Northeast India refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States such as Assam which includes parts of North Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura. The region is known for its unique culture, handicrafts, martial arts, and scenic beauty and historically has had close ethnic bonds with the neighbouring Myanmar, that is Burma, Tibet, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
Guwahati, the biggest city in the North-East, is defined by the breathtaking river Brahmaputra, which flows mighty, wide and awesome throughout the year! The place has a picturesque setting though the suburbs melt into rice fields and spread into green hillocks. Dispur, the capital of Assam, is just a short distance away. The original name of Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur, an important cultural center as attested by many ancient temples here. The main attraction is the sea-like Brahmaputra as people gaze at it, sit besides it, walk along it and take a ferry or a cruise on it. For sure, hire a motorized boat (bhotbhoti) from the river front for a private cruise and picnic by a secluded sandbank. The Umananda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is scenically located upon the Peacock Island in the middle of the fast-flowing Brahmaputra. Country boats form the Shukleshwar Ghat and take devotees across the Brahmaputra to the Aswaklanta Temple, an important Vaishnavite shrine.
The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Neelachal Hill, the most revered site and one of the foremost shaktipeeths for shakti worship. With a beehive-like shikhara, the lower part of the temple features interesting sculptures. The Assam State Museum features walk-through displays of tribal villages, besides textiles and sculptures.
Located in the heart of Assam on the bank of the majestic Brahmaputra, is the Kaziranga National Park, inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers, hog deer, bison, sambars, leopard cats, otters and bears, and thousands of birds like the whistling teal, jungle fowl, pallas’ fishing eagle, swamp partridge, rose breasted parakeets, and white wirewood ducks. The land is quite level all around and the Wildlife Sanctuary is mostly covered by dense and tall elephant grass. These large stretches are intermixed by small wetlands left behind by the receding floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra. The park, although quite flat in nature, is set against a backdrop of hills like the Mikir and Karbi Anglong. These picturesque wetlands have an abundant cover of water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus. The vegetation that breaks the monotony of these grasslands are large clumps of semi-evergreen forest. Rock Pythons and many more varieties of snakes, Monitor Lizards and Turtles are abundant in the park. . Elephant rides allow you to get up very close to the wild animals and make you feel totally one with nature due to the lack of any sound of an engine. These rides need to be booked in advance at the Bonani Lodge at Kohora. Jeep Safaris are also available and can be booked at the various lodges and through local operators.There is a variety of accommodation choices which consist of Forest rest houses, Bungalows, Lodges and Hotels.
Wake up at morning and a sip of tea, perhaps is one of the most rejuvenating experiences you could have imagined as with Assam tea, the refreshment would get doubled, since the region is popular around the world for it’s refreshing, full bodied malty tea. This tea had been cultured long back when it was only consumed as a health drink or medicine by the tribes, but was brought in the limelight by the Bodos, rewarding it with world recognition and hence, vast wild forests metamorphosed into beautiful embracing tea gardens. Tea gardens make excellent holiday destinations as the exquisite and incredibly silence around them is bliss for the eyes. These are mainly located in the upper Assam and southern Barak Valley region and their smiling persona makes them one of the major tourist attractions. Enjoy the lush greenery of the undulating stretch on both sides of the highway while driving to different tea gardens is an exhilarating sightseeing experience.
Haflong is a hill station in Assam, situated at a high altitude from the sea level and is famous for its scenic features comprising of azure blue hills, emerald green rivers, unique orchids such as the`blue vanda’ and rare species of birds. It is often referred to as the land of blue hills and the inhabitants generally include the Himar, Mizo and Naga tribes. Pineapple and oranges are grown here in abundance and the place is best known for a lovely lakeside resort developed in the lavish green hills around the town. Haflong Lake,is a large and beautiful lake that adds a celestial beauty to the hill station which is regarded as the ‘Scotland of Assam’, but is famous for the Jatinga village. Boating on the lake and Garampani, a hot-water spring, are captivating for the tourists. The Lake, Jatinga and the surroundings offer a haven for hundreds of migratory birds in winter.