Even though blessed with pristine beauty of nature, vivid landscapes, lush green forests with mesmerising Flora and Fauna, embellished with beautiful waterfalls, the mighty Brahmaputra River, picturesque hills and rich cultural ethnic and linguistic diversities North Eastern part of India still tops amongst the list of most unexplored and often neglected regions for local as well as foreign travellers. Craving for attention the North East region also known as the “Land of seven sisters” comprises the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Although it is the unexplored paradise, it has abundant thrilling source for that adventurous traveller within you. If you want to satisfy your hunger for adventure don’t underestimate the power of North Eastern states which offer vivid activities for the adventure junkies. Check out below some of adventure activities worth trying if you are planning for your next holiday to any of the Northeast locations.
1. Trek the Living Root Bridge:
The living Roots bridge located in the Sohra and Mawlynnong Village in Cherrapunjee region, is a nature’s unique gift and pride of the beautiful state of Meghalaya .Bridges are formed by tangling of the roots of a species of Indian Rubber bush tree named Ficus elastic almost 100 -150 ft long are strong enough to carry 40-50 people at a time. Where on Earth you will find such a natural adventure? Trekking through the strong and sturdy single and double-decker bridges which are growing day by day calls for lot of stamina at the same time can be hard for the faint hearted traveller.
The Haflong town known as the land of Blue Hills and Kamakhya Hills around Kaziranga in Assam state are gaining popularity and are becoming the hotspots for Hang Gliding activity. Once can take the thrill of this activity near Gangtok in Sikkim state as well by spending around Rs 2500-Rs 6000 depending upon the height of flying and the terrain involved.
3. River Rafting :
The Brahmaputra river provides excellent opportunity for River rafting. Start the expedition with the Subansiri river the biggest tributary of Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh till you reach the end point at Pasighat. Beware the category of the rafting here is Grade IV,credit goes to the ferocious and mighty Brahmaputra river.
4. Motor Bike Tours
North East India is the most preferred location among biker groups across the country. There is diverse landscape from mighty Himalayas to river basins, dense forests and sandy plains which sets the perfect mood for the crazy adventurous ride. Though there are endless list of motor bike tours in the North eastern states, one of the most preferred and safest routes is the Guwahati (Assam) to Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) passage which offers awesome road condition and breathtaking landscape in the entire journey.
5. Trek through the Hanging bridge:
The river Siang is known as Brahmaputra in Assam. This interesting adventurous trek calls for immense strength and courage. Crossing the river Siang is almost impossible so people learned to get over this problem by creating a bridge made of cane and bamboo around 250m long, connecting the hill tribal settlements. Truly feel like walking in the clouds this Bridge above the Siang river requires extreme courage to crossover and gives you an adventure of a lifetime.
6. Elephant Safari to spot the endangered one horned Rhino:
The kaziranga tiger reserve also the UNESCO world heritage site is located in North of Assam and offers incredible elephant safaris to spot the endangered one horned Rhino. One can also spot wild Asiatic water buffalo, Bengal tiger, hog deer,roofed turtles and migratory birds around the reserve. Sitting on the trained Elephants while walking through the marshes makes u feel a part of the forest. The trip to this place need to be planned as the park is only open from November to May.
The Himalayan rivers like Kapili, Jia Bhoroli and Manas rivers in Assam are the hot spots for angling activity.The popularity can be well understood from the various angling competitions held yearly near to these rivers which catch the tourist attention. Exquisite varieties of fishes like the Golden Mahseer are a common sight for the fish catching enthusiasts. Subansari river in Arunachal Pradesh is another best option for fish catching and one can rent or purchase the catch equipments from nearby shops at nominal rates.
The best place for this activity is the state of Meghalaya which is home to some of the longest and deepest caves in India. Mawsmai Cave,Dobakhol – Siju(Bat Cave) ,Krem Mawmluh,Krem Phyllut and Krem Dam are some of the famous caves to witnesss nature’s beautiful creations.
9. Yak Safari, Sikkim:
The unforgettable and unique Yak Safari can be experienced only in North East India.The best place for this adventure ride is only 2-3 hous journey from Gangtok in Sikkim state.The trail from Dzongri to Tsomgo Lake is one of the most popular routes to experience this safari. Lake Tsomgo,is a clear Lake surrounded by snow cladded mountains and astonishes you with its amazing beauty. Yaks on the first glance do seem to be a tough animal but in reality they are docile creatures so one can ride them safely. Yak Safaris costs somewhere between Rs 300 to Rs 800 which will definitely check your bargaining capability for sure.