Top things to do in Northeast States

Top Choice Monastery in Tawang Valley

Tawang Gompa

Tawang’s biggest attraction is the magical Tawang Gompa, founded in 1681. Reputedly the world’s second-largest Buddhist-monastery complex after Drepung Monastery (in Lhasa, Tibet), Tawang is famed in Buddhist circle…
Top Choice Museum in Shillong

Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures

This well-maintained museum is a fabulous repository of innumerable tribal artefacts interspersed with galleries on Christian missionary work. Compulsory tours depart on the half-hour and last over an hour. Sights i…
Top Choice Indian in Guwahati

Paradise

The lunch thali at Paradise is considered by many to be the archetypal Assamese spread, bringing together a wide range of local culinary flavours on one platter. Try the subtly flavoured fish tenga (sour curry) and …
Top Choice Adivasi in Shillong

Trattoria

No visit to Shillong is complete without a midday meal at this busy eatery patronised by locals. Some of the best Khasi dishes, including ja doh and curried pig innards, are (literally) hot favourites here. For a sa…
Top Choice Bridge in Cherrapunjee (Sohra)

Root Bridges

The most fascinating sights around Cherrapunjee are the incredible root bridges – living rubber fig–tree roots that ingenious Khasi villagers have, over decades, trained across streams to form natural pathways. Thre…
Top Choice Historic Site in Kohima

War Cemetery

This immaculately maintained cemetery contains the graves of 1400 British, Commonwealth and Indian soldiers – killed in action during WWII – laid out across stepped and manicured lawns. It stands at the strategic ju…
Top Choice Indian in Imphal

Luxmi Kitchen

The last word in Manipuri lunch platters, this ultra-popular restaurant does a fabulous thali comprising more than a dozen local delicacies such as tangy fish stew, fried fish, leafy greens, fried vegetables, local …
Top Choice Indian in Kaziranga National Park

Maihang

Fried duck, fish in sesame-paste gravy, fried pork with dried bamboo shoots or spicy mutton chunks – local cuisine can't get more varied than at this tiny roadside restaurant. A defunct vintage car repurposed into a…
Top Choice Market in Imphal

Khwairamband Bazaar

Housed in colonnaded buildings, this vast all-women’s market – the largest in the world – is run by some 4000 ima (mothers), who have traditionally dominated the socio-economic matrix of Manipuri society. One sectio…
Cultural in Kohima

Hornbill Festival

Nagaland’s biggest annual jamboree, the Hornbill Festival is celebrated at Kisama Heritage Village, where various Naga tribes converge for a 10-day cultural, dance and sporting bash, much of it in full warrior costu…