North-East India, the “land of seven sisters” has no dearth of natural profusion. Nestled together in the extreme eastern part of India, the seven sisters predominantly represent the cluster of seven neighbouring states, which include Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Although, there are eight total states on that region. But, Sikkim has been a bone of contention for not being included in the belt of contiguous states. The reason being, geographically the state stands apart from the periphery of northeast region and it is detached by Siliguri corridor or by the Chicken’s neck, which is a narrow stretch of terrain in north Bengal. Furthermore, Sikkim had no common history with any of those Seven Sisters states. Probably this is why Sikkim is still not reckoned amongst the cluster of seven sisters states. On the contrary, the state is considered as the only Brother of Seven Sister States.
Despite of having cultural and spiritual diversity, all these states carry some resemblances from the context of economic, political and social spheres. The cluster of these seven states covers nearly 7% of country’s total area i.e. an area of around 255,511 square kilometres. According to the historic tale of our country, post Independence only three states (Assam, Manipur and Tripura) used to be considered under that region. However, moving ahead with time four more states i.e. Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland were also included to the contiguous states of seven sisters. Today, most of these states are delimited by the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar.
The seven sister states of North-East India is a perfect escape to nature’s abode. Starting from lush bush to the country’s largest river island, visiting North-East India add lot of awe-inspiring spices to your voyage. Let’s take you on a ride through this startling sisterhood of seven states.
1. Arunachal Pradesh
If you have been planning for long to explore the magnificent landscape of North-East India, nothing could be a better kick-off than visiting Arunachal Pradesh. Popular as the Orchid State of India, Arunachal Pradesh is an absolute paradise for nature lovers as well as for adventure freaks. The picturesque state is encircled with mountains, lush valleys and manmade monuments. Each of the attraction in and around Arunachal Pradesh is appealing in its own way. Covered by the Himalaya Range, Arunachal Pradesh shares its domestic periphery with Assam and Nagaland; and international periphery with Myanmar, Bhutan and China. The state is inhabited by several tribes including Nissi, Sulung, Apa Tani and Hill Miri. Multiple languages are spoken in Arunachal Pradesh some of which include Nyishi, Adi, Mishing, Hindi, Assamese and Bengali.
Best Time to Visit: Winter (October-March) is the best time to explore the natural magnificence of Arunachal Pradesh. However, summers (April-June) are comparatively humid here with maximum 350C temperature. If you enjoy rain and want a soothing escape amidst the refreshing greeneries, July-September is idyllic for experiencing the monsoon in Arunachal Pradesh. If you happen to be in the Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh in the month of September, don’t miss the four-day Ziro Music festival there. Yummy food and exciting outdoor activities take this vibrant event to another level of delight.
Places to Visit: Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the Rising Sun has limitless beauty offering you a blend of wildlife, fortress, museum, frosty Himalayan ranges and much more. Some of the key attractions that you can’t afford to miss in and around Arunachal Pradesh are Itanagar (the capital city), Ziro Valley, Tawang, Namdapha National Park, Roing, Along, Anini, Bhalukpong, Bomdila, Pasighat, Dirang, Tezu and Khonsa.
How to Go: Arunachal Pradesh is visited by numbers of tourists all round the calendar. Hence, getting there is not a matter of concern for travellers.
For air travellers, the nearest airport is Lilabari Airport, which has good air connectivity with its adjoining city Guwahati. The distance between Lilabari and Itanagar can be covered in 2 hours by road (bus/taxi). Another option to reach Arunachal Pradesh is via Tezpur Airport. From Tezpur airport, you can reach Arunachal Pradesh conveniently by private vehicles.
If you want to reach Arunachal Pradesh by train, the nearest railhead is Harmuti railway station (around 35Kms from Itanagar). Another option is through North Lakhimpur station, which is located around 60kms from Itanagar. North Lakhimpur is well-connected to Guwahati from where you can hire a cab or get into a bus for Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh also has good roadway connectivity with its neighbouring cities like Shillong, Guwahati, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Tinsukhia and Shillong. You can easily get a bus for Itanagar from these locations. In addition, you can also hire a taxi to reach Arunachal Pradesh.
