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Written by Amirthavarshini on May 21, 2020 Share on

Top 10 Hill Stations in Northeast India- The compass points Northeast!

This summer, take a break from the scorching heat and visit the spectacular locations in Northeast India. Load your camera to capture the iconic hills adorned with lush greeneries. Pickyourtrail brings you the top 10 must-visit hill stations in Northeast India. 

#1 Shillong

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is a beautiful city surrounded by pine trees. Head to this hill station in northeast India which is known for its picturesque sights, tradition, and culture. The soothing climate throughout the year makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons.  Enjoy the light drizzles and gentle breeze that adds beauty to your evenings. This gorgeous place is known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. 

Stunning views of Shillong
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#2 Gangtok

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located at a height of 5500 feet amidst the flying clouds. With a spectacular view, Khangchendzonga town acts as the best place to travel through the state. Get the birds-eye view on the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town offering all possible amenities for travellers. Sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and submerge in the carnival atmosphere. Engage yourselves in the Flower festival, Ganesh Tok, and Hanuman Tok rituals. Do not miss to take part in the Food and culture festival held in December each year. If you want to taste a bit of all kind of experiences, then Gangtok is the Go-to place!

Arial view of Gangtok
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#3 Kurseong

Kurseong is the best place for adventure lovers! It offers various treks, hikes, tea garden walks, and hikes through lush green Cryptomeria Japonica forest. Go for boating in the Salamander lake which is loved by people of all ages. Get refreshed amidst the rich flora & fauna, quaint villages, temples, and museums. Do not miss to try out the Hot air balloon and Rock climbing activities at Kurseong. Shout-out to all the adventure lovers out there! Kurseong is waiting for you!

#4 Pelling

Pelling is the most sought after tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The picturesque views of Khangachendzonga and surrounding ranges attract travellers from all over the country. Come, get lost in the serene environment, picturesque views, and lovely climate. One can enjoy lots of fun activities such as white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports, and bird- watching conducted every year by the localities. On the other hand, flower exhibitions, traditional crafts, and ethnic food and costume stalls add colour to the festivities. Visit Pelling to relive the lost tradition!

#5 Aizawl

Beautifully positioned in the Nort east, Aizawl is one of the oldest regions of India. Densely populated by traditional Tibeto-Burman people, the place is also known as the ‘land of Mizos’. Aizawl is hands down the best place to relax while enjoying the local food and culture. Take a tour to admire the beauty of Hmuifang, Tamdil Lake, and Chanmari. Visit Aizawl and you will not feel like coming back home! 

Night time in Aizawl, hill station in North east India
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#6 Darjeeling

What is more beautiful than the dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga, tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, orchids, and Pines? The place offers a complete package of sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Stop fancying your trip to Darjeeling. Instead, pack your bags to live your dream in one of the best hill stations in Northeast India!

Majestic mountain view of Darjeeling, a hill station in North India
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#7 Mirik

Beautifully tucked on the banks of a huge lake, the hill town of Mirik is one of the best places to relax and chill. Apart from the majestic mountains and brimming lakes, temples, orchids, and gardens make this place nature’s child. Your visit to Mirik is incomplete if you miss shopping in the traditional Indian Bazaars. Plan your trip to Mirik and experience the best of the Himalayan valley.

#8 Cherrapunji

Misty valleys, swirling clouds, and foaming rivers are ready to soak you in the wet climate of Cherrapunji. This stunning location is marked as the wettest place on earth in the Guinness Book of World records.  Located in the heart of the state, this wet-spot will be everyone’s favourite in terms of scenery and views! Make your way to Cherrapunji and get drenched in the non-stop rain.

#9 Tawang

Tawang is also known as the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. This beautiful town is famous for its monasteries and Buddhist culture that will flatter you with its touch of spirituality. The orchid sanctuary and the Tipi Orchid sanctuary adds beauty to this traditional spot. Do not miss out on the area’s unique cuisine. Tawang is an ideal place to visit if you want to experience a scent of tradition and culture!

#10 Kalimpong

Known for its panoramic valley views, Buddhist monasteries, churches, and Tibetian handicrafts, Kalimpong acts as a perfect cultural spot to visit. Travel through time and get to know more about Bhutanese history and centuries-old architectures. Do not miss to visit the Jang Dong Palriffo Brang, Thongsa Gompa, and many such historical places. Make sure to add flower markets famous for its orchids in your itinerary. Kalimpong is simply a must-visit place for history lovers!

Nature and Northeast go hand in hand and it’s proven by the beauty of these amazing hill stations in Northeast India! It’s time to make your way to relish the glory of India’s unbeatable beauty. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to the Northeast!

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