All You Need To Know About Exploring Northeast India In 10 Days

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Mysterious and engaging, Northeast India is one of the last vantages of unexplored India. With an exceptional array of places to visit - from gushing waterfalls, to sprawling valleys, glittering rivers and frozen lakes; the so called "seven-sisters" that make up the region, tend to surprise even the better travelled among us.

Here's a 10 Day itinerary to touch upon the basics, along with a sprinkling of the offbeat to excite the explorer in you.

Getting Around in Northeast India

Guwahati is the most convenient entry point for this Northeast India itinerary. The city is well connected by air and roadways. Regular flights connect the Guwahati airport to all major Indian cities. Most of the places to visit in North-East India are adequately accessible, even though the tourism infrastructure is not as visible as in other parts of the country. Best way of getting around for a hassle-free adventure is by private taxis. Expect to pay anywhere between Rs 1500–Rs 3000 per day.

The Wildest Places to Visit in North-east India - Kaziranga National Park

Day 1

Start your adventure in one of India's most pristine national treasure. The breathtakingly beautiful expanse of Kaziranga National Park, unfolds on nature's canvas like a traveler's dream. Unpredictable and vast, the forests and the wetlands of the reserve are home to some of the world's most endangered species.

Wake up to the distant roar of nature, pulsating through misty mornings in the lap of wilderness. Watch herds elephants roam in the misty grasslands and, if you are lucky, come upon the one horned-rhinoceros in it's natural habitat. Let the jungle music take-over your senses.

Settle in and enjoy one of the most fabulous to places to visit in Northeast India. But don't get too comfortable, because there's so much more to come.

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Photo of Kaziranga National Park, Kanchanjuri, Assam, India by Tripoto
Day 2

Take a day trip from Kaziranga National Park to the riverside village of Panikhaiti. Less than 4 hours away, Panikhaiti is a tranquil spectacle of life along the magnificent Brahmaputra River .

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Less than hour away from Panikhaiti is Sualkuchi, the centre of India's silk-based textile manufacturing. the village also hosts an annual rowing competition (Naokhel).

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Day 3

Visit The World's Largest River Island - Majuli

The mighty Brahamputra halts to make way for the world's largest river island - Majuli. A quick ferry ride away from Jorhat, Majuli has come to symbolize Assam's stunning scenic wealth.

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Drive east towards Jorhat or Dibrugarh, deeper into the heart of the region. Cross the river on an exhilarating ferry ride into Majuli, the world's largest river island and one of the most magical rated places to visit in Northeast India. Spend an entire day exploring life on this fascinating island.

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Ferry Timings: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM

The ferry leaves from Nimati Ghat , about 15 km for Jorhat city centre. It takes an hour and thirty minutes to reach Majuli and two and a half hours on the way back to Jorhat. The fare is Rs. 20 per person

Best Rated Places to Stay in Jorhat

1. Kaziranga Golf Resort - Rs. 9500

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Day 4

Make Your Way To Ziro Valley In Arunachal Pradesh

Make your foray into the vastly untouched terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. Surround yourself within the embrace of Apatani hospitality, set against the vivid backdrop of rural life of the valley. To describe in words what awaits you in Ziro Valley would unfailingly be an understatement. The fertile valley is a fascinating mozaic of nature's most vibrant colours. Brimming with smiling faces of the native Apatanis people, the valley is an unexplored mountain paradise.

One of the most raved about places to visit in Northeast India, Ziro is 7 hours away from Jorhat.

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Places to stay in Ziro: Ziro has a delightful network of homestays that can be either booked in advance, or booked on the spot. Here's an excellent guide to staying in an Homestay in Ziro.

Anshuman stayed in a Homestay in Ziro Valley. You can too.

