Northeast

NORTH EAST

ASSAM- The Womb of Silk

Assam is one of the northeast states of India located in the south of Himalayas, sharing borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is one of the Seven Sister States and probably the most vibrant one. These states are connected to rest of India by a strip of land. It is 22 kilometers long and is called the Siliguri Corridor or the "Chicken's Neck". The people here, the culture of the place and even the climate are very much similar to those of Southeast Asia. The Asamese make a warm crowd of people when it comes to hospitality. They have their own language but they mostly speak English or Hindi with the tourists. Assam remains lush green with tea plantation covering most of its landscapes, and wide rice fields because of the ample rains it receives, compared to the other states. It is well known for Assam tea and Assam silk and its rich wild life. Assam homes the one-horned Indian rhinoceros which was near to extinction, the wild water buffalo, pygmy hog, tiger and various species of Asiatic birds. It also happens to provide one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant. Asamese cuisine is also very intriguing with a completely different aroma and taste. The place over all is definitely worth a visit.

MEGHALAYA- Humble Abode of Clouds

Meghalaya is another north eastern state and is also one of the Seven Sister States of India. It is the most uniquely naturally formed place. It used to be a part of Assam at some point of time but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya. It has a population of around 3,211,474 people. They are a friendly crowd, who will welcome you with a smile and will put you at ease in no time. They speak Khasi, Pnar, Hajong, Rabha, Garo and Biate but English is their official language. There is one system they have always followed here, that is of the matrilineal system. In this system the youngest daughter of the family inherits all the property and is also the one to take care of her parents. Meghalaya is famous for its rich flora and fauna as the state is full of life with abundant nature in full bloom as it is one of those places that receive more rains than the other parts of the country, Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram being the wettest of all. There are also plenty of rivers flowing through the state some of which has given birth to yet another beauty, the deep gorges and several beautiful waterfalls. With all this Meghalaya can indeed be a good spot to pay a visit as apart from the site seeing you can also go for some adventure activities like the river rafting, trekking, river canyoning, or you could go for other sports like archery or golfing, or the water sports like skiing, yachting, ride on a river bus, high speed boat riding, etc.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH-Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains

Arunachal Pradesh is another north east state located in the north east region of India, bordering the states of Assam and Nagaland. The state also shares international borders with Myanmar, Bhutan and China. The state has the most number of regional languages due to the 26 different indigenous tribes existing there in harmony which in turn has resulted in the state having a diverse culture and traditions. Due to this very reason you will also get to enjoy their different taste of cuisine, Arunachal way. The beautiful Himalayas cover most of the state giving it a divine touch and rest of the state is surrounded by serene blue hills sealing its captivating beauty. There are countless rivers running through the state and it has valleys that are often covered by the snow from the great Himalayas. Arunachal Pradesh also experiences heavy rainfalls especially during the months of May to September so the state is also abundant with dense forests and rich biodiversity. dwarf rhododendron, oak, pine, maple, fir, juniper, sal and teak are the commonly growing species. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the untouched and unexplored beauties of India, but the place is slowly opening up attracting the interests of more and more tourists each year.

NAGALAND- The Falcon Capital of the World

Nagaland is another one of the Seven Sister States, bordering Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Burma. This is the smallest state of India. Total of 17 major tribes co exist here in harmony. Each tribe is unique in character with different customs, language, traditions and dresses, still the entire tribes share the same religion and language which is an amazing thing. Christianity is their religion and English is the most preferred language, though they speak in their own language among the same tribes of people. The Nagas are more into agriculture and so it forms an important part of their economy. There were a lot of conflicts going on in the state some time back but it has been around 15 years that the state has not seen extreme violence. Nagaland is guarded by dynamic mountains, panoramic hills and valleys and its lands are filled with rich flora and fauna. The Naga Hornbill Festivals are the most colorful and lively of all in Nagaland with their colorful traditional attire and dances and interesting cuisine which is probably meant for the brave hearts. The place offers you other adventure opportunities as well like the trekking, hiking, mountain biking, etc. But before traveling to Nagaland make sure the political situation is fine.

MANIPUR- A Colorful Getaway

Manipur is one of the sisters of the Seven Sister States and an Indian state located in the north east parts. It is bordered by Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam and Burma. It has a population of around three million people, of which the common groups of people are the Meitei, Kuki, Naga, and Pangal peoples. Manipur basically is a crossroad connecting the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia. People migrate into and out of the state and so does their culture, traditions and religions. This has been going on for thousands of year now. The state’s main language is Meitei or Manipuri. Trade and tourists are approached in English though. Hinduism is the most followed language in the state followed by Christianity. The state is also blessed with ample nature, wildlife, hills and valleys and number of rivers flowing through the state. So it will be very soothing and adventurous at the same time to be in Manipur as you can indulge yourself in site seeing, walking around the state or go for some adrenaline boos with boating, trekking, camping, mountaineering, etc. The people are friendly and interestingly humorous and their cuisine is equally interesting.

MIZORAM- Land of Hill People

Mizoram is another sister of the Seven Sister States also lying in the north east part of India. This is the 5th smallest state of India and 2nd least populous state in India with a population of around 1,091,014. The state has a diversified culture due to the existence of the various tribes of people. Meeting them in person and getting to know about them and their cultural heritage from them itself and witnessing them perform the acts and their rituals and even more being a part of it yourself is a whole new experience worth experiencing. The Mizo girls are quite bold in their acts as male and females are not much differentiated here which is not so in the rest of India so this could be taken in a negative way but that’s how they have always lived. The most followed religion here is Christianity. The Mizos are literate and qualified people and are receptive and hostile to the tourists. The language spoken around here is Mizo, but the language used in schools and for business is English, so, the travelers will not face the issue of language. Mizoram is equally blessed by the Goddess of Nature with plenty of magnificent hills around the state, valleys, lakes and rivers flowing brilliantly through the state. Most of the state is covered by forest therefore housing wide variety of biodiversity. This place will keep you engaged and pleased by a lot to offer. It lives up to the expectations of the travelers and definitely deserves a visit.