Places to Stay: The home land to many electrifying lakes, spectacular mounds and eminent monasteries offers a wide range of accommodations for you in and around the city. Most of the budget and comfy staying options can be availed in the places like Itanagar, Tawang, Bhalukpong and Bomdila. For your convenience, some of the hotels are listed as follows:
Sector C, Bank Tinali, Itanagar Ho,
Itanagar, India 791111
Charges: INR 550 (approximately)
#Ziro Valley Resorts
Ziro Main Road, Ziro, Itanagar – 791120, Lower Subansiri, Itanagar, India 791120
Charges: INR 2500 (approximately)
Sector,Near Town Baptist Church, Naharlagun,
Itanagar, India 791110
Charges: INR 780 (approximately)
#Hotel Radiance International
Lhou, Tang, Tawang, A.P. (Craft Centre Colony) Tawang, India 790104
Charges: INR 2500 (approximately)
#Siddhartha Hotel Tawang
Nehru Market, Opposite Nhpc Office, Tawang, India 790104
Charges: INR 2000 (approximately)
West Kameng, Bomdila, India 790104
Charges: INR 1200 (approximately)
Hotel Dolma,Old Market, Bomdila, India 790104
Charges: INR 5000 (approximately)
National Highway 229, Upper Bhalukpong, Near Eac Office,
West Kameng, Bhalukpong, India 790114
Charges: INR 2400 (approximately)
One more addition to the contiguous states of seven sisters is Assam, which is nestled in the north-eastern part of India. Assam or ‘Axom’ has a distinguished identity for its one-horned rhino and world famed tea. The beautiful state of Assam is reckoned amongst one such destination in India, which remained unconquered by the Mughal sovereigns. A rich variety of natural galore, religious centres and lively culture of Assam leaves you spellbound like never before. Geographically, the state is segregated into two regions i.e. Upper Assam and Lower Assam. Besides its historical significance and natural abundance, Assam is equally popular to the global audience for its eye-catching handlooms and captivating crafts.
Likewise its natural splendour, the people of Assam are equally rich by generosity that represent a rich variety of customs, outfits, culture and exotic lifestyles. The inhabitants of this state contain a blend of Aryan, Mongolian, Indo-Iranian and Indo-Burmese origin. Assamese is the predominant language here with Bengali being the second popular language of the state. Assamese people are identified for their traditional objects that include Jaapi, brass metal, Gamocha and Mekhela chador. Bihu is the prominent festival in Assam, which includes three different types of Bihus i.e. Rongali Bihu, Kongali Bihu and Bhogali Bihu.
Best Time to Visit: One of the least explored states of north-eastern India can best be revealed in winter i.e. from October-March. Due to subtropical and humid weather, the state faces intense rainfall and hot summers. Hence avoid visiting Assam during monsoon and summers. The state also witnesses dreadful consequences of natural calamities like flood and earthquake.
Places to Visit: Considering its picturesque vista and natural abundance, Assam is undoubtedly an impeccable destination for a tranquil vacation amidst hills. There are some spectacular destinations in Assam that you must explore while holidaying there. Be it a first timer or a frequent traveller, the state pulls you in the arm of charming mother-earth again and again. Some of the leading attractions that you must explore when in Assam are Kaziranga National Park, Agnigarh Hill, Kamakhya Temple, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Orang National Park, Haflong Lake, Digboi, Diphu, Umrangshu. Besides, Cruise on River Brahmaputra, Majuli River Island, Sibsagar, Manas National Park and Silchar are some other worth visiting destinations in Assam. From Guwahati, you can further explore some adjoining destinations like Shillong, Mawsynram and Cherrapunji.
How to Go: The tourism of Assam is predominantly based on its well-blessed nature. Hence, the state is accessed by travellers from various part of the country. Assam is well-connected to all major destinations of India through the following means of commutation:
For air traveller, the nearest airport is Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, which is located around 25Kms from the capital city. There are regular flights for Guwahati from all the major cities in India. Once you reach Guwahati, you can hire a cab or get into a bus to travel further in the state.
The capital city of the state has two major railheads such as Guwahati railway station and Kamakhya Junction. The NF Railways (Northeast Frontier Railway) connects the state with all major cities in India. Some of the important trains to reach Assam are Abadh Assam Express, Scl Ghy Passenger, Ghy Dbrg Special, Ghy Rajdhani Express, Kanchanjunga Express, Dibrugarh Express, Hwh Ghy Special (03057), Saraighat Express, Jammu Ghy Express and Jan Shatabdi Express. Once you reach the railway station, you can hire private car or take a bus to travel further.
Presence of National Highways 31 and 37 links Assam with some of the important states in India. Most of the districts and cities within Assam can conveniently be accessed from Guwahati by road. State transport and private vehicles are quite regular from Guwahati and other cities in Assam. Most of the nearby tourist sites can be reached from Guwahati by road within 12-14 hours time. The following Table lists the distance between Guwahati and some other nearby locations/cities:
Approximate distance from Guwahati (in Kms)
Places to Stay: Assam is laid out with several budget and luxury hotels. Most of the hotels in Assam are designed after keeping in mind the basic amenities of visitors. Hence, one can expect here a blend of quality food with pleasing ambiance and heart-winning cordiality. Some of the comfy accommodations in Assam are listed here for you:
#Radisson Blue Hotel
National Highway 37, Gotanagar, Guwahati, Assam 781033
Charges: INR 7,500 (approximately)
#Brahmaputra Jungle Resort
Near Laxmi Bai Institute of Physical Education, Tapesia, Kamarkuchi Sonapur,
Guwahati, Assam 782402
Charges: INR 2300 (approximately)
#Kaziranga Florican Lodge
Kaziranga National Park, Kohora, Golaghat Kaziranga India 785609
Charges: INR 1200 (approximately)
#Hotel Prince B
Dr. B.Baruah Road, Opposite Nehru Stadium, Guwahati India 781007
Charges: INR 600 (approximately)
#Aditya’s Hotel Centre Point
Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Mahabhairab, Tezpur, Assam 784001
Charges: INR 900 (approximately)
A T Road,Near Shayam Temple, Sibsagar, India 785640
Charges: INR 650 (approximately)
The knot of Seven Sister States can’t be tied without the beautiful terra firma of Manipur, which is commonly referred as the Switzerland of India as well as the Jeweled Land. Nestled in the North East India, the soul-captivating land of Manipur is delimited by Nagaland, Burma, Assam and Mizoram to its north, east, west and south respectively. The main city of Manipur is Imphal, which is also the state capital. Dates back to decade during the British rule, Manipur used to be one of the princely states in India. According to the tradition of Manipur, the inhabitants here are predominantly the Gandharvas i.e. people with superb music and dance skills. There are 30 different tribes in Manipur, but the Meitei and Bishnupriyas tribes hold a major part of the sheer population in the state. The official language in Manipur is Manipuri. However, these days English and Hindi is also spoken here to some extent.
Manipuri people are quite rich by culture and religion. Some of the major religious festivals in Manipur are Moatsu, Hornbill Festival, Sekreny, Gaan-Ngai, Cheiraoba, Kang and Christmas. The people of Manipur adhere to a strong spiritual belief and customs, and enjoy their lives being encircled with family. The inhabitants of Manipur are mainly involved in agriculture and small scale industries for their livelihood. Their rich handlooms and handicrafts include popular tribal shawls, Manipur saris, bamboo work, mats, wood carving etc. People here are equally good at showcasing their music and dance expertise. The spectacular dance style of Manipur represents a distinguished dance form to the global audience.
Getting into the food style in Manipur, the people here are mostly pure vegetarians. Rice, vegetables, fruits and milk are the important parts of their day-to-day meal. However, many tribes are also there who equally relish the cuisines made of fish, meat and egg. Some of the popular dishes in Manipur are chagem pomba, erolpa, ooti, maroi-jhool, paltoi and nga-thongba.
Best Time to Visit: In order to reveal the best natural splendour of Manipur, October to March is considered to be most favourable season for tourists. The overall ambience is quite soothing that time offering you a charming sunshine.
Places to Visit: The Jewel Land of India, Manipur is well-blessed with natural exquisiteness. This incredible state of seven sister chain offers you a picturesque vista of its spectacular environs. Hence, when in Manipur you can expect a love affair with its dazzling mound and vibrant valleys. Some of the spectacular destinations in Manipur include Imphal, Ukhrul, Bishnupur, Tamenglong, Senapati, Churachandpur, Thoubal and Chandel.
How to Go: Being one of the imperative parts of Seven Sister States, Manipur and its adjoining places are frequently visited by the tourists from all round the sphere. Hence, for travellers reaching Manipur is not a fuss. This beautiful state of North East India can be accessed conveniently through any of the following means of transport:
The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, which is situated nearly 8 Kms south of Imphal. This airport is well-connected to all important cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Silchar, Bangalore, Kolhapur etc. For air travellers, some of the popular carriers to Imphal Airport are Jet Lite, IndiGo and Jet Airways. From airport premises, you can hire a prepaid taxi or an auto-rickshaw to commute further in the city.
