What are the best things about Guwahati Assam

The best things to see and do in India's seven sister states

The seven sister states of India include Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura, all of which are very beautiful. Although these states only take up seven percent of the total geographical area of ​​the country, they are a must because of their breathtaking landscapes, their wealth of cultural and adventure offers and their incredible natural scenery.

Find inner peace in Tawang Monastery

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Find inner peace in Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is located at an altitude of 3,000 meters and is India's largest and the second largest monastery in the world. Built in the 17th century, it comprises a three-story building complex with 65 houses and is home to more than 450 monks. The most notable feature of the monastery is the 5.5 meter high Buddha statue found in the main temple (Dukhang) along with 400 year old Buddhist scriptures, mainly the Kangyur scripts. The complex is every bit as spectacular as the remarkable website.

Tawang Monastery, Cona, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh | © Vikramjit Kakati / Wikimedia Commons

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Explore one of the largest river islands in the world

Avid culture lover and nature lover? Then Majuli Island, which sits on the pristine waters of the Brahmaputra River, is your destination. Although the island is submerged in water due to flooding and soil erosion, the lush greenery, diverse flora and fauna, friendly tribal people, and vibrant culture are a must. Visitors can get a glimpse of the local tribal culture by exploring the many monasteries (satras) and engaging in the village's activities, such as pottery, mask-making, and farming, which are the main source of livelihood. This island is a paradise for bird lovers because it is home to an incredible biodiversity. Rent a boat and spend the day floating around the mighty Brahmaputra and watching a wide variety of migratory birds.

Majuli Island, Assam, India

Largest river island in the world - Majuli | © Dhrubazan Photography / Wikimedia Commons

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Take one of the best boat trips of your life on the world's only floating lake

Lake Loktak in the Bishnupur district of Manipur is the only floating lake in the world. It has a lot of organic matter and vegetation known as phumdis that give it a floating appearance. You can take a boat trip along the lake, enjoy the beauty of nature and experience the diverse flora and fauna of Keibul Lamjao National Park (the only floating national park in the world) up close. The park is home to 57 species of water birds, 233 species of aquatic plants and 425 species of animals.

Loktak Lake, Manipur, India

Loktak floating lake | © Sudiptorana / Wikimedia Commons

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Walk or camp under the Living Root Bridges

Nature, man and time have done their job building amazing root bridges in Meghalaya's West Jaintia District and East Khasi Hills. These bridges are formed by roots from thick rubber trees that are further manipulated by residents by connecting these roots to the betul nut plant trunks to form what are known as living bridges. They take around 15-20 years to get stronger and have a lifespan of over 500 years. You can walk on these bridges, and for those looking for a unique experience, you can camp under them.

Living root bridges, Meghalaya, India

Living root bridges are a form of tree formation that is unique to Meghalaya © Himanshu Tyagi / Wikimedia Commons

Spelking in Meghalaya

The Jaintia Hills, Garo Hills, and Khasi Hills districts of Meghalaya are home to nearly 1,580 caves, and some of them are among the longest in the world. From simple to complex networks of passages, there are caves of all levels of difficulty. The must-see places to explore include the Krem Liat Prah (Jaintia Hill); the longest cave is 30,957 feet; Siju Caves (Garo Hill) and Mawsmai Cave (Cherrapunji in East Khasi Hill District). These caves are famous for their spectacular rock formations and looming stalactites and stalagmites. As you explore these fascinating mazes, be aware of the narrow passages in advance.

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Marvel at the beauty of the Himalayas at Sela Pass

The Sela Pass lies at an altitude of 4,170 meters and is a breathtaking mountain pass that is of great geographical importance. It is the only road that connects the Buddhist city of Tawang with the rest of the country. This road is ideally located for taking in the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains and frozen Sela Lake, which is located near the summit. The pass is open all year round, during the winter season it is sometimes closed due to heavy snowfall.

Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Sela lake | © Neelanjana234 / Wikimedia Commons

Sela Pass from Tawang | © Dhrubazaanphotography / Wikimedia Commons

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Hiking and camping in Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

In search of a bit of adventure, head to Nagaland with one of the highest peaks in the city - Japfu Peak at an altitude of 3,000 meters. It is also home to one of the most picturesque valleys - the Dzukou Valley, known for its beautiful species of flowers, especially the rare Dzukou lily. The trek begins in the city of Kohima and ventures into the Dzukou trekker's hut, where you can stay for a day and explore the breathtaking Dzukou valley - characterized by gentle meadows, vast expanses of grass and blooming flowers. Then follow the trail to Vishwema Village and on to Japfu Peak. This six-day hike can be undertaken by both novices and experienced trekkers and takes you through breathtaking views. Make sure to pack food and stock up on your water bottles from the hiker's hut as there are no places along the way to buy this groceries.

Dzukou Valley | © Dhrubazaanphotography / Wikimedia Commons

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Go on a rafting tour

This is for all the adrenaline junkies looking for more than just a ride down the river. There are two popular rivers in Arunachal Pradesh where you can enjoy white water rafting - Siang River and Subansiri. Both have Category III and IV rapids, making them a challenge. Therefore, it is advisable to book a rafting provider that is available near these rivers.

