12 Jan 2023
Northeast travel guide: get up-to-date info
Posted by: Daisy Das

North-eastern states offer a bunch of captivating attraction sites, food, activities and festivals to the sightseers. Out of many, the main tourist attraction sites are discussed below.

What are the Best Places to visit in North-East?


  1. Gangtok
  2. Nathula Pass


  1. Tawang
  2. Ziro


  1. Kamakhya temple, Guwahati
  2. Majuli, largest River Island
  3. Kaziranga National Park
  4. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary


  1. Shillong
  2. Cherranpunji

Top places to visit in Shillong:

  1. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
  2. Laitlum Canyons
  3. Umiam Lake
  4. Ward’s Lake
  5. Air Force Museum
  6. All Saints Church
  7. Cathedral Catholic Church
  8. Butterfly Museum
  9. David Scott Trail
  10. India Orchidarium and Botanical Garden
  11. Spread Eagle Falls
  12. Shillong Peak
  13. Elephant falls
  14. Krem Liat Prah

Top places to visit in Cherranpunji:

  1. Nohkalikai Falls
  2. Double Decker Living Root Bridge
  3. Eco Park
  4. Ka Khoh Ramhah
  5. Thangkharang Park
  6. Nokrek National Park
  7. Nohsngithiang Falls
  8. Mawsmai Cave
  9. Mawlynnong Village
  10. Mawlynnong Waterfalls

What are the Top Activities to do in North-East?

  1. Meet the one-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park
  2. Adventurous safari trip in Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Jeep safari
  4. Elephant safari
  5. Road trip to the local Bhutan village situated right on the border
  6. Cable car ride in Gangtok, Sikkim
  7. River Rafting in Teesta River, Sikkim
  8. Yak ride in Sikkim
  9. Explore the Mawsmai Cave in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
  10. Enjoy the Darjeeling Toy Train from Siliguri
  11. Pay a visit to the Red Panda at Khanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
  12. Celebrate culture and heritage with the tribes at Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
  13. Enjoy adventure fishing in Subansiri River, Arunachal Pradesh
  14. Visit Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
  15. Walk over the Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Nongriat, Meghalaya
  16. Visit the Floating Lake in Loktak Lake, Manipur
  17. Go for the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim

What are the festivals in North-East?


  1. Bohag Bihu on 14th April


  1. Hornbill Festival in Kohima (December)

Arunachal Pradesh

  1. Pangsau Pass Winter Festival, Nampong, (January)
  2. Ziro Festival of Music, Ziro (September-October)


  1. Losoong Festival in monasteries like Rumtek & Tsuklakhang Palace (December)
  2. Losar is the Famous Festival (February) 


  1. Nongkrem Festival (October or November)
  2. Behdeinkhlam Festival (July)
  3. Wangala Festival (end of agricultural month)       
Best Shopping spots & must-try local Cuisines

If you want to go for shopping, we have listed the best spots for you. Also, do try the local cuisines.

What are the Best Shopping spots in North-East?

Budget-friendly street shopping spots:


(Buy clothes, jewelleries, handcrafted items, household items etc.)

  1. Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati
  2. Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati
  3. Ganeshguri, Guwahati
  4. Bhutia Market, Dibrugarh


  1. Honkong Market, Dimapur, Nagaland (Buy clothes imported from Nepal, China & Thailand.)
  2. Tibetan market (Buy vegetables & clothes.)
  3. Wholesale Market (Grocery items, forest, farm, homemade & steamed products.)


  1. MG Road (Buy traditional Sikkimese cups, Thangkas & Choksi table designs.)
  2. Lal Bazaar (Shop for exotic eatables, organic & farm products.)


  1. Police Bazaar, Shillong (Winter garments & everyday house wear to excellent street food)
  2. Bara Bazar (Winter clothes, household goods & fresh vegetables)

What are the Best Souvenirs to take back home for Friends & Relatives?


  1. Traditional hand woven Gamucha
  2. Jaapi
  3. Assam Silk
  4. Tea Leaves
  5. Handicraft
  6. Wooden Rhino Statue
  7. Assamese Traditional Jewellery


  1. Naga shawl
  2. Handicrafts
  3. Traditional attire & jewellery
  4. Meghalaya
  5. Traditional shawls
  6. Bamboo stuff
  7. Traditional jewellery
  8. Khasi scrub
  9. Organic fruits & vegetables 


  1. Sikkim Tea
  2. Thangkas
  3. Tibetan Carpets
  4. Wall Hangings
  5. Sikkimese Cups
  6. Semi-Precious Stones & Silver Jewellery
  7. Buddhist Figurines & Prayer Flags
  8. Alpine Cheese
  9. Black Cardamom
  10. Fresh Bamboo Shoots
  11. Hand-Woven Jackets
  12. Choksee
  13. Hand-Carved Wooden Tables
  14. Sikkimese Liqueur
  15. Masks

What are the Must-Try Cuisines in North-East?

For Vegetarians

Assamese dishes to try:

  1. Local red or white rice
  2. Aloo pitika
  3. Aloo and Baingan Pitika
  4. Dhekia or Lye saag
  5. Black Masoor Dal
  6. Khoreo
  7. Khaar
  8. Mix vegetables

Sweet dishes to try:

  1. Doi- Chira
  2. Pitha
  3. Gooror Payas
  4. Rice Payas
  5. Narikol Pitha
  6. Narikolor Laru
  7. Ghila Pitha
  8. Tilor Laru 
  9. Bokakhat Peda

Sikkimese dishes to try: 

  1. Chhurpi with Ningro Curry
  2. Chhurpi Soup
  3. Sinki Soup
  4. Veg thenthuk
  5. Kodo Ko Roti
  6. Shimi Ko Achar
  7. Paneer Cheese
  8. Gundruk Soup
  9. Tibetan bread

Dishes to try in Meghalaya:

  1. Pumaloi
  2. Pukhlein
  3. Sakin Gata
  4. Tungrymbai
  5. Veg momos

For Non-Vegetarians: 

Assamese dishes to try:

  1. Maasor tenga
  2. Fish Cooked in Banana Leaf
  3. Duck meat curry

Nagamese dishes to try:

  1. Smoked pork with fermented soyabean
  2. Zutho
  3. Bamboo shoot
  4. Bushmeat
  5. Hinkejvu
  6. Samathu
  7. Fish in Bamboo
  8. Akini
  9. Aikibeye
  10. Black Sticky rice pudding and Axone 

Sikkimese dishes to try:

  1. Chicken thupka
  2. Chicken momos
  3. Yak cheese
  4. Chicken Sha Phaley
  5. Chicken thenthuk
  6. Phagshapa

Dishes to try in Meghalaya:

  1. Jadoh and Dohklieh
  2. Doh Thad (Smoked Meat) 
  3. Doh Snam (Blood sausage)
  4. Grilled Pork Skewers
  5. Chicken Momos
  6. Doh Thad at Mylliem

What about the Local wines in North-East?

  1. Assam- Xaj pani'
  2. Nagaland- Zutho
  3. Meghalaya- Kiad 
  4. Arunachal Pradesh- Apo or Apong
  5. Sikkim- Chhaang

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