NORTH EAST

Seven Sister States

  • Assam-
  • Arunachal Pradesh-
  • Meghalay
  • Mejoram
  • Manipur
ABOUT ASSAM
Assam is the central state in the North East Region of India and serves as the gateway to the rest of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river and blue hills, Assam is reflected peerlessness in the exquisite natural beauty, cultural richness and all round socio-economic scenario by its name. It is a region where nature herself has painted the vibrant landscape, hillocks, woods , brooks and streams, flora and fauna and above all the affectionate people. Crafted with much special care, the state of Assam India cast a spell on the travelers exploring the treasures of pleasure on Assam tourism. An abode of one horned rhino, blue rivers and red mountains, aromatic tea gardens make Tourism in Assam a special experience. Assam bears a testimony of rich cultural heritage through its temples, monuments, and torrential Brahmaputra River.

History

First mention of the state of Assam is found in the epics and the religious legends. The Aryans belonging to the priestly and warrior classes found their way into Assam in very early times. Various places mentioned in the epics, like Mahabharata etc. are now identified with sites in this state.

The first known ruler of Assam was Mahiranga Danava of Danava dynasty, who was succeeded in turn, in the direct line by Hatakasur, Sambarsur and Ratnasur. After them there was a chief named Ghatakasur, the ruler of the Kiratas. He made Progjyotishpur (the modern Guwahati) his capital, and settled numerous Brahmans at Kamakhya. Narakasur was killed by Lord Krishna of Dwaraka. Narakasur's successor, Bhagadatta, figured in the Mahabharata war leading a vast army against the Pandavas.

Sri Krishna frequently appears in Assam Mythology. Sri Krishna fought against king Bhismaka of Kundil (now Sadia) in his bid to marry Bhismaka's daughter Rukmini. Another king Banasura of Sonitpur (now Tezpur) fought against Sri Krishna, when Banasura's daughter Usha was secretly married to Anirudh, the grandson of Sri Krishna.

Tourist Attraction

Museum
Assam State Museum is 10 minutes walk from the Railway Station. The State Museum operated by the Assam government is located near Dighalipukhuri tank. The museum is extremely popular due to its amazing anthology of antiques right back to the prehistoric times. The collection boasts of some of the most authentic prehistoric sculptures, metal, ivory paintings, woodwork and costumes etc.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs. during Summer 10:00 - 16:30 hrs. during Winter (Monday closed).


State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
Situated 5 Kms. from the Guwahati Railway Station. The zoo has a huge collection of reptiles, mammals and aves. The section for the reptiles has assorted as many as 358 reptiles of various kinds. The mammal section of the zoo has a total collection of 37 animals. The zoo has a huge collection of diverse kinds of birds that are placed in the ave section of the zoo. There are as many as 277 kinds of birds in the zoo
Opening hours: 07:00 hrs. - 17:00 hrs. in Summer 08:00 hrs. - 16:30 hrs. in Winter (Friday closed)


Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra
The Srimanta Sankardeva kalakshetra has been set up as a grand exposition of the life and culture of the people of Assam. Named after the greatest Vaishnava saint and the greatest integrator of the Assamese society Srimanta Sankardeva, the Kalakshetra is a multi-Arts complex.

It houses a Central Museum where cultural objects and day-to-day articles used by different ethnic groups will be preserved and exhibited, an Open Air Theatre with 2000 capacity to hold folk festivals and to present traditional dance and drama of the State, an Artists' Village which offers the visitors and the residents an atmosphere of the village of Assam, the Sahitya Bhavan which is a library of rare books and manuscripts, the Lalit-Kala Bhavan which has sufficient space for exhibition, art and sculpture workshops, and a Heritage Park. The Kalakshetra has been chosen as the venue for many cultural activities.

Chandubi Lake
A natural lagoon and fine picnic spot which is 64 kms. from Guwahati. The lake and its surroundings is an ideal holiday resort with the added attraction of fishing and rowing.

The place is easily accessible by bus from Guwahati.The best season to visit is from November to April.

Sualkuchi
Assam produces three unique varieties of silks, the Golden Muga, the White Pat and the warm Eri. Silks grown all over the state find their way to Sualkuchi, 32 kms from Guwahati.

Sualkuchi is one of the world's largest weaving villages often called the Manchester of the East. The entire population here is engaged in weaving exquisite silf fabrics. A renowned centre of silk production, particularly known for Muga - the golden silk of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world.

Hajo
Located 32 kms. from Guwahati on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, it is a place where three religions meet - Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.

