North East India Tourism

NE India lie deep in the lap of easternmost Himalayan hills in north-eastern part of India. Connected to rest of India by merely 20 kilometers of wide land (at Siliguri, West Bengal), the North-East India shares over 2000 kilometers of border with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh - After Indian Independence from British Rule in 1947, the Northeastern region of British India consisted of Assam and the princely states of Manipur and Tripura -  Subsequently, Nagaland in 1963, Meghalaya in 1972, Arunachal Pradesh in 1975 (capital changed to Itanagar) (formed on 20 February 1987) and Mizoram in 1987 were formed out of the large territory of Assam -  Manipur and Tripura remained as Union Territories of India between 1956 until 1972, when they attained fully-fledged statehood - Sikkim was integrated as the eighth North Eastern Council state in 2002.

North East India tourist places promise experiences found nowhere on earth with their extraordinary beauty. Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing in these faraway north eastern states of India. There's a horde of obstacles to battle along the way (bad roads, poor infrastructure and rebel armies, to name a few). Only those with a taste for raw adventure need mail. Northeast India is the most beautiful region of India representing diversified India. It comprises of eight states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Thrown across the farthest reaches of India, obscured from the greater world by ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges, the Northeast States are one of Asia’s last great natural and anthropological sanctuaries. Destination Green provides vehicles for sightseeng for all the places. Sharing borders with Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh, these remote frontiers are a region of rugged beauty, and a collision zone of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes and peoples. Much of the region has been left unexplored till date, owning to the regions formidable terrain consisting of mountains, hills, rainforests, river, jungles and predators, and deficiency of infrastructure. The small sized region has one of the highest biodiversity density found anywhere in the world. In this wonderland for adventurers, glacial Himalayan rivers spill onto Assam’s vast floodplains, faith moves mountains on the perilous pilgrimage to Tawang, rhinos graze in Kaziranga’s swampy grasslands and former headhunters slowly embrace modernity in their ancestral longhouses in Nagaland. While most people in the north-east understand and speak English, Hindi is not very common except in Arunachal pradesh, Assam and Tripura to some extent, so travellers here should pick up a few phrases in the local languages if possible. The Northeast is the most culturally distinct from the rest of India. North East India is famous for its delicious and ethnic delicacies. Destination Green arrange tour packages for entire sector. The cuisine includes world famous vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. North East has earned accolades for the various dishes prepared from local herbs and spices. Apart from local dishes , it is also equipped with restaurants and hotels serving conventional Indian foods ( both North Indian and South Indian). So as far as eating is concerned , there will be no problem for the tourists. Few places like Tawang, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Bomdila, and Gorichen Peak etc are worth visiting. The crystal clear pools of Dawki and Majuli look celestial and lures travelers in taking a dive. The evening boat rides in lakes like Maswani and Nagula are calming and give you a sense of isolation. Brahmaputra Cruise is also an experiece by itself.

A simple walk with lamas and monks of Bomdila monastery and Tawang can be life-altering. The village walks in Dibrugarh and Mon will give an insight of the region and slow life that unfurls in the mountains. Northeastern corridor of India has unhindered landscapes and nature, there is still time for it to become commercial and before that a trip to all the eight states is mandatory.

The main entry point for any north-eastern state is Assam, if one is entering from within India. There are a few entry points from Bangladesh (Dawki in Meghalaya) and Myanmar (Moreh in Manipur) but entry is restricted to local traders & government officials only. This will be easy after the completion of Asian Highway for Tourist and others. Entry into Arunachal Pradesh requires a Protected Area Permit (PAP) for non-Indians and an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian citizens. Permits are issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, but the easiest approach is to get your Indian visa with a special endorsement allowing travel in the state. Individual travelers are allowed access only into major towns and sights; travels off the beaten track generally require a registered tour group of four or more people. Foreigners are required to register with the FRO (Foreign Registration Office) of each district within 24 hours of arrival in Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

Top sights in Northeast States namely Tawang Gompa in Tawang Valley, Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures in Shillong, Root Bridges in
Cherrapunjee (Sohra), War Cemetery in Kohima, Khwairamband Bazaar in Imphal, Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, Kaziranga National Park, Neermahal in Neermahal & Melaghar,  Loktak Lake in Manipur,  Anthurium Festival in Mizoram,   

The States are

  • Assam
  • Meghalaya
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Mizoram
  • Manipur
  • Tripura
  • Nagaland

Communications

Airways: Assam (Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati), Manipur (Imphal Airport), Nagaland (Dimapur Airport) and Tripura (Agartala Airport) have direct flights from other parts of India (Delhi and/or Kolkata). There are two other major airports serving upper regions of Assam and neighbouring areas - Dibrugarh Airport and Silchar Airport. There are helicopter services to Naharlagun nearly 14 kilometers from Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Aizawl (Mizoram). Railways: There are good train connections from most of the major Indian cities to Assam. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are the only states in the region with rail lines. The important station in Arunachal Pradesh is Naharlagun which runs between New Delhi, Guwahati via different stations. Important stations in Assam are Guwahati, Bongaigaon, Lumding, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh. The fastest train from Delhi is Guwahati bound Rajdhani Express (28 hours) followed by North-East Express (32 hours) and Dibrugarh bound Brahmaputra Mail (42 hours), while the fastest train from Kolkatta (Howrah) is Saraighat Express. Train track in Assam is not electrified and is single lane, so delays are a normal. There are narrow gauge trains to Arunachal Pradesh and Barak Valley area but they are very much prone to cancellation, delays and are not at all comfortable. Roadways: All the states have good network of roads in urban areas. There are regular long journey buses from each state to other. Bus service  to all north-eastern states are frequent. Self-driving is not a good idea as all roads pass through heavy forest reserves and rough terrain.

 

 

 


Visit to Himalaya, Assam, Cherapunjee, Kaziranga, Meghalaya