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EASTERN INDIA - ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Capital:
  • Itanagar
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places:
  • Buddha temple in Itanagar, Fort Itanagar, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Miao Museum, Miao Reserve Forest, Namdapha National Park, Nuaranang falls, P.T. Tso Lake, Sela pass, Tawang Monastery
What to See in Arunachal Pradesh:
  • The land of Dawnlit mountains.Arunachal lies on the North Eastern tip of India bordering Myanmar on the east, Bhutan on the west and China on the north and the state of Assam on the south. Evergreen forest covers more than 60 percent of Arunachal Pradesh with its numerous turbulent streams, roaring rivers, deep gorges, lofty mountains, snow-clad shining peaks, hundreds and thousands of species of flora and fauna. Its endless variations of scenic beauty are the first to greet sunrise in the country.
What to Wear
  • Cottons (summer) ,Heavy Woolens (winter)
Languages
  • Hindi, Assamese, English.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH TOURIST PLACES

Buddha temple in Itanagar

Consecrated by Dalai Lama, the shrine houses a Buddha idol along with other Buddhist articles of worship. The temple is surrounded by lush green lawns and a scenic view of the mountains. The architecture of the temple has heavy Tibetan influence.

Fort Itanagar

Located in the centre of the Capital Complex, Ita Fort dates back to the 14th century when it was ruled by Ahom rulers. The imposing structure is constructed using over 80 lakh bricks. The fort has three magnificent gates.

Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The musk deer, Himalayan black deer, red panda and porcupines are amongst the most commonly found animals. Various rare species of monkeys are also found. Itanagar Reserve Forest was declared as Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary with the geographical boundary as Pam River in the East, Pachin in the South, Neorochi on the North-East and Chingke stream in the North. The capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar in located within the Sanctuary.

Miao Museum

A World Heritage Site, the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun is known for its architectural splendour and magnificence. Located in Nizamuddin East, the monument is considered the precursor of grand Mughal mausoleums. The mausoleum complex has several firsts to its credit. It was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, the first structure to use red sandstone on a large-scale and broke new ground as far as Mughal architecture was considered.

Miao Reserve Forest

The Miao Reserve Forest is located towards the west of Namphada National park, great for watching birds like the streaked wren-babbler, golden-crested myna, wreathed and rufous-necked hornbills. Permission to visit the reserve forest is issued by Divisional Forest Officer, Jairampur.

Namdapha National Park

The third largest by size in India (after Hemis National Park in Jammu and Kashmir and the Desert National Park in Rajasthan), Namdapha National Park is a biodiversity hotspot situated in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, 459 km from Tawang. Spanning an area of 1985 sq km, the core area of the park stretches over 1808 sq km making it the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayas. Nestled between the Patkai range and Dapha Bum range of Mishmi hills, the park is home to about 425 species of flora and fauna and is one of the few national parks that allows camping within its boundaries.

Nuaranang falls

The 100m high Nuranang falls in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the north eastern part of India. it is around 2 kilometres away from the town of Jang on the road connecting Tawang and Bomdila, so it is also known as the Jang Falls. It became famous after featuring in the Bollywood movie Koyla starring Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

P.T. Tso Lake

About 18 to 20 km from Tawang, P.T. Tso Lake is a beautiful lake in Arunchal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 12,000 feet in the Eastern Himalayas. This lake holds spiritual importance in the Buddhist community. During winter, the lake provides an ideal spot for skiing.

Sela pass

Located at 13, 714 ft above mean sea level, Sela Pass is of high strategic importance. It connects Tawang to Tezpur and Guwahati and is the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India. While summers at Sela Pass are not very cold, temperature in winter can dip down to -10 degree Celsius

Tawang Monastery

It is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects and the second oldest monastery in the world after Lhasa. The monastery houses over 500 monks. It is also a centre of Buddhist Cultural Studies. The monastery was founded by monk Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso a contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama in 17th century AD. The monastery complex comprises of more than 65 residential buildings meant for monks.

EASTERN INDIA - ASSAM

Capital:
  • Dispur
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places:
  • Guwahati, Sualkuchi, Tezpur, Majuli, Sivasagar, North Cachar Hills, Barak Valley, Dispur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat
What to See in Assam:
  • Kaziranga National Park, Agnigarh Hill, Kamakhya Temple, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Orang National Park, Haflong Lake, Digboi, Diphu, Umrangshu
Accessibility
  • Airports: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tejpur, Jorhat, Silchar, Rilabari.
What to Wear
  • Cottons in summer, woolens in winter

ASSAM TOURIST PLACES

Agnigarh assan

One of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Tezpur, Agnigarh situated 40 km from Nameri National Park is a great picnic spot. The name Agnigarh means fire fort. Legend has it that, Banasura built the fort to keep his daughter – Princess Usha safe in isolation, away from prince Aniruddha.

Assam State Zoo

The Assam State zoo which is also known as the Guwahati zoo is the largest of its kind in the North East region. It is located within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest at Guwahati, India. The zoo is home to about 895 animals, birds and reptiles representing almost 113 species of animals and birds from around the world.

Brahmaputra river side

Known for the beach festival in April, the Brahmaputra river side offers a cool breeze and a beautiful view to all thos ewho visit. During winter, it is also where you can spot various species of birds.

Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated close to 10 km from Nameri National Park, Bura-Chapori Sanctuary wildlife mainly includes migratory birds and is mostly known to be the natural habitat for Bengal florican bird species.

Chandubi Lake

Located about 65km from Guwahati at the foot of the Garo hills is the Chandubi Lake. The lake is located at the foot of Garo hills surrounded by Assam and Meghalaya. It is surrounded by deep forests, small villages, and mesmerising tea gardens. It’s an ideal spot for a picnic amidst nature.

Guwahati city

It is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, a part of Guwahati, serves as the capital of Assam. The Kamakhya temple situated atop the Nilachal hill is an important site for tantric Hinduism. Besides Kamakhya, Guwahati has several ancient Hindu temples including the Umananda Temple, Navagraha Temple and Basistha Temple. Hajo is an important pilgrim center for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.

Haflong Assam

Also known as white ant hillock, Haflong in Assam is situated 310 km from Guwahati. Known for its beautiful Haflong hills, landscapes, valleys, and mountains, Haflong is popular among campers and nature enthusiasts. It is situated at an altitude of 680 m above sea level and is ideal for a peaceful holiday. Haflong is famous for its lakeside resorts, and is visited primarily for the adventure activity options it offers; trekking and paragliding are some of the popular ones.

