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Monday, 16 December 2019

North-East India

Darjeeling
Queen of Himalaya - Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
                 Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerizing sunrises, the hills of untouched beauty, the past of the old-world charm, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in the eastern part of India. General Chat Chat Lounge Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just about 700 kilometers away from Kolkata. A respite from the hot and humid summers of India, Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination in North-East India. Providing a heady mix of splendid tea gardens on rolling mountain slopes, meandering toy train rides through the picturesque city, and delectable traditional Tibetan cuisine, Darjeeling works wonders to cater to the gorgeous panorama of the Himalayas. There is a reason the city is known as the 'Queen of the Himalayas'. The lush green slopes dotted with women plucking tea leaves are a sight as mesmerizing as no other. The toy train established back in 1881, still runs in this part and is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Tea Garden
Sunrise at Tiger Hill
  There are over 87 tea estates in Darjeeling that are responsible for producing the world-famous 'Darjeeling Tea'. Have a cup of locally brewed tea at the tea estate, or get down amidst the plantations to pluck a few tea leaves yourself, you are free to take your pick! The past summer capital of India under the British Raj, Darjeeling has come off age as one of the most sought after hill stations in India. Famous for its beautiful tea plantations and the quality of Darjeeling tea, Darjeeling is a delight for all kind tourists. 
Batasia Loop
 Beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches dot this little beautiful town. Filled with people from Tibet, Nepal, nearby Indian states and the Gorkhas, Darjeeling is brimming with cultural diversity. The third highest peak in the world and the highest in India, the Kanchenjunga peak is clearly visible from here and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the peak. Some of Darjeeling's most popular attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car which happens to be the longest Asian cable car. Darjeeling is a wonderful place to walk around and explore the tea estates, villages, and markets. 
Sunrise -Tiger Hill
Darjeeling Mal
    Tiger Hill, Darjeeling OverviewLying at an altitude of 2590 meters and a distance of 13 kilometers away from Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is most famous for its splendid sights of sunrise where you can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga illuminate before the sun is seen at lower elevations. The magnificent view of snow-capped mountains sitting amidst cotton clouds attracts tourists from all over the country. Interestingly, this is also the summit of Ghoom, which is the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The starting time from Darjeeling is 3.30 AM to reach tiger hill by 4.15 AM The starting time becomes 4.15 AM in winters due to delayed sunrise time. The roads get blocked by a convoy of jeeps and cars during the peak season. To get up to the sunrise spot, it requires a short climb on foot from the parking spot. 
Tumling
Sandakphu
   Tonglu-Tumling two villages on the way to Sandakphu. Tumling is a tiny village or hamlet in the eastern Himalayas, located at an altitude of 9,600ft and on the way to the popular trekkers' destination Sandakphu. From Manebhanjan where the trek or the Jeep safari starts, Tumling is about 13kms away and takes about 1hr 45 minutes by 4-wheel drive vehicle (usually the old British Landrovers)

Jamuni Details

Lepchajagat-Lamhatta

   Besides this, there are so many Monasteries, Ichhegaon, Delo Park, Namhatta, Mal, Rock Garden, Orchid houses, Bungalow (British period), Lava, Lolegaon, Rishap, Jamuni and so many viewpoints.

Jaldapara-Gorumara Forest, West Bengal, India
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary 

    Situated in the Eastern foothills of the Himalayas, the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary along with Gorumara National Park is famous for one of the horned rhinoceros, elephants and Bengal Tigers, spotted deers, barking deers, sambhar deers, bison, wild pig, hog deer, and bison. The skies here will also be a part of your tourist spot with a sizeable variety of eagles, Bengal florican, Indian Hornbill, jungle fowl, peafowl, partridges and more. Varieties of eagles such as crested eagle and fishing eagle can also be seen. You can also visit the Gorumara National Park nearby and ruins an old fort within the Chilapata Forest. Since Jaldapara is famous for its innumerable elephants, you can take an elephant ride through the park. Alternatively, you can also take the Safaris available on hire.
Digha, West Bengal, India
Digha beach
           Beach town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches and scenic views, especially among people in West Bengal. Digha is a one-stop destination for families looking to spend a pleasurable weekend. One of the best features of this hamlet is its varied and diverse tourist attraction spots. Known for its magnificent beaches, religious temples and high-tech research centers and museums, this most popular sea resort of West Bengal has a lot to offer for all age groups of people. Digha's sceneries can also offer you the pleasure of experiencing in witnessing areas that have minimal human impact and are relatively untouched.
"Home of the Bengal Tigers"
Sundarbans, West Bengal, India 
Royal Bengal Tiger, Sundarban
  
      Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal, India. It is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve that offers a complete nature's circle to the tourist right from the 'Royal Bengal Tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans National Park is a part of the Sundarban delta that is covered with the Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large variety of birds and reptiles including salt-water crocodiles. Shared between India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans mean beautiful forest, has been declared a UNESCO heritage site. This area has a quiet charm that manages to amaze one with its ecological balance of simplicity and naturalism, offering some of the most dynamic and awe-inspiring flora and fauna. They are in fact the last remaining stands of the mighty jungles which once covered the Gangetic plain and the sustainability of this natural structure is quite majestic. Since 1966, the Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary, and it is estimated that there are over 400 Royal Bengal Tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer in the area.

