This part of the country had remained for me as read, heard and imagined, for a long time. Some of it factual and some imaginary, some cooked up, some unpalatable. So, understandably not many from the friend circle were keen to venture out into this region. But if one is bitten by the travel bug, the brakes don’t come in handy. I decided to take a plunge to explore the region, its people, history and culture. Despite spending 3 weeks in the North East, I still could not manage to cover the entire seven sisters. My first reaction after spending a few days there was that …I feel humbled. Veiled from the greater world by mighty forests and mountain ranges, the North-eastern States are one of Asia’s few natural and anthropological sanctuaries. The lushness of its landscape, the range of communities and geographical and ecological diversity makes the North East quite different from other parts of the subcontinent. This is a region of rugged beauty, and a confluence of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes and people. In this wonderland, glacial Himalayan rivers spill onto Assam’s vast floodplains, faith moves mountains on the perilous pilgrimage to Tawang, rhinos graze in Kaziranga’s swampy grasslands and former head-hunters slowly embrace modernity in their ancestral houses in Nagaland.

While all of us might not have the luxury of an extensive stay there and experience everything, I have tried to create a few experiences which are rich in culture, heritage and wildlife.

Assam: The Weaving Villages, the One Honed Rhino and the Riverine Island

Assam – Nature & Wildlife 8D/7N

Ever heard of Ahimsa (Non Violent) silk? Well, here is an opportunity to experience the entire weaving process in a sleepy village by the banks of the River Brahmaputra.The entire population weaves magic with Silk here. Weaving…

Hornbill Festival - Nagaland and Colors of Assam

Nagaland – Hornbill Festival 10D/9N

Celebrated from 1st till 7th of December every year within the confines of a heritage village called Kisama, Hornbill Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza celebrated by the tribal people in Nagaland. Named after hornbill…

The Dalai Lama Trail

The Dalai Lama Trail 10D/9N

In 1959, His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India through Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.   Arunachal Pradesh or the land of “Dawn lit Mountains” rises from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested, and im…

Living Root Bridge of Meghalaya 8D/7N

Meghalaya, meaning abode of clouds is a place dotted with mountains and also boasts of world’s wettest place on earth (Mawsynram) and India’s longest cave system. A state which still practices matrilineal system, women are …

SIKKIM: The Great Mountain Escape

What welcomes you once you reach Sikkim is the fog, clouds floating all around, prayer flags, cute little kids with rosy cheeks, Kanchenjunga peak, Buddhist monasteries and the River Teesta following you all along. This place i…