There is no direct train to reach Manipur. Hence, the best way to reach Manipur by train is through Dimapur Railway Station, which is located around 212 Kms from Imphal. Dimapur is located in a different state called Nagaland, which has good railway connectivity with its nearby locations like Guwahati, Jorhat and Mariani. From Dimapur, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Imphal, which can be travelled in nearly 6-7 hours. Some of the major trains to reach Dimapur are Jorhat Town Intercity, Kamakhya Dibrugarh Special, New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Kolkata Dibrugarh Express, Brahmputra Mail, Nagaland Express and Jan Shatabdi Express.
The roadway connectivity between Imphal and its nearby cities is quite regular. There are several private and state transports available from Guwahati, Dimapur, Itanagar, Aizwal, Kohima, Silchar and Shillong to reach Imphal by road. In addition, you can also hire private vehicles from Guwahati and Dimapur to reach Imphal conveniently.
Places to Stay: On inquiring about the accommodations, there are number of budget and deluxe hotels that you can easily manage in and around Manipur. The state is laid out with verities of hotels assuring the visitors a comfortable vacation in Manipur. Keeping in mind the basic amenities of visitors, most of the hotels here cater you a blend of excellent service, quality food and heart-winning hospitality. Depending on the type facilities you avail, the charges may range from INR 850-INR 3500 and more. For your convenience, some of the comfy places to stay in Manipur are listed as follows:
#The Classic Hotel
North A.O.C, Imphal, India 795001
#Hotel the Bheigo
Keisampat, Thokchom Leikai, Wahengbam, Leikai Road
Imphal, India 795001
Mg Avenue, Thangal Bazar,
Near City Police, Imphal India 795001
Chingmeirong, Imphal, India 795001
#Hotel New Airlines
Gandhi Avenue, Thangal Bazar,
Imphal, Manipur 795001
#Anand Continental Hotel
Thangal Bazaar, Khoyathong Road, Majorkhul,
Imphal, Manipur 795001
Ragailong, Imphal, Manipur 795001
Note: To read more about the places of attraction in Manipur, click here
Delimited by mountainous environs, the wet land of Meghalaya is considered as the domicile of the clouds (‘Megha’ means clouds and ‘alaya’ means abode of). Today, this is a popular monsoon travel destination for all rain lovers from different parts of the country. The aesthetic landscape of Meghalaya makes this place one of the frequently visited states in the North-East India. The key inhabitants of Meghalaya are predominantly Pnars, Khasis and the Garo tribes who are mostly involved in the act of cultivation. The official language here is Khasi.
The breath-taking nature of Meghalaya offers you a blend of sightseeing, adventurous activities, food and fiesta. The natural abundance of Meghalaya also boasts a rich variety of endangered flora and fauna. In short, you can say that Meghalaya is the ultimate destination for holidaying amidst the land of seven sisters, which is enclosed with lively waterfalls, caves, valleys, lakes and towering peaks. The soothing climate of the state makes it an all season destination for travellers.
Best Time to Visit: The climate of Meghalaya is comparatively pleasing throughout the calendar. The surrounding greeneries and mountainous region makes the weather here quite moderate and charming for visitors. Hence, you won’t feel much warmth here during summers. On the other hand, winters are quite frosty in Meghalaya. In addition, there are many visitors who flock this state from various parts of the globe mainly during monsoon. The reason being, this is the time when the wettest regions (Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee) in India can best be revealed by tourists.
Places to Visit: Although, the state is laid out with diverse range of worth exploring sites, yet the key attractions in the state of Meghalaya are the trio of the capital city Shillong (Scotland of the East), Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee. If you are in Shillong, make sure you don’t skip exploring the places like Shillong Peak, Barapani, Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture, Elephant Falls and Krem Mawsmai. Visiting Shilling is also an absolute paradise for various exciting outdoor activities like trekking, rock climbing, golfing, angling, river rafting and camping. On the other hand, Mawsynram (nearly 60Kms from Shillong) and Cherrapunjee (nearly 54Kms from Shillong) witness the maximum footfalls of visitors during the monsoon. These places are considered to be the world’s wettest locations. Some of the popular sites in Mawsynram are Botanical Garden, Dwarksuid, The Symper Rock, Mawsmai Falls, Mawsmai Caves and Nohalikalai Falls.