It has a large number of temples, the chief among them being Hayagriva-Madhab Temple. There is a belief that this temple contains the relic of Lord Buddha, while a section of the Buddhist hold that Lord Buddha attained nirvana here. Large number of Bhutanese visit this temple every year during the winter season. There is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims here known as Poa-Mecca.

According to mythology, the Pandavas had taken shelter in this region during their agyatvas or the period in hiding. One can see the stone bowl used by Bhima during this agyatvas.

Festival

Bihu
Bihu is the most important festival of Assam. It is celebrated with joy and abundance by all Assamese people irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith and belief. Bihu can be broadly divided into three categories: Bohag Bihu which augurs the wish for a good harvest because this is the time when farmers start sowing, Kaati Bihu which is observed to mark the cutting and binding of grains and Magh Bihu which marks the season of harvesting of grains.

Ambubachi Mela
Is the most important festival of Kamakhya temple of Guwahati and is held every year during monsoon (mid-June). It is a ritual of austerities celebrated with 'Tantric rites'. It is a common belief that the reigning diety, 'Kamakhya' , 'The Mother Shakti' goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this period.

During Ambubashi the doors of the temple remain closed for three days. It is believed that the earth becomes impure for three days. During this time no farming work is undertaken. Daily worship and other religious performances are suspended during this period. After three days, the temple doors are reopened after the Goddess is bathed and other rituals performed. It is believed that the mother earth regains her purity now. This is purely a ritual of Tantric cult.

Ambubachi mela is held at the Kamakhya temple, after being closed for the afore-mentioned three days. On the fourth day only the devotees are allowed to enter inside the temple for worship. Thousands of devotees from all over India visit this mela.

Me-Dum-Me-Phi
The most important Ahom festival which deserves mention is the Me-Dum-Me-Phi, i.e., the ancestor worship festival which is observed by the whole Ahom community. This is performed annually on the 31st of January at some common venue. This in a way helps to develop social contacts and community feelings among the Ahoms. Colourful processions with devotees in traditional finery are also taken out on the occasion.

Jonbeel Mela
This spectacular fair(mela) is held every year during winter at Jonbeel of Jagiroad, a lesser known township only 32 kms from Guwahati. A few days before the mela, tribes like the Tiwas, Karbis, Khasis, Jaintias from the Meghalaya hills come down with their various products for this mela. On the occasion of the 'mela' a big bazar is held here where these tribes exchange thier products with local people in barter system which is very rare in a civilized modern society.

Before the 'mela' they perform fire worship or agni puja for the well being of mankind. It is to be noted that during this mela the 'govaraja' or the king of the Tiwa trbe along with his courtiers visit this mela and collect taxes from his subjects. The significant point of this mela is its theme of harmony and brotherhood amongst various tribes and communities. During the 'mela' these communities perform their traditional dances and music to celebrate the mela in a befitting manner.

Baishagu
Famous for its myriad colours and merriment, 'Baishagu' is generally celebrated by the Bodo Kacharis during mid April. It is the most cherished festival of the Bodo tribe. The Bodos also celebrate it as a springtime festival at the advent of the new year.

The first day begins with worship of the cow. The next day which synchronises with the first day of the month of 'Bohag' of the Assamese almanac, the actual merriment begins with the young people of each household reverentialy bowing down to their parents and elders. The supreme deity 'Bathou' or Lord Shiva is worshipped during the festival by offering chicken and rice beer. In the Baishagu dance there is no age or sex bar, all are welcome to join in. The traditional musical instruments that are used in this dance festival are 'Khum' (drum), 'Jotha' (Manjari), 'Khawbang' (Taal), 'Gogona' (Mouth-organ) and 'Siphung' (Flute) etc. It is also customary at the time of closure of the Baishagu festival to offer community prayers at a particular place called 'Garjasali'.

Bohaggiyo Bishu
This is the most fascinating spring festival of the Deoris of Assam, one of the four divisions of the Chutiyas, who are believed to have been members of the great Boro race. The term 'Bishu' might have originated from the Chutiya word 'Bishu'. 'Bi' means extreme and 'Su' means 'rejoicing' like other Springtime tribal festivals.

Bohaggiyo Bishu is also observed during mid-April at a stretch for seven days withunrestricted joy and merrymaking. It is to be observed that the Deoris Bishu do not always fall on the Sankranti Day. The Bishu must be preceded by a 'Than puja' and evidently it must start on a Wednesday. There is much socio-religious significance and arrangements to be made before the puja. Once in every four years a white buffalo is sacrificed which is considered a substitute for the traditional human sacrifice. The Deodhani dance is the most important and significant part of the festival. Husori or carol song party is the main attraction.


Getting to Assam

By Air
The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati is well connected by air to most of the metros in the country. There are regular flights to Guwahati running all year long on daily basis.

