What is the Best Time to Visit North East India?

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I have been asked about the what is the best time to visit the north-east india or the north-east as it is referred, more than once and every time my answer have been slightly different from the previous one.

The reason being, even after being born, brought-up and lived there for over two decades of my life, I could not figure out which is the season during which the north-east was at its best.

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This part of the country is very diverse in itself and there is always something wonderful to experience, feel and see all round the year, in each and every season.

It all depends on what you actually want to see or experience in your visit to the ‘north-east’.

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Do you want to escape from the summers of the plains or do you want to experience the chilly mornings of the snowy winters here, or is it the greenery and gushing waterfalls here that interests you?

The options are endless, we are talking about the north-east mind you.

But anyway, when a question is asked quite often it must be answered and so, let me try to ‘answer’ to What is the best time to visit north-east India?

For those who want to visit a place when it is in its ‘perfect’ shape and don’t bother about other like-minded people thronging places of interest, November through April or may be mid of May is the time when most of the north-eastern states are in good condition with no rain, land-slides or any such thing. The recently-started Tawang festival also happens in this period, during the first weeks of the month of May.

If you are among those who loves to walk alongside the clouds or wants to see the countless waterfalls in their full glory, the monsoon months starting from mid of May to the months of September-October are just prefect for you.

However, don’t forget about the landslides that are quite common in these months. If you are okay with the probable landslides costing you a day or two, then my friend, I promise you that the greenery you will see in the north-east will be second to none.

If you would want to meet the one-horned rhino, the pride of the Kaziranga National park and its other neighbors the right time to visit starts from the month of November, for the next six months.

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The famous Hornbill festival which showcases all aspects of the Naga tribal culture takes place in the last week of November or the first week of December. So if that’s what you have in your mind, to learn about Naga tribes and their cultures and take part or witness in the many interesting competitions like the chilli eating or pork-eating competitions that happen during that time, you now know when you should go!

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This in short gives you an idea about what to expect in which month in the north-east.

Now that you have all the info about what to expect during which time, its your turn to tell me which season is best for you to visit the north-east.

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Hi Rajiv, Although i am aware September might not be ideal to visit the seven sisters, I wish to spend my birthday there. I am planning a two week solo backpack trip covering all key places across the seven states. I'll not have an itinerary but will just go with my instinct based on places to be covered. Worth it?
Tue 06 27 17, 13:51 · Reply (1) · Report
Totally worth it. Ping northeastexplorers[.]in in case you need any help planning or executing ur trip to NE.
Wed 06 28 17, 10:15 · Report
HI Rajiv, I am planning to visit whole north east for a month and I have July so how much feasible it will to explore ?
Thu 06 08 17, 03:00 · Reply (1) · Report
Hey July is a great time... Everything will be lush green and the Waterfalls will be at their best. Feel free to get in touch here for any help regarding your trip here in the North East. Facebook.com/thenortheastexplorer Hello@northeastexplorers.in
Thu 06 08 17, 09:01 · Report
May is the most suitable time to visit North East India. I have been to Shillong, Gangtok and Nagaland all during the summer season. No other time will you get to witness the hills in full bloom, so fresh with the fragrance of wild flowers. It's a perfect summer holiday.
Sun 01 10 16, 21:25 · Reply (1) · Report
Cannot agree more here :)
Thu 06 08 17, 09:10 · Report
Its November through April or May for me. I'm not one for taking chances so I avoid the rainy season at all costs. Besides it is also the best time to spot wildlife. I actually got to see a tigress with her cubs when I visited Kaziranga national park 2 years ago in beginning of Jan.
Sun 01 10 16, 21:10 · Reply · Report
Nice to finally get a quick overview on best time to visit North East India. If I were to take my pick I'd go in December or Jan. I love snow but sadly only got to experience snowfall in Gangtok.
Sun 01 10 16, 18:33 · Reply · Report
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