As you paddle through the raging rivers, you will be surrounded by emerald green forests. This is a spectacular way to experience the forests and have an exciting adventure in the process. You can also go fishing and kayaking in these rivers.

Subansiri River, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Rafting | © Sarangib / Pixabay

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Climb Gori Chen Mountain

At an altitude of 6,488 meters, Gori Chen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh. You should be an experienced mountaineer to get to the top. The complete round takes about 15-20 days, starting from Jang to Tawang. This trekking route leads through vast green fields, pristine lakes and forests and offers unbeatable views of the majestic mountains that surround the area. There are several spots along the way where you can rest. The best time to climb is April-May; October November.

Gori Chen Mountain, Cona, Shannan, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Gori Chen mountain ranges | © Koshy Koshy / Flickr

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See one of the most eclectic rock sculptures on Unakoti Hill

Unakoti Hill in Tripura is famous for its huge rock and stone sculptures that come out of the hills and date back several centuries. The carvings include images of Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Maa Durga, and Nandi bulls. In addition to these beautiful rock carvings, there are some waterfalls to explore near the hill.

Unakoti Hill, Kailashahar, Tripura, India

Unakoti hill | © Atudu / Wikimedia Commons

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You can find a rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park

Declared a World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world's total single-horned rhino population. More than 250 species of migratory birds and 35 species of mammals name this car park, which is also the natural habitat of protected wild species of tigers, elephants, marsh deer and wild water buffalo.

Kaziranga National Park, Kanchanjuri, Assam, India

Rhinos in Kaziranga National Park | © Diganta Talukdar / Wikimedia Commons

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Stand wonderfully in the Neermahal

The Neermahal, which has been translated to "Water Palace", is located in the middle of Lake Rudrasagar in Tripura and is one of two water palaces in the country. Take a tour of this palace that provides a glimpse into the royal life of the ancient kings who ruled the area. The architecture, which is a wonderful synthesis of Muslim and Hindu styles, is striking.

Neermahal, Rudijala, Tripura, India

Neermahal | © Sanjibroy56 / Wikimedia Commons

Explore the tea plantations in Assam

Assam is the country's largest tea producer, with tea plantations stretching over a vast mountainous area. No visit to India's seven sister states goes without saying without exploring these picturesque tea plantations and tasting the region's unique Assam tea. The must-visit region is Jorhat, dubbed the "Tea Capital of the World". There are an abundance of stay options amid the tea plantations, including Banyan Grove on Gatoonga Tea Estate and Wild Mahseer on Addabarie Tea Estate, etc.

Visit the waterfalls in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is home to a wide variety of waterfalls, each with their own unique characteristics. The most exciting and spectacular waterfalls in the state are Elephant Falls in Shillong, Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji (the highest waterfall in India) and Nohsngithiang Falls, a seven-segment waterfall also known as the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

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Enjoy mountain biking in Hmuifang

A hilly, natural city at an altitude of 1,619 meters in the Aizwal district of Mizoram. Hmuifang is an example of pristine natural beauty. There are many hiking trails in this mountain town, both as spectacular as the next, and can be explored by mountain bike or hiking, which is indeed the most popular activity in the area. These trails are suitable for both beginners and professionals. Some of the most popular are Trail Sialsuk, Baktawng, and Lungleng Trail. Enjoy the local flora and fauna while cycling.

Hmuifang, Mizoram, India

Discover the beauty of Assam by floating along the Brahmaputra River on a cruise

The mighty Brahmaputra River is the largest river in northeast India and the most spectacular waterway. Visitors can take a Brahmaputra river cruise that starts from Dibrugarh and goes through various attractions and viewpoints such as Majuli, Jorhat, Nameri National Park, Kaziranga National Park and ends in Guwahati. Five, eight or 11 day cruises are available from April through October. Some of the popular cruise lines include - MV Mahabaahu, Brahmaputra Cruise Pvt. Ltd. and Alfresco Cruises, Brahmaputra Lake.

Brahmaputra Cruise Pvt. Ltd, 289, Maa Padma Commercial Complex, AT Road, Bharalumukh, Guwahati, Assam, India

Alfresco Cruises, Brahmaputra Lake, Ferry Ghat, MG Road ,, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

Visit lively festivals

Seven sister states are inhabited by numerous tribes and each has its own beliefs, traditions and festivals. Popular festivals include Bihu (the Assam Harvest Festival), Cheiraoba (Manipur New Year Festival), Ziro Music Festival (four-day music festival in the Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh), and Hornbill Festival (a 10-day event promoting Naga culture and traditions in Kohima ).

Note: Although most of the regions in India's seven sister states are freely accessible, there are certain areas that both Indian and foreign nationals require permits to enter. Indian citizens must get an inner-line permit, while foreigners must obtain a restricted area permit / sanctuary permit. To find out more about these immigration formalities and how to obtain authorization, click here.