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.

Beautiful Lakes in North East India

A trip to Sikim would be incomplete without a trip to Gangtok, a town which on a fresh morning meets you all bathed and combed, ready to go to school, its eyes sparkling and a hint of dimples on its hill-child cheeks. Impeccably dressed women go off to work, monks hurry down to the bazaar, young men in shiny jackets amble along and tourists try out momos! In autumn, the tall mountain goddess peak of Kangchendzonga can be seen from hotel windows, restaurants and roads! The town spreads down the hillside with its prettily painted roofs and up on a hill, at Enchey Monastery, young monks cross paths with the crowds as they rush on a path ablaze with coloured flags! On the ridge, people would be meeting, orchids being nurtured and an archery competition may be held somewhere. Down in the market, sit on the sunny terrace of a restaurant munching cakes and coffee and plan your trip to Nathu La!

The Ridge is a walk up the bazaar with a delightful stretch of flat road lined with trees where everyone comes for a stroll, enclosing the White Hall and a beautifully designed palace gate. Near the White Hall, there is a Flower Exhibition Centre where you can see a beautiful display of a stunning variety of orchids. The Enchey Monastery, meaning the `high strong place’  speaks of enchanting mornings here listening to the hypnotic chants of the monks during morning prayers!  The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology would have the heritage lovers overwhelmed by ancient statues and artefacts while the more contemporary-minded would be charmed by the beauty, grace and silence of the building. It has a museum that exhibits a rare collection of ancient manuscripts, statues, ritual objects and thangkas.  The exhibition is dominated by a majestic silver image of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of knowledge, that was brought from Tibet! The Himalayan Zoological Park  or   the Gangtok Zoo has a lavish hillside haven of wild flowers and misty views. Near the Ganesh Tok Viewpoint, this open zoo sprawls across the mountainous terrain and is a place for long walks and spotting some rare animals. The enclosures are large spaces harbouring a snow leopard, Tibetan wolves, some adorable red pandas, Himalayan palm civets, leopard cats and different kinds of colourful Himalayan pheasants, which are the main attractions on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package 

Around Gangtok, the large Rumtek Monastery is located on a picturesque road across the Rangeet river and houses a school, an aviary and a special section for monks to meditate. You could also stop by at the orchid centre at Wayside Gardens and Nurseries. A pleasant drive to the mature beauty of a wet temperate forest with slopes laden with oaks, pines and ash is the pathway leading to the serene Tsomgo Lake, though midway you could stop at Kyongnosla for tea, which is a picture postcard alpine village beside the Rongchu stream, where unprepared travellers can buy gloves and woollen socks, due to the presence of the mountains nearby which give way to the glacial frozen streams defining the solid shining white trajectories down these slopes. Once you reach the Lake, it looks like pure glass, capable of reflecting the divine, depicting the gap between this world and another. There are yaks wearing knitted decorations on their horns.  As you return from this frozen sight, you could thaw out, gobbling steaming masala Maggi and black tea or hot masala tea!

Meghalaya is a treasure trove of nature, with its rich variation of dense endemic and cultivated flora, where charm in its plenteous abundance, had blessed  this place with a unique array of plantation, and turned it into a  happy hunting ground for the zoologists to keep them interested in the rare and diverse fauna wealth.  It is also abound with a rich wealth of  mammal genera, which is enough to captivate the tourists!
Contemporary Shillong is a small town, inhabited by a church-going, guitar-and-piano-playing population, glorifying  its restaurants and tourist infrastructure, Indian heritage manors, waterfalls, golfing, and Shillong peaks and museums. The Umiam Khwan or Barapani, near Shillong,  offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter.  The Orchid Lake Resort and the adjacent Lum Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holiday spot.  The Botanical Garden is a secluded but captivating area with a plethora of indigenous and exotic plants and is located just below another notable site, the Ward’s Lake.

North East India Hill Stations

Assam’s topography makes her an ideal destination for mountaineers and rock climbers. The hills, in particular, the North Cachar Hills and Karbi Hills are ready to receive tourists for mountaineering, as there is a recognised mountaineering route in both the districts. There is also a rock hill in Morigaon District known as “Elephant Rocks” which offer ample scope for Rock Climbing. The Simhasana Hill of Karbi Anglong is also known for rock climbing and the main city of Assam, Guwahati, is bounded on three sides with beautiful hills.

Umrangshu is located at the borders of Assam and Meghalaya, some distance away from Haflong. This hill station is bestowed with the natural backdrop of North Cacher Hills region, and travel to this area is a bewildering journey.

Hill Station in Assam

The Tawang Monastery also known as “Galden Namgyal”  stands on the start of a hill, above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. In Arunachal Pradesh,   it is the largest monastery as the source of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as “Dukhang”, which is a three-storeyed building standing on the northern side of the court and houses the temple and the “Labrang”. The inside walls of the Dukhang are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The altar has a silver casket veiled in silk, holding the Thangkas (or Tankas or Thangkas), of the Goddess Sri Devi (“Palden Lhamo”) the main deity of the monastery. A massive richly adorned statue of Lord Buddha stands in the middle of the northern side the monastery also has a Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, the place, where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English, and Hindi besides traditional monastic education. In brief, this monastery is simply amazing and majestic in its appearance and splendour. Visiting the Tawang Monastery is most religiously a very satisfying and accomplished experience. Some accommodations are available here for the tourists, though you may not come across luxury accommodations. The Gentse Gaden Babgyel Ling Monastery is also located closeby and Tawang has a long tradition of nunneries called `Ani Gompas’ and also the Urguelling monastery, which add to the calm and tranquility of the area.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the extreme north eastern state of India, lies one of the most unexplored areas of the Himalayas and this  green patch  is botanically rich and complete with trekking opportunities and hundreds of plant species, rare to find elsewhere in the world. The tropical and semi tropical climate of the area has favored in the growth of a spectacular range of plantations.

North East India Hill Station destinations

Along, the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh is sitting amidst abundant natural surroundings.  This is a small town with beautiful villages and the most ideal place to spend the hot summer seasons. The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations make it one of the most perfect health resorts of India. The places one can visit around the area are the Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm at Kamaki.  Another nice place to visit is the place that provides items related to Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Maa Sharada and Swami Vivekananda. The Hanging Bridge on the Siang river is another site and is locally made of cane and bamboo and connects to the other hill tribes which indulge in fishing as a sport.  The most ideal locations at along are available for river rafting, angling, trekking and hiking with splendid picnic spots.

Ziro or Zero in Arunachal Pradesh is a high town but almost a level valley enveloped on all sides by pine clad low stooping hills. It is a small picturesque destination with pine and bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and the Tarin Fish Farm, which is located at a high altitude and you could also visit the paddy fields to see the indigenous method of rice cultivation. This place also comprises the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri and is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. Accommodation is available at the Inspection Bungalow and Circuit House though you may not find luxurious accommodation.

At the end of the city there is a Government Handicraft Centre, from where you can collect hats made of cane or bamboo and other articles as souvenirs. The Tale Sanctuary is a natural botanical garden stretched throughout the valley and the nature and character of flora and fauna also vary here according to height. Some of the famous attractions found here include mithun, clouded leopards, and bears along with varied orchids.