Tips for Northeast India Travel: Things you should know

Separated from the rest of the country, both geographically and culturally, North-east India is a distinct and unexplored region with unique tribal cultures unknown to the rest of the country.  The last few years have seen a hike in revenues of North East Tourism. But it is in your best interest to know a bit about the 7 sisters before you book your North-East tour packages.

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Here are some tips that we have compiled, just for you.

 

1. Permits for visiting North-east India:

 

Earlier, a lot of procedures had to be followed to enter the North-east states. But North-east tourism and other authorities have relaxed the need for permits. Now, you only need permits for certain places and can be easily obtained.

 

2. Research :

 

North-east has a different culture than the rest of the country. Different tribes have different traditions. So, it is better to research about their culture and lifestyle before you travel there to avoid any sort of fuss.

 

3. When to Visit North-East India:

 

The ideal time to visit North-east is between October-April since it is prone to heavy rainfall during monsoon which may lead to landslides and flash floods. During Winters, it can get pretty cold there, so carry your woolens along.

 

4. Plan your trip in Advance:

 

With a high footfall of travelers over the past few years, the prices of the tickets can go pretty high. Therefore, it’s better to book your tickets and plan the whole trip in advance for a hassle-free trip.

 

5. Stay updated with the Weather Changes:

 

You can never trust the weather in the North-east. Rainfall during summers can bring down the temperature and make the weather cold. So, it’s always a good idea to carry a think jacket in your backpack.

 

6. Getting around:

 

The roads in certain parts of North-east are not of the best quality and some are still being built. So, getting around won’t be a smooth job. Public transport is still not at its peak, so you have to get around villages in shared rides (sumos).

 

7. Internet Facilities:

 

Apart from certain remote regions, there is decent connectivity everywhere. You can always visit a cyber cafe to use the internet.

 

8. Accommodation:

 

Since tourism is still not prevalent in north-east, the hotels are not of the best quality. But the staff will more than often go out of their way to help you.

 

9. Itineraries:

 

If you plan to cover the whole North-east during your trip, make sure to have a well-planned itinerary. Otherwise, it’s better to cover one area than trying to cover everything at once.

 

10. Travel Guide to help out:

 

It may get quite difficult to travel around with so many cultural and language barriers. So, opting for a guide may be in your best interest for a hassle-free trip.