There’s nothing like a cool getaway to the mountains to escape the heat of the summer. But at the first thought of mountains, Himachal’s popular hill stations cross our minds. While the pictures of Tirthan valley on Instagram might be giving you major wanderlust, let us not forget that these destinations have now become too mainstream. Break out from the crowd and visit these charming hill-stations in Northeast India.
1. Mokokchung, Nagaland
North East is rich with culture, heritage, and gorgeous landscapes and the Mokochung in Nagaland is a testimony to this. If you are adventurous at heart, then Mokochung is the perfect honeymoon destination for you. When you’re here you can visit the Ungma Village, one of the oldest tribal villages in India. You can also try out cave exploration at the Langpangkong Caves. There are quaint little hotels and it might be difficult to find luxury resorts here, but the adventure will be worth it. Wine Lovers Can Now Try Dragon Fruit Wine Produced By Nagaland Woman.
2. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Tall standing bamboos, aged blue pine trees, or luscious paddy fields – Ziro gives you a picture postcard background for all. Nestled in the valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, the ‘Bamboo Grove’ at Ziro has giant timber spread over the area. What’s more, a twin hillock – Dilopolyang Maniipolyang boasts of several hues of green and instantly fills you up with positivity. For a contrasting spectacle, Kile Pakho is the best place to be. You can see the mighty snow-capped Himalayas on one side and the widespread green Ziroplateau on the other. Only a panorama picture could encapsulate the beauty of the place.
3. Shillong, Meghalaya
Scotland of the East’, Shillong in Meghalaya is the perfect getaway to enjoy the rains and feel the cool hilly breeze. If you are looking for some peace and serene, there cannot be a better place than this. Embark on a boat ride in the emerald lakes here or on an adventurous trek in the outskirts of Shillong. You can lodge in any of the wooden cottages or tree housed to make your trip memorable.
4. Nathang Valley, Sikkim
In the remotest corner of East Sikkim on the Old Silk Route of India lies a valley, that fits into the truest definition of a paradise on Earth. Wrapped entirely in snow for about four months from January to April, the Nathang Valley is located at one of the highest points of the Indian subcontinent, at 13,500 feet above sea level. The zig-zag road taken to drive up to this place is literally ‘above the clouds’. Chilled winds blow across this valley all around the year.
5. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
If Shangri – La, the Himalayan utopia had imagery, it would most definitely be Tawang. Sitting at 10,000 ft above sea level, the scenic town of Tawang works its magic on travellers. The enormous mountains, valleys, cascading waterfalls, sprawling fields, and monasteries are what enchants the place. The history of the valley is strongly rooted in the Tibetan culture as it was once a part of Tibet. Talking of breathtaking views, there’s plenty in every nook and corner. But one that makes the cut in all the lists is the sight of the Tawang Monastery – the largest Buddhist monastery in India.
6. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok the capital of the North-Eastern state of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The lush greenery and warm hospitality here are just so welcoming. You can pay your reverences at the famous Ganesha temple, Ganesh Tok, visit the Tashi View Point where you can witness the spectacular Kanchendzonga Mountain. You can even take a stroll around the local markets and have a fun time shopping for local apparel and souvenirs. Did You Know World’s Highest Dosa Point Is Located At 14000 Feet Near Sikkim’s Gurudongmar Lake?
How many of them have you ticked off your bucket list?