Mesmerising North-East India
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.” The land of the eight sisters (Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim) is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse regions which bear the testimony of the saying “Unity in Diversity “. Right from the cool bamboo breeze of Meghalaya to the aromatic smell of the tea gardens of Assam, the region has different tribes with their own distinct tradition of art, culture, dance, music and lifestyle. The North East is a magnificent tapestry of rivers, rain, mist, mountains overwhelmed by the seeming gentleness of its people and stirred by its powerful and evocative history. Assam, in particular remains famous for its silk textiles, tea plantations cocooned by both the sides of the mighty
Brahmaputra. Its greenery and pleasant climate make this location popular not only for its tea but also for enjoying eco vacation. Kaziranga National Park in Assam boasts about the one-horned rhinoceros. Again, comes the most eco-friendly bamboo and cane handicrafts that hail from Tripura.
Each Northeastern state has its own cultural and unique cuisine flavor. Gaze at the picturesque beauty of Sikkim which in 2004 embarked upon a journey to become a fully organic state, mingle with the awesome Naga tribe, relish the mesmerizing waterfall of Meghalaya, visit the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam, experience the pleasant climate and unique culture of Mizoram, witness the largest monastery of India in Arunachal Pradesh which is also the “Land of the Rising Sun” or relax at the perfect spots of Tripura and Manipur, the Northeast is a whole plethora of experience.
It is rightly said that “Once you visit the Northeast, it stays with you for a lifetime.”