Marvelous Arunachal, the land of the dawn-lit-mountains is the first place to greet the golden sun blazes into our country. This nature’s treasure trove has over 60 percent of its the area covered with evergreen forests interspersed with rivers, streams, gorges, and snowy peaks. Arunachal Pradesh, a naturalist’s dream has an amazing assortment of fascinating flora and fauna. A visit to this once ‘Hidden Land’ is an out of the world experience, as one comes across breathtaking spectacular nature in all her pristine glory.
Itanagar, the charming capital of Arunachal Pradesh is said to be named after the historic Ita Fort, dating back to the 14-15 century and identified with Mayapur. It is actually a twin town – Naharlagun, the older and Itanagar, the new official capital town The elegant Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor, along with the wood frame buildings rising up the slopes of a lush hill presents a picture-postcard setting.
Buddhist Temple: The beautiful yellow-roofed shrine on a hill affords a fine view of the town. The Tibetan influence on the architecture of the shrine is clearly visible.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum: It exhibits archaeological relics from the Ita Fort. There is also a fine collection of arts and crafts, jewelry, textiles, and tribal headgears of Arunachal Pradesh.
Other places of interest are, Ganga (Gyakat Sinki) Lake, PoloPark, Handicrafts Centre, Zoo, etc.
Alluring Assam, the ‘Home of the son of Lord Brahma or Brahma- Putra” is a land of myths, mysteries, lores, and legends. This sentinel of northeast India is joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land and noted for its ruins and monuments, colorful people and festivals. The state endowed with stunning scenic beauty is dominated by the mighty Brahmaputra River and is the largest producer of timber and tea in the country. Assam is also dotted with oils fields and it produces about one-sixth of India’s petroleum and natural gas.
Guwahati, the ‘Gateway to the North East sprawling along the banks of Brahmaputra is the main industrial, commercial and communication center of the region. It was an important religious and political nerve center of ancient Assam and was earlier known by the names of ‘Kamrupa’ and ‘Pragiyotishpura’ or ‘the city of eastern lights’. Today, this bustling business city is associated with various products like tea, oil, forest produce, and handlooms, etc.
Kamakhya Temple: The sacred shrine of Goddess Kali is the most important temple of Assam and the main attraction of Guwahati. The temple with bee-hive shaped shikaras is perched on the Nilachal hill and is a fine example of Assamese architecture. It is one of the three most important tantrik temples in India. According to mythological legends, the ‘yoni’ of Shakti, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati fell over here and thus it is also known as ‘Yoni Pith’.
Assam State Museum: It has a rich collection of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts like stone sculptures and bronzes etc, dating back to the 7th century.
Nabagraha Temple: The temple of the ‘Nine Planets’ at the Chitranchal hill is an ancient seat of astrology and astronomy. The lingam inside the shrine is surrounded by nine representations of the planets.
Umananda Temple: The Shiva temple is set on the Peacock Island in Brahmaputra river and can be reached by boat from Umananda Ghat.
Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalashetra: The cultural center is named after Sankaradeva, a 15th-century Vaishnavite saint. It preserves and promotes the cultural identity of the Assam.
Assam State Zoo: This well-maintained zoo has a rich variety of animal life. There’s an also a fine botanical garden.
Magnificient Manipur, actually meaning a “jewelry land” is studded with lush hills, emerald green valleys, turquoise lakes, and deep dark woods. Lord Irwin described it as the “Switzerland of India” while Nehru called it the “jewel of India”. Manipur is also proud of its rich culture and heritage. It epitomizes beauty and grace through Manipuri, the world-famous dance form and the equally captivating tribal dance noted for their colorful costumes. The exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of the Stae demonstrate the artistic and creative outlook of the Manipuri’s. Manipur is are also known for their rich sports and martial traditions. It is believed that the sport of Polo originated here, as Songol Kangjei (Manipuri Polo). Mukna Kangjei (wrestling Hockey), Yubi Lakpir (Manipuri Rugby) are some of the other popular indigenous sports of Manipur.
Imphal, the beautiful capital city nestling in the heart of an oval valley is said to be founded in 3rd century B.C, making it one of the oldest state capitals of the country. This mini-metropolis is a fascinating blend of Indian and multiple ethnocultural traditions and is emerging as an important tourist destination of the region.
