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About Northeast

The North East India comprises of the seven sister states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. They form part of the East Himalayan region which extends from Sikkim eastwards and embraces the Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal. The location of the region is strategically important as it has international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Tibet. The area is characterised by rich bio-diversity, heavy precipitation and high seismicity. It is endowed with forest wealth and is ideally suited to produce a whole range of plantation crops, spices, fruits and vegetables and flowers and herbs. The rich natural beauty, serenity and exotic flora and fauna of the area are invaluable resources for the development of eco-tourism. Total area of the region is about 2,55,168 Sq. Km. All the seven states are members of the North East Council, organized on 1st August 1972 and within the Jurisdiction of Guwahati High Court.

The region has a high concentration of tribal population. The states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland are mostly inhabited by a number of native tribes. Each tribe has its own distinct tradition of art, culture, dance, music and life styles. The numerous fairs and festivals celebrated by these communities and their friendly nature are irresistible attractions for the visitors.

The North East is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse regions in India. Each of the seven states that form this part of India has its own culture and tradition. Assam occupies the lush lowlands of the Brahmaputra Valleyand is the most densely populated. Arunachal Pradesh occupies the densely forested and sparsely populated foothills of the Himalayas, and is one of the major tourist attractions because of its Buddhist influence. Meghalaya, with its pine clad hills and lakes, is famous as the wettest region of the world. Nagaland has a rich war history that attracts tourists. The other three states -Manipur, known as the ‘land of jewels’, Mizoram and Tripura make up a fascinating area consisting of green valleys, lush hills with variety of flora and fauna.

Geographically, this region can be categorized into Eastern Himalaya, the Patkai and the Brahmaputra, and the Barak valley plains. There is a vast diversity of flora and fauna attributable to the Indian subcontinent's last remaining rainforests. There are significant reserves of petroleum and natural gas also found in the area. This region is encompassed by the Brahmaputra-Barak river systems and their tributaries.

Owing to the bio and crop diversity of the area, archaeological researchers believe that the early settlers of Northeast India have domesticated several species of plants and crops. The seven sisters, were under the British Rule which consisted of Assam and princely states of Manipur. Gradually all the other states came up and formed into the iconic seven sisters.

The total population of Northeast India is 46 million with 68 percent of the population residing in Assam, followed by Tripura and Meghalaya. The least number of people live in Sikkim. Within the states, Guwahati has the largest population followed by Agartala, Imphal, Dimapur, Shillong, Aizwal, Silchar and Dibrugarh. There is a majority of Hindus in the areas followed by Islam, Christianity, and hints of Buddhism.

With the advent of tourism in Northeast, most of the people in north-eastern India understand English, and hence it wouldn't be a problem for the tourists. However, Hindi is very rare and is spoken only in parts of Arunachal Pradesh; Assam and Tripura to an extent. Hence, tourists must pick up some phrases from local languages to speak with the local people. Official Language of North - East are:

Assam - Assamese, Manipur - Meiteilon, Meghayala - Khasi and Garo, Mizoram - Mizo, Nagaland - English, Sikkim - Nepali, Tripura - Bengali, Arunachal Pradesh - Hindi.

There are all kinds of accommodations available in Northeast India. Ranging from comfortable homestays that cost around INR 1500-2500 per night to luxury hotels that charge you approximately INR 5000-15000 per night, northeast India has got it all! It all depends on the level of luxury you choose to stay here. However, taking into consideration the comfortable stays, it will cost you around INR 70,000-80,000 for a good trip over the place, including meals, stay, site seeing, etc. It would be beneficial to go on group trips, because the cost of traveling will be split among the people, making it a more optimized trip.

The ATMs will not be located abundantly in the high lying areas, and hence it is advisable to carry cash with you. However, within the favorite cities like Guwahati and Shillong, ATMs are readily available in all popular tourist destinations. Swiping your credit cards will not be possible at most of the place, but you can save them to use in the luxurious hotels and restaurants. With the increase in demand for Northeast tourism, the government is making constant efforts to make this place much better regarding access and availability.

During your North East Tourism you can experience, delightful hilly terrains and snow-capped mountains, national parks and lush green pastures, wildlife and birds, glistening lakes and roaring waterfalls; at really great prices in our North East India Packages! A North East India trip will present you with a huge diversity not only in terms of a unique culture but also several splendid features of the North East Indian lands. Tourism in North East has some beautiful hilly terrains, breathtaking snow-capped mountains, lavish green pastures, sparkling lakes, grumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife, in-store only for you.