Haflong Lake assam

Haflong Lake is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and is situated in the heart of the town. It is also Haflong’s most popular tourist spot. Jatinga is another famous tourist spot located located on a spur of the Haflong ridge which is famous for the phenomenon of bird suicides. It is popular with the tourists are the ruins of Mailbong, the erstwhile capital of the Dimasa Kachari kingdom. Haflong celebrates Chavang Kut, its harvest festival in November every year.

Jatinga assam

Situated some nine km south of Haflong in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, Jatinga is a scenic village that is famous for a curious phenomenon — bird ‘suicides’!Between the months of August to November, ornithologists and birders visit Jatinga to observe the phenomenon of migratory birds hurtling to their imminent death. The phenomenon is credited to disorientation caused by high altitudes and fog and simple-minded folks who see these falling birds as evil spirits.

Majuli Assam

The biggest river island in the world, Majuli is located on the river Brahmaputra in Assam and is formed by Brahmaputra in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti joined by the river Subansiri in the north. Making you feel at peace with nature, it is home to many migratory birds. Located 1100 km away from the mouth of the Brahmaputra, Majuli had an area of 1256 sq km in 1991 but due to soil erosion, it has now reduced to 875 sq km.

Nameri National Park assam

Situated at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur district of Assam, Nameri National Park is the last home to the White-winged wood duck, the most endangered species of ducks in India. A sizable population of the winged wood ducks is known to thrive in the national park and forms an important core of the Indian population of remaining 150 odd pairs of the highly endangered species. The national park is also home to a substantial population of elephants.

EASTERN INDIA - BIHAR

Capital:
  • Patna
Language:
  • Hindi, Bhojpuri, Magahi & Maithili
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October and March
Major Places:
  • Gaya, Nalanda, Munger, Vaishali, Patna, Navlakha Palace, Rajnagar, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Kundalpur, Jalmandir(Pawapuri), Griddhakuta Peak, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Sher Shah Suri Tomb, Sasaram
What to See in Bihar:
  • Nalanda University, Bodhi Tree, Muchalinda Lake, Griddhakuta Peak, Rajgir Hot Springs, Buxar Fort, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Jalmandir Temple, Patna Museum, Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary, Janki Temple, Kesaria Stupa, Barabar Caves, Thai Monastery, Buxar Fort, Witness Animal Trade, Witness Madhubani Art
Accessibility
  • Bihar has airport at Patna connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Calcutta, as well as Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Indian Airlines and Sahara Airways have direct flights between Patna and Delhi.The state has a well-developed railway network with almost all the major and minor places connected through good trains. Major railway stations like Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya are connected to all the major cities of India by regular trains.

BIHAR TOURIST PLACES

Bodhgaya

The sacred city of Bodhgaya is located in Bihar. It is 12 km away from Gaya city. Bodhgaya is where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat under a Bodhi Tree to meditate. The first three days of his meditation and the following seven weeks of enlightenment have been closely associated with various places in Bodhgaya. The history of this town can be traced back to 500 BC. History mentions Bodhgaya as Bodhimanda and the main monastery as the Bodhimanda-vihara.

Gaya

A city of ancient historical and mythological significance, Gaya is one of the main tourist attractions in Bihar and the second largest city in the state. It is 100 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar and one of the major pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. Its natural surroundings, narrow by lanes and its age old buildings make it special. Gaya derives its name from Gayasur, a mythological demon. Legends say that Gaya served rigid penance and secured blessings from Lord Vishnu, after which his body transformed into the rocky hills, which now form the landscape of Gaya.

Nalanda Archaeological Museum

Established in 1971, the museum houses relics unearthed from the Nalanda University. The museum is divided into four main galleries housing 13463 relics that have been excavated from 349 sites. The main hall included 16 sculptures of Trailokya Vijay, Maitreya, Buddha in Varad, Dharmachakra and Bhumisparsh postures, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Parshvanath and Nagaraj sculptures, etc.

Nalanda

Known for its Buddhist sites and monuments, Nalanda in Bihar, was once a center for learning and saw monks and students come from far and wide. Flourishing during the regime of several rulers like Sakraditya, Gupta rulers, Buddhist emperors like Harsha and the Pala empire emperors, Nalanda shot to prominence between the fifth and the 12th century.

Patna Museum

Built in 1917 in Mughal and Rajput style of architecture, the museum houses several metal and stone sculptures of the Mauryan and Gupta era. One also get to see the Fist World War canon and a 16m long fossilised tree, which is about 200 million years old and is considered the longest fossilised tree in the world. It also has collections of Buddhist sculptures, Jain images and Chinese art.

Rajgir

Rajgir, meaning the abode of Gods, is a town in Nalanda district about 93 km southeast of Patna. It finds mention in the Mahabharata as the kingdom of Jarasandha, the arch nemesis of Krishna and his Yadava clan. While the exact date of Rajgir’s foundation is not known, the city is believed to be about 3000 years old. Rajgir is divided into two parts: one which is fortified and surrounded by seven hills and the other, which is believed to have been founded by King Bimbisara’s son, Ajatshatru. There are two local beliefs about the name of the town. One belief is that the town gets its name from the Hindi word rajgriha which means royal house and the other states that the name comes from the rajgir (also a Hindi word), which means royal mountain.

Ropeway Rajgir

Ropeway at Rajgir: Bihar’s only ropeway is said to be the oldest in the country. It is a single-person ropeway that runs at the top of Ratnagiri Hill. It leads to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), Makhdoom Kund and monasteries built by Japanese devotees of the Buddha on top of the Ratnagiri Hills. Treat yourself to the scenic views of Rajgir city when you are enjoying the ropeway ride!

Vaishali

Located about 55 km from Patna, Vaishali is associated with Gautam Buddha and Lord Mahavira. It is popluar for its Buddish structures like Relic stupa, Kutagarasala Vihara, World Peace Pagoda.

EASTERN INDIA - JHARKHAND

Capital:
  • Ranchi
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Language:
  • Santhali , Mundari , Kurukh, Khortha, Nagpuria, Sadri, Khariya, Panchparagnia, Ho, Malto, Karmali, Hindi, Urdu, Bangla etc.
Religion:
  • Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism
Major Cities in Jharkhand:
  • Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Bokaro Steel City, Deoghar, Phusro, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Ramgarh, Medininagar, Chirkunda
What to See in Jharkhand:
  • Palamau Tiger Reserve, Betla National Park, Dassam falls, Sun temple in Ranchi, Tagore Hill

JHARKHAND TOURIST PLACES

Betla National Park

Located on the Chota Nagar plateau of Jharkhand, Betla National Park boasts of a variety of animals. Betla is an acronym for bison, elephant, tiger, leopard. It was one of the first national parks in India to become a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger. The forests here have a wide range of vegetation and many elephants can be seen here during the monsoons.

