India has long been attracting visitors, for reasons that have changed over the course of the last few centuries. But the demand has only grown with time. One of the most exciting yet comparatively unexplored areas in India is the country’s Northeast. It is separated from the rest of the country and the only direct link is a narrow corridor which passes through Bangladesh and Bhutan.
Northeast India is composed of eight states and it is usually considered the most tribal area of the country. One of the reasons why tourism hasn’t been properly developed in this area is because of its remoteness. The country’s borders with the neighboring China, Bhutan and Myanmar have also posed issues which haven’t been resolved so far but the majority of the region is calm and most areas are a sight to behold.
Meghalaya has always been an attractive place and has been a renowned place for its many scenic views. Even during the colonial times, the capital Shillong was a popular place among the English officers. They left Victorian architecture in the form of bungalows and churches along with a golf course and a Polo ground for their entertainment. There are many natural attractions worth visiting which include waterfalls, lakes, caves, peaks etc. Perhaps the best thing to see in the state of Meghalaya is Living Root Bridges which are located in the deep tropical forest and watching them in all their glory is a sight to behold.
Mizoram is often called the land of Blue Mountains as it is often covered by blue colored fog. The state has a highly varied landscape with dense bamboo jungles, gorges, rivers and paddy fields that can all be found in close proximity. It holds a great degree of attraction for lovers of nature. It is not only famous for its many scenic vistas but also for the many festivals which allow us a chance to have a look at the culture and life in the area. The Bamboo harvesting festival, Chapchar Kut, is the most famous one which includes dance performances in the loud beats of drums.
The state of Nagaland shares a border with Myanmar. This is a home to many native tribes who are very warm to visitors as they’ve only recently had contact established with the world outside. The locals are curious and friendly people who don’t ever let the visitors feel alone. New tourist lodges have been created to attract tourists to a state which is otherwise a very attractive place. Some great places to visit include the attractions in Dimapur which is the commercial center of the state. Dimapur also houses many mysterious ruins from an early civilization which add to its attraction.
Visiting Arunachal Pradesh is like stepping into a world of extraordinary beauty. There are views and experiences which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The size of the area which the tourists can enjoy is spread over 83,000 sq. kilometers. Arunachal Pradesh also houses the country’s largest monastery which is a great tourist attraction. The Tawang monastery is located at some 10,000 ft. above the sea level. The view from the monastery is unrivaled and it also contains a huge collection of Tibetan paintings which are an attraction in their own right. There are many great options for Trekking, Angling and Rafting in the state as well.
Assam is the largest state in Northeast India and it is the most accessible one too. Nearly 60% of all the tea in India is grown in Assam. The mighty river Brahmaputra originates from Assam which has contributed in making the land an extremely fertile area. Rare endangered species of animals can be seen in the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for having rhinos with a single horn. Manas Wildlife sanctuary is a world heritage site and is famous for its role in the protection of tiger reserves in the area.
Manipur has often been referred to as the Jewel of the East because of the state’s picturesque hills and valleys. The capital of the state, Imphal, is surrounded by lakes and wooded hills. The state is also famous for its handicrafts and the tradition of arts. The forests in the state are a host of much endemic flora and fauna which are indigenous to the area and are found nowhere else in the world, one example of which is the dancing deer. The best time to visit Manipur is between October and March.