Finally to the adrenaline part of this trip. The sela pass is teh second highest motorable pass in the world. Time for some adventure travel. Situated on an altitude of 14000 ft, this drive is scary and gorgeous. Sela pass is a great way to enter Tawang to Guwahati. In fact, this is the only road that connects Tawang to the rest of the country. The pass takes you through lakes, monasteries, mountains, valleys, meadows and all there is to the Himalayas. It is literally a ride through the Himalayan beauties. Some consider the road a bit scary to drive on but, I couldn't et enough of the view to divert my attention anywhere else.
Umiam Lake is a reservoir situated in the slopes 15 km toward the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was made by damming the Umiam waterway in the mid 1960s. The chief catchment range of the lake and dam is spread more than 220 square km. The lake was framed as a major aspect of building a Dam. The dam began development in 1965. The dam has the qualification of being the first Hydel force venture in the North-east locale of India. The lake serves as a noteworthy vacation spot for the state of Meghalaya. Aside from putting away water for power era, the lake additionally gives home to various biological species at smaller scale, meso and full scale levels. Downstream watering system, fisheries and drinking water take into account nearby anthropogenic needs. It is likewise a well known destination for water game and adventure trips. Sightseers visit this spot for Scooting, kayaking, water cycling, and drifting.
This lake was formed during the earthquake of 1950. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this lake is considered to be holy by the Buddhists. The lake is also known as Madhuri lake, after a famous song from a Bollywood film starring the Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit was shot here. We enjoyed the sight of the lake nestled in the mountains.. It was also really cold and windy but the weather just added to the fresh beauty of the place. This is one of the few remotest high altitude lakes in the area and is quite close to the border of China. Since the lake is sacred to the Buddhists of India as well as Tibet, both come here on pre-defined days. The lake is quite a beauty though.
The road on which you will find the Mawsmai Caves is the Mawsmai Cave Road. These caves are a group of extremely well preserved natural caves. These are under the supervision of the Tourism Department of Meghalaya. The way the deposition of the limestones and stalagcites have taken place makes you wait and imagine what figure each of the caves would resemble and this is another interesting part here. Also, the Tourism Department have worked towards the cleanliness and comfort of the tourists and thus put up eco- friendly lights all along the caves. Due to this, the tourists are at an advantage and can take a look at the variety colour moss and also the algae on the inner walls of the caves.
This is the largest freshwater lake in India and also one of the largest in the world. The only floating National Park, the Keibul Lam Jao National Park floats on this lake. Another important feature of this lake are the Phumdis which float on the lake in a large number. These look like islands but are not as they are thick depositions of organic waste and mud particles which have formed patches of vegetation known as phumdis. You will also see huts floating on these phumdis and sometimes blown away by the winds. The Lokatk Lake is about 50 km away from Imphal, the state capital and is an important tourist attraction.
Wards Lake: When everyone was busy getting ready in the morning and waiting for the cab to visit Mawlynnong village, I was already returning from Ward's Lake which is really a divine place to visit early morning. It is amazing when you start your journey with such beautiful place where you can say "good morning" to the strangers and run with them to warm yourself up or you can just sit and enjoy the peace and click some beautiful pictures.
Situated on the India- Bangladesh Border this is a small town in the lap of the Jaintia Hills. Another place of immense natural beauty in Meghalaya, this is known mainly as a coal exporter to Bangladesh and also places of India. The main attraction here apart from the extreme natural beauty and peace is the Dawki Bridge. It is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River and also serves as a place from where all tourists can enjoy some spectacular panoramic views.
Mawjymbuin known as the wettest place on earth, the Mawjymbuin Cave is a characteristic ponder that conveys massive religious criticalness. The 209-meter high buckle, otherwise called Krem Mawjymbuin, dumbfounds each guest. This cave is made of calcareous sandstone and comprises of a few stalagmites, which are framed as a consequence of weathering, calcium carbonate testimony and trickling of mineral-advanced fluid. Its uniqueness makes it a thing of enthusiasm for geologists, who direct various looks into here. One of these stalagmites is formed like a Shiva Lingam and is respected consecrated by Hindus. A little stream streams under the eastern part of this cavern and goes through enormous stones. Numerous fracture doors and sections shape a piece of this hollow, some of which are hard to enter. This is a ideal place for spending a quality vacation with both friends and family. The transportation services available here are also very affordable.
