Where is North East India
This region cradles deep in the lap of eastern Himalayas in the north east India. A mere 20 km wide land links it with the rest of India while most of its other parts shares their borders with other Asian countries like Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Encircled with high-end hills, Tripura is among the charming destinations in North East India. The former princely state is home to both Hindu and tribal population and stands apart in terms of ethnic culture. In context to traveling, it offers the evermore scenic beauty and tourist destinations, which makes a worthy watch.
North East India Tourism
North East India, unlike rest of India is not as exposed to tourism. Very few tourists have a good idea about the tourism potential of the region. However, off late this scenario is changing with efforts from authorities and various local bodies. Now travelers interested in touring India definitely think about the north eastern part for their vacation.
What Makes North East India Special
Natural beauty is what makes north east India special for tourism. Away from the crowding and maddening city life, vacationers experience a tranquility that is heartening. Surrounded by towering peaks, lush greenery and other marvelous creations of nature, they feel transported to another planet. The fact that the region is not as well exposed to tourists adds an icing on the cake. What you see in a raw beauty, not much altered by human hand. Adventure enthusiast just love to explore this beauty.
The Top Attractions of North East India
Kaziranga National Park – The park finds its name in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the state of Assam, it is known for its population of one horned rhino. It is the only place in India where the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros can be seen in its natural habitat.
Assam Tea Gardens – Wander around in the green tea gardens of Assam and sip in the Assam tea that is considered one of the best in the world. Driving down the highway with tea gardens on both side make for an exquisite sights.
Nagaland Tribes – Tribal tourism is one intrinsic part of north east India tourism and specially Nagaland tourism. There are sixteen tribes in Nagaland, each with its own unique dialect, customs and traditional costumes. However, their love for music, dance and pageantry acts as a bond between them.
Sikkim Trekking – As pointed out earlier adventure enthusiasts just love to explore the interiors of the region. Sikkim trekking offers a golden opportunity to see the cascading waterfalls, remote villages and placid lake.
Tawang Monastery – A major part of the north eastern population follows Buddhism and hence there are a number of monasteries and gompas in the region. Tawang Monastery is one of the most important amongst these.
Bihu Festival – The Bihus are the national festival of Assam and there are three Bihus celebrated in a year – Bohaag Bihu, Maagh Bihu and Kaati Bihu. The first of the three is the most famous and colourful. The people perform the famous Bihu dance to the beats of Dhol and Pepa (buffalo hornpipe).
Tripura Sundari Temple
Dedicated to Tripura Sundari, an incarnation of Goddess Sati, the temple is one of the religious center in the north eastern state of Tripura. Visitors require no date, season or permit and each new day in a year is the best time to visit. Legend says that, toe of the right feet of Goddess Sati fall at the place and till date, it is regarded as one of the 51 pithasthanans. The temple was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A.D and was renovated repeatedly by a number of Kings.
An interesting fact about the temple is that, two identical images of the same deity is placed inside the complex. The one that measures about 2feet in height is known as Chhotima, while the other image is of 5 feet and is popularly known as Tripura Sundari. A sacred pond is situated in close proximity of the temple. It is filled with number of fishes and tortoise, which are fed regularly by the devotees. It is said that this aquatic animals, before their dead struggle hard to visit the towering ladder, so as to receive place in the heaven. This might be the reason the temple is also known as ‘Kurma Pitha’.
Kamalasagar Kali Temple
As the name suggests, this temple is situated atop a hillock and overlooks a crystal-clear pool of water, KamalaSagar in Tripura. It is nestled in the Kasba region and is just 27 kms away from the capital Agaratala. The temple was built sometime in the late 16th century and its chief idol is the great MAA Durga (Goddess Durga with HER 10 hands).
The festival color in Tripura can be experienced best during the Karchi Mela. It is organized annually in the month of July at old Agaratala and the celebration continues for a week. The fairground receives several steps of Maharishis, Saints, entertainers and spectators from different parts of the world. The tribal God and Goddess, ritualistic customs and roller-coaster are some major attractions in the event.
There are a number of other attractions in North East India which you can enjoy on your visit.