North East India is just Pure Bliss. With the North Eastern India Tourism on the rising rapidly over the years, it becomes very important for explorers to check out the land of the seven sisters.

Plan a trip to the seven sisters today, which will include a voyage to diverse places like- stunning Arunachal Pradesh, magnificent Sikkim, gorgeous Assam, overwhelming Mizoram, ravishing Nagaland, elegant Tripura, enticing Meghalaya, and the glorious Manipur. North East India Tourism will be a cluster of some of the wonders of India. Assam is the most developed area of the region and is a relatively accessible state in this quiet and peaceful, comparatively isolated region.

Sikkim, another highlight to your North East Trip, is a home to the 3rd highest mountain peak of the world, the Kanchenjunga that offers subtle views of the mountain ranges. Sikkim one of the Best North East India Tourist attractions. The art of the incredibly skilled weavers and potters make Imphal stand out from the rest of the Tourist Places in North East India.

Coming to other areas of your North East India Trip, like Shillong, Tripura, and Gangtok; These boast of a rich culture with deep-rooted traditions and customs that showcase the cultural and aesthetic beauty of North Eastern India. In addition to that, the natural beauty of the region needs to be experienced at least once to fully comprehend the beauty of a Trip to North East India.

Experience true beauty like you’ve never encountered before, come to visit these beautiful lands on your next trip. Plan your trip to the North East today!

North East India is an incredibly vast place, and the best time to visit is never really particular. For enjoying the seven sisters and waterfalls, you might want to be there in monsoons; because the lush greenery and rains are a view to watch! You can also visit Arunachal Pradesh during September or in December to explore the calmness of Buddhist monasteries, snow, swift streams and beautifully cloudy peaks that will make you awestruck. During the last week of November and the first week of December; there are many festivals in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland; that is sure to grab your attention and keep you entertained. The weather in the northeast region is always unpredictable. There is endless rain in some parts which make them pleasant and bring in cold at the same time.

However, if you are still hunting for the best time to visit; then it should be both the monsoons and winters. During the monsoons, there are glistening waterfalls and lush green surrounding that are a treat to the eyes. While in the winters there is sparkling snow that covers the entire area like a sheet. However, there are a lot of landslides during the months of monsoons, making it a bit of risk to travel on the roads of this area. However, at the end of the day, it is your choice as to what season you want to choose for visiting this pleasant place.

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are the original Seven Sisters. Each state has its own unique history and culture, and for a traveller, the region is a repository of rare experiences. It’s fascinating that even many Indians from outside the north-east region know so little about the place. If you’ve travelled across India but have never visited the north-east, here are the reasons to do so. Previously known as the Seven Sisters, north-east India became richer with the addition of an eighth, Sikkim in 1975. Before joining India as its 22nd state, Sikkim was a small Himalayan monarchy.

Eco-friendly destinations: For the conscious traveller, north-east India offers many eco-friendly destinations to choose from. There’s Khonoma in Nagaland where the villagers banded together to stop unchecked deforestation by outsiders. Mawlynnong in Meghalaya was awarded the cleanest village in Asia and where all guesthouses are constructed of bamboo. The Apatani tribe of Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh have developed their own unique sustainable methods of farming. Then there’s the breathtaking Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim. If you believe in the concept of green travel, then this is an absolutely unmissable destination.

See the endangered one-horned rhino: One-horned rhinos were almost extinct by 1975, with only 600 of them remaining in the jungles of Nepal and India. Hunting and poaching for their horns were the two main causes behind the decline. But with dedicated efforts, the population of this endangered species has gone up to 3,500 and more than half of them reside in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The national park also has the highest density of tigers in the world. Take a safari tour here and while you meet elephants, wild water buffaloes, swamp deers and a wide variety of birds, you can also admire the enormous work that Kaziranga National Park has put in towards wildlife conservation.

Rare gastronomic experience: The cuisines from the eight north-eastern states couldn’t be more different from that of mainland Indian food. For one, the use of spices is kept to a minimum. Instead ingredients like soy bean and bamboo shoot in their fermented forms, add flavour to the dishes. During his trip to Nagaland, even Gordon Ramsay couldn’t believe he was dining in India. But it would be wrong to classify the cuisine from this region as one entity because each state varies in their style of cooking. Sikkim, for instance, is largely influenced by Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. However, what can be said with certainty is that gastronomes will be fascinated with their finds when travelling in this part of the country.

