About Discover Northeast India
Discover Northeast India is a resource for finding inspiring collections to explore everything related to the region- places, art and culture, food, scenery, uniqueness, people… we have it all. Our blog will take you on a virtual tour, showcasing the stunning landscapes, unique culture that make Northeast India a nature lover’s dream come true.
Discover NE India’s vision is to be a leading force in creating and expressing the best experiences of North East India to the world. The Seven Sister States is a common term for the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura before the inclusion of Sikkim in northeastern India.
Much of the region remains unexplored due to the region’s formidable topography and lack of infrastructure consisting of mountains, hills, rainforests, rivers and difficult terrains. The small-sized region has one of the highest biodiversity densities in the world.
Discover NE India covers the people, places, culture and events of the following states of India:
- Arunachal Pradesh
Much of Arunachal Pradesh is covered by the Himalayas and Kangtö is the state’s highest peak. Traveling through the difficult terrains takes time with long journeys on poor quality roads. Dirang Valley is home to hot springs, apple orchards and brisk currents, from where you can cross the Sela Pass to Tawang Monastery, the second largest monastery in Asia.
Assam, a state of diversity, includes Dibrugarh, the “tea city of India,” and Majuli on the Brahmaputra River, the world’s largest river island. It is home to the Assamese Neo-Vishnavit culture, a form of Hinduism that promotes ethnic unity and equality. In Sibsagar you can find medieval remains of the Ahom dynasty. The famed Kaziranga is home to one-horned rhinos, and diverse birdlife in Nameri.
Manipur rarely appears on holiday itineraries in Northeast India, but trips to the sate has so much to offer like the unique women-owned bazaars and the beautiful Loktak Lake, set against the background of the Sendra hills. A boat trip through the lake’s phumdis – floating islands of vegetation is definitely be in your bucket-list.
One of the most visited states in northeastern India, Megalaya in Sanskrit means “abode of the clouds” and is home to foggy forests, mountains and waterfalls. Shillong, the capital offers an attractive retreat and Mawlynnong is known as “India’s cleanest village”. Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth is home to some enchanting caves, tall waterfalls and living root bridges built by the locals.
Mizoram, known for its lush hills and thick bamboo forests, is located at the southern tip of northeastern India. Dubbed as ‘the land of the Blue Mountains’, the hills feature gushing rivers and lush waterfalls. Mizoram is found to be suitable for rural tourism, cultural tourism and adventure tourism. It is one of the few predominantly Christian states in India.
Nagaland, which borders Myanmar, has its customs deep-rooted in tribal traditions. Visit villages like Longwa in Mon district, to learn about traditional life and enjoy the colourful Hornbill Festival. Discover the ruins of the medieval kingdom of Dimasa in Dimapur and the famous World War II cemetery in Kohima. It is home to 16 major tribes and is one of the few Christian majority states in India.
Sikkim is multilingual and multicultural and is now the world’s first 100% organic state. It is located in the northern Himalayas, which is home to the highest peak in India, Kangchenjunga. The capital of Gangtok has been a pilgrimage site since the Enchey Monastery was built in 1840, and the Ramtek Monastery is one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.
Tripura is one of the most isolated states in India and one of the most populous states in the region. Although it has one of the least tourist attractions, it offers stunning natural beauty and an interesting cultural heritage.