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AMAZING NORTHEAST INDIA

In India, there is one thing that all of us have seen practically and that is our unity in diversity. There are loads of examples in each of our states, where each place has its own unique charm, and what better way for a traveler to begin to get to know it, than to start with the Northeast?

The seven sisters have always been united in their sights, their history, their tradition and most importantly, their ways of making you feel welcome, their way of making you feel like home. But it doesn’t end there. Though the winds favor them a little too heavily when it comes to rain, it just seems that Mother Nature thinks of new ways to complement the view with the rising clouds and the year-round perfect, pleasant weather. But the question which plagues all of us is: How did the northeast become what it is today?

Well, for all the history geeks out there, it all began in the early nineteenth century, when both the Ahom and Manipur kingdoms were captured in a Burmese invasion, following the which, the First Anglo-Burmese war, which resulted in these cultured regions to come under the British Raj. After independence in 1947, the Northeastern region consisted of Assam, Manipur and Tripura. Subsequently, Nagaland in 1963, Meghalaya in 1972, Arunachal Pradesh in 1975, and Mizoram in 1987 were formed out of Assam. Sikkim was finally the last state to be joined to the northeast.This was how we got what is probably the most scenic part of India, which actually sums up the phrase: “Beauty with a lot going on beneath the surface.” As for which, we now come to the point.

The northeast has everything that travelers of various tastes dream of. It has the history, the culture, the cuisine, the sights and the local hospitality, if not anything else. When it comes to historical places of importance, the northeast as a whole, is filled with them, the monasteries dating back to Buddhist times, being one such example. The northeast is known for its diverse culture as well. The various dance styles, the gripping folktales told by the local folk and the varied kinds of art just seem to signify this .

The cuisine too, speaks volumes about the Northeast states; the seven sisters (well, okay, the eight sisters, if you count Sikkim). As all the states share miraculous borders with Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China, their people may not have been able to cross those boundaries, but the cuisine just seems to know better than not to. From the steaming hot Thukpa soup to the Kumuratdiya HanhorMangxo, made of fresh duck meat, this defines variety at its finest.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Northeast doesn’t have geographical wonders as well. Nature has blessed these states with an amazing topography consisting of some the highest peaks in India, a very large number of waterfalls and of course, the peaceful atmosphere of the lakes in general.

There’s a lot to learn about the northeast and a lot more to learn from its travelling delights which can and will truly awe any and every kind of person. That, my friends is what you call a solid takedown, and the wonders of this amazingly unique group of states are better when seen and explored by yourself than what even the most eloquent accounts can describe.

But, you know what they say: “Seeing is believing.”

…..ANANDITA ROY

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