Exploring India’s Unexplored Paradise
The rarely explored part of India, the Northeastern region, is indeed a land of butterflies and fairies. The “seven sisters”, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura will embrace you with such scenic solitude that you would bury the pandemonium of your usual city life.
Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
Very seldom will you hear honks from vehicles and frown at swarms of people; here you will immediately delve into the depths of the slow-paced lives of the warm-hearted locals. The fresh Himalayan air and the soothing chirps of birds from the lush green forests will leave you yearning for more. A region greatly distanced from the tourist tracks, you simply can’t say no to this part.
Apatani Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh
An amazingly diverse region that is home to numerous different tribes, one would never be able to explore all of the region’s cultural offerings even in years. From the Apatanis of the Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh to the circular floating swamps (phumdis) of the Loktak Lake in Manipur.
Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
From the valiant and robust Nagas of the bamboo villages to the peaceful Khasi Tribes of wet Meghalaya. From the pristine and picturesque Dzukou Valley to the cultural capital of Assam, Majuli, this region will prove to you the adage that says, ‘the best things in life aren’t things’.
Traditional Cuisine of Nagaland
The Cuisines here comprise dishes exhibiting the culture and lifestyle of the region. The staple food is mostly rice along with dry fish, spicy meat like Chicken, Mutton, Duck, Pigeon and lots of green vegetables and these go very well with a variety of rice beer. Jadoh, Momo, Aakhol Ghor, Tung-rymbai and pickled bamboo shoots just to name a few of the local cuisines.
Concerned about health and hygiene, the region is spotlessly clean – there is no littering here at all, one can walk without stepping over trash or cans or even dung like you may in the cities of India, here nature is worshipped. Visit Mawlynnong, a Khasi village that has the tag of being the “Cleanest village in Asia”.
Brahmaputra River, Assam
And finally, who wouldn’t want relations welded over beer or the local brew, on the banks of gushing rivers or in quaint old-school pubs that play jazz records or blues whilst staring at the crimson evenings from the warmth of the fireplace inside, sharing stories while trekking uphill or taking shelter from the pouring rain… This isn’t out of books, it all happens right here in Northeast India.
Hanging Bamboo Bridge, Arunachal Pradesh
So make sure you take enough time off for this trip, either the entire region or the individual states, as this is not going to be a weekend getaway but a lifetime experience.
See you there!