The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok (which means ‘hilltop’), was made flat to build the Gangtok monastery in 1716 and it spreads in the foothill of the mighty Mount Kanchendezonga. Adding more beauty to the charm of Gangtok, the colorful Lamas robed in red spins wheels in their hands while mumbling invocations to God, beautiful monasteries bordered by flags whipping in the breeze and the ever smiling friendly and lovely people of the region hustling on the streets amidst brightly painted pagoda roofed houses contributed to the enthralling beauty and cultural extravagance of Gangtok in making the town a most sought after hill station of North East.
Famous for housing over 500 species of orchids, Gangtok is at its floral best from April to June and October to early December. One can both experience the age old tradition and culture along with its urbanization in terms of modern facilities. People can spend time with their loved ones and enjoy the beautiful scenic views of Gangtok. Tourists can also enjoy the cable car rides, trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing and hang gliding with the help of professional guides.
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is derived from the local deity “Leishyllong” and is also known as the “Scotland of the east” because of the terrains that are similar to those in Scotland. It is one of the biggest hill station in India with beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Its scenic beauty, friendly people, pine forests, lush green mountains, valley, meadows and adequate facilities for transport and lodging makes this place a hot spot for the tourists. Shillong can also be a base for visiting other places in Meghalaya.
Ward’s Lake, Shillong Peak, Elephanta Falls, Bishop’s Falls, Beadon’s Falls, Crimoline’s Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian, a polo ground and the famous 18 hole golf course, are some of the sights that one must not fail to check out when visiting Shillong.
Also known as “white ant hillock” and famous for its lakeside resorts, Haflong is the only hill station in Assam situated 310 km from Guwahati. Known for the adventure activities it offers, from trekking to paragliding, it is also praised for the beauty encompassing the hills and rivers. It is also a host to varieties of unique orchids and rare bird species and is the most visited place in Assam.
Some of the places to visit in Haflong are the Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Maibong and Jatinga. The Haflong Lake, is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and situated in the heart of the town. Jatinga is a tourist spot famous for the phenomena of bird suicides during the end of the monsoon month.
PASIGHAT (ARUNACHAL PRADESH)
Pasighat is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh, established in 1911. Pasighat has been called as a photographers delight because of the untouched beauty,mesmerizing hillside and lush-green valleys inhabited by a mixture of tribes that surrounds the place.
Pasighat is the land of the mighty Siang (Brahmaputra River) and indigenous hanging bridges. Round cane rings, swinging strings, shattered wooden pavements dangling above the mighty Siang makes it a picture perfect moment of thrill and adventure. It is the place known for beautiful landscapes, beautiful surroundings, cool climate, serene environment and picturesque places.
Travelers are mesmerized by its scenic beauty and the number of attractions it provides, especially adventure tourism.
The scenic capital of Mizoram lies just north of Tropic of Cancer is famous among the tourists for its peace and tranquility blesses with nature’s beauty. Aizawl means ‘the land of the higlanders’and is surrounded by the deep valley of river Tuirial on the east, river Tlawang on the west and the beautiful Durtland hills on the north. A pleasant place for spending quality time with family and loved ones, it also provides attractions like wildlife, excursions, religion and culture.
Geographically blessed with natural beauty and exotic flora and fauna, Aizawl is famous for its handicrafts. Aizwal is also a religious and cultural centre of the Mizos. Champai, Tamdil, Vantawng fall and Thenzawl are some important tourist centres which should not be missed while on a visit.
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