Spiritual awakening: Arunachal Pradesh, is the easternmost state of India. It is therefore called as the ‘Land of the rising sun’. The awe-inspiring natural landscapes of the state are dotted with several seminal Buddhist monasteries. The most important of them all is Tawang Monastery, founded in 1680. It also happens to be the largest monastery in India. When at Tawang, do indulge in some warm cups of coffee at the Dharma Coffee House and Library. Then there’s Urgelling Monastery which is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. These monasteries create a meditative atmosphere ideal for spiritual introspection. The sweeping views of snow-capped mountains is an additional luxury.

Challenging trekking routes: For the adventurous soul, north-east India presents some challenging trekking routes accompanied by spectacular views. The Bailey Trail Trek in Arunachal Pradesh follows the ancient trade route connecting India, Tibet and Myanmar. The Goechala Trek in West Sikkim is considered by many to be the closest comparison to the famed trekking routes of Nepal. Dzukou Valley, Beyul of Pemako, Green Lake, Reiek Mountain and Unakoti are some of the other treks you can explore in this region.

Sikkim, India’s first and only organic state: It was in 2004 that Sikkim embarked upon a journey to become a fully organic state. It managed to achieve this ambitious feat 12 years later. Since then, the least populous and second smallest state of India, has become a shining jewel in India’s crown. There are many rural villages in Sikkim where travellers are welcome to experience hands-on organic farming while living with the locals in their humble homestays. Lachung, Lachen, Denchung and Kaluk are some of the popular villages you can visit.

Rare gastronomic experience: The cuisines from the eight north-eastern states couldn’t be more different from that of mainland Indian food. For one, the use of spices is kept to a minimum. Instead ingredients like soy bean and bamboo shoot in their fermented forms, add flavour to the dishes. During his trip to Nagaland, even Gordon Ramsay couldn’t believe he was dining in India. But it would be wrong to classify the cuisine from this region as one entity because each state varies in their style of cooking. Sikkim, for instance, is largely influenced by Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. However, what can be said with certainty is that gastronomes will be fascinated with their finds when travelling in this part of the country.

Eclectic culture: The culture of north-eastern states are characterised by the diverse ethnic groups settled in the region. Each tribe has its own distinct custom, cuisine, attire and dialect. One of these tribes is the Konyak, the last remaining headhunter clans of the region. Konyaks were once renowned for decapitating their enemies and proudly displaying them on their return to the village. With time, these age old customs are silently vanishing, but what the Konyaks teach us is that there’s a wealth of cultural experiences hidden within the mystical hills of north-east India.

Memorable road trips: This offbeat destination in India also has some great routes for an epic road trip. The winding roads, often rugged in many places, can pose a challenge to any driver. But that’s where all the adventure lies. Along the way, you’ll frequently come across pristine forests, rolling hills, national parks, gushing rivers, sprawling tea gardens, stunning waterfalls and many such natural grandeurs. Taking a road trip is truly one of the best ways to experience north-east India.

Rich handicrafts heritage: Northeast India is home to a large number of tribes and these tribes have a rich Handicraft tradition of their own. Bamboo works, especially, are widespread in the region. Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura have some very skilled bamboo craftsmen who make beautiful screens, lamp stands, furniture and baskets among other things. Manipur is recognized for gold and gold plated jewellery, Assam and Meghalaya for their silk textiles and Sikkim for carpet weaving. Pottery is also a commonly practiced craft in some of these states.

Meet future Olympians: Northeast India is well-known for producing champion sportspeople, especially female athletes. Boxer Mary Kom from Manipur is the most famous Olympian from the region. She was the only Indian woman boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics and ended up winning the bronze medal in the competition. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar from Tripura made history as the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics. Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh is another renowned sportsperson from north-east India. She is the first woman to scale Mount Everest twice within five days.

Find musical inspiration: Northeast India is home to some of the best musicians in the country. However, most of them are very underrated. Western music, especially, is the source inspiration for most people in the region. Shillong, the capital town of Meghalaya, is also known as the Rock Music Capital of India. Legendary musician Lou Majaw hails from the state of Meghalaya, so does Soulmate, one of India’s best blues band. If you want to experience the brilliant music coming from north-east India, make sure to attend the Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh, which is a highly sought-after musical fixture in the country.