Ward's Lake: Situated in the heart of the city, Ward's lake is surrounded by flower gardens and is popular for a refreshing walk, and a bit of boating. Take a walk around this pristine artificial lake, or simply admire the colourful floral beds, there's much to see here. One can visit Ward's Lake any time of the year, the best time, however is between June and July, when the several orchids and a number of other floral special are on their full bloom. This post was originally published on Footloose Dev.
Sometimes called white ant hillock, Haflong in Assam is arranged 310 km from Guwahati. Known for its wonderful Haflong slopes, scenes, valleys, and mountains, Haflong is famous among campers and nature lovers. It is arranged at a height of 680 m above ocean level and is perfect for a quiet holiday. Haflong is renowned for its lakeside resorts, and is gone by principally for the adventures activities which it offers, trekking and paragliding are a percentage of the prominent ones. Serving as the home office of North Cachar Hills area, Haflong is a creation place for agricultural produces like pineapple and oranges. Like other slope stations of India, Haflong's building design mirrors the British frontier past. Some of the most popular places to visit in Haflong are the Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Maibong and Jatinga. One will get amazed if they visit this beautiful place, this a very good place to spend a quality time with family and friends.
Once there took place a very sad incident. There was a woman here named LiKai who was married to a very nice man who was a porter and after a few months of marriage she also gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Sadly after a few days, her husband died while carrying iron to Sylhet. She was left all alone without any support and a little girl to feed along with herself. Finding no other option she also took up the job of a porter. Since she was having no time at all to look after her daughter she was remarried. After this also she had no time to look after her husband or her daughter. Her husband grew angry and one day out of frustration he killed the little girl and cooked her as a meal. When LiKai was back home she could not see her daughter but instead of looking for her she decided to have the meal which look very good. After she had finished and was going to take a betel leaf, she found a severed little finger and soon understood what had happened. She lost her senses immediately and went mad. She kept on running and at the end jumped in this waterfall. After this the local people named it NohKaLiKai in which Noh means jump of, Ka is the term used for Meghalayan women and LiKai is the name. So, it means Jump of KaLiKai. This is at present a popular tourist attraction where you will find beautiful sceneries. The force of the waterfalls is maximum during the summers and monsoon and least during the winters.
Located a little outside the main city of Shillong in Meghalaya, this is a beautiful two tiered waterfall. The two parts are named as the Wir Phang falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. These two flow along dingles of rock and then blend together to justify its name which is the Elephant Falls. This is no doubt a must see in the state and people not only from other places but also from the same state cannot resist repeated trips to this tranquil destination. The place is much away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and thus very peaceful and refreshing too. The monsoons are the time when you find the Elephant Falls in its full vigor with snow white, foamy water gushing down the falls. This ckear color makes the perfect combination with the shades of greenery around. There are also a number of medicial plants and shrubs whose goodness get infused in this therapeutic waters of the Falls.