Dassam falls

One of the most enchanting falls, it is about 40 km from Ranchi. The Kanchi river here falls from a height of 144 feet and creates an amazing environment. The fall is also known as Dasham Bagh. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Ranchi Science Centre

Ranchi is the capital city of Jharkhand, located in the north- eastern region of the India. Ranchi Science Centre is located at the same place. It is governed under JCST i.e., Jharkhand Council on Science and Technology. This science centre is a double storied building covering upto 42 000 sq. metres of area. The cost of the area is INR 6.5 crores which is equally shared by both the Government of India and Jharkhand. National Council of Science Museums developed Ranchi Science Centre which was inaugurated by Arjun Munda, C.M of Jharkhand on 29th Nov 2010.

Ranchi

A scenic town on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau, Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand. It used to be the summer capital before the state was carved out of Bihar. Ranchi derived its name from ‘Archi’, meaning bamboo forest. The town is entirely covered with red soil and is located at a height of 2,140 ft above sea level. Known for its waterfalls, green hilly regions, barren rocks and beautiful valleys, Ranchi is also enormously rich in natural wealth like iron, coal, copper, mica etc. making it a major industrial center.

Sun temple in Ranchi

This elegant temple is constructed in the form of a huge chariot with 18 wheels driven by seven horses. Surrounded by green lawns, it has a pond too. Locals believe water in the pond has curative powers.

Tagore Hill

Tagore Hill is a wonderful place in the heart of the state capital of Jharkhand. The hill is also known as the Morabadi Hill as it is situated at Morabadi in Ranchi. Morabadi is a place which is about at the centre of the city and is well connected by the autos and the cabs to the bus stands and the railway station. It all started in 1908 when Jyotindranath Tagore, the elder brother of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore built Shantidham, a house on the hill after buying this hill from a landowner Harihar Singh.

EASTERN INDIA - MANIPUR

Capital:
  • Imphal
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to February
Language:
  • Manipuri, Hindi and English
Major Places in Manipur:
  • Shri Govindjee Temple, Khwairamband Bazaar, Manipur State Museum, The Old Palace, War Cemeteries, Manipur Zoological Garden, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Saheed Minar, Langthaband.
What to See in Manipur:
  • Imphal, Loktak Lake, Red Hill Lokpaching, Kangla Fort, Sirohi National Park, Manipur State Museum, Sekta Archaelogical Living Museum, Manipur Zoological Gardens, Keibul Lam Jao National Park, Jama Masjid, Shree Govindajee Temple, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Matai Garden, Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Khangkhui Cave, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva Cave, Nillai Tea Estate, Ango Ching
Temperature:
  • 32.0 Deg. C. (Mean Max.), 0.0 Deg. C. (Mean Min.).

MANIPUR TOURIST PLACES

Kangla Fort

The ancient fort is situated on the bank of river Imphal. Kangla was the seat of King Pakhangba in 33 AD. The monarchy of Manipur was found and enlarged from Kangla. Its brick walls were constructed in 1632 AD, after acquiring the skills from Chinese prisoners captured during war. The fort is surrounded by a moat. It was under control of Assam Rifles until 2003. Manipur Kings had a royal polo ground within the Kangla Fort.

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Renowned for being the only floating park in the world, the Keibul Lamjao National Park lies 53 km away from Imphal, in Bishnupur district of Manipur. Islands formed by mats of dense aquatic grass gives it an appearance of floating on the lake. The unique wetland ecosystem of the national park is spread over 40 sq km. The park encompasses three hills of Pabot, Toya and Chingiao. The park is surrounded by marshes and hillocks. The hills provide shelter for its large mammals during the monsoons.

Manipur Zoological Gardens

Just 7 km from Imphal, it is home to some protected species of animals. Thiamin deer, called Sangai, is one such rare species which can be found here. It was founded on the 2nd October 1976. The Manipur Zoological Garen in know as The Jewel Box of Manipur.

Manipur

Known for its natural beauty, Manipur is a small state in the north-east of India. It is one of the seven sisters. It is known as the Switzerland of the east due to the blue green hills and its richness in art and tradition. The rivers, lakes and varieties of flowers here make for a beautiful tourist attraction.

Ukhrul

Known for its scenic beauty, pristine climate and the rare Shirui Lily, the hill-station of Ukhrul is about 103 km from Manipur’s capital Imphal. Bounded by Myanmar on the east, Nagaland to the north and Senapati district to its west, Ukhrul’s relative inaccessibility and remoteness has helped the district retain its pristine charm. Mountain ranges, knolls, waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and lakes add to the charm of Ukhrul. Spread over 4544 sq km, the district is mostly hilly.

EASTERN INDIA - MEGHALAYA

Capital:
  • Shillong
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • November to February
Major Cities in Meghalaya:
  • Shillong, Baghmara, Cherrapunjee, Mawphlang, Ranikor
What to See in Meghalaya
  • Ward Lake, Botanical Garden & Museum, Meghalaya State Museum, Lady Hydari Park & Mini Zoo, Crinoline Falls & Swimming Pool, Wei Tdem (Sweet Falls), Shillong Peak, Elephanta Falls, Arunachal Pradesh Museum, Iewduh Bara Bazar, Butterfly Museum, Bishop & Beadon Falls, Shillong Golf Course, Polo Grounds, Umian Lake.
Accessibility
  • Nearest airport Guwahati- 129 kms and Umroi Airport- 31 kms are connected with Calcutta, Nearest Railhead is Guwahati- 103 kms, Calcutta- 1184 kms, Darjeeling- 690 kms, Gangtok- 692 kms, Guwahati- 103 kms, Kaziranga- 294 kms, Aizwal- 430 kms, Siliguri- 578 kms, Manas- 273 kms, Agartala- 499 kms, Kohima- 469 kms, Itanagar- 481 kms.
Temperature:
  • Summer - Max 23.3, Min 15.
  • Winter - Max 15.6, Min 3.9.

MEGHALAYA TOURIST PLACES

Boating in Umian Lake

Umiam Lake is synonymous with Shillong, Meghalaya. It is a man-made lake that covers an expanse of 221 sq kms; which makes it bigger than the country of Liechtenstein and American Samoa respectively! It is also almost 4 times the size of San Marino or Bermuda. The lake provides residents with water and is also their source of fish. Umiam literally translates into ‘water of tears’. The legend surrounding the name begins with two sisters who wanted to alight from heaven.

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is one of the wettest places on the planet and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. The town of Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital, Shillong. Cherrapunji, also known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’. The cliffs of Cherrapunji also offer stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh. While the debate about the wettest place on earth is an ongoing one, Mawsynram, also in Meghalaya, is known to receive higher rainfall than Cherrapunji.