How to Go: The Meghalaya state of India is frequently visited by many tourists, honeymooners and travellers from different parts of the country. And your voyage to Meghalaya is always incomplete without exploring the ‘Scotland of the East-Shillong’ and the wettest region of the world. The number of visitor’s footfalls indicates the fact that reaching the terrain of Meghalaya is quite convenient. Here’s how you can get there:
Though, the city has its airport within 25Kms reach at Umroi near Barapani, but the connectivity from Umroi Airport is not quite regular with other parts of the country. Hence, the best alternate option is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati. This airport is located around 125Kms away from Shillong. Once you reach Guwahati airport, you can hire cab or taxi to reach Shillong. Guwahati-Shillong road journey will take nearly 3 hours. From Shillong, Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee are well-connected by road network.
On account of mountainous routes, Meghalaya has no railway station to reach here directly. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Shillong by train, book your ticket till Guwahati Railway station, which is about 100Kms away from Shillong. Guwahati Railway station is well-connected to various major cities in India. From Guwahati Railway station plenty of buses (both private and public), cabs, Sumo and taxis run on regular intervals for Shillong and other adjoining destinations.
Nothing could be as charming as road journey. By road, Shillong is well-connected to its adjoining cities like Guwahati, Silchar, Tezpur and Jorhat. If you want to enjoy the beautiful sceneries on the go, road journey is idyllic for your trip to Shillong.
From one of the prominent cities of Assam, Guwahati the road connectivity to Shillong is frequent and convenient. The distance is around 100Kms via NH 40, and this distance can be travelled in 3 hours time by cab, bus and taxi from Guwahati. Bus fare between these two cities is around INR 150. However, if you hire a private cab/taxi, the rate may vary to some extent. Don’t forget to bargain before hiring a private taxi/cab.
On the other hand, Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram can be reached quite conveniently from Shillong. Regular transportation is there to reach these destinations from Shillong. However, depending on the route and the type of car you book, the fare may vary. Generally, most of the private conveyances will charge you around INR 1500 or more. Don’t forget to negotiate the travel fare before taking a ride.
Places to Stay: Numbers of travellers come here for holidaying and sightseeing. Considering the mounting footfalls of visitors throughout the year, various budget and luxury hotels/accommodations/guesthouses are set up in and around the small town of Khasi tribe. Most of these hotels are established here keeping in mind the basic amenities of visitors. By spending an amount of INR 800 to INR 4500, one can avail various hotels within the city.
For your convenience, some of the hotels are listed as follows:
#Hotel Polo Towers
Polo Grounds, New Colony, Shillong,
Meghalaya Shillong India 793001
#Hotel Barbareek Inn
Iewduh,Mawlonghat,Opp. Muda Parking,
Bara Bazar, Shillong India 793002
#Hotel Knight Inn
K.L Complex, Near Sbi, Opp Neepco,
Demseiniong, Shillong India 793011
#Royal Heritage-Tripura Castle
Cleave Colony, Tripura Castle Road, Shillong,
Meghalaya Shillong India 793003
#Hotel Silk Route
Keating Road, Police Bazaar
Shillong India 793001
Mawsynram on the other hand, stands bit aloof from the city centre, so the place has limited accommodations to offer. In contrast, Cherrapunji and Shillong could cater you more options for night stay.
Nestled aloof in the north-east region of India, Mizoram is one of the least explored states amongst the seven sister belt. Mizoram, the land of Mizos is delimited by a diverse range of breath-taking landscape including lush bush, bamboo groves, vivacious wildlife, animated waterfalls, rocky cliffs, deep valleys, knolls and peaks and mesmerising hamlet. Mizoram is in close touch with its neighbouring states like Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura. Geographically, the state shares one-third of its frontier with Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Blessed with natural galore, this hillock state of north-east region is an absolute delight for experiencing a blend of thrilling activities and sightseeing. Besides, an array of various flora and fauna is an added magnetism to the nature lovers in the state of Mizoram. Anyone looking for a tranquil retreat amidst an exotic region of the north-east India, Mizoram is just the destination for them. Rich variety of cultural practices, attires, food habits and local music add more dynamism to the scenic magnificence of Mizoram.
Best Time to Visit: The terra firma of Mizoram witnesses a pleasant climatic cycle throughout the year. You won’t feel that humid during summer; and winter is equally not that chilling in Mizoram. However, avoid visiting Mizoram from the months of May to September, as this is the time when the state experiences intense rainfall. To reveal the best natural grandeur out of Mizoram, visit there during November to March when the mercury curbs down to a relaxing level. If you want to explore the festival of Mizoram, visit there in the months of February, September and November. These are the months when ‘kut’ festival is celebrated in Mizoram with great enthusiasm. In addition, visiting Mizoram on the eve of Christmas could also make your voyage more blissful.
