NORTHEAST – the land of the rising sun
The North Eastern part of India is a melting pot of ecological diversity. The entire region comprises of seven wildly exotic states, each unique in their own vivid identity. The seven states, namely Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura & Nagaland are connected with the Indian mainland via the Siliguri corridor, commonly referred as the "Chicken's Neck". The North East is home to 220 ethnic groups and an imminently lavish platter of Himalayan flora & fauna. Visiting this arcadia of breathtaking locations should be on everyone’s bucket list.
What to Expect
When you're here, expect to be surrounded with spell bounding visuals offered to you in bounty by Nature. According to Norman Myers 2000, North East is the 7th most bio-diverse region in the world. It houses 70% of the total orchid variants on Earth. Walk through the breathing, living root bridges in Meghalaya. They are meticulously designed with the help of grafting which takes years to form. Watch the One Horned Rhinoceros in the Kaziranga National Park, Assam. This species is exclusive to the North East and doesn't thrive anywhere else in the world. Visit the world’s only existent floating Park in Meghalaya, named Keibul Lamjao National Park. Visit the "Mother's Market" in Manipur, run independently by over 3,500 women of the North East. Visit the resplendent Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. Go for river rafting in the foamy waters of Brahmaputra & Subansiri and go cave hunting in the Mawsamai Caves. You’ll never run out of options in North East India.
The Naga grow a unique variant of black rice, which is used to make the sumptuous black sticky rice pudding. Rice cakes stuffed with sweet jaggery are a popular snack in Assam. They also leave the rice soaked overnight to add lime and diced onions in it to be eaten for breakfast. The dish, known as Poitabhaat is extremely tangy & refreshing. Pickled bamboo shoots are a dish popular in the entire North East. Bamboo is also mixed with mashed potatoes and powdered spices. Roast Duck, Pork, stews flavored with curry leaves and Bhoot Jolokia are also common. Salads prepared from sliced banana stems are popular in Manipur. Grilled shrimps, pickled pork, steamed fishes, handmade noodles, and the list of dishes to try out in the North East India are endless.
How to Reach
The state of Assam is linked with the rest of the country through an international airport in Guwahati that is connected to cities like Delhi & Kolkata. Guwahati is linked through an extensive rail network as well that runs the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express and much more.
The airport in Tezpur is the nearest one to Arunachal Pradesh. It connects cities like Guwahati & Kolkata.
Manipur too is connected to Delhi, Silchar, Guwahati etc by air.
Meghalaya's capital, Shillong, runs flights to Kolkata. The nearest railway station is in Dimapur.
Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram is connected to Kolkata & Imphal by air.
The capital of Nagaland, Kohima, is connected with the rest of India through Dimapur both by air & land.
Tripura has an airport in Agartala that runs flights to Kolkata on a regular basis.