North-East India has recently come under the spotlight, thanks a lot to the innumerable sites and travelogues which has been these days coming up related to the humble region. I know most of your dream of doing a tour of the North-East but not necessarily sure about how precisely |to select it. Well, don't worry!
Presently there are more than a dozen places that you definitely need to look at... infact every place is strangely beautiful to the eyes, but we have maintained a list of 7 places that you definitely need to check out on your next trip to 'heaven'!
Because the Assamese city of Guwahati is considered the most accessible of all the places, it is strongly recommended to plan your trips from Guwahati.
The world's most significant river island deserves a mention int his list for the evident purposes. This utterly divine adobe can be contacted from Guwahati by two ways: The first is by Neematighat (Jorhat, Assam) and then by ferry service from there to Majuli which takes about an hour's time. Other is via Lakhimpur (Assam), which is somewhat taxing due to much longer route. Since the previous the first is an improved idea, we would suggest you take that route.
This island is home to the river Brahmaputra which runs through the heart of Assam. Majuli can be still considered to be a virgin spot among the tourist places in India and a highway trip (along with a 'river' trip) to this mesmerizing place needs to be visited before the commercialization sets in.
The only home of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is only 225 km away from Guwahati city which is often protected over a 4 1/2 hours' drive. A beautiful nationwide park, covered in trees Kaziranga can be viewed as to be an option for a night-stay in the type lap, away from the city.
Several resorts are also available for this specific purpose. The highway is comfortably made out of 4 lanes and is spotted with many food joint parts and dhabas for your stops. Along with nashorn, you can also identify tigers, elephants, buffaloes, and many others. You may further take a 2 hours' drive from Kaziranga to Sibasagar town, which is the historic Ahom kingdom and get a glimpse of the rich Assam.
3. Cherrapunjee via Shillong
A trip from Guwahati to the abode of atmosphere that is, Shillong can be achieved only in 2 1/2 hours which will cover a distance of 100 kms. The well developed 4 lane highway to Shillong starting from Khanapara is a delight for drivers and back-seaters alike. A snack food stop at Nongphu is a must in addition to several stalls on the way which sell delightful pineapples and locally made pickles of numerous kinds.
When you do reach Shillong, make sure you walk around the town |at most of the times since it is the most suitable choice}. The road going downhill and uphill simultaneously makes up for the first experience of the city.
A further increase to Cherrapunjee addresses 53 kms but once you're on the highway, you will discover why the state of Meghalaya is called the house of clouds. Bridges meet you with an awesome air flow and clouds covering your way ahead. It is mystifying to see such a heavenly place are present amid us. Beautiful scenery cross you on your way which includes meadow lands, cliffs, forests and yes waterfalls too! This kind of place is one to be definitely visited!
The distance from Guwahati to the historical trade route border town of Dawki is 195 km which would take you approx 4 several hours to cover. The marvelous drive covers a beautiful spread of deep encolure and ravines and is an extremely thrilling experience! The Umngot River in Dawki is an appeal and is possibly India's cleanest river!
The drinking water is so clear that you can never find out its depth until you look very closely. The annual boat racing also occurs on this river during Spring time. When you're here, you'll automatically feel like you have been dropped in to the natural arms and you'd never want to let it stay behind!
Making a stop in the lap of mother nature, nestling in the miles of Arunachal Pradesh is something that one should experience once in a lifetime! A drive from Guwahati city would take approximately 14 hours covering up a distance of 566 kilometers. The drive, although a little rough, can be eased into by stopping over at Dirang which is an attractive valley town along the way|on how|in route. If perhaps not Dirang, then you can definitely also make a pit stop at Tezpur and enjoy several of the cultural chronicles of Assam with several ruins dotting the place.
When in Tawang, you would not want to miss the mountains and morning prayers. Tawang is truly the home of Buddhist cultural marvels in the North-East. A great opportunity for photographers, the Guwahati-Tawang drive will make you go gaga over the beauty of North-East!
The road to Darjeeling is 491 km and would easily take you more than 6 several hours of drive. But carry on to it, because it is going to be one of the best experience of your life, with highways covered in mists, likely to feel as if| you've reached paradise.
7. India-Burma border
This kind of is probably one of the most daring highway trips to take on. An area called Jairampur needs to be reached before the Indo-Burma border and the drive to Jairampur can be made on the NH 153 throughout every season. Through Jairampur, one can reach the Pangsau Move on the border. The distance that needs to cover is 578 kilometres which would take an 11 hours drive. This is one of the most underestimated road journeys when one has the will to go for it, then there is nothing like it.