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Planning to North East

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The North East of India comprises of seven sister states, and are an amalgamation of natural beauty and cultural richness. Verdant mountain ranges intermingled with spectacular dense forests, weaving through Buddhist stupas and monasteries, meandering roads, glacial lakes, and a climate to die for. The North East will surely take your breath away, and keep you coming back for more.

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The North East of India comprises of seven sister states, and are an amalgamation of natural beauty and cultural richness. Verdant mountain ranges intermingled with spectacular dense forests, weaving through Buddhist stupas and monasteries, meandering roads, glacial lakes, and a climate to die for. The North East will surely take your breath away, and keep you coming back for more.

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Gangtok

From the sultry foothills of West Bengal, the state of Sikkim is a short three-hour drive away. With verdant uninhabitable mountains, the terrain keeps getting more challenging as you ride on the serpentine roads along the beautiful river Teesta to the capital city of Gangtok. From here will open up a dream-world of sights both natural and manmade. From monasteries to swaying rhododendron hills, from ski-high towns like Namtse to the razor-sharp mountains of Singalila Range, the meandering mountain roads of Sikkim spring up views after lovely views at every bend.

Not to Miss: The placid glacial lake Tsongmo (Changu), the higher-than-Ladakh town of Yumthang with its curative hot springs, and the heartbreakingly beautiful Gurodongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

Darjeeling

Right at the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling attracts all those who wish to experience life as it once was before the days of modernization. While lovers and honeymooners travel to the town and book themselves in cozy cottages to enjoy private time away from the city, the tired travellers go soul searching in the hills.

Not to Miss: Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantations the world over. With over 86 gardens producing the famous Darjeeling tea, this is the place to enjoy guided tours amid verdant tea estates and enjoy tea tasting sessions like a true connoisseur.

Guwahati

In the far eastern side of India, in the tea state of Assam, lies this fascinating land of natural and cultural wealth – the land we call Guwahati. Guwahati was once the capital city of the state of Assam and is a place of many charms. From the lush green hills and tea plantations to the winding Brahmaputra River, from the glorious sacred temples to the bustling markets, you will enjoy every last moment of your stay in Guwahati.

Not to Miss: The Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are famous throughout the world as the abode of the rare one-horned-rhinoceros. In Kaziranga, you can also spot the mighty tigers roaming around freely in their natural habitat.

Shilliong

Soaked in an ancient colonial charm, Shillong is fondly known as the Scotland of the East, given its picturesque beauty, cobblestone streets and old churches- just like in the Scottish highlands. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the North East, Shillong lies nestled amidst tall pine conifers and pineapple shrubs. With spectacular views of the snow clad Himalayas, it is the ideal destination for honeymooners as well as those seeking solitude.

Not to Miss: The Shillong Peak and the Sohpetbneng Peak are two of the most popular viewpoints in the region offering stunning vistas of the countryside. Other extremely popular attractions here are the milky white waterfalls. The Crinoline Falls, which are about 13 metres in height and the Elephant Falls located in Upper Shillong make for great picnic spots.

Imphal
If you love to stroll through the green landscape, venture out to the hilly area in Imphal. Imagine yourself being surrounded by the lush green landscape and sitting beside the calm waters of the many rivers (Iril, Sekmai, Thoubal) that flow in here. Nature and its small wonders are often found here in plenty. Dark forests, sprawling grasslands and the beautiful scenery form part of the unspoilt beauty of this valley. Imphal is also known as the culture capital of Manipur as it is home to many traditional and tribal songs, dances as well as other folklores that is unique and will surely impress you.

Not to Miss: he local festivals call for a grand celebration by ever family residing in this city. These festivals are packed with foot-tapping folk dances (Pung Cholom, Ras Leela and Khamba Thoibi), soothing music and unique rituals which the people here follow religiously.

When to Go

November to April – this is the best time to visit the Northeast, when you can expect wonderful weather. However, it can get extremely cold in the mountain areas around December till February, and the fog can disrupt journeys.

May to October – This is the time of heavy rains in this area, and one can expect a few landslides. However to enjoy the views of rain-soaked mountains, glorious waterfalls and long walks in the midst of low-lying clouds, this would be a great time to visit the North East.

How to Reach

By Air: Main airports in the North East are in Guwahati, Imphal, Bagdogra, Dibrugarh and Silchar. These are well connected from New Delhi and Calcutta.

By Train: The North East is well connected by train to most of the major Indian cities, the best connections are to Assam.

By Road: A good network of roads connect all the North East States, and regular buses from West Bengal make it easy to travel to this region

So may your way to this charming part of India, and book your holiday now!