Ganga Sagar Mela, West Bengal, India 

Kapil Muni Ashram
              The Ganga Sagar Mela is a religious and religious festival held every year at the Kapilmani Ashram on the southern tip of Sagar Island in the south of West Bengal state of India. The Ganges River (Hooghly River) and the meeting place of the Bay of Bengal are called Gangasagar. It is a pilgrimage site on one side and a fairground on the other. Gangsagar-Mela, bound by the link between the two. The Hooghly River (Ganges River) has fallen to the Bay of Bengal on the southern tip of the ocean. 
Holy Dip - Gangasagar

             This island are an island located on the continental terrace of the Bay of Bengal. The island is located about 120  km from the city of Kolkata. This famous pilgrimage site has been built around the return of the Ganges river and the immersion of the life of the sons of the king of the sea. Over three million devotees from across India and abroad braved the icy cold water to take a holy dip in the confluence of river Ganga at the annual Gangasagar Fair in West Bengal's Sagar Island on Makar Sankranti. About 120km from Kolkata in the South 24 Parganas district, this island is considered auspicious by the Hindus, who gather here at this time of the year to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal and pray by offering a coconut at the Kapil Muni temple.
             The Gangasagar Mela is rated as the second largest assembly of people after the quadrennial Kumbha Mela. The devout believe that a dip in the sacred water at this time washes off sins of a lifetime.
Assam, India
World's largest River Island
         Soothing beauty, offbeat tourist attractions, spiritual ambiance, the sacred river, humble people, and zealous culture, Assam boasts plenty of fascinating secrets. Being one of Northeast India's iconic seven sisters, Assam is on a holiday witnessing a heady mix of history, culture, and nature at the same time. The state happens to be the wildlife reserve of many of the land, which is further home to the one-horned rhino, one of Assam's tourism best-known mascots.
Majuli, Assam, India
               One of its kind Majuli amidst the mighty yet turbulent Brahmaputra happens to be the world's largest riverine island. Make a point to visit their islands of Majuli, all of which happens to be the bird watchers paradise. Besides, it is known for its sataras, the Hindu Vaishnavite monasteries, and the centers for art.
Kaziranga, one-horned Rhinos Country, Assam, India
                     The drive from Guwahati will give you a minimum of 5 hrs. Upon arrival at Kaziranga, We Will Check Into Wildlife Resort. The elephant safari is the best means for wildlife viewing as the wild animals are not afraid of the elephants and it is possible to observe them very closely.
Kaziranga Wildlife 
Kamakhya Temple
       Besides these, Guwahati-Ma Kamakhya Temple, Brahmaputra River Cruise, Dibrugarh-Tinsukia, Shivsagar, Jorhat and so many viewpoints are in Assam. 
Shillong & Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India
       

                A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat throughout the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cool gentle wind add to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as 'Scotland of the East'.
            Earlier the wettest place on the earth, Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya, also known as Sohra is known for its double-decker living root bridge. Mawsynram is now the wettest place on earth, but Cherrapunjee still holds the record for the highest recorded rainfall in a calendar year. With a unique climate, misty valleys and waterfalls in the area, Cherrapunjee is a must-visit place if you plan to explore north-east India
Cherrapunji, the wettest place on Earth
Tawang War memorial
Arunachal Pradesh 
          Arunachal Pradesh, meaning "Land of the Rising Sun," is a state of India, constitutes a mountainous area in the extreme northeastern part of the country and is bordered by the kingdom of Bhutan to the west, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north, Myanmar (Burma) and the Indian state of Nagaland to the south and southeast. , and to the south and southwest of the Indian state of Assam. The capital is Itanagar.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Madhuri Lake, Tawang
Sela Pass, Tawang
     Located at a height of about 3048m, it is known for many important and beautiful monasteries and is famous as the birthplace of Dalai Lama. The beautiful town of Tawang, also pronounced as Dawang has many sceneries to make your trip a picturesque one. However, what begins to define the area is its importance for Buddhist monks. Tawang is the place to go for monasteries, with the Tawang Monastery being one of the most popular and extremely sacred for the Buddhists. Tawang is a place that will flatter you with its natural beauty wrapped in the spirit of the scent. The beautiful orchid sanctuary and the Tipi Orchid sanctuary are also an ideal place to visit your list of places. Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Madhuri Lake, Noranang Falls, Tawang War Memorial, Gorichen Peak are some of most beautiful sight scenes of Tawang.
Pakhui Sanctuary
Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
  Apart from being a nature lover's paradise, Bhalukpong can provide you with a complete experience of wildlife and a host of activities complimenting its natural beauty and a place lesser-known.