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Day 5

Drive to Nagaland On Your 5th Day In The Northeast India

Nagaland is the crown jewel of India's tribal heritage and a shining testimony to North east India's whirling diversity. The drive from Ziro to Dimapur should take 10 hrs and will pass through Jorhat as well. Dimapur is an ideal base to cover most of the places to visit in Nagaland on this itinerary, and then continue on to Meghalaya in the next leg. Kohima, Nagaland's state capital is an hour and a half away from Dimapur.

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Amazing Things To Do In Nagaland

Get lost in the alleys and bylanes of Tuophema village (3 hrs from Dimapur)

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Photo of Tuophema, Nagaland, India by Tripoto
Day 6

Breathe in the beauty of the sprawling expanse of undulating green fields at Dzukou Valley (3 hrs from Dimapur)

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Photo of Dzükou Valley Bridge, Kohima, Nagaland, India by Tripoto

If you are visiting in December, Join in the festivities at the Hornbill Festival,. An annual inter-tribal cultural fête where everyone's invited.

Best Rated Places To Stay in Dimapur

1. Longchen Homestay, Dimapur - Rs. 3600

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Day 7

Delve into the mysteries on Meghalaya

From the highlands of Nagaland to the mystifying villages of Meghalaya, Day 5 of this itinerary of Northeast India will take you through the heart of the countryside. The drive from Kohima/Dimapur should take between 7 to 10 hours. Leave early in the morning to reach Cherrapunji before sundown.

Like a place lost in time, the green panorama embracing every corner of this Meghalayan paradise is simultaneously eerie and welcoming. Visit Mawlynnong for a glimpse of the alternative side of rural Asia. From living root bridges to crystal clear waters, the region is an exemplary display of how societies flourish in harmony with nature.

Amazing Things to Do in Cherrapunji

Cross into the other-worldly realm of living root bridges in Mawlynnong, which also is famously regarded as the cleanest village in Asia. Spend the night at a homestay in Mawlynnong, and return to Cherrapunji the following morning.

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Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Tripoto
Day 8

Float on the crystal clear waters in Dawki (2.5 hrs away from Cherrapunji). Definitely one of the most remarkable places to visit in Northeast India.

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Take a splash of an eyeful at the Seven Sisters Waterfall, one of the most magical places to visit in North -East India.

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Day 9

End your sojourn in Meghalaya's capital city. Vibrant, yet serene, Shillong will surprise you with its host of attractions. One of the most popular places to visit in Northeastern India .

Shillong is an urban enclave amidst a largely untouched landscape. Visit Shillong to experience the thriving cosmopolitan side of North east India. From cafes and gigs to breathtaking outdoors, Shillong is a dream escape, sprinkled with all the creature comforts of modern life.

Amazing Things to Do in North-East India Shillong

Watch the sun go down behind the calm horizon of Umiam Lake.

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Photo of Umiam Lake, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Tripoto
Day 8

2. Indulge in the city's buzzing nightlife in the bars and venues in Police Bazaar and Laithumkra.

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can you please tell me, what was the approximate total cost for this trip,excluding airfare ?
Wed 07 25 18, 01:47 · Reply · Report
The Northeast part of India is hardly explored and even talked about, it’s a really great place with a lot of cool things to see. Especially Kohima, the capitol of Nagaland is so cool, the place is full of culture and awesome views. If you want to have a great time, try renting bikes from Wheelstreet Bike Rentals from Guwahati, Assam and then explore the rest of Northeast!
Tue 01 23 18, 03:37 · Reply · Report
nice
Tue 07 25 17, 04:08 · Reply · Report
A trip to north-east India is truly and exciting and memorable. With the significant presence of wildlife, greenery, rare kind of flora and fauna, shimmering lakes, it makes the the place something unique and rare to find. I have visited to Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya multiple times. The memories I got from these places are really amazing and eternal. However, there are always a problem of accommodating that many people face. So it's always advisable to do your own research and book the hotel room tickets according to your requirement with the best available price. vitshotels.com/bhubaneswar/
Sat 05 06 17, 06:11 · Reply · Report