Best hotels and hostels in Northeast States

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kaziranga National Park

    Diphlu River Lodge

    Easily the best place to stay in the Kaziranga area, this superb resort 15km west of Kohora near Bagori Police Outpost, combines fine luxuries and top-class service with a rustic look and relaxed atmosphere. The 12 bamboo cottages have soft beds, stylish bathrooms and pleasant verandahs. Oh, and the food is delicious. The November-to-April jungle-plan arrangement includes all meals and two safaris daily.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Shillong

    Ri Kynjai

    This superbly designed resort among lush woodlands is a gem of a getaway. Abundant use of wood, thatch and earth tones gives a soothingly rustic feel, but the luxury touches don't miss a beat. The multicuisine restaurant (mains ₹300 to ₹470) features numerous Northeast specialities; nonguests can come for lunch by reservation. It overlooks Umiam Lake, 21km north of Shillong.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Guwahati

    Prabhakar Homestay

    In a quiet residential area, this delightful place run by ex-professor Shiela and her husband, Mahesh, is one of the best homestays in India. The property is hemmed by lush gardens, the spacious rooms are adorned with eco-chic decor and the Assamese meals (₹750) give serious competition to restaurants in town. Payment is normally required in advance.

  • Lodging in Nameri National Park

    Wild Mahseer

    This heritage resort 5km from Balipara offers luxurious rooms in five superbly renovated bungalows amid a picturesque botanic garden (the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark). The showcase Heritage Bungalow (doubles with full board ₹30,000) is a stately 120-year-old building that preserves a slice of the high life from its past, with enormous rooms and bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cherrapunjee (Sohra)

    Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort

    Run by an affable Khasi woman, this delightful resort is 15km southwest of Cherrapunjee but only 4km from Tyrna. It has inviting rooms in the main building and more deluxe abodes in a newer block. The home-style meals are simply fantastic, and the resort can provide helpful information and guides for other nearby hikes and canyoning trips.

  • Lodging in Jorhat

    Banyan Grove

    This luxurious, tastefully renovated tea-planter's bungalow, about 20km southwest of Jorhat, dates from the late 19th century and has seven large rooms crammed with antique-style furnishings, plus a drawing room straight out of a Victorian period drama. Its verandahs overlook manicured lawns with a fantastic two-century-old banyan tree. Tea-estate tours are ₹450/550/750 per person for gardens/factory/both, including tasting.

  • Lodging in Aizawl

    Hotel Floria

    New in 2015 and a cut above anything else in Aizawl, the Floria has a bright, spacious, contemporary feel and young, professional staff. Rooms have comfy beds and tile-and-marble bathrooms, and the luxury category offers expansive views over the landscape. The cheerful Zamzo restaurant does good steaks, pasta and Thai curries as well as Mizo and North Indian dishes.

  • Lodging in Kaziranga National Park

    Iora The Retreat

    This large but relaxed and well-run property with flowery gardens has excellent rooms (42 in all) featuring tasteful decor, snug beds, modern amenities and efficient service. The swimming pool is a draw for kids, while adults can indulge in therapies at the spa or a drink in the large lounge-bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dimapur

    Longchen Homestay

    Just a 10-minute autorickshaw ride (₹200) from Dimapur's airport, Longchen is a great spot to relax, with charmingly welcoming hosts. Four spacious, spotless rooms with broad verandahs overlook the family's rice paddies, and two separate-sex three-bed dorms with bathrooms should be operational by the time you read this. The dinners (₹300 to ₹350, including a spicy Naga option) are delicious.

  • Lodging in Dibrugarh

    Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

    The best place to enjoy a planter-style cuppa, Mancotta has very comfortable rooms in a charming tea-estate bungalow fronted by lawns and lush gardens, 4km south of town. It also arranges tea tours and river cruises on request.

  • Lodging in Agartala

    Ginger

    Part of the Tata-owned Ginger hotel chain, this well-managed, low-cost business hotel has smart rooms in pastel shades – not fancy, but comfortable and very functional. There’s a restaurant with excellent buffets, a travel desk, a cafe and SBI ATM in the building. Coming from the airport, the hotel is on your right 2km before town.

  • Lodging in Nameri National Park

    Eco-Camp

    Eco-Camp provides accommodation in comfortable tents under thatched roofs in lush gardens. The colourful fabrics, attached bathrooms and sturdy beds make the experience relatively luxurious. Adding to the interest here are breeding centres for the critically endangered pygmy hog and the golden mahseer fish.

  • Lodging in Shillong

    Heritage Club Tripura Castle

    The classiest hotel in town is installed in part of the mansion and estate of the former royal family of Tripura, up a quiet road 3km southeast of the centre. The half-timbered Heritage Wing rooms have the most Raj-era character, while the Forest and Valley View wings, accessed by golf cart from the main building, are in bright contemporary style.

  • Lodging in Shillong

    Hotel Centre Point

    Right by the Police Bazar roundabout, the Centre Point is the best centrally located hotel. Run by professional and helpful staff, it has smart rooms with wood panelling and large windows. All creature comforts are at your disposal, including the good Galerie restaurant and Cloud 9 lounge bar for evening drinks and music.

  • Lodging in Imphal

    Sangai Continental

    The centrally located Sangai Continental provides just what you'd hope for in a midrange business and family hotel. Good-sized contemporary rooms in white and gold with glassed-in showers, plus impeccable cleanliness, efficient staff and one of Imphal's best restaurants, Wild Rice, all add up to a fine place to stay.

  • Lodging in Cherrapunjee (Sohra)

    Jiva Resort

    Opened in 2017, Jiva's 10 suites, ranged along a plant-decked hallway, all have big quarter-circle bathtubs and great valley and hill views. At weekends you'll probably have to wait for a table at the Jiva Grill (mains ₹200 to ₹400), which specialises in vegetarian and chicken kebabs, pork steaks and delicious grilled fish (Cajun, coriander-mustard, or in a banana leaf).

  • Lodging in Agartala

    Hotel Sonar Tori

    The Sonar Tori has raised the game for Agartala's in-town hotels. The stylish, comfortable rooms in black and cream feature modern bathrooms, and the superior restaurant serves Thai and Indian curries, Continental dishes and a reasonable choice of vegetarian dishes. Room rates vary according to demand: the website lists current deals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Guwahati

    Baruah Bhavan

    This charming 1950s house on Manik Chandra (MC) Rd was built by a celebrated Assamese scholar and has lots of antiques and memorabilia strewn across its living areas. But it's the six individually styled rooms and the attentive service that make it an exceptional place to stay. Not forgetting the flavourful and generous home-cooked meals (veg/nonveg dinner ₹300/350).

  • Lodging in Kohima

    Hotel Vivor

    Rooms at the upscale Vivor have soft beds, snow-white linen, desks, tea and coffee makers, ultra-clean bathrooms and large windows. There are fine views from east-facing rooms. Service is prompt, a semi-outdoor cafe prepares shots of espresso, and a souvenir shop has a decent collection of reasonably priced handicrafts. It's 4km north of the centre on NH2 (old NH61).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jorhat

    Puroni Bheti

    A highlight of Jorhat is the delightful Puroni Bheti, set amid lush tea gardens 7km west of the town centre and run by a super-hospitable planter and his family. Personalised attention, premium accommodation, wonderful homemade food, and music- and laughter-filled evenings with the hosts guarantee a memorable stay. It's 2.5km north from Pulibor on NH715 (old NH37).