Located just a kilometre south of the Mawsmai Village in the East Khasi Hills District, this is a seven segmented waterfall. The group of falls has been declared as the 4th highest in the country. The name is derived from the fact that these seasonal falls flow in seven parts and look exactly the same. These falls can only be viewed during the monsoon season. Apart from the natural beauty around these cascading waterfalls, the view of the setting sun from here is awesome due to the natural color play which is created during dusk.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park lies mostly in Golaghat District and somewhat in Nagaon District of Assam. It is the most established park in assam covers a range of 430 Sq kms along the stream Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong slopes on the South. The National Highway 37 goes through the recreation center range and tea bequests, fixed by table-top tea shrubs. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying close to the highway. The Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is renowned for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the scene of Kaziranga is of sheer backwoods, tall elephant grass, tough reeds, swamps and shallow pools. It has been pronounced as National Park in 1974. The Kaziranga National Park is one of the last regions in eastern India undisturbed by a human vicinity. It is possessed by the world's biggest populace of one-horned rhinoceroses, and in addition numerous well evolved creatures, including tigers, elephants, jaguars and bears, and a huge amout of flying creatures.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Only 60 km far from Guwahati is Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is mainstream for deers and rhinos. This Sanctuary is approximately a 2 hours drive from Guwahati. Pobitora or Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary which is arranged in the renowned Magical town of Mayong in the Marigaon locale of Assam in India. It has a thick populace of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary covers 38.8 Sq. km. However, the aggregate informed territory of the recreation center is 38.80 square kilometers, just 16 square kilometers is the successful rhino living space. Pobitora was announced a saved backwoods in 1971 and a natural life haven in 1987. It covers level surge fields and a hillock (Raja Mayong). Pobitora is for the most part renowned for its incredible Indian one horned Rhinoceros. There are around 80 such Rhinoceros that can be seen effortlessly around. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is additionally home to more than 2000 transient feathered creatures and different reptiles.
Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary
The Beel is a source of livelihood for several of the villages around it whose fishermen depend on it. Boats moving around the lake are a common sight here as the fishermen throw their net into the water hoping for a good catch of freshwater fish. What is heartening is that overfishing is never the case here and the local people are also well aware of the need to preserve this rich piece of wetland to sustain the ecosystem of the area. There have been serious cases of land cutting, waste water disposal and land grabbing in the vicinity that has raised serious concerns regarding the dangers faced by the Beel’s ecosystem. Hunting and trapping of birds happens occasionally and more manpower is needed for the authorities to look into these matters. Thankfully, the local people realise it and have been active with several groups and NGOs to counter these maladies and keep the Beel fit for all purposes.
Tucked away behind the Japfu Range in Nagaland, the Dzuko or Dzukou Valley is just about 3 km from the city of Kohima. This is a place where tourists mostly come for trekking and other adventure sports. This is a charming flower valley where you will find blooming so many types of exotic wildflowers in all different colours. There are also waterfalls which increase the beauty of the place and are said to freeze during heavy winters. The place is at an altitude of about 2480 m above the sea level and are surrounded by other hills, caves and rocks. Apart from just trekking, this p;ace is rich in bio- diversity and thus is like paradise for photographers, nature and peace lovers alike. Camping is also a very good option here given the presence of rocky caves and geological formations. This place is absolutely adventure at its best and when in Nagaland, this should definitely be a priority in your itinerary list.
2) Dainthlen Falls:It’s located nearly 5 km from the city. You will be charged Rs 10/- per head for the entry which is a very small amount for the lovely view that you get here.Legend goes that the people of the land killed a big snake that lived in the cave nearby. The rock carvings seen here of the snake are said to represent the symbols of evil and greed. Being a soft waterfall, you may not hear the roaring sounds of water falling but still, the atmosphere is electric. The breathtaking views are a treat to your eyes. Right from the drive to the waterfalls in itself is a spectacular sight. However, be really careful in getting your feet close to the fall as it might get slippery during rainfall.
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
We found one, at our desired price and finally after a two hour tiring journey we reached Cherrapunji. After reaching there and without wasting any time our cab driver took us to the first view point which was The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View it was a place where one can enjoy the view of a valley with trees and a small stream flowing somewhere at the bottom of the valley which we were only able to hear and also a spot for good profile pictures.
Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides being the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat has been in the news for being a part of the 100 smart cities mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It can be reached by air and road. History buffs will love this place for its rich roots. Visit the village of Komsing where Captain Noel Williamson was assassinated. Take a walk to Kekar Monying, the cliff where Adi people fought the British. Nature and wildlife lovers can take a tour of the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary. Still looking for more? Indulge in all kinds of adventure sports here to get your blood rushing!