The Old Royal Palace: It lies in the center of the town and has relics of an old fortress and a palace.
Shree Govindji Temple: The sacred shrine near the Royal Palace is dedicated to Lord Krishna, as Govindji. It has twin golden domes, a paved courtyard, and a great assembly hall. The image of the principal deity is carved out of a jackfruit tree in response to a dream which Rajarshi Bhagyachandra had in the 18th century. The presiding deity is flanked by the shrines of Krishna, Balaram, and Jagannath. Spellbinding Ras Leela dance performances are held at the shrine on special occasions.
Khwairamband Bazar or IMA Market: The unique shopping mall is the largest exclusive women’s market. There are over 3000 Imas (mothers), who run the stalls located on either side of the road. It is an excellent place to buy exquisite handloom and
handicraft goods, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and other grocery items.
Shaeed Minar: This memorial pillar is located at the Bir Tikendrajit Park in the center of the town. It was built in the memory of the indomitable spirit of the Meitei and tribal martyrs who laid their lives while fighting the British in 1891.
War Cemeteries: The cemeteries commemorate the British and Indian soldiers who laid their lives during the WorldWar-II.
Manipur State Museum: It is located near the Polo Ground and has a good collection of art, archaeology, natural history, geology, textiles, costumes, etc.
Central Khonghampat Orchidarium: It sprawls over an area of 200 acres along with the NH 39 and treasures the spectacular wealth of Manipur orchids.
Manipur Zoological Gardens: The z00 at Iroishemba on the Imphal-Kangchup Road is famous for the endangered Sangai or brow-antlered deer.
Langthabal: The historic site on a hill overlooking the Manipur University teams with relics of a palace, ceremonial houses, and temples.
Meghalaya, literally meaning the abode of clouds is one of the most beautiful states of India. This virtual fairyland of lush rolling hills reminiscent of the Scottish moors receives plentiful rain. Its innumerable streams meandering through the hilly tracts, cascading waterfalls, and placid lake are a sight to behold. Meghalaya is the land of Khasis, Jaintias and Garo tribals, who have still preserved their unique heritage and culture. The pristine beauty, salubrious climate and unique vegetation of Meghalaya make it a paradise for nature lovers and botanists.
Scenic Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is perched at an altitude of 1496 meters and is one of the finest hill resorts of India. This ‘Scotland of the East came under the reigns of British, by an agreement in 1863? with Syiem (King) of Mylliem. In 1874, Shillong became the capital of Assam and remained so until the creation of Meghalaya state in 1972.
Ward’s Lake: The horseshoe-shaped lake set in the heart of the town with an arched bridge over it has facilities for boating. A walk around the lake is quite pleasant.
Botanical Garden: It lies near Ward’s lake and has a rich section of indigenous and exotic plants. There is also a mini-aviary with rare and colorful birds.
Lady Hydari Park: It is noted for its nurseries and horticultural wealth. There is also a mini Z00 cum deer park. The Crinoline Falls nearby cascade through its jungle path. At the foot of the falls is a well maintained swimming pool.
State Museum: It lies within the premises of the State Central Library and has a fine collection of artifacts of Meghalaya and the other North Eastern States.
Shillong Golf Course: This excellent 18 hole course finds mention in international Directories of Golf Courses of repute.
Churches: Shillong is studded with numerous churches reminding the colonial heritage of the town. The most beautiful of them is the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian.
Bara Bazaar: It is the oldest and most important market of Meghalaya and is mainly run by women, providing an insight into the State’s tribal culture.
Bishop and Beadon Falls: The falls at Mawprem, plunge down from the same ridge into a deep valley, providing a spellbinding view.
Misty Mizoram, the land of the Blue Mountain or the Hill people’s Land is virtually under the cover of magnificent mountains and deep gorges. It perhaps the most peaceful state of India as the Mizo society is practically free from divisions on the basis of caste, creed, and sex. The mizo’s code of ethics is based on “Tlawmngaihna”, which means be kind, selfless, and hospitable to others. It is also the second-highest literature of India and is witnessing multidimensional development. Mizos, are also known for their numerous folk and community dances and are perhaps the finest choir singers in theNorth East. The nimble-fingered craftsmen create exquisite handicraft and handloom articles. The beautiful remote Stae is also noted for its rich wealth of flora and fauna.
