NORTH EAST INDIA – THE LAST FRONTIER
One of the least explored yet most beautiful region of India is the farthest states in the North Eastern part of India. Sharing borders with 5 countries, these remote frontiers are places of rugged natural beauty, tribal cultures and people, dramatic landscapes and exotic cuisines. Its a land of many adventures with Rhino spotting in the plains of Assam dutifully flooded by the mighty Bhramaputra every year, offbeat journeys through dense jungles and mountains which is home many different tribes in far off Arunachal Pradesh, experiencing tribal culture of Nagaland at the famous Hornbill Festival to visiting high altitude lakes and monasteries in Sikkim.
An ideal destination for the offbeat traveller, North East India holds many adventures and experiences for those who crave to explore the unexplored.
NORTH EAST TRIPS
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ABOUT NORTH EAST INDIA
India’s North East, called the land of the seven sisters, is a region which can be best described as virgin, wild and untouched by modernization. The seven sister states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura along with the Himalayan state of Sikkim comprise of India’s North East region. The region shares more than 4,500 kilometers of international border (about 90 per cent of its entire border area) with China in the north, Myanmar in the east, Bangladesh in the southwest, and Bhutan to the northwest. It is a region guarded by mountains, the only passage being a narrow stretch of land some 25 to 40 km wide, called the Siliguri Corridor. Beyond this corridor lies North-Eastern India, each state more beautiful than the other, each with its own culture, food, language and beliefs and each having its own charm. Because of the regions inaccessibility from the rest of world, it has been lucky enough to maintain most of its natural diversity.
There is great religious and ethnic diversity within the region. The people of the North-East live a very simple life, all the various tribes and cultures still live in accordance to the environment, and nature plays a very big role in their survival. Around 60 – 70 percent of the population is predominantly tribal, and they carry a lot of resemblance to many Tibeto-Burman, Mongolian and Austro-Asiatic cultures. Christianity and Hinduism are the other dominant beliefs. The sub-tropical climate along with a lot of monsoon rains has helped create one of the last remaining great wildernesses of India in this region. Most of the region is mountainous and jungle with some plains in the lowlands of Assam fed by the mighty Bhramaputra river.
Sikkim – Crammed in between Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and West Bengal, this tiny, mountainous state is as pristine a pocket of India as you are likely to encounter, with some 4,000 varieties of wildflowers (including 600 varieties of orchids), snow-fed lakes, high-altitude mountain forests, and hidden Buddhist monasteries. Sikkim’s original inhabitants are the Lepchas, and a stay with a Lepcha family in Dzongu will introduce you to the life style, cuisine and history of the Lepcha’s.
Assam – Assam is dominated by the mighty River Brahmaputra, and its vast, lush valley sandwiched between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the hills and plateau of Meghalaya to the south. An attractive state carpeted by plantations, forests and paddy fields, Assam is one of India’s few oil regions, and produces around sixty percent of the nation’s tea. The main attractions of Assam is the Kazirange National Park and Majuli Island.
Meghalaya – Separating the Assam valley from the plains of Bangladesh, hilly Meghalaya – the ‘abode of clouds’ – is a land of evergreen forests and many a streams and waterfalls adorning its tropical hills. It also boasts some of the wettest regions on the planet. The main inhabitants of Meghalaya are the Garo, Jaintias and Khasis who live a simple life out of farming and trading.
Arunachal Pradesh – Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage with 26 major and more than 100 sub tribes living in the quaint mountain villages and around lush tropical jungles. An ideal destination for the offbeat and adventure traveller, one can visit tribal villages in beautiful valleys, drives through high mountain passes, visit frozen lakes and trek through tropical jungles.
1. Take a local ferry ride to the largest river island in the country, Majuli.
2. Go Rhino spotting on Elephant back at Kaziranga National Park.
3. Explore the untamed beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.
4. Hike to the double decker root bridge at Cheerapunjee.
5. Go exploring into the stalagmite and stalactite caves of Mawsmai in Cheerapunjee.
6. Stay with local at a Lepcha tribe village home stay in Dzongu.
7. Visit Tawang monastery, the largest in the country.
8. Take a cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
9. Visit Touphema Village for an insight into the Naga people and culture.
10. Explore the beautiful Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim.
ARTICLES ON NORTH EAST
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