Northeast India is one of the least unexplored, mysterious and the most beautiful regions of India. Northeast India is known as Seven Sisters or eight ( includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim). All these eight states are beautiful in their own rights, diverse and beautiful landscapes, unique culture and history. Northeast India is blessed with unique experience and whenever you travel, you return with unforgettable memories.
In the Northeast States, you’ll see the different types of tribes who are equally different from culture and tradition. Each tribe celebrates its own festival with great happiness and joy.
Hornbill festival, one of the biggest festivals celebrated by the tribes of Naga comes together to promote their cultural heritage of the state. In this festival, Nagas celebrate, exhibit sell their traditional dresses, foodstuffs, and crafts. From 1 to 10 December of every year, Naga celebrates this festival held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama about 12 km from Kohima.
Northeast India is amazing in biodiversity, it has the world’s diverse regions.
You can see the sight of endangered animals like one-horned rhino, Snow-Leopard, Yaks, Musk deer, Red Panda, and Sambhar. In the Wildlife Sanctuaries, apart from these wild animals, there is a large variety of flora and fauna, you can see the population of birds, reptiles, fishes, and many more.
Northeast is also blessed with many wildlife sanctuaries. The famous wildlife sanctuaries are Mouling National Park, Keibul Lam Jeo National Park, Pobitro Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park, Nameri National Park, Manas National Park, Gibbon WLS, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Eaglenest WLS.
While Northeast shares its boundaries with Tibet too Buddhism occupies a great place in the religious lives of the people. Monasteries are one of the important aspects of Northeast India. The states Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim follow Buddhism. In Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a famous monastery. Tawang is known for its many beautiful and important monasteries. Tawang monastery is not only among the oldest monastery but also one of the largest Indian monasteries. The beautiful Tawang town is also pronounced as Dawang. Some of the famous monasteries in North East are Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Sinon Monastery, Ghoom Monastery, etc.
Festivals in the Northeast
The seven sisters of Northeast India celebrate every festival with great joy and vibrant. Every state has its own culture and tradition. The northeast festivals flaunt its rich culture. Most of the festivals are either related to agriculture, Buddhism or a new year. The Northeast Indian festivals show the natural charm, artistic abilities as well as the delicious cuisine of every seven states.
Yaoshang- Manipur’s version of Holi celebrated in March.
Aoling Monyu- Konyak festival in the Mon region of Nagaland marking the arrival of rain in the month of April.
Bihu- The major festival of Assam, celebrated with singing, dancing, and feast in the villages.
Chapchar kut- This the biggest harvest festival in Mizoram, celebrated before the sowing season begins in the month of March.
Moatsu- the festival celebrated by the Ao Tribe in Nagaland after the sowing season.
Dree- The Apatanis of Ziro in Arunachal observe this agrarian festival in which animal sacrifices are common.
Nogkrem- In Meghalaya, the Khasi tribe give thanks for the harvest over five days.
Torgya and Losar- Arunachal Pradesh festival of Monpa people in Bomdila and Tawang, with colorful chaam ( masked monastic dances) and religious ceremonies.
Music and Cultural festivals
Ziro Festival of Music- Four-day Central Arunachal outdoor music festival with apong ( rice and beer ) and indie music, camping under the stars in the Ziro Valley in Sept.
NH7 Weekender- The popular multi day urban music festival held its first Shillong edition in 2015 and is now slated to be an annual feature. Indian indie and global artists spanning genres of rock, funk, electro and more perform on various stages.
Hornbill Festival- Celebrated in the first week of December, held annually in Nagaland at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, this is one of the largest occasions, showcasing the dance, music, food, games and intriguing culture of different local tribes.
Best Time to Visit Northeast
From November to April it is the best weather conditions, by December the high-altitude areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland are extremely cold. From May to the end of September it rains heavily, particularly in Meghalaya, but travel during this time has its own beauty.
How to reach Northeast
By Flight- If you are looking to fly to one of the states in the Northeast, then you will be pleased to learn that four of the states- Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, and Assam. all have direct flights from various cities such as Kolkata and Delhi. Guwahati in Assam is considered to be the gateway to the Northeast states and once you reach there, you can fly to some of the other places such as Silchar, Dimapur, Imphal, Aizawl, Agartala, Jorhat and Dibrugarh. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport in Guwahati is well connected to major cities of India.
The airlines that fly to Northeast regularly are Indian Airlines, Indigo, Spicejet and Vistara. Here are some of the airports that you can fly to reach Northeast India.
- Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolio International Airport, Guwahati
- Imphal International Airport, Manipur
- Silchar Airport, Assam
- Dibrugarh Airport, Assam
- Dimapur Airport, Nagaland
- Agartala Airport, Tripura
There are also helicopter services to Aizwal and Naharlagun.
By Train- Some cities of the country have some good connectivity by train to Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam. Naharlagun is the important station in Arunachal Pradesh which is located between Guwahati and also New Delhi. There are also stations Guwahati, Lumding, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh as well as Tinsukia. From Delhi, trains such as Rajdhani Express, Northeast Express, and Brahmaputra Rail travel to Northeast India regularly.
In the northeast, the trains are inevitably slow because the trains are not electrified. Because of non-electrified trains in the northeast, there would certainly be a lot of delays before you reach the destination. Mizoram is not connected by train. To reach the Sikkim, you must take a train to New Jalpaiguri, on the other side Kumarghat is the closest rail station to enter Tripura. The Rajdhani Express takes around 28 hours to reach the Northeast, it is the fastest railway option. Meanwhile, Northeast Express takes 32hours while Brahmaputra Mail takes the longest, 42 hours.
By road- All the states have good connections of the road in the city areas with regular long-distance buses from many northeastern states to West Bengal. Assam has State-run buses that connect to the other states in Northeast India. Places like Guwahati, Tezpur, Kaziranga National Park can be reached by the Assam State Corporation buses. Guwahati Paltan Bazar is the main bus stand. The other options for the local travelers include Sumo, shared taxis leave once they are filled up with enough passengers. In Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, these Sumo run every hour, it’s a better idea to buy tickets from the counter beforehand as these tickets run out very fast.
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