Meet tribal people and learn about their unique way of life:
Remote North East India has been cut off from the rest of the world for ages and so it’s one of the rare places in the world where you can meet authentic tribal people who live a very different way of life even in this modern age. North East India is one of the most culturally diverse areas of the world.
It is home to over 200 tribes including unique, fascinating tribes like the opium smoking, headhunter tribes in Nagaland and the facially tattooed, sun and moon worshipping Apatani tribe in Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh.
One of the best ways to experience the vibrant and unique cultures of North East India’s intriguing tribal people is through one of the many amazing tribal festivals. Witnessing the riot of color, music and dance and even some sacrifices and unique rituals of a traditional tribal festival in North East India is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Don’t worry, they don’t practice headhunting anymore. But it’s a fascinating experience to meet the tribal people and find out about their way of life. It’s best to take a tour with a local guide if you want to be made to feel welcome and to really understand their way of life.
See rare and endangered wildlife:
Because the region is so unspoiled and unexplored North East India is a refuge to many rare and endangered animals. There are many fantastic UNESCO listed national parks where animal lovers can take safaris and witness exotic animals in their natural habitat.
Kaziranga National Park in Assam, one of the most famous is Kaziranga National Park in Assam where close up sightings of engaged one-horned rhinos are pretty much guaranteed (even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited here on their India tour).
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, also in Assam, is home to more endangered species than any other sanctuary in India.
Or visit Nokrek National Park in Meghalaya to look out for red pandas, tigers, elephants, rare breeds of macaques and marbled cats.
Tibetan culture (without visiting Tibet):
North East India is nestled up against the border of Tibet and parts of the mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh actually used to be part of Tibet. Visit the remote Tawang region where colorful Tibetan prayer flags flutter over the peaceful valleys.
You will experience the enchanting, serene and colorful Tibetan culture and religion carrying on peacefully in the historic monasteries, prayer wheels, and stupas. Be sure to enjoy delicious and authentic Tibetan food like momos and thukpas.
Explore unspoiled nature and stunning scenery:
North East India is home to some of the most stunning, diverse and unspoiled scenery in India.
From the snow-capped peaks of the soaring Himalayan mountains to the grassy plains of Assam and the steamy forests and majestic waterfalls of Meghalaya – North East India showcases unspoiled nature at its finest!
Experience a totally different and hassle-free side to India:
If the horror stories of dirt, hassle, and chaos put you off visiting India at all then, exploring North East India offers you the chance to experience a totally different side to India. This region is just so different that sometimes I could hardly believe I was still in India – the scenery, the food, the people, the culture everything is different.
Even though a lack of infrastructure makes traveling here a little bumpy and slow-moving at times, I found North East India a welcome escape from other parts of India. The chaos and hassle that you get in the more touristy parts of India disappear in the North East. No one tried to cheat me or touch me or even sell me anything. The people of North-East India where some of the friendliest and most genuine people I’ve ever met on my travel.
Get off the beaten track:
North East India is still unexplored, authentic and blissfully untouristy. In this increasingly globalized world, it can be pretty hard to really ‘get off the beaten track’ nowadays.
North East India is still totally authentic:
As the region has only just started to open up to tourism, restrictions on travel and permit requirements are becoming more relaxed but the region remains blissfully untouched by tourism and unexplored.
In fact, some parts of the mountains in Arunachal Pradesh have not even been mapped! Yes, this means that traveling here can be a bit bumpy and there are no luxury hotels but if an adventure is what you’re after then North East India is the place to come! There aren’t many places in the world with blank spaces on the map. There aren’t many places where people have hardly any idea that the modern world exists, where creatures have yet to be named and mountains yet to be climbed.
But North East India is still totally off the beaten track. It’s an amazing feeling to go somewhere hardly anyone else has gone but you’ll need to go now before everyone else does!