Assam, situated in the north-eastern region of India, is surrounded by the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. As they say, it is a land of blue hills, green valleys and red rivers. The state is also a hub of cultural amalgamation of different tribes, as it is the corridor to the South Asian and South East Asian nations. Apart from the hybrid Assamese population, there are several distinct ethno-cultural groups such as Bodo, Karbi, Mishing, Dimasa, Deori, Tiwa, Rabha, Hajong, Taiphake, Taikhamti, Taiaiton, Singphow, Garo, etc with distinct languages, dialects, food habits, architecture and settlement pattern, textile design, dance, music, musical instruments, belief, etc. They belong to the racial group of Mongoloid and Proto- Austroloid. The origin of the tribal groups which exist in Assam can be traced within the Negritos, Dravidian, Alpines, Tibeto-Burmese and Aryan race which travelled from far off areas and settled in the centrally located regions of Assam. These tribes unite to form the colourful tribes of Assam.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh is located at the junction of the Eastern Himalaya and Indo-Burma, a region that is among the world’s 25 global biodiversity hotspots. Sharing its international border with South East Asian countries, the region has a great diversity of culture and tradition. Arunachal Pradesh is a mountainous terrain which is gifted with rich natural resources and biodiversity, deep gorges and fast flowing streams and rivulets, which form the tributaries of the mighty Siang River. ‘Kangte’ is the highest peak in the state 7090 m above sea level in West Kameng district. There are a number of tribes and sub-tribes, each with a specific geographical distribution. The major tribes are Galo, Minyong, Nyishi, Aka, Apatani, Bugun, Singhpo, Memba, Mishmi, Miji, Tangsa, Monpa,Sherdukpen, Tagin, Khamti, Wancho, Nocte etc.
The name Meghalaya means "the abode of clouds". This state is bounded to the south by the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the north by India's Assam. The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong, known as the "Scotland of the East“. Meghalaya also offers many adventure tourism opportunities in the form of mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking and hiking, water sports etc. It is a place that can be visited any time of the year.
Nagaland the ‘Land of Tribal’ is a place of magical beauty and bewildering diversity. A land nestled in myths and mysterious, lore and legends and in many tender dreams today, finds a place of admiration in many hearts. A land of clouds, mountains and serpentine rivers, valleys strewn with flowers and colourful people. The Nagas were known to the outside world as Head-hunters, although Head-hunting is now a thing of the past. The Nagas are by race of Mongoloid stock and speak Tibeto-Burman group languages. There are 16 major tribes that constitute the Naga People, besides many sub-tribes spread across 11 administrative districts. Each tribe has got its own language and communication across tribes takes place in a language called Nagamese Creole. Traditionally they were fierce warriors, yet Nagas are amiable by nature and highly hospitable to quests and visitors. The warmth and hospitality of the Nagas never cease to surprise a first time visitor. The uniqueness of Naga hospitality lies in the fact that they consider the safety, security and satisfaction of their guests as a matter of honour and prestige.
Manipur is a state located in the north-east corner of India. This little corner is a paradise on Earth where Mother Nature has been extra generous in her bounty. An oval shaped valley is surrounded by blue green hills, rich in art and tradition with its cascading rapids, tripling rivers, varieties of flowers exotic blooms and lakes. The people of Manipur includes Meitei, Nagas, Kuki-chin-Mizo and Gorkhas group and Muslims and other colorful communities which have lived in complete harmony for countries. Manipur tourism beckon tourist with its breathtaking beauty, scenic lakes, soaring hills, refreshing waterfalls, and exotic orchids and amazing heritage.
Mizoram is a mountainous state nestling in the southern tip of the north-east region of India. Important tourism attraction is verdant forests cover dominated by thick bamboo groves, teeming with vibrant wildlife, sheer cliffs and breath-taking waterfalls, dotted with unique landmarks of myriad folklores and picturesque villages of houses built on stilts, a land of dramatic seas of morning mists that enfold islands of hills and peaks, pleasant weather.
Tripura is the second smallest state of North-east India. The state has about 60% of its area under forest cover, out of which 6% is under protected areas in the form of four wildlife sanctuaries namely, Sipahijala, Trishna, Gumti and Rewa offering immense scope for eco-tourism activities.
Sikkim is one of the Himalayan states lying in between 27 to 28 degrees North latitude and 88 to 89 degrees East longitude is the second smallest state of India with the total area of 7096 square kilometres and covered by the three international boundaries of Tibet Autonomous Region-china from North, Nepal from West, and Bhutan from East and National boundary of West Bengal from South. Natural beauties of Sikkim state make her an important tourists’ destination for tourists in India.