Elephant Falls

Elephant falls is a combination of 3 rivers. One of the British officers named it as Elephant falls after they saw a rock which resembled as an elephant. This rock was later destroyed due to earthquake. Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew was the name given by the Khasi tribe, meaning Three Steps Water Falls. Around 12kms from the outskirts of the capital city of Meghalaya, Elephant falls is advanced with the public transport for the visitors.

Khoh Ramhah

This place attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. Its called Khoh Ramhah by the locals which means ‘basket of the giant’. It is believed the ancestors of the locals in Cherrapunjee that the stone which resembles a basket was carried by a giant. Some legends even say that its a basket with spirit of an evil. The waterfalls besides the rocks with the combination of adjacent scene of plains of Bangladesh is worth experiencing. It is an ideal spot for picnic.

Living Root Bridges

Meghalaya’s double-decker and single-decker root bridges are known to be unique in the world. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Khasi people have been trained to grow these bridges across the raised banks of streams to form a solid bridge, made from roots. The living bridges are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots to form bridges.

Mahadev Khola Dham

The temple that is located in Meghalaya on the outskirts at a distance of 5 km in the Upper Shillong from main town of Shillong. The River Umshyrpi drifts in the vicinity of the temple. The history of the temple goes back to the belief that a saint named Lakhiya Baba came pondering this place around 150 years back. During those days the area was covered with thick forests. It is said that a major of the battalion named as SubedarGurkha Rifles dreamt about a saint wearing red color dress and a string made of rudraksh.

Mawsynram

Crowned as the wettest place on earth, the village of Mawsynram is a nature lover’s dream and the best place to witness the fury of the rains. With 11,872 mm of rainfall received annually, Mawsynram beats Cherrapunji by a slender margin. Cherrapunji receives 11,777 mm of rainfall. Situated in East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya, 15 km west of Cherrapunji, Mawsynram is 1400 m above sea level.

Nohkalikai Falls

One of the most photogenic waterfalls in India, Nohkalikai in Meghalaya is the fifth highest waterfall in India. Nohkalikai, which means means ‘Ka Likai’s Leap’ in Khasi language, is located about seven km away from Cherrapunji, the second wettest place on the planet. Water plunges from a height of 1,100 ft uninterrupted from the highest point to the foot of the falls making it a spectacular site. The force of water has carved a waterhole which remains blue in the winter and turns green in the summer months.

Nokrek National Park

Added to UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve list in 2009, the Nokrek National Park in Meghalaya in north east India is among the last remaining homes of the red panda. Located in the West Garo hills district of the north eastern state, it is about two km away from the Tura Peak and a haven for biodiversity in Meghalaya. The national park has strict rules for exploring the core area where the red pandas dwell.

Seven Sisters Falls

Located just 1 kilometre south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya, the seven sisters waterfalls have the reputation of being the fourth highest waterfalls in India. It is a seven-segmented waterfall, which plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills. The falls only flow during the rainy season. The vibrant colours of the setting sun make for a great sight.

Shillong Peak

Shillong peak is considered as the most beautiful scenic place and also a romantic destination for newly weds and couples. Its a picnic spot and most visited by tourists. Its situated on a height of around 1965ft above the sea level. This peak adds a breathtaking view to the photographs. It is one of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. It is said that Shillong is named after this hill. Being a hill station it is famous for its panoramic view of the city from the top.

Shillong

Mesmerizing waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and impressive mountains make up the city of Shillong. It is the capital of Meghalaya and an ideal place to unwind amidst natural beauty and serenity. The city gets its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong. Cherrapunji, one of the wettest place on earth, is only 56 km from Shillong. In 1897, a strong earthquake had almost wiped out the city of Shillong. The people of Meghalaya rebuilt the city anew with sheer determination and hard work.

Thangkharang Park

This park is a popular tourist spot in Cherrapunjee than others. It consist of a beautiful looking fountain, garden for little children and various species of plants and trees in the greenhouse in the park. It provides a great 180 degree view to the various nearby sights. It gains popularity from its perfect panoramic view to the nearby places like Bangladesh plains and Kynrem falls. This place attracts tourists and mostly photographers to visit this park.

Trekking at Shillong

There are many places in Shillong where you can go for trekking, from the trails of Living Root Bridge and Sohpet-bneng to Kyllang Rock and David Scott Trail. The green hills, the orchids, the bamboo plants, the ‘cottony’ clouds – all in one city!

Umiam Lake

Famous for water sports and a popular hangout. Located around 15 km from Shillong, it was created by damming the Umiam river. Kayaking, water cycling or scooting and boating can be enjoyed. Meghalaya Tourism Department has developed this region as a tourist spot, and also runs the Orchid Tourist home overlooking the lake.

Wards Lake

This place is surrounded with the beautiful view of flowers blooming in an array. Situated in the middle of the city is this pleasant lake with boating facility. One can enjoy boating or recess on the grass of the garden nearby and take a break from the busy life schedules.

Waterfall Rapelling

Waterfall rapelling at Elephant falls is one of the most thrilling things to do in Shillong. You have to descend through or alongside the waterfall for this activity. One has to be very careful while at it.

EASTERN INDIA - MIZORAM

Capital:
  • Aizawl
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Cities in Mizoram:
  • Aizawl, Champhai, Lunglei, Serchhip, Lawngtlai,
What to See in Mizoram
  • Durtlang Hills, Bung, Tamdil Lake, Paikhai, Mini Zoological Garden, Mizoram State Museum, Luangmual Handicrafts Centre, Sibuta Lung, Khawnlung Wildlife Santuary
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 20°C - 30°C
  • Winter (October to February): 11°C - 21°C
  • Average rainfall 250 per annum

MIZORAM TOURIST PLACES

Aizawl

Aizawl, a charming hill station, is the capital of Mizoram in North East India. The population of Aizawl consists of different communities of the ethnic Mizos. The 112-year-old town is also the centre of all important government offices, the state assembly house and the civil secretariat. Aizawl is located above the Tropic of Cancer, set on a ridge 1132 m above sea level, with the Tlawng river valley to its west and the Tuirial river valley to its east.

Champhai

Champhai is a place of business gateway between India and Myanmar. The district is located at an altitude of 1,678 metres above sea level. Champhai is situated along step farms of rice and is also known as The Rice Bowl of Mizoram. Champhai is believed to be one of the oldest existing district in Mizoram.

