I have been asked about the best time to visit North East India or the North East as it is also referred to, more than once and every time my answer has been slightly different from the previous one. The reason being, even after being born, brought-up and lived there for over two decades of my life, I could not figure out which is the season during which the north-east was at its best. My personal favorite is the monsoons in the North-East when everything lush green and the waterfalls and natural pools are at their best. But anyway, let me give you an unbiased insight and then you take a call as per your liking.
This part of the country is very diverse in itself and there is always something wonderful to experience, feel and see all through the year, in each and every season.
It all depends on what you actually want to see or experience in your visit to North East India.
Do you want to escape from the summers of the plains or do you want to experience the chilly mornings of the snowy winters here, or is it the greenery and gushing waterfalls here that interests you?
The options are endless, we are talking about the northeast mind you :).
But anyway, when a question is asked quite often it must be answered and so, let me try to ‘answer’ it.
What is the best time to visit north-east India?
The short answer would be:
- The monsoons, if you want to see the gorgeous waterfalls of the and lush green surroundings all around.
- The winters if you want to see snow and crystal clear rivers and emerald colored pools.
The slightly verbose answer would be; for those who want to visit a place when it is in its ‘perfect’ shape and don’t bother about other like-minded people thronging places of interest, November through April or maybe mid of May is the time when most of the north-eastern states are in good condition with no rain, landslides or any such thing. The recently-started Tawang Festival also happens in this period, during the first weeks of the month of May.
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If you are among those who love to walk alongside the clouds or wants to see the countless waterfalls in their full glory, the monsoon months starting from mid of May to the months of September-October are just perfect for you.
However, don’t forget about the landslides that are quite common in these months. If you are okay with the probable landslides costing you a day or two, then my friend, I promise you that the greenery you will see in the north-east will be second to none.
If you would want to meet the one-horned rhino, the pride of the Kaziranga National Park and its other neighbors the right time to visit starts from the month of November, for the next six months. Meghalaya in the monsoons too is gorgeously beautiful.
The famous Hornbill Festival which showcases all aspects of the Naga tribal culture takes place in the last week of November or the first week of December. So if that’s what you have in your mind, to learn about Naga tribes and their cultures and take part or witness in the many interesting competitions like the chili eating or pork-eating competitions that happen during that time, you now know when you should go!
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This, in short, should give you an idea of what to expect in which month in the north-east.
Now that you have all the some about what to expect during which time, it’s your turn to tell me which season is best for you to visit the north-east!