For the curious and hardy traveller, the North East calls. India’s last frontier surprises with its geographical, ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Siliguri Corridor- 14 kilometres at its narrowest- separates mainland India from the North East. The region consists of the states of Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram – fondly known as the ‘seven sisters’. Bordering Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the north east is home to very diverse Indo-Tibetan and Indo-Burmese tribes.
The mighty Brahmaputra has created fertile plains for agriculture and acts as a communication and transport artery through rough terrain. The surrounding hills are inhabited by fiercely independent tribes who follow their unique culture and lifestyle largely in sync with their natural surroundings.
Stay at colonial tea planters’ bungalows on sprawling estates or venture out to more basic accommodation amongst tribal communities where dances and the tattooed faces of elders are evidence of their traditional practices. See the lush tropical forests with abundant wildlife and spot as many of the region’s 660 bird species as you can. And, if you are lucky, spot the rare one-horned rhinoceros from atop an elephant at Manas and Kaziranga National Parks.
Explore this far-flung frontier and let yourself be surprised by the North East- it’s unlike the India you know or would have heard of.
Suggested Travel Itineraries to North East India
This itinerary is an ideal introduction to West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam, offering spectacular Himalayan views, a taste of the rich Bengali culture and a tea plantation stay.
Starting in history laden Kolkata and winding your way by train through tea plantations up to Darjeeling, and then beyond to Sikkim and the Himalayan range, this trip will give you a little bit of heritage, some altitude, and many beautiful vistas.
Not found in guidebooks, and off the well-trodden tourist trails, this walking tour offers an unforgettable experience of the remote kingdom of Sikkim – home to spectacular scenery, remarkable religious monuments and vibrant cultures.
Genuine hospitality, incredible natural beauty and a fascinating history are some of the reasons why Sikkim is so special.
India’s North East is an ethnically and culturally diverse region that sees very few foreigners beyond Assam. This itinerary takes you into the heart of the region.
The ‘frontier’ North East region of India is connected to the rest of the country by a narrow 20 km wide corridor of land, and has over 2000 km of border with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (Tibet) and Myanmar (Burma).
Standing in the shadow of spectacular Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, the Himalayan areas covered in this trip are characterised by the diversity and richness of their cultures, customs, heritage and flora and fauna.
This 17-day journey through the North East of India showcases the region’s textile traditions.