The Northeast is a kaleidoscope of a myriad cultures, geographies and myths. Here the mighty Himalayas provide a fitting backdrop to picture postcard landscapes of rolling hills, verdant forest, clear streams and lush meadows. The differences are many and yet a certain je ne ce quoi binds all eight states in a cohesive harmony that is represented holistically as the Northeast. Large parts of the region remain unexplored even today. It is this remoteness of the northeast that makes it all the more alluring for the discerning traveller. There’s so much to do and see here that you’ll be spoilt for choices. Whether you’re on a spiritual journey to find God or an adventure junkie seeking newer thrills, or a musician looking for the best music festival in India, the northeast truly is the best place to travel in India.
Royal Agartala trip Agartala is the second largest city in the northeast after Guwahati, and the capital of Tripura. The city is home to some of the best known tourist spots in the state including the royal palace of Ujjayanta and Neer Mahal, a small distance away. This tour lets you explore Agartala and its environs, covering the major points of interest including the Sepahijala Bird Sanctuary and Chaturdasha Temple among others. The tour is a relaxed one where you can take your time learning about the fascinating histories of the places that you visit. The former royals and their legacy are a popular refrain in much of Tripura’s architecture, history and culture and you get to see snippets of this heritage on our tour of Agartala. Best time to visit: October to February
Mizoram is a land of cascading waterfalls and verdant valleys, and home to remote communities of indigenous tribes. One of the least explored states in the Northeast, Mizoram remains a treasure trove of hidden gems. Our tour of Aizawl takes you on a trip to some of the best known attractions in and around the city. From Mizoram’s highest waterfalls at Thenzawl to the traditional villages of Mizo tribes, to the bustling border town of Champai, this tour offers a compact experience of Mizo life. Discover tribal art, taste local cuisine and enjoy the blissful solitude of a land tucked away in the eastern fringes of India, nestled amid the generous bounty of Nature. Best time to visit: October to April
Nagaland is one of Northeast India’s most beautiful destinations, brimming with culture. Various tribes have claimed this part of the land as their home. Your tour will include visits to places like Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Tuensang and Mon. Witnessing the tribes’ lifestyles up close, steeped in their own unique traditions, will be of particular interest. This is an experience like no other with an introduction to Nagaland’s history and an intriguing study in anthropology. Best time to visit: Around the year Please note: The following itinerary is only suggestive, indicating one of several possibilities. We cater to your needs when arranging holidays. If you would like to modify or tailor a particular tour, just contact us. We are here to make your India tour among the very best.
Northeast India is an ornithologist’s paradise. The abundant forest cover and the many pristine lakes in the region make it a popular choice for migratory birds that come to nest here for the winter before flying back to their native lands of Siberia or Southern China. Every year, groups of avid bird watchers travel to the northeast in search of some rare and exotic birds that can be spotted here. Some of these birds are local and exclusive to their natural habitat. The Bugun Liocichla was discovered and christened at Eagle Nest Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and is not found anywhere else in the world. Our 11- day Bird Watcher’s Delight tour takes to you Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on a quest to find some of these spectacular bird species. Our journey begins in Guwahati and takes you to Kaziranga, Nameri, Dirang, Sela Pass and Eagle Nest Sanctuary. Get a taste of life in the wild and spend the night in tents with just basic amenities at Lama Camp. Drive to Sela Pass and be mesmerised by the beauty of the land of 101 lakes. This is an intensive trip into the hinterlands of the northeast with the promise of great sightings, enchanting locales and an unforgettable adventure. Best time to visit: November to March
Daring Dzongri Trek - Sikkim Adventure Tours A tour of Sikkim goes hand in hand with exploring its trekking trails. With so many fantastic treks to choose from, it’s difficult to zero in on a favourite. Still, the Dzongri trek in Gangtok vies for the top spot on the list of the best treks in Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 4200m, the Dzongri trek offers a mix of thrill and love of nature. It is part of the longer Goechala Trek that stretches across a 50- kilometre trail usually covered in 7 days. The Dzongri trek is a condensed route that is favoured by trekkers from across the country because of its challenging terrain. Yuksom is the starting point of the trek and continues across Tsokha to finally reach Dzongri. The Dzongri view point offers spectacular views of some of the most famous peaks in the Himalayan range including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kumbhakarna, and Mt. Rathong among others. If you love adventure and love the mountains then this tour is for you. Best time to visit: March to May / September to November Please Note: This trek is recommended for seasoned trekkers and those who are physically fit. It is a fairly strenuous trek and not recommended for children below 16 years of age and those with any physical impediments like arthritis.
Dzukou Valley bordering Manipur and Nagaland is one of the most pristine spots in the northeast not least because of the remoteness of the location; but also because of the low hanging clouds that cover the valley in fresh due every morning. The valley is replete with wild flowers cascading rivers and verdant forest with some excellent trails for trekking. our five-day tour of Dzukou Valley takes you to the heart of the valley through Vismewa village and gives you a true taste of the outdoors with overnight stay in tents. Best time to visit: September to April Please Note: All travellers must be over 18 years of age to be eligible for this trek. Previous trekking experience will be an advantage, although not mandatory. For first time trekkers, it is advisable to practice stamina- building exercises and undergo a fitness programme prior to the trip. This trek is not advisable for those with any chronic ailments like heart diseases and for pregnant women.
