Northeast India, comprising of the eight states, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal, Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim, is a beauty that is still largely unexplored. In fact, there are people living outside Northeast India, who know little about all the states here, let alone visit them.
The best thing about Northeast India is that it has very less similarity with the rest of India. You might even feel that you are in a different country altogether when you come here. From mesmerizing landscapes to exotic wildlife, there are umpteen reasons why you need to visit Northeast India at least once in life. Let us consider some of those here!
- The captivating beauty of the places
There are endless destinations with breathtaking scenery in Northeast India. You may think that you have seen it all, but then you might just find one more! Some of the most well-known though are Ziro Valley and Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, Majuli River Island in Assam, Dawki and Umiam lake in Meghalaya, Dzukou Valley and the small village of Khonoma in Nagaland, Lohtak lake in Manipur and Mount Kangchenjunga in Sikkim. However, as we have said before, these are not all. There are many more and at every point, you would be blown away by the splendour of these gorgeous locales.
- Exotic wildlife
Northeast India is the home of diverse and exotic wildlife. There are many endangered birds and animals found in Northeast India, which you would rarely find anywhere else. Some of them are the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, Blyth’s tragopan, rufous-necked hornbill, Assam roofed turtle and white-winged duck. The National Parks here play a big role in the conservation of these animals and birds. Some of them have even been declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Kaziranga National Park, Nameri National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Manas National Park are must-visit destinations for any wildlife and bird lover. We, at Avian Escapes, organise exclusive birding and wildlife tours to these parks, according to one’s budget and other requirements.
- The amazing food experience
As Northeast India is a land of diverse cultures, their food habits are also different. But, one thing is for sure that the people here do not put a lot of spices in their food, as compared to the rest of India. No wonder they have glowing skin and silky hair! However, they use other ingredients such as bamboo shoot and bhoot jolokiya to spice up their food. Bhoot jolokiya or ghost chilli, in particular, is so hot that you can’t even think of eating one entirely at one go. Some of the most popular dishes from Northeast are Masor Tenga (Assam), Vawksa Rep (Mizoram), Smoked Pork (Nagaland), Zan (Arunachal Pradesh) and Jadoh (Meghalaya). However, these are not all and you need to visit Northeast to know more and eat as well!
- Meet the various tribes
Northeast India is in a way far removed from the rest of the country, as here, you would still find groups of authentic tribal people living their own unique way of life. According to sources, there are over 200 tribes living in Northeast India. All of them are culturally different and follow their own customs and rituals. However, once you get to know them, you will realise that they are some of the nicest people you will meet. They still have that innocence and simplicity of the olden days that we so miss in our lives now. Also, they are such a fascinating lot in terms of everything, be it their clothes, or music, or dances. You will never cease to get amazed while interacting with them and knowing about their cultures!
- Find your spiritual self
There is every chance that you will feel a kind of spiritual awakening in Northeast India. In stark contrast to the rest of India, Northeast is always clean and green. In fact, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya is known as the cleanest village in the whole of Asia. In such a calm and peaceful atmosphere, you connect with yourself as you have never before. Also, there is a great influence of the Tibetan Culture in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. It has the largest monastery in India and people from all over the world come here for this experience. It is the perfect place to get away from everyday life and meditate. Such self-introspection may even lead to an inner discovery that you have never experienced before!
- Art and music
The art and music scene of Northeast India will inspire you to no end. People of Northeast are known for their expertise in making bamboo products, be it furniture or baskets or anything else. A lot of them are interested in pottery as well. Assam is also known for its silk textiles, such as Muga, Eri and Paat silk. You will not find these anywhere else and they are especially known for their rich texture. Again, the music scene of Northeast is always rocking. Some of the finest musicians of the country live here and it is also known as the ‘rock capital’ of India.