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6 Facts About North-East India Every Traveler Should Know

Gangtok, Sikkim

North-East India is probably the most underrated tourist attraction in India. We often hear about the thriving tourism in the rest of the parts of the country; however, when it comes to the North-East region, we infrequently come across discussions.

There is no gainsaying that the North-East region—comprising Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam—is one of the most beautiful places on this planet and deserves as much attention as any other part of the country. It has some of the most picturesque landscapes, vibrant cultures, humble people, and distinguishable lifestyles.

I have been to the North-East region, particularly Sikkim, and it had been one of the most wonderful travel experiences. While I was there, I felt that people should know more about this side of the country because it has in store for all of us amazing facts which will certainly interest you.

Here are 6 facts about the North-East India which you should know:

  1. Our Very Own “The Land of Rising Sun”
    Yes, India has her own land of the rising sun, and that too in the North-East: The beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is this state which witnesses the first ray of the sun every day. To be very precise, it is the small, secluded village of Don which holds the honour of witnessing the sunrise first in the entire country.
  2. Muga Silk
    One of the key features of the North-East region is that it is the only place on this planet which produces the Gold Silk or locally called Muga Silk. Muga Silk is the product of Antheraea assamensis silkworm which is native to the state of Assam. The silk produced is globally renowned for its shiny and smooth texture and strength. Due to its exclusive nature, Assam generates a lot of revenue from its sale.
  3. Rains Cats and Dogs
    Too much rain can be really bothersome—imagine how people of Mawsynram in the state of Meghalaya manage their lives. The wettest place on this entire planet is right here in Mawsynram, which is located in the East Khasi Hills.
    Now, many dispute the claim that this tiny village holds the said record; it is safe to say that it, nevertheless, is one of the, if not the only, wettest places in the world. In fact, in 1985, the village, as per the Guinness Book of World Records, noted that the village received a total of 26,000 millimetres of rainfall.
  4. The Only Floating Palace in the Region
    As I said earlier, the North-East is often compromised and cornered by mainstream tourist destinations in the country. It, in fact, has everything which you so badly wish to see in India—one such thing is a floating palace.
    Tripura is a lovely state featuring many royal palaces and gigantic fortresses. However, what steals the show is the mesmerising Neermahal. The very name of the palace means “Water Palace”. It belonged to the former ruler of the State, Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman Manikya Bahadur, of the erstwhile Kingdom of Tripura.
    Its beauty is at par with that of the more popular floating palace, Jal Mahal, in the state of Rajasthan. It is located right at the centre of the enchanting Rudrasagar Lake, which is as beautiful as it sounds.
  5. World’s Smallest and Biggest River Islands
    Many know about the famous Majuli Island, which is the largest river island in the world. The said island is located in the state of Assam. However, unknown to many, the state is also said to be housing the smallest inhabited island in the world, Umananda Island.
    Both these islands are subject to heavy inundation every year and attract a lot of media attention.
  6. In two Countries At The Same Time
    Come to Nagaland, more specifically to its Longwa village located in the Mon district through which runs India’s border with Myanmar. The border divides the village into two halves, allowing you to be at two places at once. This perhaps is one of the wildest fantasies of avid travellers!

Best Destinations for Family Vacation in North East India

Northeast India (officially North Eastern Region, NER) comprises eight states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura.

  1. Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh.
    Nuranang Falls
    Nagula Lake
    Ziro Valley
    Roing
    Bomdila Monastery
    Namdapha National Park
    Tawang Monastery
    Gorichen Peak
    Siang River Rafting
  2. Places to Visit in Assam.
    Majuli Island
    Kamakhya Temple
    Dibrugarh
    Brahmaputra River
    Kaziranga National Park, Assam
  3. Places to Visit in Manipur.
    Shri Govindji Temple
    Imphal Valley
    Kangla Fort
    Siang River Rafting
    Loktak Lake
  4. Places to Visit in Meghalaya.
    Double Decker Living Root Bridge
    Laitlum Canyon
    Dawki River
    Mawsmai Cave
    Cherrapunji and Mawsynram
    Nohkalikai Falls
    Umiam Lake
    Mawlynnong Village
  5. Places to Visit in Mizoram.
    Reiek Heritage Village
    Khawnglung Wildlife
    Vantawng Falls
    Solomon’s Temple
    Durtlang Hills
  6. Places to Visit in Nagaland.
    Dimapur
    Kohima Museum
    Mokokchung
    Mon
    Khonoma Green Village
    Doyang River
  7. Places to Visit in Sikkim.
    Gangtok
    Tsomgo Lake
    Nathula Pass
    Goechala
    Kanchenjunga
    Pelling
    Yuksom
    Singalila National Park
  8. Places to Visit in Tripura.
    Ujjayanta Palace
    Jagannath Temple
    Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
    Rudrasagar Lake
    Tripura Sundari Temple

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Alexandra Dimitropoulou
Deputy executive editor at the ​CEOWORLD magazine. Writer, internet person, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. Passions: health & wellness, coffee, running & dogs.
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