This is my research and search on the beauty of Northeast India-The India’s secret, a remote & unexplored land with rich biodiversity and indigenous cultures.
I Welcome you to India! The country of unique land of culture, heritage, adventure and nature, each destination has its own flavors. It is the eastern-most region of India, contains the very closely connected Seven Sister States (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura) and Himalayan states of Sikkim. Recently, number of tourists (both domestic and international) are heading towards the northeast has gone up. I can tell you that Northeast India is a excellent place for all types of tourism. Of course, it will never disappoint your vacations in any aspects. Here, from this post I would like to discuss in brief about the Wildlife Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Heritage Tourism, Cultural Tourism and Eco-Tourism in Northeast India.
Cultural Tourism in Northeast India
We live in the modern world where iPhone, Microsoft, Android, etc., are surrounding us. Have you heard of Hornbill Festival in Nagaland? A olden day's custom and traditions are yet being practiced in Northeast India. One of the interesting festivals which attracts many foreign tourists. Hornbill is festival which was being celebrated by the people of Nagaland, where it was also encouraged by the Government of Nagaland to promote the inter-tribal interactions as well as to promote their cultural heritage of the State. This festival was named after the Hornbill bird, this festival is being organized to protect the culture of Nagaland and to display their history, culture and heritage. This festival will be going on for about a week. During this festival all tribes from Nagaland will gather at one place to celebrate the festival. Festival spotlights include Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of arts and crafts, cultural medley- songs and dances, fashion shows, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, shows and sales, beauty contest, traditional archery, indigenous games, musical concerts and naga's wrestling. People enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. The Konyak fire eating demonstration, the Hornbill Literature Festival (including the Hutton Lectures), pork-fat eating competitions, Hornbill Global Film Fest, Choral Panorama, Hornbill Ball, North East India Drum Ensemble, Hornbill National Rock Contest, Hornbill International Motor Rally, Naga king chilli eating competition and WW-II vintage Car Rally are seen here during the Hornbill festival of Nagas. Recently, Prime Minister of India inaugurated the Hornbill festival at the Heritage Village in Kisama on 1st December 2014. Loads of a other cultural practices can also be encountered in the land of Northeast India. Surely, the naga's Hornbill fete will make your trip an interesting vacation.
Wildlife Tourism in Northeast India:
Let's go to one of the wildlife destination in Northeast of India, Manas National Park in the state of Assam which was accorded as one of the UNESCO's world heritage site. It is a Tiger reserve, Bio reserve and Elephant reserve. Few Fauna of the sanctuary that are in Manas National Parks includes Asian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, Asian water buffaloes, Indian tigers, leopards, golden langurs, barking deer, hog deer, black panther, sambar deer and lot more. This park is also best known for its rare and endangered epidemic wildlife that are not found anywhere in the world such as, Hispid Hare, Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog and Golden Langur. Tourists can go for a jeep ride in the jungle to encounter the different animals and birds, even tourists can visit the tribal village to get know about their customs and cultures. Tourist who are visiting this park can also have a proper food & accommodation facilities in nearby Hotels. Kaziranga National Park is another national park in Assam, which is famous for the great one-horned rhinoceroses. This is another place where it is also recognized as one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Khaziranga is a tiger reserve and it is also the place for large breeding populations of animal such as, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is also recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species. Northeast India has lot of wildlife tourism destinations here.
Adventurous Tourism in Northeast India:
Its time for the Adventurous trip in Northeast of India, Gorichen Peak. It is a highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh and third highest peak in the Northeast India is located in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It belongs to the Himalayam Mountain Group, this peak has a height of 6,488 meters. The mountain has several subsidiaries, slightly lower peaks, which also have been climbed. This is the ideal place for Mountaineering. In 1939, an Englishman named Bill Tilman who was a mountaineer and explorer was the first man to attempt climbing in the remote and unexplored Southern approaches of Gori Chen, before his team succumbed to malaria. It is the most popular trekking circuits among climbers and hikers in the northeast. The trek, the landscape and the thrill is something one should experience if traveling to northeast. Northeast India also has even more adventurous destination spots with it. If you've planned to visit this peak to experience the thrill then, I personally recommend you to observe the safety measure before you start your adventure here.
Heritage Tourism in Northeast India:
Does Northeast India has place for Heritage Tourism? Yes. According to The National Trust for Historic Preservation of The United States defines heritage tourism as, "Traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past". Ujjayanta Palace in Tripura stands as one of the symbol of heritage tourism in Northeast India. This is palace was initially constructed by Tripura king named "Radha Kishore Manikya" between 1899 to 1901. It is a former Royal Palace of Tripura's Princely State situated in Agartala(Capital of Tripura). Tripura is considered as one the oldest princely state of India. This palace is considered as one of the major tourist attraction in the state of Tripura, Northeast India. The Palace stands on the banks of a small lake surrounded by the lush greenery of Mughal gardens. This is now modified as a museum in Tripura and considered as the largest museum in Northeast India which have the area of over 800 acres. If you get a chance to visit palace you can encounter some of the Culture, Art, Utility crafts, Traditions & Lifestyle of various communities lived in Northeast India here. This Neoclassical Palace was designed by the Sir Alexander Martin of Messrs Martin & Co,. This palace comprises of Throne hall, Library, The Court hall, Reception hall. Chinese room in this palace was most notable here. The name "Ujjayanta Palace" given by the Rabindranath Tagore(a famous poet and writer). Yet, this beautiful palace bears lots and lots of historical story with it, to know those all stories of past then you must visit this fascinating Ujjayata Palace of King 'Radha Kishore Manikya' which will tell you even more historical stories than what I told you.
Eco-tourism in Northeast India:
Though we spend our time in Four Seasons or in Starbucks or in Theme park like Universal Studios they won't give us the same feeling as like the Nature gives us. Northeast India has a place for that too. The Living Root Bridges in the Meghalaya state of Northeast India is one of the tourist attractions where its beauty brings many local and international tourist to its place. These bridges are in a form of tree shaping, which creates these suspension bridges, they are handmade from the aerial roots of living banyan fig trees, such as Ficus elastica. The flexible tree roots are trained to grow through betel tree trunks which are placed across the gap, until the figs roots take root on the other side. Stones, sticks and other inclusions are placed with the growing bridge. These bridge can take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, they're also extraordinarily strong enough to carry the weight of fifty or more people at a time. These root bridges are over hundred feet long and some of the ancient's root bridges are being used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well more than 500 years (approx). They are naturally self-renewing and self-strengthening as the component roots grow thicker. These bridges are grown not built and that's the reason why many tourists wish to look over it and walk on it. Northeast of India has plenty of Eco-tourism resources along with it. Surely Northeast will make your mind and body refreshed.
Still, Northeast India has different types of tourism where tourists can never be disappointed and we can never come to conclusion about Northeast India its beauty continues forever.
Simply Northeast India is "The Paradise Unexplored"
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