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There are destinations that attract travellers and then there are places that change the very definition of travel. The North Eastern part of India belongs to the latter category. The enchanting natural beauty and the bonhomie of people make North East India an enigma. Earlier known as the ‘Seven Sisters’, today North East comprises of eight states - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim and the best way to discover these states is through a customised North East tour package. All eight states are vastly different from each other and have one common thread connecting them - a rich historical past. Fiercely protective of their land and their culture, the people in the North East ensure that travellers visiting their state have a memorable vacation. Solo wanderers, trekking enthusiasts, foodies, adventure sports enthusiasts and nature lovers can rest assured that a trip to the North East will change the way they travel. In fact, the growing number of North East tourism packages are a testament to the region’s beauty, grandeur and popularity.
Culturally and geographically, the North East is an example of beauty in diversity. Where Kaziranga’s grasslands are a treat for the eyes in Assam, picturesque cascading waterfalls in Cherrapunjee promise peace and tranquillity. For travellers planning a trip to the North East, it’s important to remember that you will not be able to cover all states in one vacation, so choose your North East tour package wisely. If you want to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, it’s best to plan a North East trip itinerary according to your preferences, time and budget. Since most North East tour packages are for a duration of at least seven to fifteen days, you can expect an action-packed vacation covering two to five states.
Most North East tour packages include Kaziranga National Park and the revered Kamakhya Temple in Assam, the stunning lakes of Meghalaya and a tour of two of the wettest regions in the world - Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram. Approximately two hours away from Assam’s capital city of Guwahati nestles the erstwhile summer capital of colonial India and the most popular destination in North East tour packages - Shillong in Meghalaya. Sharing the southern border of Assam is the charming and lesser-explored Arunachal Pradesh which will offer a peek into rich Buddhist culture while Nagaland and Mizoram further south will offer you a glimpse of some of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen.
A North East tour package will include at least a couple of days in each of these states and will most likely cover all popular tourist spots. What might be missing from your North East tour package is a visit to Manipur and Tripura. With a conflicted past of insurgency and disputes - these states are slightly tricky to travel to. However, if you are keen to travel to these two states, you can always choose a customised North East tourism package. With a vast improvement in respect to infrastructure and political stability, today the states are much safer to travel to.
All North East tour packages definitely include a tour of the stunning Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Home to two-thirds of the world’s total one-horned rhino population, the park offers a memorable experience. There are umpteen safaris throughout the day and if you have a couple of days to spare, you can choose to go for the special sunrise and sunset safaris. Also included in the Assam phase of your North East tour package is a visit to the highly revered Kamkhya temple. Dedicated to goddess Kamakhya, it is one of the 51 shakti peeths of India. If you happen to be here during Ambubachi Mela, the whole city is enveloped in a festive fervour and it’s a great time to experience the charming city.
Sikkim is the smallest state in North East but packs in a punch of experiences. Fondly known as the brother state, all North East tour packages will include Sikkim’s stunning passes and its gorgeous monasteries. From Nathu la to the popular Pemayangtse Monastery, from the lively vibe of Gangtok to Pelling’s surreal landscapes - a North East tour package of Sikkim promises an experience of a lifetime. You must also head to the local markets for a taste of the delicious local cuisine including the popular chicken thukpa.
Famous for its rain-kissed mountains and villages, Meghalaya is one of the better-known states in the North East. Be it the rock capital of India - Shillong or one of the wettest regions in the world - Cherrapunjee or the awe-inspiring root bridges, Meghalaya is truly a traveller’s paradise and a huge part of all North East tour packages. Also considered to be the ‘Scotland of the East’, Meghalaya is a mountain state nestled on a horseshoe formation of rocky cliffs, deep gorges and valleys. With so much to see, a North East tour package is not complete without a trip to this abode of clouds, especially for nature lovers. You must also include a trip to the cleanest village in Asia - Mawlynnong and a peaceful evening boat ride in Dawki river in your North East tour package.
The ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ is untouched by tourists and perhaps this is why it ranks high in all North East tour packages. Home to the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary and the starting point of the popular Ziro trek, Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state among the eight states which make North East India. The most popular attraction in the state besides the vibrant city of Ziro is Tawang Monastery, which is often included in most North East tour packages. Lying amidst the surreal wilderness and untouched beauty, the serene Tawang monastery is the largest monastery in the country and is the birthplace of Dalai Lama. Overlooking Bhutan on one side and Tibet on the other, a visit to the monastery overwhelms travellers from all walks of life. All travellers require a permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh so do ensure that your North East tour package covers all requirements.
Another destination which stands out in North East tour packages is Manipur. With a fiercely independent matriarchal society, the state is home to numerous tribes. Popular for the hottest pepper in the world - Bhut Jolokia, the state is also well known for its thriving artist community. Gradually becoming a big part of North East tour packages, the people of the state are warm and welcoming and ensure all tourists feel welcome. Do include a boating excursion in the stunning Loktak lake in your North East tour package as well as a trip to the local handloom workshops in the capital city of Imphal.
