North-East India lie deep in the lap of easternmost Himalayan hills in north-eastern part of India. Connected to rest of India by merely 20 km of wide land (at Siliguri, West Bengal), the North-East India shares over 2,000 km of border with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
States constituting the North East-India
Area: 2,55168 sq km
Population: 40 million. Brahmaputra valley land (of Assam) is the most populated, and houses almost half of population of North-East India.
Religion: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR).
Hindi, English, Assamese, Garo, Jaintia, Khasi, Bengali, Mizo, Manipuri, Nagamese, Lepcha, Limboo, Bhutia (Sikkimese), Bhutia (Tibetan), and several other local dialects.
Culture and People
The North-East India is home to varied number of tribal groups (almost 166). Each tribes has their own distinct culture, which gives them a unique cultural identity. Numerous of art forms and festivals of the region are intrinsic part of its rich culture and tradition. Many of festivals like Bihu, Jhum Cultivation, Ke Pemblang, Nongkrem, Durga Puja and Karchi Puja are some of the most important festivals, which are mirror to rich socio-cultural life of North-East India.
Dance forms like Garia, Bizu, Hai Hak and Manipuri are essential part of cultural and religious celebration of North-eastern tribes. Performed in groups, music and dance forms of North-east are fine feast for travelers to watch.
North East India Cuisine
Though North-East India is very rich in its food culture, but it differs vastly from rest of the country in its taste as well as flavours. Each of states have almost same fooding behaviour. Normally, inhabitants of the region are non-vegetarian, and fond of spice. Bamboo Shoots and dishes prepared from Ducks are in vogue in the region.
In some part of North-East India, animals are considered to be good diet. In Nagaland, most of the dogs have fallen prey to local tribes. In Tripura and Assam, fish are the favourite dish. While in Assam, various forms of rice are consumed. Recipes like Assam Laksa Stock, Koat Pitha, Bamboo Shoot Fry, Fish Fried Rice, Grilled Shrimps and Poora Mach are some of the most famous cuisine of North-East India.
Attractions to Ponder
Shrouded by mighty Himalayan hills, the entire North-East region is believed to be one of the most beautiful region in South Asia in terms of fetching immense opportunities of ecotourism. The dense forests lying in foothills of Himalayan hills are stunning in their natural beauty, and are home to many of wildlife parks including Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park, which are natural World Heritage Site. Besides, numerous of lovely waterfalls and caves are another beautiful attraction of the wonderful land of North-East India.
Activities you can enroll into
Regarded as one of the best geographical regions to enjoy eco adventurous in the entire South Asia, North-East Asia is indeed paradise for nature lovers. Well off natural heritage including line of Himalayan hills, pervasive dense forests, lovely waterfalls and caves let tourist indulge into a number of activities. The best one can pick up while o touring to North-East region is eco adventure activities like Trekking, White Water Rafting, Mountaineering, Wildlife Explorations and Para-Gliding.
Paradise for travelers
Termed aptly as hidden treasure of India, North-East India is one of the most significant region of South-Asia in terms of availability of eco tourism opportunities. As the whole region is abode to majestic Himalayan hills, beautiful valleys and dense forests, the opportunity of nature based tourism is immense. Abundance of eco activities like Trekking, Rafting, Nature Walk, Jungle Exploration and Wildlife Viewing indulge tourists predominantly in discovering the exquisite natural heritage of the region.