The North-East terrain is largely unexplored by the tourism sector. The states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, and Tripura are rich in both flora and fauna. The region boasts of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, enchanting waterfalls and mighty rivers, snow-covered mountains, and high-altitude lakes. The natural beauty is at once captivating and mesmerizing.
Places like Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh and Ravangala in Sikkim are ideal for a break from the city life. If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxed getaway, the North-East gives you plenty of options. But if you like your vacations to be full of thrill and adrenaline, there are also many adventure tour packages which uncover the hidden gems of North-East.
River Rafting at Subansiri River, Arunachal Pradesh
The Subansiri River is the largest tributary of River Brahmaputra and is counted among the most difficult river rafting journeys in India. With Grade 3 and Grade 4 rapids, the river passes through lush forests and some particularly difficult terrain. The stretch is three miles long; and for almost 150 km, the river has extremely fast rapids. River rafting at the Subansiri River is challenging and demanding thanks to the volume, flow, and speed of the thundering waters. It promises to be an adrenaline-pumping experience.
Kayaking at Kynshi River, Meghalaya
The Kynshi River, located in the West Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, is one of the best places for kayaking in India. The river passes through some steep rocky valleys; the path intertwined with breathtaking and imposing waterfalls. The Kynshi River is a must-visit destination in all the adventure tour packages designed for Meghalaya. The loud deafening Grade 4 and Grade 5 rapids of the river promise of memorable kayaking experience. River rafting here is considered to be the ultimate adventure here as it offers opportunities for swimming and water sliding as well.
Gorichen Peak Trek, Arunachal Pradesh
Gorichen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh at a height of 22,500 feet. It poses an exciting challenge for the trekking community. While easy to climb, the trek requires a lot of hard work and stamina. Located between the Tawang and West Kameng districts, the closest town to this mountain is the hill station of Tawang. On reaching the top of the summit, trekkers are rewarded with some breathtaking views of the entire Tawang valley. Only seasoned climbers should undertake the trek to the summit, but beginners can trek in the lower slopes. The Gorichen Peak is a popular tourist attraction in Tawang. The local people of Monpa tribe believe the mountain to be sacred with a belief that the peak protects them from all the evils.
Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh
Adventure tour packages to Arunachal Pradesh cannot be complete without a visit to the Sela Pass. Situated on a height of 13,700 feet, this is a high mountain pass connecting the district of Tawang with the rest of India. The mountain pass remains open all through the year, but heavy snowfall in winter may shut it down for 2-3 days. It is maintained by the Indian armed forces. The Sela Pass offers some captivating views of the snow-covered Himalayas and picturesque surroundings. The chief attraction of Sela Pass is the Sela Lake, a high-altitude lake near the summit of the pass. The lake is a frozen marvel of nature and is one of the most beautiful lakes in India.
Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
Located in East Sikkim at 12,313 feet above sea level, the Tsomgo Lake is a high altitude lake in the Himalayas. There is a short trek involved before reaching the Tsomgo Lake. An enchanting sight to see, the water is crystal clear reflecting the changing colors of the sky during each season. During the winters, the lake gets completely frozen and the surrounding path is covered in snow. After an adventurous trek, this place offers some mesmerizing scenic views.
Goecha La Trek, Sikkim
Goecha La is one of the highest mountain passes in Sikkim, at a height of about 16,207 feet. It is said to be one of the most spectacular treks in the North-East region. The trekking trail goes through the lush green forests of Kanchenjunga National Park. Goecha La is most famous for its enthralling view of Kanchenjunga Mountains, the third highest peak in the world. The arresting views of numerous Himalayan peaks as seen from this mountain pass make the Goecha La trek one of the best.