Next, the winding roads from Assam to Mizoram take you away from the chaos of cities and introduce you to a world of peace and quiet. The mighty mountains of Mizoram and the gently flowing rivers paint a memorable landscape while the welcoming people of the state make you feel at home. The Chapchar Kut Spring Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the state and takes place during spring. If your schedule allows it, you must book a North East tour package during this time to experience the state in a different light. For adventure enthusiasts and wildlife buffs, do visit the beautiful Dampa Tiger Reserve and the Blue Mountain National Park.
The spellbinding state of Nagaland is one of the lesser visited states in the North East. Most North East tour packages include the beautiful state for its vibrant festivals including the popular Hornbill festival which is held in December. A land of diverse cultures and traditions, the tribes of Naga are hugely talented and are keepers of traditional art forms. On your North East tour package, do visit Kohima Museum, Kachari Ruins and the mesmerising Triple Falls. The last of the seven sisters in our North East tour itinerary and least visited by travellers is Tripura. If you enjoy offbeat destinations, this must find a place in your North East tour package. Dotted with grand, royal palaces and revered temples, Tripura is home to Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary and also a plethora of adventurous treks.
The Tripoto travel community has become a source of information, tips and first-hand experiences for travellers from across the world. For a region such as North East India, there are countless North East tour packages - each more confusing than the last. Should you go for Assam-Meghalaya-Mizoram in one trip or also include Nagaland? Is there good vegetarian food in Sikkim? Should you book a customised North East tour package or go with pre-planned ones. For all your questions and doubts, take a look at some of our detailed North East tour itineraries and blogs for complete and authentic information.
“This region had always been so alien to all of us and we thought it was time for us to explore it. Little did we realize that our trip would take us to some what were arguably some of the most beautiful parts of the country.”
“Waterfalls & lakes in Meghalaya to famous wildlife sanctuary in Assam to monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh so on, every state is so diverse & different from each other.”
“I had heard a lot about North-East and how it is the true gem of India. Obscured from the world lies the enticing land. The Northeastern states are surrounded by ageless forests and breathtaking mountains.”
As is the case with most destinations, the best time to visit North East India will depend on the places you’d like to visit. Most North East tour packages are suitable for the whole year but if you’d like to experience the beauty of the region you must visit from November to May.
Since most of the region is mountainous besides some parts of Assam, summer is usually pleasant. We’d suggest avoiding monsoon since there are chances of landslides and small flash floors. Due to heavy rainfall, most North East tour packages are not suited for monsoon travel, especially since travellers might face major roadblocks and flight cancellations. If you are travelling on a limited budget, you may choose to book a North East tour package during the offseason for good discounts on accommodation and local sightseeing tours.
A complete North East tour package for a family can include a number of experiences. From wildlife sanctuaries to temples to adventure sports, there is a lot to keep everyone busy. We suggest choosing a North East tour package to Sikkim and Assam if you are travelling with little ones owing to lesser travel time and more options for child-friendly experiences.
If, on the other hand, you are travelling with your partner, we can promise you an unforgettable trip. With a plethora of off-beat and popular experiences, the best North East tour packages for couples can save you a lot of money as well as personalise the experience according to your preferences. Some North East tour packages also give you the flexibility to choose your accommodation which means you can go for luxury resorts or local homestays - depending on your budget.
If you want to experience the best of North East India’s delicious local cuisine, ensure your North East tour package includes visits to local markets and restaurants. Offering a culinary journey unlike any other, the local cuisine comprises primarily of rice, fish and bamboo shoot. What stands out in all North East states is the fact that their local cuisine is dependent on the local produce in the region. Untainted by a fusion of flavours, the dishes served are authentic, healthy and prepared using decade-old recipes.
In Assam, the streets are lined with joints serving khar. A dish prepared using raw papaya and pulses - it is a healthy dish usually had for the main course. Assamese also love their fish and you must try Tenga fish which is a tangy fish curry which is prepared using Elephant Apple. For vegetarians, aloo pitika is a popular dish and is part of almost all Assamese meals. Your North East tour package will include a trip to Assam’s popular restaurants and street joints where you will be treated to these delicacies.
Whereas in Arunachal Pradesh, you'll be treated to the local soup chhurpi which is typically served with rice and chhurpi pickle. Also, if you have been waiting to try thukpa and authentic momos, you must try and include some local joints in Gangtok and Itanagar in your North East tour package.
Some of our favourite restaurants in the North East are Paradise in Guwahati, Wild Rice in Imphal, 9’ine Native Cuisine Restaurant & Bar and Ri Kynjai. Promising a spread of authentic food, you must ensure that they are a part of your North East tour package.