Lawngtlai

Lawngtlai district is one of the eight districts of Mizoram state in India. The district is bounded on the north by Lunglei district, on the west by Bangladesh, on the south by Myanmar and on the east by Saiha district. The district occupies an area of 2557.10 km². Lawngtlai town is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district shares its boundaries with Lunglei and Saiha districts on the north and south respectively. The inhabitants of the district are mainly the ethnic groups of tribals like Lai and Chakma, who are among the minor tribal communities of Mizoram.

Mizoram State Museum

This museum has interesting exhibits on Mizo culture, but the display is a bit random and unkempt. It’s up a steep lane from Sumkuma Point, past Aizawl’s most distinctive church , whose modernist bell-tower spire is pierced by arched ‘windows’. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/northeast-states/aizawl/sights/museums-galleries/mizoram-state-museum#ixzz3zOaNJtCs

Vantawang Falls

This fall is located 152 kilometers away from Aizawl and is the highest waterfall of Mizoram having a fall of 750 feets. Vantawng Khawhthla Waterfall is surrounded by lush green tropical forests filled with bamboo groves. It is located 75 kilometers from the idyllic town of Thenzawl, famous for its handloom products. Accomodation facilities are available at tourist lodge, Thenzawl. It is surrounded by a vast stretch of thick bamboo forests close to Thenzawl hill station and is at an elevation of 750 feet. One can enjoy enough of it if one can stay overnight for it's equipped with a cafeteria and cottage.

Tamdil Lake

Ṭam Dil is a reservoir lake situated 6 km from Saitual, the nearest town, and 64 km from Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram, India. In Mizo language, the word Ṭam is a contraction of anṭam, which means a mustard plant; and Dil means "lake".[1] A new species of frog called Leptolalax tamdil was described from this lake in 2010

EASTERN INDIA - NAGALAND

Capital:
  • Kohima
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • November to February
Major Cities in Nagaland:
  • Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Mokokchung, Mon, Tuensang, Phek, Zunheboto
What to See in Nagaland
  • Trek to the Dzoukou Valley, Hike the Japfu Peak, Visit the War cemetery, Explore History with the Kachari Ruins, Live the Naga Way in Tuphema Village, Wildlife Spotting in Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, Bird Watching in Khonoma, Naga Heritage Village, Mountain Biking, Dzulekie Stream

NAGALAND TOURIST PLACES

Benreu

An epitome of untouched beauty, Benreu is a village located in Peren district of Nagaland. This beautiful village tucked on a ridge signifies ethnic tourism in Nagaland. Remaining unexplored, this village is a wonderful gateway to a quiet and peaceful holiday amidst immaculate nature. The simple village life and their day-to-day activities are the major attraction here apart from the breathtaking landscape of the place. Benreu can be considered as a cultural paradise that shows many colours of Naga lifestyle and culture.

Dimapur

Reckoned to be the entry point of the state, Dimapur officially welcomes you to Nagaland. It is a well connected town that boasts excellent road conditions and scenic landscape. The town offers ample of opportunities to nature and history lovers. The 13th century Kachari Ruins is amongst the most attractive places in Dimapur, while the ruins here are the evidence of Ahom invasion. For nature aficianados Dimapur opens a wide door and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Nichuguard Village, Kuki Dolong Village, Chumukedima, Sethekima Village and Medziphema are some of the places that are known for their spectacular landscape beauty.

Dzukou Valley

Blessed with absolutely mesmerizing beauty, Dzukou Valley (2438m) is situated at a distance of about 30kms from the state capital, Kohima. This gorgeous valley is a trekker’s delight and is reckoned to be the best trekking circuit in the country. Dzukou Valley is to Nagaland is what Valley of Flowers is to Uttarakhand. An unexplored and pristine land replete with a sizeable number of multi-hued flowers, this valley is certainly a must visit place in Nagaland. Offering breathtaking vistas, Dzukou is dotted with many ravines and streams. The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is spring when the entire valley blossoms with flowers and looks heavenly; however, winter is also a good time to be here as at this time of the year one can witness a deserted yet magnificent view of the valley.

Khonoma Green Village

Khonoma Green Village is the result of responsible Naga tribes. Situated at a distance of about 20kms from Kohima, Khonoma Green Village is one of its kinds in India. The village is the home of the Angami tribe who have given up hunting and only practice agriculture (jhum or shift agriculture) to make a living. The houses in Khonoma are made using natural means and it is a way of Angami to show concern for the conservation of natural resources. In this green village, baskets are woven and handloom work is carried on along with agriculture. Khonoma is undoubtedly an inspiring place that takes us one step closer to nature and urges us to take initiatives to conserve and protect our natural environment. The energy of this place is something that everyone must experience.

Kohima

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, is one of the leading attractions in the state. Located at a height of 1500 m above sea level, Kohima has picturesque views to offer. Trekkers will love the place as there is enormous scope for trekking and camping. Here are the top destinations in Kohima.

Meluri

Snuggled amidst green rolling hills, Meluri is a part of Phek district of Nagaland. This small village is situated halfway on the important route to Mt. Saramati in Kiphire district. Meluri is the land of the Pochury tribe, who are known for their excellent hunting skills. For a traveller in Meluri, the major attraction is the interesting rock formations. Meluri is also known for its two lakes namely, Dzudu and Shilloi. These lakes are believed to have supernatural powers and were avoided by human for a very long time; however, with the passage of time, one of the two lakes (Shilloi Lake) has become a popular tourist place and is used for angling.

Mokukchung

Reckoned to be the most beautiful and a lively district in Nagaland, Mokukchung is the home of the Ao tribe. Known for its hospitality, rich traditions and festivals, Mokukchung is gradually becoming a hotspot for tourism in Nagaland. It is often said that one of its destinations named Longkhum is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Its hillocks are adorned with Rhododendron and its pristine environment is worth falling in love with. Longkhum is also known for its ethnic handloom and handicraft and a sect called Limapur that practice animist religion.

Mon

The land of Konyak Nagas Mon is an interesting land to visit in Nagaland. Famed for warriors with tattoos on face, head hunting prowess and blackened teeth people, Mon is a fascinating place to be in Nagaland. The Konyaks call themselves the descendants of Noah and practice agriculture; it is believed that have the finest harvest in the state. Around Mon, a traveller can have a number of interesting encounters, for instance if you happen to be in Longwa (the biggest village in Mon district), which shares border of Myanmar, you can actually have the opportunity to have half of your body in India and other half in Myanmar.

