala – Gateway to Tripuran Heritage
Capital city of Tripura – the smallest state of seven sisters, Agartala is an amalgamation of natural beauty and rich heritage. The town is not all about flowers and valleys. Rather, it holds some of the prestigious historical and religious monuments as well such as Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, The most developed, Agartala Palace, Ummaneshwar Temple, etc.
How to Reach – It is quite convenient to travel to Agartala as Agartala airport is directly connected to major cities of India. If you are planning to travel by train to Agartala, then you need to arrive Lumding which is directly connected to Delhi and from Lumding you can take a train to Agartala. Bus services are also available for those coming in from Guwahati, Silchar and Shillong.
The land of unspoiled beauty has much more than we could possibly list out here. It won’t be an exaggeration in saying that there is no land like the North East region of India and choosing the best state of north east India is a tough task.
After learning about the above-mentioned destinations, you would have made your mind regarding which state to visit in north east India. So book your tickets and get ready to relish the spellbinding view of seven sister states.