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EXPLORE NORTH EAST

 

    Assam, the gateway to the Northeast India, is the land with rolling plains and dense forests. Bordered in the north and east by Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam shares its southern border by Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The state of Meghalaya lies to her South-West, Bengal and Bangladesh to her West. In the tourism map of India, Assam is known for her mighty river Brahmaputra, the world famous one horned rhinoceros, the lush green tea gardens, and the largest river island Majuli and its rich flora and fauna.

    Meghalaya

    Bounded on the North and East by Assam and on the South and West by Bangladesh, Meghalaya meaning the “Abode of Clouds” is a state rich in picturesque locales, bountiful nature, fresh and refreshing surroundings. It is home to three major tribal populations - Khasis, Garos and Jaintias. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother's side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.

    Arunachal Pradesh

    Arunachal Pradesh, situated in the north-east corner of India, is one of the least populated and most beautiful states. It is very popular due to its verdant green forests, steep river valleys, and scenic plateaus, combined with subtropical river valleys and Himalayan pastures. The state is home to 26 main tribal strains. Each has a distinct identity, of language, culture, and beliefs. Arunachal is rich in flora, wildlife, and a variety of tribal cultures.

    Manipur
    This little corner is a paradise on Earth where Mother Nature has bestowed her bounty extra generously. Manipur`s exotic scenery, mystic atmosphere and salubrious climate are all that fascinate tourists. Abounded with festivals, Manipuris are best introduced by their world famous "Manipuri Dance"- one of the major dance forms of India. South of Nagaland, Manipur borders Myanmar. The state is inhabited by over two dozens tribes. Manipur claims to have invented the game Polo, the main sport of Manipur. 

    Mizoram
    Mizoram, predominantly a Christian populated state, is towards the southern-most tip of the North-Eastern states, sharing borders with Manipur, Assam, Tripura and then jutting between Myanmar and Bangladesh. The word Mizo means highlander, a collective term given by their neighbours to a number of tribes, which settled in this area. They are orginally believed to have come from North-Western China and gradually pushed themselves to their present homeland, less than 300 years ago. A mountainous region, Mizoram became the 23rd state of the Indian Union in February 1987. The hills are steep with an average height of 900 metres. Its green thick forest is rich in flora and fauna. Mizoram has an area of 21081 sq kms. 

    Nagaland
    The state of Nagaland, covering an area of 16,488 sq. km. is encircled by Assam in the north and west, by Burma and Arunachal Pradesh in the east, and Manipur in the South. The state is predominantly dominated by Naga communities and hence, it forms a single cultural region generally definable by common cultural and linguistic traditions. This state was carved out of the territories that were earlier known as Naga Hills - Tuesnsang Area(NHTA), through the State of Nagaland Act, 1962. It was inaugurated on 1st December, 1963 by the then President of India, Dr S. Radhakrishnan. 

    Tripura, the second smallest state in the country, is almost surrounded by Bangladesh. Inspite of having 19 tribes, the majority of the population of Tripura is Bengali. Situated in one of the remotest corner of the country, Trpura is one of the best potential places that caters the taste of everything from palaces to lakes and hill station.

    Sikkim is famous for Kanch-Endzonga, at 598 mtrs, which is third highest mountain in the world. Being second smallest state in India, Sikkim covers 7,096 sq kms and measures 110 kms from north to south and 64 kms from east to west. It encompasses the upper valley of Teesta river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. The watershed form the borders with Tibet and Nepal. Rangit and Rangpo rivers form the border with West Bengal. Sikkim is separated from Nepal in the west by the Singalila range while Donngkya range is the border to the north & north-east.