Places to Visit: Blessed with a rich variety of geographical features, Mizoram brings exceptional exposure for visitors over the mounds with meandering trails where one can emerge out his/her daring persona. Starting from mountain biking to long trekking, the scenic state of Mizoram is a perfect holiday hub in the north-east region of India. Hence, in Mizoram some of the spectacular destinations that you must explore are Aizawl (the capital city), Phawngpui Hills, Phulpui Grave, Memorial of Chhingpui, Vantawang Falls, Thenzawl, Palak Lake, Champhai, Murlen National Park, Lunglei, Serchhip, Lawngtlai, Burrra Bazar, Dampa Tiger Reserve, KV Paradise and Reiek Heritage Village.
How to Go: Being the capital city, Aizawl is the gateway to Mizoram. For air travellers, the nearest airport is Lengpui, which is well-connected to its adjoining cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Silchar and Imphal. Once you reach airport, hire a taxi to travel further. Travellers planning to visit Mizoram by train, the state have no such individual rail links for commutation. Hence, the best viable option to reach there is through its nearest railway station Silchar, which is located around 180Kms from Aizawl. From Silchar, you can reach Aizawl by road in approximately 6-8 hours. Apart from train and flight, you can reach Mizoram by road as well. The capital city of Mizoram is well-connected through various parts of north-east India through NH-54. There are several buses and private vehicles that ply regularly to Aizawl from the places like Silchar, Shillong, Guwahati and Agartala.
Places to Stay: The quaint state of Mizoram is gradually becoming an offbeat getaway to nature’s abode. Keeping in mind the growing fascination amongst tourists, several quality hotels are established in and around Mizorm. Some of the hotels are listed here for you within the price range from INR 750-INR 4000:
Zarkawt Road, Aizawl H O,
Aizawl India 796001
Zarkawt, Aizawl, Mizoram
#The Grand Hotel
G-47, Chanmari, Mizoram
Aizawl, India 796001
Near Dawtui Bara Bazar, Bs 171 Dawrpui,
Aizawl, India 796001
Zone 35, St Peters Street Near Take Away Corner,
Aizawl, India 796001
D-51, Sikulpuikawn, Mission Veng,
Aizawl, India 796001
Situated in the north-east side of India, Nagaland, one of the most beautiful states of Seven Sister is delimited by Burma, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The fascinating exquisiteness and tranquillity of Nagaland has already crowned this state as ‘The Switzerland of the East’. Holidaying in Nagaland thus could be a brilliant idea for the tourists in exploring its untouched splendour. A blend of mountainous expanse and a salubrious ambience makes Nagaland an idyllic place for undergoing various audacious activities like rock climbing, rafting, jungle camping and trekking. The soothing climate of Nagaland plays a key role behind the footfalls of several visitors to this tranquil state of north-east India.
Apart from its serene climate, what pulls the touristy most to this beautiful state is the historic culture of Nagaland. The ancestors of the Naga inhabitants are remembered as the brave warriors. The Nagas are generous by nature; and the key sources of their livelihood are agriculture and handloom. The inhabitants of Nagaland are mostly involved in woodcarving, pottery and bamboo work. There are 16 various tribes in Nagaland. Some of the popular categories of tribes in Nagaland are Sema, Phom, Chang, Angami and Rengma. Majority inhabitants in Nagaland are Christians and they follow various festivals based on agriculture. One of the famous festivals of Nagaland is Hornbill, which is celebrated here in the month of December every year.
The rich culture of Nagaland gets reflected through the handlooms and handicrafts of the Naga inhabitants. The thick forestland of the region gives rise to plenty of woods and bamboo products. Therefore, you will get to see lots of products here that are made by utilising the natural abundance of Nagaland. Be it wood carvings or Naga shawls, visitors can feel the expertise and creativity that the Naga people exhibit in their crafts. Some of the products that you must try during your trip to Nagaland are cane-made pen stand, wooden ash trays, baskets, bags, eye-catching wall hangings, decorated lampshades, tablemats, wall panels, sculptures, furniture, floor mats etc.
Best Time to Visit: Nagaland is a state that experiences a warm sub-tropical climate. During summer, the state experiences a humid temperature with around 320C. Monsoon hits the state in the months of May and it lasts till September. During monsoon, Nagaland experiences a heavy rainfall, which curbs down the temperature to a great extent. Average annual rainfall in Nagaland is 200cm. During winter the temperature comes down till 40C or less. This is the time when the natural abandonee of Nagaland can be revealed the best. For tourist, the convenient time to visit Nagaland is from the months of October to May when they can enjoy a salubrious atmosphere here.
Places to Visit: It is quite a difficult task to portray the impeccable culture and breath-taking beauty of Nagaland unless one plunge into region of this isolated hill station. The state of Nagaland has lot many attractions to please an avid traveller and make their vacation just a unwind one. Some of the leading destinations that you can’t miss in Nagaland are Dimapur, Kohima (the capital city), Mokukchung, Khonoma Green Village, Dzukou Valley, Tuensang, Tuophema Village, Longleng, Peren, Kiphire, Meluri, Wokha and Mon.
Note: To read more about these destinations click here
How to Go: Nestled at the base of the Himalayas, reaching Nagaland is quite convenient in all aspects of transportation. Being one of the popular holiday destinations in the north-east India, Nagaland is known for its unmatchable airways, railways and roadways services. Let’s have a look into the means of transport to reach Nagaland:
Located around 5Kms away from the Dimapur city and 75Kms from Nagaland, the nearest airport to reach Nagaland is Dimapur Airport. The other two adjoining airports to reach Nagaland are Gawahati and Kolkata airports. Dimapur Airport is the arrival and departure point of some key Airlines. Once you reach Dimapur Airport, plenty of roadway services you will find that will take you to various important regions and tourist sites of Nagaland.
For train journey, the nearest railways station to Nagalnd is Dimapur railway station. Guwahati being the threshold to the north-eastern part of India, travellers can reach Dimapur by boarding a train from Guwahati, which is well linked to the major cities of India. From Dimapur railway station, visitors can hire a taxi to reach some other parts of Nagaland. Share taxis are also available from Dimapur railway station.
One of the key reasons behind the mounting footfalls of tourists in Nagaland is its hassle-free road connectivity. The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is in good touch with its adjoining places like Dimapur, Lumding, Guwahati, Shillong and Jorhat. A good network of road makes travelling in and around Nagaland quite convenient for the tourists. The buses that run under the State Transport from Dimapur will reach you to Kohima in 4 hours time. In addition, you will find many private taxis and mini-coaches from various adjoining cities to reach Dimapur. Because of smooth road conditions, there are many night buses as well that run from Guwahati and Shillong. If you are hiring a cab from Guwahati, it will take around 6 hours to reach Kohima. A blend of picturesque environs and overwhelming climate makes the roadway trip more comfortable.
If you are planning to commute within Nagaland, Nagaland Taxis are the best option that you can avail during your stay there. Taxis in Nagaland play a crucial in helping the travellers to reach around different adjoining sites of Nagaland. The taxis in Nagaland are popular as Nagaland Jeep. In addition, Yellow coloured shared taxis and the full taxis are also hired by the tourists.
Places to Stay: Being one of the tranquil and isolated hill stations of the Seven Sister States, Nagaland is not endowed with any swanky hotels that you often come to see in other popular hill stations. But it doesn’t restrain you from enjoying a delightful stay in Nagaland. Known for their rich culture and degree of great hospitality, many good hotels are established in Nagaland over the periods. These hotels not only facilitate you with a comfortable stay, but also cater you quality food and other basic amenities. By spending around INR 1000 to INR 4000, you will get some well-maintained and hygienic staying options in Nagaland. Some of the hotels are listed here for your convenience:
Opp. East Police Station, Near Dimapur Railway Station,
Dimapur, Nagaland 797112
Address: Circular Rd, N.S.T. Colony,
Dimapur, Nagaland 797112
NH-61, Near Kohima Bible College, Indira Gandhi Stadium Road,
National Highway 61, High School Colony,
Kohima, Nagaland 797004
#Hotel Pink City
MP Rd, Police Colony,
Dimapur, Nagaland 797112
If exploring seven sister states is in your expedition plan and you culminate your voyage without touching the terra firma of Tripura, nothing could be as repentant as your incomplete phase of journey. One of the eminent states of North-East region and the third-smallest state in India, Tripura is known for its princely tales and rich heritage. The abode to numerous Tribal groups, Tripura shares its border line with Bangladesh to the north, south and west direction; and Mizoram and Assam to its east direction. The local tribes of the state are known as Tripuri who mostly speak Kokborok language. In addition, Bengali, Hindi and English languages are also spoken in the state today. The inhabitants of Tripura sustain their religious habits in the forms of celebrating their prime festivals like Kharchi Puja, Ker Puja and Garia Puja. Besides, all other common Hindu festivals are equally celebrated in Tripura with great gusto.
