The SEVEN SISTER STATES of North East India is a land synonymous with beauty and diversity. Blue Mountains, lush green valleys and beautiful rivers are an integral part of it. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this region shows a great deal of diversity in terms of culture, ethnicity and scenic beauty.
North East India refers to the easternmost region of India comprising of Seven Sister States.
The region is known for Mother Nature’s blessings – blue hills, vast plains, mighty Brahmaputra, exotic flora and fauna and culture. The region has remained pristine unlike the rest of India.
From a tourism point of view, this is the “Paradise Unexplored” as it is currently promoted. Perhaps ‘mystical’ is even more apt. The states are heavily forested and have plentiful rainfall. Cherrapunjee the wettest place on earth is in Meghalaya.
One can see beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, hills and valleys, beautiful flowers, massive tea-estates and grand rivers like Brahmaputra. The region is home to one-horned rhinoceros, elephants and other rare wildlife species. The world’s only floating park Keibul Lamjao and the rare and endangered brow-antlered deer Sangai is found only here.
The Seven Sisters is a true frontier region. It has over 2000 kms of border with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh and is connected to the rest of India by a narrow 20-km wide corridor of land. One of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse regions in Asia, each state has its distinct cultures and traditions.
From times immemorial, the Seven Sister states (India’s North East) has been the meeting point of many communities, faiths and cultures. A place renowned for its magical beauty and bewildering diversity, North East India is the home for more than 166 separate tribes speaking a wide range of languages. Some groups have migrated over the centuries from places as far as South East Asia; they retain their cultural traditions and values but are beginning to adapt to contemporary lifestyles. Its jungles are dense, its rivers powerful and rain and thunderstorms sweep across the hills, valleys and plains during the annual monsoons.
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. In winters, mist carpets the valleys but swirls around the traveller in hills during summer rains, thus creating an enchanting and romantic atmosphere.
The festivals and celebrations in the North-eastern states of India are a colourful reflection of the people and their lives. Throughout the year, different people celebrate festivals with lot of fanfare in different ways, most of them centering on their modes of living and livelihood.