Navigating North East India

North East India is one of the most untouched and undiscovered parts of the country. It is full of beautiful forests, waterfalls, valleys. Northeast India consists of seven states, also called the seven sisters.

The Northeast comes with its own tribal cultures, music, and history. Myriad tribes and sub tribes a part of this region. Pagan and animist cultures dominate most of the states. It shares many international borders, and is a centre of cultural amalgamation.

If you are planning to travel to North East India, here is the best of it:

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, or “the land of the dawn lit mountains”, is famous for its stunning landscape

The state boasts of 26 different tribal groups. Diversity and harmony go hand in hand in the state. Itanagar is Arunachal Pradesh’s pristine capital, and is marked by the Brahmaputra river. The Tawang Valley and monastery, which paves its way through rough hills, crosses at the Sela Pass(4300m).

If you are looking for a mountainous adventure, Arunachal has the best of Himalayas to offer.

Whether it’s the Namdapha National Park or Pemako, the state is paramount in Buddhist cultural heritage, and natural beauty.

Assam

Assam is a land full of gentle surprises

The state is synonymous with the Kaziranga National Park, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

The Manohari and Harmutty Tea Estates are two of the oldest in India. Assam’s estates are infamous for their vastness and brewed tea. Tea estates in the state are also perfect for spending a rejuvenating day amongst nature.

The Kamakhya Temple is a symbol of female fertility and worship. Hajo’s Haragriva Madhava Temple is another exquisite location for heritage lovers.

The Talatal Ghar Palace is Assam is a magnificent wonder of Tai Ahom architecture. Tourists can also visit the Kareng Ghar for beautiful insights into Assam’s architecture.

Time seems to slow down in the laps of Assam. It’s time to take a leap into its innumerable treats.

Meghalaya

Meghalaya, or the “abode of clouds”, sits beside the Bangladesh border

Its two cities, Mawsynram and Cherapunji, receive heavy rains all through the year. Powerful waterfalls and caves are naturally carved out of water, and are the state’s main attractions. The Elephant Falls in Shillong attract thousands of tourists every year. Meghalaya is known for its Khasi tribal culture.

The region of Mawphlang is home to one of the most sacrosanct Khasi forests. The Umiam Lake forms another natural hotspot in Meghalaya, the other two being the Mawkdok Valley and Nohkalikai Falls. The Mawkdok Valley viewpoint and the Nohkalikai Falls are both easily accessible from Shillong.

Meghalaya is the first place you should head to for mountaineering and trekking. It’s rugged topography is the perfect host for adventure sports.

Mizoram

Often known as the land of the Lushai Highlanders, Mizoram is full of lush green jungles

Aizawl, Mizoram’s capital, is also dotted with beautiful churches. The Mizos, who were animists before the advent of Christianity, have built beautiful Gothic structures all over the capital.

Whether it’s visiting the Solomon Temple, or going to the Rih Lake, there’s never a dearth of options. Vantwang Falls, Vantwang and Tuirihiau Falls are bespoke for their natural allure. Tourists cannot miss Mizoram’s many vineyards. Mizoram is dotted with beautiful blue hills, and a thick layer of fog throughout the year. Whenever you go to the state, it’ll welcome you with open arms.

Nagaland

Nagaland is not just famous for its gorgeous scenery

The spicy Naga cuisine is known all over India for its use of the King chilly. Tourists flock the Nagaland for its food as much as anything else. The state boasts of a wide range of flora and fauna, owing to its tropical climate. Wildlife conservation sites and Heritage Naga Villages are the main sources of tourist attraction.

The state has 16 different tribes, and is a melting pot of various cultures. The Kohima War Cemetery and Khonoma Village are important destinations close to the capital. Dimapur hosts a variety of tourist attractions, from the Triple Falls and Lhachari Ruins to its famous zoological park.

A trip to Nagaland isn’t complete without a visit to Mokokchung, Phek, and the scintillating Dzukhou Valley.

Tripura

Tripura is one of the smallest and most surprising states in North East India

But the size of the state doesn’t matter when it comes to Tripura’s temples, shrines, indigenous culture and natural beauty.

The Ujjayanta Palace in the capital city of Agartala is one the main tourist hotspots. The Neermahal Palace, Kunjaban Palace and Malacha Niwas complete the state’s list of beautiful Indo-Islamic buildings.

The sculptures at Unakoti become a main reason why a trip to Tripura is a must. Unakoti is one of northeast India’s most intriguing historical sites.

Head to Tripura if you want a taste of tribal history and architecture along with North East India’s famous natural allure.

Post Author: Asmi Sharma

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