There are innumerable hidden treasures in this unexplored land that only locals and adventurous travelers muster up the courage to explore its unknown places. From ancient tribes to wartime secret chambers, there are so many secrets of North-East India that are kept away from mankind and only on the go. The Northeast of India is filled with alluring waterfalls, breathtaking lakes and beautiful snow-capped mountains.
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There is more to this beautiful destination than just that. Seven Sisters is filled with some stunning national parks, quaint, tiny villages, and such a rich culture, you’ll never get enough of it. To help you better explore this side of the country, we have compiled a list of the top 10 hidden gems in the Northeast, the ones you must not miss to see:
LIVING ROOT BRIDGES, MEGHALAYA:
The surviving root bridges in Meghalaya are built by the Khasi and Jaintia brides. Bridges are constructed by wrapping the thick roots of rubber fig trees together to form a structure. Which can hold at least fifty people at a time. These amazing structures are hidden inside the East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. And it is remembered by most of the tourists traveling to the Northeast.
GORICHEN PEAK, ARUNACHAL PRADESH:
At an altitude of over 21,300 feet above sea level, Gorichen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh. Due to its height, the mountain is covered with snow throughout the year. The scenic view of the surrounding valleys and peaks and stunning snow-capped landscape at this peak make it one of the best, hidden gems of Arunachal Pradesh.
UMIAM LAKE, MEGHALAYA:
Umiam Lake in Meghalaya is an artificial lake that was created as a reservoir or dam. The lake is known for its stunning views of the surrounding sylvan hills and green deodar. If you are looking for an offbeat destination near Shillong, then Umiam Lake is the best option for you.
PELLING TOWN, SIKKIM:- This quaint little town in Sikkim is one of the best offbeat destinations to visit in the Northeast.
Filled with enchanting waterfalls and lush green forest, Pelling will take your breath away. The city also has many beautiful treks.Which you can complete in just one day to explore the hidden mountains and forests. Pelling is covered with a blanket of snow during the winter months.
NATIONAL PARK, ASSAM:
This biosphere reserve serves as a wonderful place for views of the unique landscape of Assam and is home to some very exotic flora and fauna. And take in stunning views of the park’s lush green fields.
TOUPHEMA VILLAGE, NAGALAND:
If you want to experience the true rural life of the Northeast, Touphema Village is the perfect place for you to visit. The village is actually a small town built by the local people along with the tourism department of Nagaland, to give the tourists a feel of living in real Nagaland tribal homes. The houses are built just like tribal huts and the experience also includes various local experiences.
TALATAL GHAR, ASSAM:
Talatar Ghar in Assam is a 300-year-old building which is considered one of the finest examples of Tai Ahom architecture. This attractive building was earlier built as a palace. But later it was used as an army base. Explore secret tunnels, fascinating designs and ruins that tell a million stories about the history of Assam here.
ANDRO VILLAGE, MANIPUR:
Andro Village in Manipur is the perfect place to experience the simple rural life of Northeast India. Explore the stunning landscape and local flora and fauna of this small village or explore the famous pottery culture here. The village also houses the Santhei Natural Park and Dam and Mutua Museum which you can visit to learn about the fascinating history of the place.
LADY HYDARI PARK, SHILLONG:
Lady Hydari Park is one of the best places to go for a picnic or spend some time with your family. The park has a beautiful Japanese garden, attractive flowers, fish and a lake where you can go boating with the kids. The park is known for its well-maintained grass and fresh, colorful orchids. If you want to spend a quiet day in nature in Shillong, then you must visit this park.
LOKTAK LAKE, MANIPUR:
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is home to various exotic flora and fauna species. Visit this lake to witness some of the beautiful landscapes of Manipur. And see rare species of aquatic, emergent, submerged and free-floating plant species.
HOME OF THE LAST SURVIVING HEADHUNTERS:
You won’t see them doing this anymore, unless you can manage to make them really angry! Well, joke aside, even though Naga headhunting took off in the 1940s, you can still see many elders of the Konyak tribe with tattooed faces. Which means they are from headhunting clans. Hitting and beheading the enemy was considered a rite of passage for young boys. And this victory was rewarded with a coveted face tattoo.