This extended tour of Manipur takes you across the state, from the hill town of Mao bordering Nagaland in the north to the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh in the east. The tour includes visits to several prominent tourist spots including Maibam Lotpa Ching and Sendra Island. Manipur is a beautiful state, with a vibrant culture of dance and music. This tour gives you a holistic experience of Manipur and its charms. Best time to visit: October to May
One of the best kept secrets of Sikkim, the Green Lake Trek is a beautiful yet challenging trek that takes you into the heart of the Himalayas. If you love trekking on untrodden trails, crossing glacial streams and rhododendron forests, surrounded by the solitude of the mountains, this trek is for you. The trek begins in Lachen and takes you to the ethereal Green Lake (4935m) via Tallem, Jakthang and Yabuk. Enjoy unrivalled views of Kanchenjunga as you make your way up the rugged terrain of the Himalayan slopes. This is an arduous trek in Zemu glacier that we complete in 14 days with a couple of rest days in between to let you acclimatise to the changing altitude. There are some steep uphill ascents and challenging treks over uneven terrain of boulders and rocky pebbles. You must be mindful of your steps to avoid slipping. One of the highpoints of any trekking trip is setting up camp at the end of the day. After a full day’s exertions, there is nothing better than to retire to the comfort of your tents and spend the night under the stars, by the warmth of a campfire. Best time to visit: April and October Please Note: Due to the strenuous nature of this trek, it is recommended for seasoned trekkers only. Children below 18 years of age are not permitted on this trek.
Hornbill Festival is the biggest and most widely celebrated festival in Nagaland. Witness the festivities up, close and personal as ethnic Naga people come together to celebrate their cultural legacy through traditional music, dance, clothes and food. Our tour takes you to the heart of the festival and gives you an intimate insight into the lives of the tribal people. Visit the first Green Village in India, spend a night in tents at a local village and get a true feel of the Nagaland countryside. Trip dates: December
There are over 220 ethnic groups scattered across the northeast states, each with their own language/dialect and histories. The culture of the region is an eclectic mix of Tibetan, Burmese and East Indian influences. The indigenous people of the northeast take great pride in their ancestral history and have preserved their culture and customs for generations. The Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh, the Missing and Bodo tribes of Assam, Khasis and Garos of Meghalaya and the Angami of Nagaland are among the biggest tribal communities in the northeast. Some of the best cultural tours in India take you to the heart of these villages where you can get an insight into the agro-rural lives of communities. They practise the same trades and crafts of their ancestors, using age-old methods of weaving and farming. Photograph indigenous tribes, join their colourful festivals and discover their fascinating stories when you visit the northeast.
If the outdoors call out to you, then there’s no better place to visit than the northeast. The eight states stretch over a diverse geography that includes snowy mountains, rugged slopes, dense forest and gushing rivers. One of the most popular Northeast adventure tours is the trek to Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Situated between Nepal and north Sikkim, Kanchenjungha (8586 metres) draws hundreds of trekkers and mountain climbers to its icy slopes every year. The Northeast is also a popular destination for white water rafting. The Brahmaputra River offers some of the most challenging rafting stretches in the country with tricky Grade V and V+ rapids. If you’re a biking enthusiast, then the rolling tea plantations of Assam with their winding roads and grassy plains provide the perfect setting for northeast motorcycle expeditions. Thrills are aplenty in these remote parts of country, just waiting to be discovered by those who seek them.
The northeast is home to seven major national parks of India. Of these, Kaziranga and Manas National Park in Assam are UNESCO conferred World Heritage Sites. The region has several endangered species of birds and animals in addition to hundreds of varieties of rare flowers and medicinal plants. The best wildlife tours in India include a trip to the northeast sanctuaries to spot the famous one-horned rhino found exclusively in these parts. Kaziranga is also a recognised Tiger Reserve and houses several species of big cats including leopards, tigers, snow leopards etc. The northeast also has the largest orchid park in India with over 500 varieties of rare and exquisite orchids. Photographers have a field day capturing the many aspects of nature on wildlife photography tours in the northeast. Sacred groves in Meghalaya are home to rare herbs and medicinal plants that tribal people use to make traditional medicine. These plants thrive in their natural environment without any external tending and are of particular interest to botanists around the world.
The cultural diversity of the northeast is most evident in the ancient monasteries and temples that exist here as seats of Buddhist, neo-Vaishnavite and Hindu spirituality. These places of worship draw thousands of devotees every year. Whether it’s the 400 year old Tawang Monastery revered by Buddhists as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, or the sacred Kamakhya Temple, integral to Hindu pilgrimage or the satras of Majuli Island, carrying the legacy of neo-Vashnavite teachings, these ancient structures are shrouded by a fascinating mesh of fact and fiction. The architectural wonders of Shivasagar, capital of the ancient Ahom kings reflect the splendour of the dynasty that ruled the northeast for 600 years in the 13th century. Here history is inextricably linked with legend making it the best place to travel in India.
The northeast is full of surprises. Every state has something new; something that takes you entirely by surprise. One day you could be visiting Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, touted as the cleanest village in Asia followed by a trip to Mausinram in Cherrapunjee, the rainiest place on earth. You could choose to experience the colonial life at one of the famous tea-tees in Assam and immediately after set off on a luxury cruise on the Brahmaputra. Visit the largest river island in the world at Majuli, climb the snowy slopes of the Kanchenjungha, visit the best music festival in India, camp out under the stars in the remote Ziro valley, try the hottest King Chilli in the world! Come to Northeast and discover an idyllic paradise hidden beneath lofty peaks and azure skies.