Manas National Park
Manas National ParkA treasure trove of a wide variety of flora and fauna, the Manas National Park is a must-visit if you happen to be in Northeast. Situated in Assam, the nearest airport is the Guwahati airport. A perfect place to appease the outdoorsy person in you, there is ample scope for the visitor to enjoy a jungle safari with a chance to stumble upon some of the most majestic animals of the jungle. If you are lucky enough, a tiger is just a leap away from you. Whoa! Do not worry; you will be in safe hands with a guided tour through the jungle. Click as many pictures, close ups or a selfie with the one-horned rhino in the backdrop, you will hardly find a dull moment during your stay in Manas National Park.Things to doFar from the madding crowd of a metropolis, places like these are great to unwind and be in unison with nature. Whether it is the breathtaking views of the mountains or the piercing silence of the jungle, the trip to the Manas National Park is definite going to be etched in your mind.Take a jungle safari and relish your encounter with the Golden Langur, Bengal Floricans and wild elephants or if you are lucky enough, a tiger could just be glaring at you from the distance. This national park is also home to quite a few endangered species of flora and fauna.Capture the majestic sight of the one-horned rhino which could be found here, though sparsely.Sightseeing in areas surrounding the national park should also be on the cards. You will be enamored by the breathtaking beauty of the region.Where to stay in Manas National ParkThe national park is 176 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of the state. However, you can also stay overnight in hotels in the vicinity. Check in to the Florican Cottages and enjoy their hospitality. Gorge on local cuisine if you wish to stay at Musa Jungle Retreat in Manas. Usually the locals are friendly and mind their own business.How to reach:The nearest airport is the Guwahati airport. Trains from various part of India go to Guwahati and the city is well connected to the rest of the country.You can take a conducted tour managed by the Assam Tourism Department. Regular buses run from Guwahati to Manas National Park.
Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National ParkNot only the third largest national park in the country, but also the leading protected area in the biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas, this park in Arunachal Pradesh is home to all the four big cats - Leopard, Tiger, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard. It is extraordinarily rich in its biodiversity ranging from tropical moist forests to Alpine meadows which provide a home to its numerous fauna and avifauna species.
En route from Dibrugarh to Ziro, we stopped to experience the beauty of the Brahmaputra River. It’s called Tsang Po in China, where it begins and Jamuna in Bengal where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. One of the most beautiful Himalayan Rivers, Brahmaputra runs for 18,000 miles. It is the only river in India with a male name (all other rivers in India have a female name), and is important for its use as a water body and for sanctity to the local Hindus. A nice cruise over this river will relax your mind and let you absorb the natural beauty on offer.
The capital city of Nagaland, this lies on the North- Eastern border of India sharing boundaries with the neighbouring country of Burma. Tucked in the Himalayan Ranges, Kohima is filled with natural beauty and a pleasant climate throughout the year. Unlike many parts of the state, Kohima is much developed and is not filled with tribal people who are still untouched by the modern civilization. There are museums and art galleries in Kohima and this is one of the most visited places in the whole state. There are a number of places for adventure sports and rustic beauty as well for nature and photography lovers. You can visit this city the whole year and find it equally beautiful everytime. The main occupation here is agriculture and this is also the maximum contributor towards the state's economy. Government and other jobs make for the rest of the population of this city. The city is at a height of about 1500 m above sea level.
Arranged 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers awesome perspectives of the city from a noteworthy height of 1965 m above ocean level. Shillong Peak, the most elevated point of Shillong, is found 5 km toward the south of the city and is 1961 meters which is 6,433 feet in height. Being the most astounding crest in the locale, it is frequently encompassed with mist. The top itself is not steep, but instead semi-round like that of a crown set on the level and broad top of the Shillong Hill. The crest is open by means of the Upper Shillong or Jowai Road. If you arrive on a day when mists don't play ruin sport, you will have the capacity to see the lofty Himalayan tops and the Bangladesh fields from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here. This spot is a standout among the most well known tourist center in Shillong as a result of the breathtaking perspectives it offers.