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Tawang Gate in North East India during Winter
Written by Janani on November 16, 2022 Share on

Winter in North East India – The sheer beauty of India’s unique landscapes

Winter in North East India: North East India is referred to as a Kingdom in its own right. And, for a good reason too! The awe-inspiring landscape of these states stands out like a solitary red apple on a giant emerald tree – so special and unique. 

With cultures so distinctive and traditions so innovative, the incredible states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura attract the dauntless travellers from the world over. From religion, cuisine to recreation, there are endless avenues to explore. No matter what the time of year is, the charming cities, towns and villages of these sister states, continue to excite and thrill foreigners as well as locals. However, Winter in the North East is one of its kind. 

Buddhist monastery during Winter
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Winter in North East India: The Shoulder Season 
(October to February)

Temperature: Between 0°C and 22°C. 

The Himalayas to the north, the Meghalaya plateau to the south and capitals of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur to the east serve as major influencers of the climate in North-Eastern part of India. Depending on the state, the weather of North East India in Winter ranges from chilly to biting cold. Higher the altitude is, colder it is. For example, higher altitude states such as Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh experience sub-zero temperatures accompanied by icy landscapes and snow. Whereas, the lower altitude states such as Mizoram and Tripura experience pleasant temperatures with mild winter. 

Winter in North East India
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Significance of Winter in North East India

Winter ascends onto the hills of North-East India in the month of October and lasts until the beginning of March. Although most of the region experience extreme winters, yet there are some other places that are worth a visit during this season. The magnificent hills and gorgeous plains of North East India get blanketed under a thick layer of snow that turns them into a paradisiac example of post-card worthy scenery. 

Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh during Winter
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This is indeed the perfect time for travellers to explore the quaint mountain villages and countrysides of North East India. When blanketed in snow, these plains and mountains take on breath-taking beauty like no other. 

The fascinating aboriginal people, their bold culture, thrilling wildlife and thriving flora stand out fiercely and is one of the most important reasons to visit these seven sister states. Roing and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh are particularly ethereal winter spots to traverse.

Tawang Gate, one of the best place to visit during Winter in North East India
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Why you should visit North East India during winter?

If you were looking to navigate the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, winter is perhaps the best season to visit North East India. Especially the world-famous Kaziranga National Park is thrilling during this time.


  • Participate in the many colourful festivals like the hornbill festival that takes place in winter.
  • Visit the monasteries to be engulfed in a serene atmosphere.
  • Walk on the ice at the Tsongmo Lake in Sikkim that gets completely frozen during winter
Tsongmo Lake in Sikkim during Winter
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Things to know before you visit?

  • The upper regions of the North East India experience snowfall between the month of November and February.
  • During Winter there’s a risk of landslides and road blockages. Keep your ears open to the local news and check the weather conditions before you start.
  • Book your accommodation and other activities way ahead of your vacation, for availability and best prices. 
  • During winter you can expect larger crowds and a general bustle around you. 

Travellers Tips 

Irrespective of the state you’re travelling to, carry woollen sweaters, vests, scarves, gloves, beanies, socks, a winter jacket and thermals. Throw in some moisturizer and lip balm to avoid your skin getting dry. 

Mother and son playing in snow during Winter in North East India
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If you’re looking for a respite from the busy city life and if you want to witness nature at its ideal, make sure to plan a trip to North East India this Winter season. North East India is a gateway into a wholly different universe. Are you ready to experience the sheer beauty of one of India’s most unique regions? If you’ve decided your best time to visit, look through Pickyourtrail’s excellent tour packages to North East India!

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