Thanks to its challenging topography and capricious, often wet weather, the hilly northeast of India is the least visited part of the country. Comparatively few foreigners venture much beyond Kaziranga National Park, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, where tigers and one-horned rhinos may be sighted from elephant back. But there is ample incentive to do so.
Bending into neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh, the region comprises a mosaic of separate provinces known as the ‘Seven Sister States’: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Each has its own distinct identity and history, deriving in part from the mix of indigenous and minority people who live within its borders. This cultural richness, rather than monuments, tends to provide the focus for most tours to the region.
Although most long ago converted to Christianity, groups such as the Nagas, Garo, Nishi and Angami still retain, to a great extent, elements of traditional dress, religion and customs. Knowing where to find the most traditional communities, and how to conduct yourself when you get there, requires considerable local expertise. TransIndus have been delivering holidays in the Northeast hill states for decades and we offer the best possible experience of this culturally diverse frontier region.
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Places to visit in Northeast Hill States
Flanked by hills to the north and south, Assam encompasses the mostly flat, low-lying Brahmaputra Valley. As the site of two revered Hindu temples, its rapidly swelling capital, Guwahati, is a major pilgrimage destination, and also the hub...
Fleeing persecution in the 15th century, the social reformer Sankardeva gathered his followers together on a remote island in Brahmaputra River called Majuli, where he founded numerous monasteries dedicated to Vishnu, the ‘Preserver’ of th...
The flat, riverine countryside of central Bengal to the north of Kolkata holds the remains of numerous lost cities dating from before the time of the British. Grandest of them all is Murshidabad, capital of Murshid Quli Khan, the First Naw...
The British army took nearly half a century to subdue the notoriously warlike Nagas of the northeast. In the end, it was Bibles rather than bullets that undermined the tribes’ fierce guerrilla resistance to colonial rule, after Baptist mis...
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