Tuensang

Tuensang is the eastern-most district of Nagaland and is the homeland of the Chang Nagas. Although, Chang is the predominant tribe here, Tuensang is famed as the place where many tribes live together. This co-existence has resulted in a flavoursome blend of culture and tradition in this district. Tuensang is also popular for its handloom, handicrafts, artworks and jewellery. It is infact one of the best places to go souvenir shopping in Nagaland. Changsangmonko, Chilise, Chunglimiyti and Tsadang Village offer several legends that are quite interesting to hear; these villages also make some of the most interesting places to see in Tuensang.

Tuophema Village

A tourist village, situated about 41kms away from Kohima, Tuophema is built around ethnic model of tourism. The village offers traditionally styled thatched huts, traditional artefacts, jewelleries, clothing and souvenir museum and authentic Naga delicacies. This place gives an opportunity to soak the colour of Nagas and learn more about the culture of this fascinating land. The Angami Sekrenyi festival celebrated between the 25th and 27th of February each year is a major attraction of this village.

Wokha

Wokha is nature’s spectacular gift to Nagaland. Dotted with colourful orchards, carpeted with multi-hued flowers and fringed by hills and river, Wokha is a nature lovers’ paradise. About 4 hours drive from Kohima, this district is the perfect place to bask and see the glory of nature. A tourist village above Riphyim is a major attraction in Wokha district, this place is known to offer splendid views of a dam on Donyan River.

EASTERN INDIA - ORISSA

Capital:
  • Bhubaneswar
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Cities in Orissa:
  • Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Brahmapur, Sambalpur, Puri, Balasore, Bhadrak, Baripada, Jharsuguda, Jeypore
What to See in Orissa:
  • Animesh Lochana, Balighai Beach, Beleswar Beach, Bhitarkanika National Park, Bhubaneshwar, Chandipur, Cuttack, jagannath temple, Konark Beach, Konark Sun temple, Konark
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 45°C - 25°C
  • Winter (October to February): 5°C - 22°C

ORISSA TOURIST PLACES

Animesh Lochana

This Chaitya shrine is one of the spots where Lord Buddha spent seven days (the second week of enlightenment) looking at the Bodhi tree. It is believed that he did so without batting his eyelids as a gratitude for sheltering him. Subsequently, he spent another seven days walking between the Bodhi tree and the Animesh Lochan Chaitya. The route is called Ratnachankrama or the Jewel Walk.

Balighai Beach

One of the most notable beaches in Odisha, Balighai’s pristine beach is relatively undiscovered. Situated at the mouth of Nuanai River, the spectacle of the calm river flowing into the Bay of Bengal is a sight to behold. Balighai is about eight km northeast of Puri, famous for the Lord Jagannath temple. Located off the Puri-Konark Marine Drive Road, the white sandy beach is ringed by casuarina trees.

Beleswar Beach

About 15 km east of Puri, Beleswar, also known as Baleshwar, is popular for its beach and Shaivite shrine. Watching the sunrise and sunset is a popular tourist activity.The Beleswar Beach is a major attraction for newlywed couples who come to the beach as it is less crowded and to pray at the Shiva temple. The town of Beleswar is known for its religious sanctity and its natural splendour.

Bhitarkanika National Park

Considered to be one of the most impressive national parks of Asia, Bhitarkanika National Park is spread over 672 sq km in Keonjhar district of Odisha (Orissa). Surrounded by the Bhitarkanika Sanctuary and shares borders with the Gahirmatha Beach, the national park consists of estuaries, backwaters, creeks and the Brahmani-Baitrani Delta. The national park is about 123 km east of Cuttack and 145 km northeast of Bhubaneshwar.

Bhubaneshwar

he bustling city of Bhubaneshwar is the capital of Odisha and is most famous for its architecture and ancient temples. Bhubaneshwar is also a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage center. The 10th century Lingaraja temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a must visit. The city and this temple form an integral part of the Golden Triangle that includes the holy city of Puri (Jagannath Temple) and Konark (Sun temple).

Chandipur

Relatively less popular, Chandipur beach in Balasore district of Odisha is known for its pristine charm and scenic beauty. One of the widest beaches in the country, the seawater recedes almost five km twice everyday due to the gradual gradient of the beach. Popularly known as the ‘land of hidden treasures’, the beach is about 16 km from Balasore in Odisha.

Cuttack

Situated at the convergence of Mahanadi and Kathajodi Rivers, Cuttack, the second biggest city in Odisha is 27 km from the state capital Bhubaneshwar. The city still retains its medieval majesty when it served as the capital of Kalinga, the older name of Odisha, for almost a century. Cuttack literally means ‘the fort’ as it was established as a military cantonment by the Keshari dynasty. Known as the ‘Millenium City’ of Odisha, Cuttack serves as an important commercial center.

jagannath temple

Even before one enters Puri, this 65-metre high temple makes its presence felt. The 12th century temple built by Chodaganga, to commemorate the shifting of his capital from South to Central Orissa, stands in a compound on the Nilgiri Hill, and is surrounded by a 20 foot high wall, within which lie several smaller shrines. In front of the main gate stands a 16 sided monolithic pillar (11 metres high), called Aruna Stambha which formally stood in front of the Sun Temple and was brought to Puri during the 18th century A.D.

Konark Beach

Pristine beach with golden sand, it is very popular with tourists. Konark Beach is also the venue for annual Magha Saptami Mela. Devotees take a bath in the sea and worship the sun. It is regarded as one of the best beaches in eastern India. The beach is located in Odhisa on the eastern coast of India and is considered as the finest beach in India.

Konark Sun temple

The Konark Sun Temple is located along the coastline of Odisha, about three km from the sea, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The entire temple complex takes the form of the Sun God’s towering chariot drawn by seven horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels at its base. The entire temple complex is covered with exquisite sculptures similar to the temples of Khajuraho.

Konark

The Sun Temple, the beach, the rich culture and heritage make Konark one of the most popular tourist destinations of Odisha. It is also home to Konark Dance and Music festival, one of the oldest and popular cultural festivals of India. Also known as Konaditya, Konark is situated in the Puri district of Odisha on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The name Konark is derived from two words – Kona meaning corner and Arka, meaning sun.

EASTERN INDIA - SIKKIM

Capital:
  • Gangtok
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • The best time to visit Sikkim is from March to June and September to December.
Major Cities in Sikkim:
  • Gangtok, Jorethang, Namchi, Rangpo, Pelling, Lachen, Lachung
What to See in Sikkim
  • Gangtok, Yuksom, Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Pelling, Lachung, Ravangla, Rumtek Monastery, Namchi, Do-Drul Chorten, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Zuluk, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar, Wildlife, religious places, Monasteries, white-water rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, trekking, Hot Springs
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 13 °C- 28 °C
  • Winter (October to February): 0°C- 13°C

SIKKIM TOURIST PLACES

Chandrashila

It is the highest point on which Tungnath temple and Chopta are located. It is situated at a height of 4090 meters. From Chandrashila, one gets to see 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means “Moon Rock”.

