If you’re passionate about traveling, there is one destination that is definitely on your list, and that is the beautiful North East of India, are we right? The Seven Sisters, as they are called, are abundant with nature’s allure, adventure, and religious spots. But how do you scale them? Worry not, we’ve got 15 must-visit places in North-East that you simply cannot miss.

Honestly, there can never be enough days to explore the North East, but sadly, our hectic lives do not allow us the luxury to take off for however long we want. And that is exactly why we’ve got you a list of spots that you just can’t miss when you do find time to visit!

Check out the must-visit spots in North-East:

1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: The birth place of Dalai Lama, it is at an elevation of 3048 meters. It has a lot of monasteries, and would surely make you feel at peace with yourself.

2. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya: At 1115 feet, this is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. A pretty plunge pool has formed at the bottom of the falls as well.

3. Mawylnnong, Meghalaya: Awarded the ‘Cleanest Village of Asia’ in 2003, by Discover India, this little village is known as ‘God’s own Garden’. A long stroll in this clean place with its little huts and shops, it is sure to rid your mind of clutter.

4. Kaziranga National Park, Assam: This famous national park is home to two-third population of the entire world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros. It is also a World Heritage Site, and definitely worth a visit. While the recent floods caused harm to the animals here, it still remains one of the most popular National Parks in India.

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5. Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya: One of the most adventurous treks Meghalaya has to offer, it is an extremely old man-made natural bridge, by twisting and turning banyan roots on the banks of the river passing through the village of Nongriat. It is so fragile that guards do not allow you to stand still on the bridge at any point in time, you need to keep walking!

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Design and Water | 4. For centuries, the Khasi and Jaintia tribes living in the wettest region of India, Meghalaya in the North Eastern Indian Himalayas, have grown living root bridges to provide robust means of crossing rivers and streams. As their name suggests, the bridges are formed by the roots of trees, vines and other plants that have been cultivated to create safe passages over what could otherwise be perilous or impassable stretches of water. Each bridge takes between 10 and 30 years to grow, but then continues to strengthen. They can then used for hundreds of years, as well as providing safe habitats for insects, birds and other creatures, and improving the quality of the surrounding soil, water and air. Despite these benefits, many of them have been destroyed and replaced by conventional bridges that threaten to damage the environment and the cultural heritage of the Khasi and Jaintia tribes. Only a hundred living root bridges have survived. The Indian-born architect Sanjeev Shankar was so concerned that he has begun a research project, planned and conducted in close collaboration with local communities, to explore the impact of living root bridges and other living root structures, such as ladders and towers, and how they might help to prevent stream bank erosion, improve soil quality, and cultivate plants to be used for food and healing. #design #architecture #bioengineering #khasi #jaintia #meghalaya #livingrootbridge #sanjeevshankar @broken_nature #latriennaledimilano #worldwaterday #worldwaterday2019 #designandwater This project is part of the Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival exhibition at La Triennale di Milano.

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6. Dawki, Meghalaya: A small town in the West Jaintia Hills, Dawki houses Umngot river, which is one of the cleanest rivers in the world. It is so transparent that you can see the rocks at the bottom; boating on this peaceful river feels like floating in the air!

7. Nathu La Pass, Sikkim: The name of the pass literally translates to ‘listening ears’, imagine the quiet and serenity you will experience on this trek! You will feel nestled in nature’s lap and also spot a lot of pretty lakes on your way.

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8. Mawsynram, Meghalaya: 1400 meters above sea level, this beautiful village receives the highest rainfall in India and the world. It is lush with greenery and also has a lot of megaliths of the Khasi region. If you see the formation of Mawsynram, it has the shape of a ‘Shivling’.

9. Kanchenjunga, Sikkim: If you’re going to North East, how can you not take a view of the third highest peak of the world, right? The sheer enormity of the mountain is a sight in itself.

10. Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Gangtok, Sikkim: Imagine viewing seven waterfalls parallel to each other, flowing down a rugged cliff –breathtaking, right? Well, that is what the Seven Sisters Waterfalls offer you –a sight that is truly unforgettable.

11. Umiam Lake, Shillong, Meghalaya: Umiam lake, also known as the ‘Barapani Lake’, is a mesmerising lake situated between hills. People often miss it out in between other more famous tourist spots, but you should definitely check it out.

12. Elephant Falls, Shillong, Meghalaya: The name comes from an elephant like stone at the foot of the falls. It is a three-step, layered waterfall, which can be viewed from all the vantage points. You can even sit on the rocks at the bottom and take in the beautiful falls.

13. Majuli Island, Assam: Popularly knows as ‘Assam’s cultural capital’, it is an environment-friendly, pollution free, surrounded with lush greenery, and pristine freshwater island.

14. Dzukou Valley, Nagaland: Located on the border of Manipur and Nagaland, the valley is 2452 meters above sea level. It is famous for its lush greenery and abundance of lovely flora and fauna. It is still undiscovered by a lot of tourists, providing it a peaceful aura.

15. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: Rich with tribal culture, this town in Arunachal Pradesh is a must visit if you want to experience colorful culture and scenic beauty at the same time.

Having been to half of these places myself, I can assure you that North-East is a place that you should surely visit. It has everything a traveler could ask for – beauty, culture, greenery, peace, calm, adventure, thrill, and serenity.