Relatively speaking the North Eastern States are not quite as forbidding as Uttarakhand becomes in winter. The atmosphere is cool in the valleys and chilly but bearable up in the mountains of the North East. Trekking, boating, skiing in select spots, angling and jungle safaris are fast becoming popular in this region. If you plan to visit the North East of India, consider winter as the ideal time for a cool experience you will not forget in a hurry.
Skiing and Trekking
Arunachal Pradesh and Tawang is where you should go if you want a winter skiing experience in Buddhist ambience. Tawang has the largest monastery outside of Tibet. You will require a permit to visit it but it is easily obtained. Reach here from Tezpur and take the ski lift to enjoy a memorable skiing experience.
Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, at a height of 3564 metres, is another beautiful skiing destination. Just 150 km from Gangtok, the Yumthang valley is also known as the Valley of Flowers but in winter it is more popular as a skiing destination.
Also in Sikkim you will find Lachung, a beautiful region where you can go skiing on the slopes in Phuni. However, you will require a permit. This location, as well as Yumthang, are perfect for a winter trek from Rhododendron Valley to Lachen Valley.
Fish is popular in the North East, forming a staple diet for many of its tribes and citizens. It comes as no surprise that angling should be highly popular as well. Ideal places to go angling are Kapili, Manas and Jia Bhoroli rivers where you will find organized angling treks as well as competitions.
The mighty Brahmaputra offers a challenge if you like to go rafting or boating. From the turbulent waters in the mountainous regions to the more placid waters downstream, the experience is more than just navigating the waters. It is also about exploring the culture and lifestyles alongside the banks.
Nagaland and Assam have some of the densest forests with near tropical green cover. Camping in the bush and trying to make your way through the rain forests to the sound of thousands of birds and animals is an eye-opening experience. For a more serene experience, head for the Dzukou Valley in Nagaland located at a height of about 2430 metres. Exploring the valley, caves and rocks with Nature for company is a soul-elevating experience.
Think of North East and you think of rhinos to be found in the Kaziranga National Park. This vast park offers ample opportunities for trekking and boating with a view of the animals and birds thrown in. You might also get to see the white tigers in their natural setting when you visit Manas, the other popular sanctuary.
What makes it all the more exciting is that there is always an element of risk when you travel off the beaten track, especially in Manipur and Nagaland where insurgents are active. That said, there is no dearth of safer areas in Meghalaya with Shillong being one of the most beautiful places in winter; Arunachal, Assam and Nagaland’s lush greenery and cool mountains inviting you to experience their unique attractions.
You could set off by yourself to a couple of chosen destinations in the North East for your favorite adventure activity. On the other hand, it becomes easier when you join North East India Hill Stations tour with the accent on adventure activities in winter. The North East is nature and people living in communion with nature. Find it out for yourself.