North India which comprises the seven sisters’ states is so unique that often words fail to express their true appeal. With the cultural aspects, geographical features, extreme greenery, exotic wildlife, serene spirituality, and humble people, North India has everything that a traveling enthusiast would carve for. The northeastern part of India which includes Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Tripura is a hidden gem of India. These amazing states share boundaries with Tibet, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Guwahati, the largest city of Assam serves as the gateway to North-East India. There are plenty of attractive sites in northeastern India and they allow travelers to explore a range of activities. This article lists the top 5 amazing activities to do in the North East for a one-of-its-kind solo trip experience. Due to the popularity of North East India, various customized tour packages are available for a wonderful vacation.
Sightseeing at Kaziranga National Park:
The wild realms of Assam is a VIP pass for wildlife lovers. The state possesses Kaziranga National Park which is home to the world’s largest population of Great one Horned Rhinoceros, an endangered species of Rhinoceros. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to about 35 mammal species including Royal Bengal Tigers, gaur, leopard, Asian elephants, sambar, and water buffalo. For birdwatchers avifauna species such as game birds, migratory birds, water birds, scavengers, and predators are major attractions. For an overall Jeep Safari experience, the park is divided into four zones namely, Kohora, Bagori, Agaratoli, Burapahar. If you are on the North East tour then Elephant Safari at the Kaziranga National Park can provide you with a lifetime memorable experience.
- Jeep Safari Timings: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
- Elephant Safari Timings: 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM & 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Cable Car ride in Gangtok:
To experience the majestic views of Gangtok from the mountains Cable Car ride is suggested. The continuous loop of ropeway cable car ride starts from Deorali and it goes to Tashiling via Namnang. Boarding and disembarking are available at all three junctions. The ride is about a kilometer long and it is completed in 15 to 20 minutes. The car can accommodate up to 24 people in it but the facility of chairs is not provided as the ride is of short span. The stunning view of Kanchenjunga is visible throughout the ride when looked down from the car. From a height of 3500 feet, you can also see a flowing river below flying birds above you. The ride is good to capture for an Instagram reel or story. To experience the glorious look of Gangtok a cable car ride is the best.
River Rafting in Teesta River:
On a solo trip you can enjoy the thrill of river rafting with strangers onboard. The Teesta River is internationally accredited and is one of the finest rafting starches not only in India but in the world. The turbulent rapids comprising hills & gorges provide an awe-inspiring experience. The white sandy beaches of the river are perfect for camping at night. Among the different routes of river rafting, the Makha-Sirwani-Bardang-Rongpo route is widely used and is regarded as safe as well. If you would like to go for an adventurous experience in the lap of nature then river rafting in Teesta River, Sikkim should not be missed.
- Approximate Price: INR 700 per Adult
- Teesta River Rafting Timings: 8 AM – 3 PM
Yak Safari in Sikkim:
The trip to North East India is sometimes considered incomplete without having a Yak Safari. Sitting on the back of a Yak that moves through the craggy trails makes your Sikkim tour memorable for a lifetime. The Yaks have been domesticated in Sikkim for a very long time but the use of animals for riding and adventure is Yak Safari is available in different parts of Sikkim. In East Sikkim Tsomgo Lake and in North Sikkim Chopta Valley, Lachen and Lachung are regarded as the best places to hire a Yak Safari. The best part about Yak Safari is that it’s comparatively safer to other adventurous activities and is apt for people of all age groups. All the Yaks used for the purpose of riding are registered under the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Govt of Sikkim.
- Approximate Yak Ride Price: INR 300
- Approximate Photo Cost: INR 50
Crowd dancing at Sangai Festival:
Manipur Tourism Department organizes 10 days long Manipur Sangai Festival every year. This cultural festival is organized from November 21 to November 30. As per Thrillophilia Reviews, if you are planning your trip in November then you should attend this festival. The name of the festival is based on the state animal of Manipur called Sangai, it is a shy and gentle brow-antlered deer species. The purpose of this festival is to promote its tourism. Manipur states’ art and culture are showcased at the festival including handloom, fine arts, handicrafts, cuisine, indigenous sports, music, and adventure sports. A special focus is given to the natural environment. The Manipur Sangai Festival is celebrated in different parts of Manipur, mostly in the valley areas of Imphal. The famous attraction of the festival is crowd dance where you can also join and feel the thrill. The other famous places you can tour while visiting Manipur are Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, INA Martyrs’ Memorial.