Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are three most visited states in the northeastern part of India. The entire majestic land of Seven Sisters’ States is a never ending source of something unique, something unseen, something unexplored. From snow clad mountains of Eastern Himalaya, to green forest along the lower hills, from modern city life to ancient tribal culture –Northeast offers you everything, like really almost all types of natural attractions for tourists.
Assam is famous for its tea and silk plantation, sharing international boundaries with Bhutan in north and Bangladesh in south. It is said that the name of Assam came from the ‘Ahom Dynasty’. In the classical period up to 12th century, Assam was known as Kamarupa and alternatively Pragjyotisha.
Sightseeing in Assam
Assam comprises of many places which can be regarded as excellent travellers’ destinations. Kaziranga National Park here is a World Heritage Site, covering 430 sq km and sheltering various species like tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, Indian bison, sambar, deer, migratory birds etc. In Tezpur, you can visit the Agnigarh Hill where a fort that is said to be surrounded by fire. Kamakhya Temple is another place worth visiting, especially for the religious people. Visit to the Haflong hill town gives you pleasure with the enthralling waterbody of Haflong Lake. If you want to experience Asia’s first and world’s second oil refinery which is over 100 years’ old, make a trip to Digboi. Along with these, the national parks in Orang and Dibru Saikhowa are extraordinary places to witness wildlife.
Arunachal Pradesh is the easternmost state of India. Precisely the Sanskrit meaning of the name Arunachal Pradesh is the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’. It shares a border with China in the north, Bhutan in the west and Burma in the east. To the south it faces the Indian states of Assam and Nagaland. Due to its situation among three neighbouring countries, Arunachal Pradesh holds a diverse culture and tradition.
Sightseeing in Arunachal Pradesh
You can start your trip with visiting the captivating scenic beauty of Tawang, where you can go to experience locations like Sela Mountain Pass, 400 years’ old Tawang Monastery, Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang Waterfall, Taktsang Gompa, Jaswant Garh etc. Roing is another important tourist spot with sites worthy to be visited, including Bhismaknagar, lake and wildlife sanctuary in Mehao, Hunli etc. The state capital Itanagar is an enchanting tourist hotspot with Ita Fort, Ganga Lake, Namdapha National Park, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and so on. Apart from these places, you can explore the sites of Bhalukpong, Bomdila, Ziro, Pasighat and Along.
Meghalaya faces the Indian state of Assam to east and north and neighbouring country Bangladesh to the west and south. In Sanskrit, the words ‘megha’ and ‘alaya’ means clouds and house respectively. The state’s name is a combination of these two words, meaning the ‘abode of clouds’.
Sightseeing in Meghalaya
Shillong, the capital town of Meghalaya, is called as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Tourists love to visit the Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Mawjymbuin Cave, Mawlynnong Waterfalls, India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden, Umiam Lake, Laitlum Canyons etc in and around the town. Cherapunji is another exotic location where you come across with Nohkalikai Falls, Krem Phyllut Cave, Thangkharang Park, Mawsmai Cave, Eco Park etc. Do not forget to miss visiting Tura where beautiful waterfalls, caves, national parks await you. Mawlynnong village here is the cleanest village of Asia. Williamnagar is a heaven for those who love walking amidst nature, watching birds and participating in some adventure activities etc.