Here are seven marvels of the Seven Sister states – Must visit places in North East India

If you’re planning to see the Seven Sisters any time soon, these are a few must visit places in North East India you have to see!


1. Majuli, Assam

Traditional hut in Majuli.
Photo: Tripadvisor.com

A visit to Assam is incomplete if you do not plan a trip to Majuli. It is the world’s largest riverine island and is also a principal seat of Vaishnava faith. Located 2000 kms east of capital city of Guwahati, the island is also home to Little Grebe, Large Cormorant, Spotted Billed Pelican, Open Bill Stoke, Darter, Grey Heron, White Adjutant Storke, Purple Heron, Lesser Adjutant Storke, Pond Heron, etc.

2. Root Bridge, Meghalaya

Natural Root Bridge
Photo: Bluo

In Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya bridges aren’t built, rather they are grown. These bridges take around 15 years to grow in this fullest shape and are believed to be it’s only kind in the world. The living bridges are grown from the roots of Ficus Elastica Tree and can support the weight of 50 people at once.

3. Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake
Photo: Amrit Koijam, Kanglaonline.com

Loktak lake located in Moirang, Manipur (Manipuri: Mayek) is the largest freshwater lake in India. It is also known as the only floating lake in the world due to the due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition) on it. The meaning of Loktak in Manipuri is Lok= steam and tak= the end.  At the South Eastern shores of the lake is the Keibul Lamjao National Park, a last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai or brow-antlered deer.

4. Dzoukou Valley, Nagaland

Dzukou Valley.
Photo: kheokapfo.net

Dzukou Valley derives its name from the Angami/Mao word meaning “Cold Water” referring to the cold stream which flows through the valley. Situated at an altitude of 2438 metres above sea level, it is located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur. The valley is also home to the rare Dzukou lily and is also known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers.

5. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery
Photo: Indiamike.com

Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India. It was founded near the small town of the same name in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh state of India by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa school and has a religious association with Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule. It is very close to the Tibetan border, in the valley of the Tawang-chu which flows down from Tibet. The monastery is three stories high and occupies an area of 140 m. It is enclosed by a 610 m long compound wall. Within the complex there are 65 residential buildings and ten other structures.

6. Dampa Sanctuary, Mizoram

Dampa Sanctuary
Photo: The Hindu

Dampa is Mizoram’s biggest wildlife sanctuary and is home to high hills, jungle streams, valleys and natural salts licks and several endangered wild animals, including the endemic Leaf Monkey. Dampa Sanctuary is situated on the international border with Bangladesh, 550 km away from capital Aizwal.

7. Neermahal Palace, Tripura

Neermahal Palace
Photo: Ians.in

Neermahal (Water Palace) is located in the middle of lake Rudrasagar in Tripura. The palace was built by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman  as his summer residence in the year 1930. Situated 53 kilometres away from Agartala, the palace is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Neelmahal is the only water palace in North East India and the second largest after Jalmahal in Rajasthan. In winter large number of migratory birds assemble on the lake.

This article was originally posted by the Seven Sisters Project.


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  • Hamza saleh

    Can we hire motorcycles to tour the north east states ,r 2week good enf which is the best state to start from