Birds, Pakhui Sanctuary
  The Kameng River running around the forest makes it the town even more attractive. In Bhalukpong you 'll find yourself making the most of hiking, trekking, camping, and fishing. The Pakhui game sanctuary can be visited to see birds as exotic as the place itself, along with tigers, elephants, barking deer and more.

Roing, Arunachal Pradesh
Roing
      The snow-peaked mountains, deep gorges, turbulent rivers cascading down the hills, numerous waterfalls, placid lakes, archeological sites, peace and fun-loving hospitable people and above all make the heavenly climate one of the most attractive destinations for tourists.
        A natural paradise with mountains and lakes, it is one of the most exciting places in Arunachal Pradesh. This town won't let anybody down. It has many beautiful lakes and gorges for nature lovers. The Bhishmaknagar fort and Nehru Udyan add historical significance to the place. Mayudia pass, however, steals the limelight with snow coverage for the most part of the year.
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
                  Itanagar is the capital of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the lofty Himalayan Mountains and nestled between two hills, this pristine city cannot be matched with any other place. This place flaunts a lush green landscape, dancing waterfalls and a variety of flora and fauna. In addition to the scenic beauty, the tourism of Itanagar offers a variety of attractions such as the Gompa Buddha temple, Ita Fort, Rupa, Ganga Lake etc. Best time to visit the place is between October to March. Read the travel guide to Itanagar and make your next plan.

     
Itanagar
        In Winters are the best season to visit the place. The place turns lively because of the beautiful climate. Although the temperature drops very low during December, it is still manageable and beautiful. Many festivals are celebrated during this time. The temperature during this time is around 6°C-26°C.
Bomdila Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Monastery
            Inaugurated in 1965, this abode to Buddhist monks and Llamas is the biggest attraction in Bomdila. The monastery is also believed to be an exact replica of Tsona Gontse Monastery, Tibet.

       This monastery in Bomdila is constructed by who was believed to be the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Rinpoche. The monastery belongs to the Mahayana Buddhism. A huge prayer hall has also, recently, been added to the structure. Another major part and attraction is the Buddha Temple built withing the monastery premises. This monastery has three parts, Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa and Lower Gompa.
                Seeing nature's game has it's own delights ! The Apple Orchards at Bomdila give such a feeling as well. The systematic plantations when fully laden with apples look beautiful and full. The view is fascinating and one of a kind. Make a point not to miss a visit to these orchards.
Bomdila View Point, Arunachal Pradesh
View Point, Bomdila
       Clouds kissing the ground, the massive Himalayas towering all around, the panoramic view of the Kemeng Valley - not a single one of the will let you down. The view from up here is sure to take up a permanent space in your memory and its beauty will be unforgettable.
R.R Hill, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh
This is the highest point of Bomdila. At this height, viewers can see the roads leading to the Bhutan border as well as the one up Tawang. Along with that, the entire panoramic view of the Himalayas surround the viewer. 

R.R. HILL POINT, BOMDILA
Tamenglong, Manipur, India
Tamenglong
         Tamenglong, a hilly region is an ideal setting for tourists interested in outdoor holidays. The beauty of this town is unparalleled with the unusual varieties of flora and fauna.
        This town of Manipur, known for its oranges grown here is home to some of the most unique plants and animals. The vibrant forest here provides habitat to hog deers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, tigers and many more. A nature lover can have a ball in this beautifully endowed town, with its waterfalls, exotic animals and numerous orchards.
Chandel, Manipur, India
Chandel
           Chandel, also known as Lamka is tiny, but a scenic district in the north-eastern state of Manipur. It is one of the main nine districts in the state and also the second least populous of all. Situated along the lines of the international border separating India and Myanmar, it has come to be known as Gateway to Myanmar. It lies about 64 kms away from Imphal, with NH-39 passing through.
       It's famous for being home to more than 20 native tribes. Chandel is a wisp of culture and traditions, given the huge number of tribes that live here. Each tribe offers a unique identity to the area, where colors of their cultures are blown out in all directions. Travelers visiting Chandel can soak in the alluring art forms along with sprightly music and dance.
Kohima, Nagaland, India
              Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland, which is one of the seven sister states of India. 'Kohima' is the anglicized name given by the British, the original name being 'Kewhira' derived from the Kewhi flowers found in the region. Famous for its ethereal environment and untouched beauty, it is a land of folklore passed down through the ages. Situated at 1500 meters above sea level, it is endowed with quaint hills, emerald forests and a picturesque landscape. This is the go-to place for all you adventure enthusiasts as it is ideal for trekking, camping, and hiking.

Kohima at Night
        Kohima was built by the British and is home to the Naga and Kulkis tribe who can amaze one with their independence and a mystical and colorful culture that surrounds them. Kohima finds its place in history as the site of an intense battle with the Japanese, part of a 64 day long battle during World War II. One of the most popular sits here includes the Commonwealth War Cemetery which houses thousands of soldiers from World War II. Other than that, the city has a lot more to offer to its visitors - a museum, zoo, sanctuary, valleys, self-governing villages and much more.


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