‘Paradise Unexplored’ is how India describes its eastern most region, the North East of India. And very true to this description, North East India is a land of breathtaking landscapes un-adulterated by the rapid globalization of the world economy. The region comprises of seven Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Agartala also known as the ‘Seven Sister States’ with the State of Sikkim being a recent addition. With each of these states having more than 60% of their area under forest cover North East India comprises of a wide variety of Flora Fauna and Avifauna. The region is the second largest hot-spot (Indo-Burma) in the world having 8,000 of the total 15,000 species of flowering plants in India. There are 850 species of birds in the region – the like of white-winged wood duck, Great Indian Hornbill, Jungle-fowl, Pheasant, Siberian Crane, Indian Gray Hornbill, etc. The diversities of the animal kingdom includes the like of the famous One Horned Rhinocerous, clouded Leopards, Elephants, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Black Bear, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Capped Langur, Pygmy Hog, Pig tailed Macaque, Hollock Gibbon, etc.
Some facts about North East India ~
Arunachal Pradesh: Receives the first sunlight in India, hence called the ‘Land of Rising Sun’. Just like sunset in Kanyakumari, sunrise in Arunachal is wonderful. It shares international borders with China, Bhutan & Myanmar. The Tawang Monestary is the Second Largest Monastery in the World and the Largest in India.
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Assam: It has the largest river island in the world ‘Majuli’. It is home to the largest density of endangered One horned Rhinoceros population in the world. Assam is also the birthplace of Indian oil industry in Digboi and provides largest Tea production in the world. Assam is also home to India’s only Coal Museum. The State hosts the only market where Barter Trade (sale in exchange of goods) is practiced at the Jonbeel Mela. Mayong is the Magic capital of India and also home to the longest stone inscription in Asia that measures 3.95 metres. The Umananda island is the smallest inhabited river island in the world.
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Nagaland: Apart from its diverese culture and the famous ‘Horn Bill Festival’, Nagaland has contributed largely to the defence sector of our Nation. And not to forget, the legendary footballer Dr. Talimeran Ao hails from Nagaland.
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Meghalaya: Has world’s highest rainfall in Cherrapunji and Masynram, its beauty is called Scotland of the East. Shillong golflink is the 2nd largest natural golf course in Asia. Shillong is also the rock capital of India. Mawlynnong was awarded the cleanest village in Asia. The Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and Shillong has India’s only Glass mosque the Madina Masjid.
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Tripura: Most literate state in India beating Kerala
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Mizoram: Third most literate state in India after Kerala. The only place in India, where the tradition of ‘Nghah lou dawr’ meaning “Shops without attendants” are common along the highways that sell vegetables and fruits.
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Manipur: Its has a huge contribution to the nation in the field of Sports. Likes of boxing world champion M C Mary Kom and many national level players in different sports. Kebul Lamjao National Park is the only floating park in the World.
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Sikkim: It is blessed with natural beauty all year around with snow peaked mountains and lush green mountain cover. Also, it hosts the world’s highest altitude ATM
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Home to a wide various tribes and cultures, the region is a home to religious and ethnic diversity. Festivals like ‘the Hornbill Festival’ of Nagaland, the ‘Dree Festival’ of Apatani tribes in Arunachal, the ‘Losar Festival’ of the Monpa tribes, the ‘Moatsu Mong Festival’ of the Ao tribes in Nagaland, the ‘Dehing Patkai Festival’ of Assam, the ‘Bihu Festival’ of Assam are a moment of pomp and festivity and any tourist visiting these festivals will cherish the memories for a lifetime during their visit to North East India.
India’s largest outdoor Music Festival – the Ziro Festival of Music is also held in North East India at Ziro Valley in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
At North East India, that is home to over 200 tribes you will experience Eco Tourism at its best in the States of Assam and Meghalaya. From staying with these tribes, you can also get to experience their culture and traditions that have been preserved from many generations. Indulge in community activities, savor delicious meals and local wine along with these Tribes and stay in Eco friendly community houses constructed especially for tourists to experience Eco tourism homestays at its best!
We at Jungleideas look forward eagerly in welcoming you to North East India – ‘The Paradise Unexplored’ !!
Best time to Visit: You can visit the North East of India anytime of the year however the National Parks of Assam remain open for public viewing from November to April only. This is becuase heavy flooding from May to September forces them for a closure. The climate remains favorable for exploring at that time too. The States of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have a favorable climate throughout the year. To witness the rains of Cherrapunji the best time to visit will be during the months of July and August.
So why wait?! Plan your visit to the Top Bio-Diversity hotspots in the World at India’s Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India!
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