There is something mystic and mysterious about the Northeastern states of India. There is music, there is good food, besides amazingly virgin views of the Himalayas, and of course, the unbelievably high number, and variety of flora and fauna.
There are plenty of reasons for every individual traveler who goes to the Northeast. checkout best winter family vacations in Northeast India here.
Sikkim has places like Yumthang, Peling, and Lachung, and many others. This state in the Himalayan range gets snow in winter and this is one of the things that you shall find in majority of the state. Tsongmo lake and the Gurudongmar lake shall remain frozen and those who love the appeal of a frozen lake or snow-clad lake, shall visit this place during winter for the best time. However, cover yourself well during the trip.
The small town in the Upper Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh is Mayodia, which draws in scores of the people from across the country in winter. The town gets snow and tourists visit this village on the Indo-China border in the year-end or in January and embark on a trekking or biking expedition through the pass. Carry sufficient dry foods and woolens before you visit Mayodia.
Assam is on the world map for being a hub for natural resources. The forests, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries make the state worth the visit. As a World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is also one of the noted spots for birding. Spotting migratory birds like Baer’s Pochard Duck, Whilte-bellied Heron, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Dalmation Pelican, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Pallas Fish Eagle, Marsh Babblers, Rufous-vented Prinia and more.
Dibru Saikhowa is one of the most famous National Parks in situated in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. The park is already a hub for several exotic animals and birds is also one of the top spots in winter. In winter, migratory birds drop in and this also draws in hordes of tourists and birders. Ruddy Shelducks, and Bar headed geese flock in from distant lands and these are just the few of those who come to the grasslands of this National park area.
The capital city of Meghalaya is Shillong, which is even otherwise a picturesque place to be in any time of the year. Besides being close and connecting point to places like Elephant Falls, or the Mawsmai caves, or even to neighboring towns and villages like Cherrapunji and Mawlynnong.
Shillong becomes more beautiful by itself in winter. The cherry blossom pink flowers by the rivers, lakes and even in the city shall make you check if you are in India or somewhere else. The Christian population here also makes sure that they celebrate Christmas grandly and so street corners shall have illuminated trees, and young children singing carols, just making the city a must-visit for the same.
Cherrapunji is world famous for being the wettest place on earth. But this is also the place, which has many places worth visiting. Visit Cherrapunji in winter to get no such rains, and so travel and camp out in the open freely. Explore the villages and the green mountain ranges here.
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is another alluring destination worth visiting in winter for its stunning beauty. The Tawang monastery is also one of the best places to the visit and the snow in the winter months shall make you want to visit the place again. The town gets medium to heavy snow and still, it is necessary that you take precautions before heading for this town. Head off to the misty Sela Pass for a scenic gateway.
Nagaland is one of the states that is primarily on the Himalayan ranges and so in winter it becomes absolutely gorgeous. The Hornbill festival is in winter and it draws in thousands of people from across the world then. The first week of December sees the Naga people getting ready for welcoming and hosting the Hornbill festival. Besides that, it is better to go on the other winter months to enjoy the cool air and gorgeous wildlife.
The other state in Northeast India, Mizoram has a few festivals and hence, becomes the biggest draw. Winter festivals like the Pawl Kut, and Christmas are very important events. There is a chill in the air, which shall make the stay in Mizoram worthwhile.
Assam has tropical weather all year round and yet, it is in winter that you shall be able to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you are a birder or you want to go on a river cruise spotting dolphins, Assam’s winter is the ideal time to be. Magh Bihu festival is also in winter and this shall be one more of the reasons to visit Assam.
Manipur has moderate winter and yet, if you are in the months of February then Lui-Ngai-Ni is one of the most beautiful festivals that shall make you hire a car and head to Manipur. The dance festival is very pleasant.
The Northern part of West Bengal is this scenic tourist spot of Darjeeling. The mountains shall look ravishing and the view from the Tiger Hill or the toy-train ride around the Batasia Loop shall make you want to take a quick break to this hill station in the east. Darjeeling’s accessibility from Kolkata and elsewhere makes it a top destination for the wanderlust soul.
The entire Northeast India is full of places that are grand and gorgeous all through the year. They are hubs for wildlife and natural beauty, besides looking beautiful in winter. So this winter, head to the Northeast and enjoy your time, either sliding down the snow in the Gurudongmar Lake or trekking through the Sela Pass.