North East India-Best Honeymoon Destination

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On the first romantic getaway as a married couple, ditch the throngs of Goa and the high prices of Kerela, for the misty mountains of North East India. From the enchanting walks through the woods, to the high quality couple-spa therapies, candle-lit gourmet dinners made from the freshest produce and adventure activities for times you’d like to quicken your pace! An extended honeymoon in the North East is ideal. Time not permitting, you could pack in as much in one, or a few, of these destinations

On the first romantic getaway as a married couple, ditch the throngs of Goa and the high prices of Kerela, for the misty mountains of North East India. From the enchanting walks through the woods, to the high quality couple-spa therapies, candle-lit gourmet dinners made from the freshest produce and adventure activities for times you’d like to quicken your pace! An extended honeymoon in the North East is ideal. Time not permitting, you could pack in as much in one, or a few, of these destinations.


North East India with its stunning locales and breathtaking scenery is a honeymooners delight

1. Kalimpong, West Bengal

About 4,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by towering mountains, the North Eastern destination of Kalimpong has just the kind of mystique that forms the perfect backdrop to a brewing romance! It is peaceful, idyllic and famous for its flowers – especially orchids, amaryllis, roses, dahlias and gladioli. Enjoy these romantic blooms on a visit to Kalimpong’s splendid nurseries, or go to Darpin Dara for grand views of the plains, and the Teesta and Reang rivers for a picnic. Later, indulge at the bakeries and spend some quiet time amidst the tranquil surroundings of the three important Gompas (monasteries) in the neighbourhood.


Soak in the serene ambience of the Buddhist monasteries or Gompas in Kalimpong

2. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Whether by heritage toy train or road, the journey from Bagdogra airport / New Jalpaiguri station takes you through gently undulating tea gardens, in myriad shades of green, before the steep climb via Kharseong and Ghoom, and finally descends to the “abode of the thunder dragon”. Darjeeling was amongst the first and foremost hill stations of the British Raj and still retains many splendid attractions – including the Natural History Museum for wildlife and Everest Museum (of Tenzing fame). Your trip here is incomplete without a visit to a tea estate, Happy Valley being the closest. Take in those magical sunsets from the Observatory Hill (sight of the twin peaks of the Kanchenjunga), visit Tiger Hill for panoramic views of Mt. Everest and spend quality time in the arms of nature at Senchal Lake.


Your trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a visit to the beautiful tea gardens
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3. Gangtok, Sikkim

A generation ago Kathmandu used to be a popular honeymoon destination. However, now that Gangtok has its own casino, it offers all the ingredients that Kathmandu did, against the backdrop of natural beauty. Sightseeing in the city should include meandering up to Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery via Deer Park (modelled on Sarnath), as well as visiting the Secretariat and the absolutely unique Orchid Sanctuary with its 600 species of orchids. Shop for honeymoon keepsakes at the Old and Naya Bazaars or the venerable Cottage Industries for bargains on the famous Sikkimese carpets, thangka wall drapes, shirts, boots, fur articles and wood carvings. Don’t leave Gangtok without visiting the gorgeous Tshangu Lake. A two-hour drive from the city, the lake is a major tourist attraction and is a photographer’s delight! Yumthang Valley, located about 150 kms from Gangtok is also known as the “Valley of Flowers”, and has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers. From the lush green meadows to the cascading waterfalls and streams, Yumthang is a nature lover’s delight.


A yak ride is a must when you visit the gorgeous Tshangu Lake

4. Shillong, Meghalaya

Capital of the aptly named state of Meghalaya – “abode of clouds” – peopled by highly literate and modern ethnic Khasis, Jaintias and Garos, Shillong is a delight for travellers on the lookout for great food, nightlife and a throbbing music scene. Take a boat ride on the Ward Lake, visit the Botanical Garden & Museum, walk around Lady Hydari Park with its Japanese gardens, shop at Bara Bazaar for trendy souveniers and enjoy a picnic at the highest point in the state of Meghalaya, Shillong Peak. Participate in the Archery Stakes – a regular contest between numerous archery clubs and win prizes. Picnic together at nearby Elephant Falls, just off the road to Cherrapunji and Umiam Lake. Monsoons are the best time to enjoy the thundering waterfalls.S


Umiam lake is among the most romantic spots in Shillong
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5. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Formerly the wettest spot on earth, this town at the edge of the Khasi hills is a great place to frolic amidst lush greenery. Carry your swimming costumes and splash about the Seven Sisters Falls. Enjoy exploring the Mawsmai caves nearby, with its nooks for two! Take a day excursion to the local eco-park, or visit Mawsynram nearby which currently gets the most rainfall on earth. Most hotels offer relaxing couples’ massages that you can indulge in after these touristy excursions. Enjoy traditional Khasi fare during mealtime, and don’t forget the bubbly for those candle-lit dinners under the stars!


The crisp invigorating mountain air in Cherrapunji will make your experience come a full circle

You must also add Arunachal Pradesh to your itinerary. India’s least explored state, it is known for its wild beauty and the Tawang Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the world. Situated at a height of 10,000 feet, it offering stunning views of the surrounding valley. Check out this exclusive package to the North East and plan your trip today.