Exotic Hill Station in North East India

High above the hazy valleys and foaming rivers, hidden in the rolling clouds and perched on an headland, lies Cherrapunji, in the north eastern state of Meghalaya,  a spectacular location with the year-round rain. Long ago, it  had earned the coveted place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the wettest place on the earth. This is one place all over the world, where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters.  This pristine land with ever-lasting beauty, is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season,- the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji Meghalaya is that, it rains mostly at night, and day-to-day activity does not really get disrupted by the downpour!  The alluring, spectacular and cascading Mawsmai Falls,  the fourth highest in India, lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!
Close by is located a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves and this is a must visit place for amateur and experienced explorers where Khasi monoliths stones in memory of their ancestors lie scattered around.There are a series of memorable views, and one can see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away form a belt lacking of vegetation, as the  place exhibits  dense woods interspersed by rocky, cliffs broken by erosion. An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns, and moss convert each sector into a botanist’s paradise as this place also produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the forefathers of the famous Nagpuri oranges in the Central India.Hill Station in North East India

The trekking opportunity in Meghalaya is outstanding for the fact that the terrain is very challenging in the Himalayan areas but with the advantage of not being snow-wrapped. An added attraction is the possibility of intimating with many rare species of flora and fauna, impossible to find elsewhere. You can hire guides to walk through the most alluring and confusing terrains of the Meghalaya, which is characterised by flowing rivers, rolling hills and towering waterfalls.

Being a desert region with hot days and cool nights, the summer is unbearingly hot but a `Eureka’ enough, though in winter the pleasant days are definitely tempting and even the nights, though cold, are enjoyable, for an escapade!  Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan with a lake, a mammoth Wildlife Sanctuary,  a centuries’ old Achalgarh Fort, a temple carved out of solid rock, and many Jain temples including the charming complex of Dilwara Temples, a symphony in white marble, but resting at a phenomenal height  above sea level, and having a salubrious climate.

The southern regions of Karnataka and Kerala is recommended for a visit all year round as there is enough recreation for indoor and outdoor areas. The winters are pleasantly cool and summers may get a little humid or warm.  Showers are unpredictable and may drizzle or pour throughout the year!

North East India Trip

Sikkim is recommended for a visit throughout the year, as even during heavy snowfall in winters or a thundering downpour during the rains, there is a plethora of opportunities to keep the tourists involved in this wondrous  land, gulping hot tea or coffee with piping hot snacks or meals in the blaring cold or sipping some cool beverage during pleasant weather!

Shillong is recommended for a visit throughout the year, though it can get very cold from December to February, and June to August can be very wet. The climate  in Meghalaya is highly hot and humid at the lower altitudes and in the valleys wrapped by marshy thick forest particularly in the eastern region, while it becomes too cold in the higher altitudes. The rainfall  is amongst the heaviest in the country. The Meghalayan Sky seldom remains free of clouds and it is neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter.

Northeast India Discovery Holiday

Northeast India refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States such as Assam which includes parts of North Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura. The region is known for its unique culture, handicrafts, martial arts, and scenic beauty and historically has had close ethnic bonds with the neighbouring Myanmar, that is Burma, Tibet, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Guwahati, the biggest city in the North-East, is defined by the breathtaking river Brahmaputra, which flows mighty, wide and awesome throughout the year! The place has a picturesque setting though the suburbs melt into rice fields and spread into green hillocks. Dispur, the capital of Assam, is just a short distance away. The original name of Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur, an important cultural center as attested by many ancient temples here. The main attraction is the sea-like Brahmaputra as people gaze at it, sit besides it, walk along it and take a ferry or a cruise on it. For sure, hire a motorized boat (bhotbhoti) from the river front for a private cruise and picnic by a secluded sandbank. The Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is scenically located upon the Peacock Island in the middle of the fast-flowing Brahmaputra.  Country boats form the Shukleshwar Ghat and take devotees across the Brahmaputra to the Aswaklanta Temple, an important Vaishnavite shrine.

Shakti Peetha Ma Kamakhya Devi temple, Assam

The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Neelachal Hill, the most revered site and one of the foremost shaktipeeths for shakti worship. With a beehive-like shikhara, the lower part of the temple features interesting sculptures. The Assam State Museum features walk-through displays of tribal villages, besides textiles and sculptures.

Located in the heart of Assam on the bank of the majestic Brahmaputra, is the Kaziranga National Park, inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers, hog deer, bison, sambars, leopard cats, otters and bears, and thousands of birds like the whistling teal, jungle fowl, pallas’ fishing eagle, swamp partridge, rose breasted parakeets, and white wirewood ducks.  The land is quite level all around and the Wildlife Sanctuary is mostly covered by dense and tall elephant grass. These large stretches are intermixed by small wetlands left behind by the receding floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra. The park, although quite flat in nature, is set against a backdrop of hills like the Mikir and Karbi Anglong. These picturesque wetlands have an abundant cover of water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus. The vegetation that breaks the monotony of these grasslands are large clumps of semi-evergreen forest. Rock Pythons and many more varieties of snakes, Monitor Lizards and Turtles are abundant in the park. . Elephant rides allow you to get up very close to the wild animals and make you feel totally one with nature due to the lack of any sound of an engine. These rides need to be booked in advance at the Bonani Lodge at Kohora. Jeep Safaris are also available and can be booked at the various lodges and through local operators.There is a variety of accommodation choices which consist of Forest rest houses, Bungalows, Lodges and Hotels.

Wake up at morning and a sip of tea, perhaps is one of the most rejuvenating experiences you could have imagined as with Assam tea, the refreshment would get doubled, since the region is popular around the world for it’s refreshing, full bodied malty tea. This tea had been cultured long back when it was only consumed as a health drink or medicine by the tribes, but was brought in the limelight by the Bodos, rewarding it with world recognition and hence, vast wild forests metamorphosed into beautiful embracing tea gardens. Tea gardens make excellent holiday destinations as the exquisite and incredibly silence around them is bliss for the eyes. These are mainly located in the upper Assam and southern Barak Valley region and their smiling persona makes them one of the major tourist attractions. Enjoy the lush greenery of the undulating stretch on both sides of the highway while driving to different tea gardens is an exhilarating sightseeing experience.

HaflongTown Assam

Haflong is a hill station in Assam, situated at a high altitude from the sea level and is famous for its scenic features comprising of azure blue hills, emerald green rivers, unique orchids such as the`blue vanda’ and rare species of birds. It is often referred to as the land of blue hills and the inhabitants generally include the Himar, Mizo and Naga tribes. Pineapple and oranges are grown here in abundance and the place is best known for a lovely lakeside resort developed in the lavish green hills around the town. Haflong Lake,is a large and beautiful lake that adds a celestial beauty to the hill station which is regarded as the ‘Scotland of Assam’, but is famous for the Jatinga village. Boating on the lake and Garampani, a hot-water spring, are captivating for the tourists. The Lake, Jatinga and the surroundings offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter.