North East India Holiday Guide - North Eastern India Travel & Tours
This area has had a troubling history rising when separatist movements were established and who demanded autonomy which led to its fragmentation. In the late 1900’s there was growth in armed separatist groups leading the Indian army to take action and were in low intensity conflict for over a decade. Unfortunately North India has suffered because of this and continues to show slow development.
North East India
Only containing 3.8% of India’s population, North East India is only connected to the rest of India by a small entrance in West Bengal often nicknamed the “Chicken’s Neck”. There are however several beautiful states comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Arunachal Pradesh is the home to over 26 tribes making it one of the most varied and multilingual tribal areas in the world. Trekking and rafting are great activates to be enjoyed here for those who are up for the adventure.
Assam only became part of India after British rule. It’s now home to a large ethnic variety with well over 100 different groups speaking an astonishing 45 different languages. It is known for its scenic beauty, its tea gardens, and successful reserve that houses and conserves the once near extinct one-horned Indian rhino along with several other species including the Asian Elephant. It is a great place to experience boat racing and river rafting for visitors to this state.
Also known as the Land of Jewels, it is where the Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated and where there are strict entry restrictions. The best time to visit is any time between October and February when it is sunny without being extremely hot. Tourists wanting to reach this region will need to obtain a Restricted Area Permit from the Foreigners' Regional Registration Office located in many main Indian cities and are only valid for a maximum of 10days. Furthermore only authorised tours can travel here and may not be allowed to move outside the city. Restrictions aside, it is a gorgeous region surrounded by hills and home of the rare Brow Antlered deer.
There are some great sights in this state including the Elephant Waterfall and the Jaintia Hills where the Jaintia tribes live. Tourist activities include caving, trekking, camping and boating.
A predominantly Christian region, Mizoram has managed to gain self governance. Its people, the Mizos, have one of the best literacy levels in all of India which show that they have strong beliefs in education. The state has a good climate varying between 11°C and 30°C. Avoid the monsoon months from May to September when the rains are heavy.
Located in the absolute north-eastern corner of India, Nagaland has a distinctive character with several tribal communities each with their own customs and traditions, language and dress. It has pristine landscapes with lush sub-tropical rain forests. It is a fantastic place trekking, rock-climbing and camping for visitors.
Well known for being the home of the third highest mountain in the world, Kanch-Endzonga. The state is bordered by both Nepal and Tibet and surrounded by glorious mountains making it a fantastic spot for trekking.
Tripura celebrates many festivals in its calendar, the most significant being Kharchi Puja which is a festival worshiping the fourteen Gods. So if you are planning to be around in July, you should definitely check out the celebrations as they are held with much enthusiasm in the month of July. Another sight to check out is the Ujjayanta Palace, the royal house located in the centre of Agartala. It contains some incredible decoration. Although it is the official home of the Governor of the State, they have opened up the southern wing to the public.