Aizawal, the attractive capital town of Mizoram is set on a ridge at an altitude of 4,000 ft. above sea level, overlooking the lush green Tlawng River valley to its east, while to its north are the beautiful craggy hills of Durtlang. The Tropic of Cancer passes through this tranquil hill resort.
Mizoram State Museum: It is set in the center of the town and houses historical relics, ancient costumes, textiles, exquisite artifacts and traditional implements Another museum is located at the Macdonald’s hill.
Bora Bazar: This main shopping area of Aizawl provides glimpses of Mizo lifestyle. Mizos in their traditional costumes trade their wares and women weaving shaws can be seen at work, at the Weaving Centre’.
Mini Zoological Garden: The 200 at the Durtlang Hills is home to animals and birds found only in the hills of Mizoram. The Durtlang Hills affords a panoramic view of Aizawl and is a must-visit site for a breathtaking view of the hills, Other attractive sites are, the Assam Rifles Centre, Raj Bhawan, the Assembly, and Secretariat.
Nagaland, the beautiful and vibrant land of blue-hued mountains and emerald expanses is predominantly inhabited by the Naga tribals. The intriguing world of Nagas is soaked in ancient rituals and ceremonies, their passion for music, dance, and pageantry is legendary. They also have a rich tradition of arts and crafts. The lush jungles of the state are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Nagaland is well suited for various adventure sports.
Kohima, this historical hill station nestles at a height of about 1,500 meters and is one of the prettiest places in the northeast. During World War two, the rampaging Japanese troops were halted here and forced to retreat.
War Cemetery: The memorial commemorates brave soldiers and warriors who laid their lives fighting the Japanese during World War Two. It is embellished by two tall crosses against the backdrop of seasonal roses and lush grasses.
Nagaland State Museum: It is housed in ancestral weaponry and provides an insight into the Naga culture, traditions, and history. The exquisitely carved gateposts, status pillars, statues, and Naga costumes, and jewelry are the main exhibits.
Catholic Cathedral: It is located at the Aradura hill and is one of the biggest cathedrals of the North-East and houses the biggest wooden cross in the country.
Zoological Park; Rare animals; birds and flora of Nagaland can be seen here. The main attraction is the endangered Blythe’s Tragopan pheasant and the golden langurs.
Kohima Village: It is said to be the second biggest village in entire Asia. According to a Naga legend, the present-day Kohima was founded here. At the entrance are exquisitely carved ceremonial gates, with the scimitar of horns of Mithun (Bos Frontalis), symbolizing bravery and valor.
Tranquil Tripura tucked away in the extreme corner of the Northeastern states, amidst the river valleys of Myanmar and Bangladesh is endowed with amazing natural beauty and rich cultural-historical heritage. This ancient land of mysterious past has a unique tribal culture and fascinating folklore. The Rajmala chronicles of king Tripura and writings of other Mohammedan historians reflect the glorious past of the land. The state never came under British supervision and Maharaja’s successor ruled here till it acceded to the Indian Union on 15th October 1949.
Amazing Agartala, the capital of Tripura is set amidst scenic surroundings and is studded with a beautiful palace, lake, well laid out gardens and official buildings built in red brick. Maharaja Bir Bikram Singh built an airport over here in the 1930s.
Ujjayanta Palace: It is set in the heart of the town and was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya in 1901. The three-storeyed palaces resembling the Victoria Memorial of Kolkata is surrounded by beautiful Mughal inspired gardens. The places floodlit at night and is a sight to behold. It now houses the State Legislature.
Kunjaban Palace: The palace on the lush hillock was built in 1917 and is the official residence of the Governor of the State. In 1926, Rabindranath Tagore resided in the eastern apartment of the palace for some time and is said to have penned down many of his poems over here. The southern side of the palace known as Rabindra Kanan has been opened for public viewing.
Tripura Govt. Museum: It exhibits a fine collection of the archaeological finds of the region. The museum has 4 galleries – Archaeological, Sculpture, Painting, and Tribal Culture and has about 1645 artifacts.
Jagannath Temple: The 19th-century shrine is noted for its 4 storeyed shikhara or tower.
Purbasha: It showcases the traditional handicrafts of the region and is an excellent place to shop cane and bamboo handicrafts and handlooms.