Chopta Valley

The relatively unexplored and untouched Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance — from Chandrashila to the Tungnath Temple and more. It is also home to rare species of animals, plants and birds and welcomes birders as well as trekkers and other adventure sports enthusiasts. The valley, at 13,200 feet, is a preferred destination for hiking, angling and water sports and the trek from Chopta Valley to Muguthang Valley is considered one of the best.

Goecha La

Goecha La or Goecha Pass is a Himalayan mountain pass in Sikkim. At 16,200 ft, Goecha La is one of the gateways to Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.Even as it serves as a camp for mountaineers scaling Kanchenjunga, a trek to Goecha La itself is quite exhilarating. Entry to Goecha La is restricted and Indian travelers are required to register themselves at Yuksom. International travelers are only allowed to travel in groups. The trek to Goecha La from Yuksom and back takes around seven days.

Guru Padmasambhava statue

It is the tallest statue in the world at 135 feet. Guru Padmasambhava is also known as Rinpoche. The place is also known as ‘wish fulfilling hill’ or Samdruptse. The spot is also famous for its scenic views and hence is a famous sightseeing spot.

Gurudongmar lake

Gurudongmar Lake (also known as Gurudogmar lake) is a high altitude lake in Sikkim. Located at 17,100 ft (5,210 m) above sea level, Gurudongmar is also one of the highest lakes in the world. It lies to the northeast of the Kangchenjunga range and only five km south of the Chinese border. Most part of the lake is frozen during the winters (from November to mid-May). It is one of the four sources of water to river Teesta (Pauhunri and Zemu glaciers and Cholamu lake are the other three) and is considered sacred by Buddhist and Sikhs.

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens

The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens and Institute Of Research, renamed after of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru located near Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, houses many species of orchid and as many as fifty different species of tree, including many oaks. The Garden is an enchanting and soothing experience among the lush green stock of vegetation, rare plants and trees and certain species of Himalayan flowers and Orchids.

Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve

Habitat to musk deer, snow leopard and Himalyan tahr; the Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve is located in Sikkim in North East India. Spread over around 850 sq km, the reserve is one of the few high altitude biosphere reserves in the country. Established in August 26, 1977 as a national park, the reserve is named after the third highest peak in the world Mount Khangchendzonga (also spelt as Kanchenjunga). Khangchendzonga means ‘five treasures of snow’ in the local language.

Lachen

Lachen, meaning ‘big pass’ is a town located in the north of the district of Sikkim. Rich in wildlife, it boasts of a panoramic view of the Himalayas and is the starting point for many treks including the Chopta valley and Gurudongmar lake trek. Thangu, an annual yak race held here in summer, is very famous and attracts many visitors. The village comprises less than 200 houses.

Lachung

At an elevation of 9600 feet (3,000 m), and approximately 125 km from Gangtok, Lachung is a popular town in Sikkim. The beautiful snow-capped peaks of Lachung attract tourists from all over the world. Lachung is inhabited by Lepcha and Tibetan descendants. Apart from its scenic beauty, Lachung also offers skiing and trekking paths for adventure junkies. The historic Lachung Gompa monastery has some beautiful ancient inscriptions.

Namchi

Housing the world’s largest statue of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, Namchi is situated about 78 km from Gangtok and is famous for its Buddhist monastery and scenic locales. Offering panoramic views of the mountain ranges and the valley below, it lies at about 1,675 m above mean sea level. Literally translating to ‘top of the sky’ in Bhutia language, Namchi is the headquarters of the south district of Sikkim in North East India and is the second most populated district of the state.

Nathula

At an altitude of 14,000 ft, 56 km east from Gangtok, Nathula is located along the Indo-China border and is one of the most exotic places in Sikkim. Forming an off-shoot of the ancient Silk Route, the city can only be visited by Indians after getting permits from Gangtok. Deriving its name from the Tibetan words Nathu meaning listening ears and La meaning pass, it is one of the only two open trading posts between India and China.

Pelling

Pelling, 115 km from the Sikkim state capital Gangtok, is located at the foothills of the Kanchenjunga and is known for the magnificent views it provides. At an altitude of 19,00 m, Pelling is the closest view of the Kanchenjunga you can get without leaving the comfort of good hotels behind. Known for its pristine natural beauty, the people of Pelling ensure that the natural and cultural resources of its land remain untouched. This has enabled some of the towns most beautiful tourist attractions to be its waterfalls and lakes.

EASTERN INDIA - TRIPURA

Capital:
  • Agartala
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • September to February
Language:
  • English, Bengali & Kokborok
Major Cities in Tripura:
  • Agartala , Belonia, Dharmanagar, Kumarghat, Melaghar, Sonamura, Sabroom, Ranirbazar, Teliamura, Udaipur, Ambassa, Jirania
What to See in Tripura:
  • Fourteen Goddess Temple, Heritage Park, Jagannath Temple, Jampui Hill, Neermahal Palace, Nehru Park, Unakoti, Rudrasagar Lake, Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Ujjayanta palace

TRIPURA TOURIST PLACES

Fourteen Goddess Temple

The fourteen Goddess Temple is situated about 14kms from Agartala at a place which is known as the old Agaratala because the capital was temporarily shifted to to the place while Maharaja Krishna Manikya was at war for a long time with Shamser Gazi. Here during the month of July every year and visited thousands of piligrims. It continued to be the capital till it was shifted to Agartala. Near the sacred 14 goddess temple during the month of July every year a Kharchi festival is organised and thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this festival.

Heritage Park

A rare sight to behold, Heritage Park is located at the North of Raj Bhavan in Agartala. The park showcases the ancient, tribal and cultural heritage of Tripura, starting at the looming gate itself. Surrounded by an abundance of wondrous smelling flowers, trees and various other natural elements, the park is the hub of tourists after its inauguration in 2012. It is known for having inculcated the Effective Microorganism technology to offer a helping hand for the lack of organic manure.

Jagannath Temple

Even before one enters Puri, this 65-metre high temple makes its presence felt. The 12th century temple built by Chodaganga, to commemorate the shifting of his capital from South to Central Orissa, stands in a compound on the Nilgiri Hill, and is surrounded by a 20 foot high wall, within which lie several smaller shrines. In front of the main gate stands a 16 sided monolithic pillar (11 metres high), called Aruna Stambha which formally stood in front of the Sun Temple and was brought to Puri during the 18th century A.D. A traditional porch, shrine, hall of offerings and a pillared hall of dance, form the rest of this temple.

