North East: The treasure trove of scenic beauty
For Nature lovers abundance of green is always the top priority. The vastness of the green valleys, the pastures, the aroma of the leaves and dew drops on the branches on wintery morning make their day. Situated right at the eastern edge of India, the North-Eastern region, which is formed of seven states-Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, is the biggest green zone where Nature has showered her blessings in the forms of stunning green landscapes, mountain ranges, valleys, lakes, rivers and wilderness areas.
Having an influence of both Hinduism and Buddhism, the vast region attracts huge footfalls of pilgrims and devotees too, in the forms of temples and monasteries. Though North Eastern India or simply North-East is among the most neglected zones of the country where one can notice the need for development at every foot step, it is a haven for tourists, especially for those who seek opportunities to spend a few days amid the greens of Mother Nature. Making a list of places to visit in North East would be a challenging task since here every bend on the serpentine roads on the hills is beautiful. Trying to cover North East according to a guide book would be like taking a bath by pulling water in a bucket from the swimming pool, instead of diving in it.
Yet, for a person who is planning a trip to North East, there has to be a ‘must visit’ list. It is difficult to decide from where to start. But if you go by states, the top attractions in North East are Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati city, Kaziranga National Park and the quint bill station of Haflong in Assam, Shillong, the queen of hills, the gigantic yet breathtaking Cherrapunji range and Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, the indescribable beauty of Kanchenjhungha and other mountain ranges that Sikkim offers from its different corners, the divine beauty of Sela Pass and Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. But these are not even the tip of the iceberg. North East is like mine of natural beauty that you need to explore. So make start. Let Nature guide you through her treasure trove.
When you are tired of the daily life where dust and smoke containing every kind of ingredient to damage your health and skin force you to go out and earn your bread and butter, what can soothe your eyes and soul for some time is green Nature. A lush green landscape rich in vegetation, a plateau, a hamlet with a soothing climatic condition and endless fresh air is the medicine you need. The North-Eastern part of India awaits people like you. To stay away from the pollution that you fight every day, make sure your itinerary includes Cherrapunji.
For true explorers of Nature, luxury, comfort and availability of amenities do not matter much. What they look for is scope to stay on the lap of Mother Nature for some time, breathe in fresh air and absorb the simplicity of the surroundings. So they prefer quaint hamlets over dazzling towns and cities. Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the top tourist destinations in North-East, Dirang is one such place which will bring solace to the explorer in you. A small hamlet or town in the West Kamen district, Dirang stands in between Jorhat in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and serves as a night halt for the Tawang-bound tourist groups. Located closely to Dirang is Bomdila, another spot where tourists rest for a night on their way to Tawang.
The North-Eastern India or the North-East is visited by thousands of tourists from other parts of the country as well as from abroad. The reason being, North-East offers a complete tour package where people with different fascinations find a suitable itinerary. Wild life adventure is something that many tourists cherish and from that perspective, North-East is simply a heaven. The name that sits atop the list of wild life adventure spots in North-East is Kaziranga or Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam. Known for its reserve of rhinos, Kaziranga attracts a huge footfall during the tourist seasons every year.
Hill stations are places where the bud of romance blooms into flowers. The softness of the petals, the vibrance of its core, the aroma, the tender touch and the wonderful feeling are all hidden in hill stations. Perhaps that is why such places often get their mentions in literary works. Shillong is one such name that has been honoured by the greatest bard of all times, Rabindra Nath Tagore. If the ‘just married’ tag is still stuck on you and you wish to see your romance bloom, Shillong is the tub where you should plant the tree.
A pilgrim or not a pilgrim, a devotee or not a devotee, every one finds solace when a difficult journey ends with the site of a holy place. And if it is on the lap of Nature with snow covered mountains guarding and ornamenting it with stunning beauty, fatigue of the journey gets evaporated. Tawang in North East of India is one such place, where divinity awaits visitors in the form of beautiful Nature. A monastery that Tawang is famous for stands just as a symbol.