Akin to six other popular states of north-east India, Tripura is also nestled amidst the natural abundance and green mountains. So, when in Tripura you will come across numerous breath-taking sites that are filled with serene landscape, exciting wildlife and religious canters.
Best Time to Visit: The climate of Tripura is pretty similar to its neighbouring state Assam. Winters (December-March) are soothing and summers (April-June) are quite hot and humid. During monsoon (July-September), the state also faces intense rainfalls. Hence, the best time to visit here is from October to March when the temperature is idyllic for visitors.
Places to Visit: Considered as the third-smallest state in India, Tripura is laid out with diverse range of attractions for visitors. In Tripura, some of the worth visiting locations are Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal Palace, Tripurasundari Temple, Tripura Government Museum, Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary, Kunjaban Palace and Kamala Sagar.
In addition, there are many other attractions that can also be explored with equal delight. These places are Unakoti, Heritage Park, Kamaleswari temple, Fourteen Goddess Temple, Jagannath Temple, Kalyan Sagar Lake, Rudrasagar Lake, Jampui Hill, Nehru Park, Ravindra Kanan, Rose Valley Amusement Park, Dumboor Lake, Buddha Temple etc.
How to Go: Reaching Tripura is not a matter of concern for travelers. The state is well accessible by air, train and road. If you are planning to visit the land of Tripura by air, the nearest airport is Agartala airport, which is situated around 12Kms from the capital city. Regular flights are there to Agartala from the places like Kolkata, Delhi, Silchar and Guwahati. From Agartala airport, you can hire a taxi to commute further within the city. Similar to flights, the capital city is well reachable by railway as well. Agartala railway Station is located nearly 6Kms from the main city. Regular trains are there from Agartala that connects you to Guwahati via Silchar. Once you reach Agartala railway Station, hire a taxi, or take an auto or private vehicles to travel further in the city. Apart from flights and trains, the roadway links from Tripura is quite convenient. Regular buses are there from Agartala to reach Silchar, Shillong and Guwahati. In addition, you can also hire private car to travel further from the capital of Tripura.
Places to Stay: Well connectivity with different neighbouring cities in India has made Tripura a popular holiday destination in the north-east region. Finding a comfortable staying option in Tripura is thus no more a fuss for visitors. Starting from budget hotel to luxury hotel, the state is laid out with multiple choices for you. Most of the comfy staying options that you can avail in Tripura are located in the capital city i.e. in Agaratal. Let’s catch a glimpse of few relaxing places to stay in the city:
#Hotel Woodland Park
Math Chowmuhani, Jail Road Agartala
Charges: INR 430 (Approximately)
#Royal Guest House
Palace Compound (West), Colonel Chowmuhani,
Tripura, Agartala India 799001
Charges: INR 327 (Approximately)
#Hotel City Centre
Hariganga Basak Road, Madhyapara Lane, Agartala, Tripura,
Near Chalman Sangha, Agartala India 799001
Charges: INR 900 (Approximately)
#Hotel Jaipur Palace
Motorstand Old Thana Road, Kasharipatti,
Tripura West, Agartala India 799001
Charges: INR 620 (Approximately)
#Hotel Radha International
54 Central Road, Agartala India 799001
Charges: INR 2000 (Approximately)
#Hotel Sonar Tori
Ronaldsay Rd, Agartala, Tripura 799001
Agartala, India 799001
Charges: INR 3500 (Approximately)
Dates back to decade a Christian theologian and philosopher Saint Augustine quoted that “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” If you ask a true traveller who has visited the seven sister states, they can relate this quote before your visit to the North East region of India. Once you are done with exploring the sheer belt of seven sister states, you can feel the true essence why touring India remains incomplete without exploring the cluster of seven sister states.
If you are still not able to chalk out your next holiday destination, north-east India may be the right choice for a perfect natural escape. There are plenteous beautiful places to see in the seven sister states of north-east India. Be it a first timer or a frequent visitor, the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura make you travel these places again and again. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip amidst the natural beauty of North-East India and take home some well-cherished memories for lifetime.