Jampui Hill

One of the most loved tourist spots in Tripura are the Jampui hills. Amid these hills are about ten villages that enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the hill range. You can travel to Jampui hills through the road of Dharmanagar and Kailashahar. These hills are most famous for their orange plantation that was started in the early 60s. Commercially, Jampui hills are known to be the best location for orange plantation and growth.

Neermahal Palace

Rudrasagar lake is situated roughly 50 Km outside Agartala near Melaghar with 5.3 square kilometers water area. The famous lake palace of Tripura known as “Neermahal” is built in the centre of the lake. Neermahal translates as the Water Palace. Just like the palace in the centre of a lake in Jaipur, Jal Mahal, which also means the water palace, Neermahal is grand and majestic and could be considered as one of the seven wonders of India.

Nehru Park

Nehru Park is a small park opposite the Raj Bhavan. It was built on a small strip of land at Gorkha Basti, on the outskirts of Agartala city. From outside I didn't make much of it. After taking an auto from the HGB road I landed there at 11 am only to find out that it opens after 3pm. The park was opened in 2003 after much work was done to turn a dry parch of land to a lush green space.

Unakoti Hill

Embellished with beautiful stone carvings of Lord Shiva, the Unakoti hill is a must-visit spot for a tourist in Tripura. The elaborate carvings on a variety of rocks across the hill are found amid an atmosphere of lush green trees, shrubs, and waterfalls. The most prominent feature of this hill is the 30ft tall head of Lord Shiva, also known as the Unakoteswara Kal Bhairava.

Rudrasagar Lake

The North Eastern states of India are a collection of states that have stood united over the years. Apart from the valleys, mountains, the snow and waterfalls, lakes of the North East are peculiar. They are all collectively the pride of these states and the country.

Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

With an artificial lake, botanical and zoological gardens, the Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 25kms from the city center in Agartala. It is well-known for the Clouded Leopard area, and there are various birds, animals, and vegetation found here. Among the various flora and fauna, animals and birds, one can find the famous crab-consuming mongoose. Best time to visit is during winter when many birds and animals are easily seen.

ujjayanta palace

During the time it was a princely state, the Ujjayanta Palace was the royal residence of this city. Amid the lush green and vast Mughal gardens, the Palace is perched at the sides of a quaint lake. You will find various temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses around the palace. Also known as the State Museum, it is the largest museum of the Northeastern part of India. Rabindranath Tagore was the one who named it Ujjayanta Palace.

EASTERN INDIA - WEST BENGAL

Capital:
  • Kolkata
Location:
  • Eastern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Language:
  • Bengali
Major Cities in West Bengal:
  • Kolkata, Howrah, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kharagpur, Bardhaman, Asansol, Durgapur, Murshidabad, Malda, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Raiganj, Balurghat
What to See in West Bengal:
  • 108 Shiva Temples, Bishnupur, Boranti, Cooch Behar, Coronation Bridge, Darjeeling club, Darjeeling, Eden Garden, Elephant safari in Jaldapara, Hazarduari Palace
Accessibility
  • Airport : Dumdum, Kolkata

WEST BENGAL TOURIST PLACES

108 Shiva Temples

Also known as the Navakailasha temple, the complex was built in 1809. It is the second Shiv Temple complex in India, the first being located in Bardhaman. There are 108 number of Shiva lingas in the temple; the outer circle comprises of 75 temples, while the inner circle comprises of 35 temples. Half of the total Shiva lingas are white and the rest are black in colour in the outer circle. Shiva lingas in the inner circle are white.

Bishnupur

Bishnupur (Vishnupur) in Bankura district of West Bengal, gets its name from Lord Vishnu, the deity of the Vaishnavite Malla Kings who ruled it. Bishnupur’s glorious past is emulated in its traditional architecture and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. The town prospered in the 17th and 18th centuries and was the capital of the Malla kingdom. Under the Malla kings, Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture involving the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work.

Boranti

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and hills, Boranti is located 225 km northeast of Kolkata in the Purulia District of West Bengal. The village makes for an excellent weekend getaway from the bustling city life to enjoy the simple joys of life like blue skies and the peaceful lush green forests. There aren’t a lot of activities to do in Boranti while you soak in the tranquil weather, but a trek to the Panchkot Hill or the Biharinath Hill on either sides of the village can fulfill your thirst for some adventure.

Cooch Behar

The only planned city in the north Bengal region, Cooch Behar is also one of the largest cities of the state of West Bengal. It is replete with signs of the bygone era, the most prominent of them being the breathtakingly beautiful Cooch Behar Palace. Cooch Behar is also the birthplace of Maharani Gayatri Devi, the third Maharani of Jaipur and probably India’s most famous queens. The city gets its name from Koch dynasty which ruled the region and Behar from the Sanskrit word vihar meaning house.

Coronation Bridge

One of the most important bridges of all the others, Coronation bridge is a magnificent British architecture named after the coronation of King George V. The Coronation bridge is also known as Sevoke bridge. This bridge links Siliguri with rest of the north eastern territory. The lush forest and the Teesta river flowing below the bridge gives travelers a beautiful view of this bridge.

Darjeeling club

Popularly known as the Planter’s Club, the Darjeeling club has the best possible location in town and has a breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys. It is approachable directly by car and has a parking area. Limited number of rooms are available for temporary members but permanent members have the first claim. Fully equipped kitchen, bar and other indoor game facilities are available here.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of the most scenic and hugely popular hill resorts in India. At 2,134 meters above mean sea level, it is 686 km from Kolkata in West Bengal. Amidst the backdrop of the mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks, Darjeeling has been popular with tourists for its beauty and pleasant climate. You can get a clear view of the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, from the town on a sunny day. Avoid the monsoons as Kanchenjunga is not visible. Skip June, July and August and definitely avoid December and January.

Eden Garden

One of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world with a seating capacity of over 90,000, Eden Gardens has hosted some of the most of the important cricket matches like 1987 World Cup final and the semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. Currently it serves as the home ground to Kolkata Knight Riders during IPL.

Elephant safari in Jaldapara

Situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1941 to protect the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. It was declared a National park in May 2012. Apart from the one-horned rhinoceros, other attractions of the park include leopards, elephants, sambhars, barking deers and several birds like Bengal florican, crested eagle, Pallah’s fish eagle, Finn’s weaver and many others.

Hazarduari Palace

Built in European architectural style in 1837, the Hazarduari palace is a three-storey palace and comprises 1000 doors, 114 rooms and eight galleries. The palace was built by Duncun McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. The palace was used for holding meetings as well as for accommodation of high British officials.The palace is now a museum and displays collection of armoury, paintings and portraits of the Nawab.