By Rail
A convenient Indian Railways network runs throughout the state connecting major Indian cities with Assam.

By Road
Guwahati, the largest city in Northeast India, is the hub of the road network to the north eastern region. A good network of National.

ABOUT ARUNACHAL PRADESH
It is situated in the North-Eastern part of India with 83743 sq. kms area and has a long international border with Bhutan to the west (160 km), China to the north and north-east (1,080 km) and Myanmar to the east (440 km). It stretches from snow-capped mountains in the north to the plains of Brahmaputra valley in the south.

The visitor has a wide variety of options to pick from. There are places of worship and piligrimage such as Parasuramkund and 400 years old Tawang Monastery, or the sites of archeological excavations like Malinithan and Itanagar, the serene beauty of lakes such as Ganga lake or Sela lake or the numerous variations of scenic beauty of the snowclad silver mountain peaks and lush green meadows where thousands of species of flora and fauna prosper. In addition, the state provides abundant scope for angling, boating, rafting, trekking and hiking. Besides, there are a number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks where rare animals, birds and plants will fascinate the visitor.

Tawang

Tawang War Memorial
Tawang War Memorial, a 40 foot high multi-hued memorial, has a structure constructed in stupa design. Dedicated to the martyrs of Sino-India War held in 1962, this memorial is nestled among beautiful peaks, which overlooks the Tawang-Chu valley. Popularly known as Namgyal Chorten, the memorial has names of 2,420 dead soldiers. The names of the soldiers are etched in gold on around 32 black granite plagues.

Tawang War Memorial comprises two memorial halls. One of the halls has the collection of personal articles of martyrs, while the other is used for sound and light shows, depicting their heroic deeds. The entire memorial was blessed by Dalai Lama.

Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery, also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse, is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects. This is the second oldest Monastery in the entire world after Lhasa. With a control over 17 Gompas in the region, this monastery is believed to be 400 years old.

This largest monastery in Asia stands erect at the base of a hill at a height of 3,000 metre above sea level. Dating back to 17th century, the monastery was constructed by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in accordance with the desires of the 5th Dalai Lama. It was believed by Monpas that Merek Lama was born at Kipti. He became a Lama at a very young age and commenced his career of meditation and praying.

Sela Pass
Sela Pass, with a height of 13,714 ft, is one of the most visited places in entire Arunachal Pradesh. Considered to be heaven on earth, the Sela Mountain Pass in winter is entirely covered with snow. Before reaching this pass, the travellers are welcomed by another lake, which is known as the Paradise Lake.

Gorichen Peak
Gorichen Peak, highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh, is located between Tawang and West Kameng districts. Bordering with China, this peak has a height of 22,500 feet. Located at a distance of 164 kilometre from Tawang Township, this peak is also known as Sa-Nga Phu, which literally means the Kingdom of Deity. According to Monpa tribe, this peak is considered to be one of the sacred peaks protecting them from all the evils.

BongBong Waterfall
BongBong Waterfall, also known as Nuranang Waterfall is located at a distance of 2 km from Jang, which is the administrative circle headquarter of Tawang district. 40 km from Tawang, the waterfall offers beautiful view of milky water falling from height of approximately 100 m. A visit to this waterfall is included in the itinerary of tourists travelling to Arunachal Pradesh.

The Handirafts Centre
The Handirafts Centre in Tawang is a major attraction for visitors. Created to promote the local small-scale industry, it is a good place to buy locally made handicrafts, woollen carpets, shawls etc. Also available are shoes, carved wooden works, utensils made of bamboo, handmade paper and Thanka painting.

Itanagar

The Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Itanagar is a major tourist attraction for tourists interested in adventure activity. To the delight of biologists and tourists, expansive reserve features a various trees and foliage. One of the chief sources to maintain ecological balance, the sprawling sanctuary provides habitat to contrasting species such as macaque, capped langur, hoolock gibbon and slow loris.

Ganga lake
Ganga Lake, also known as Gyakar Sinyi, is one of the chief tourist spots of the city. The beautiful water body enthrals visitors with its peaceful environment, imposing surroundings of lush green mountains and crystal clear water.

polo park
Polo Park is a beautiful botanical park located in Naharlagun region. The park has evolved as a major tourist attraction as it features a wide collection of flowers and orchids. Thickets of cane are the highlights of the park..

Ita Fort
Ita Fort is one of the renowned ancient marvels of the region, located in the middle of the capital complex in Papum Pare district. Constructed by Ahom rulers and identified as root of the city, the region is named after this fort. Spread over an area of 45 cubic metres, the historic fort gives the testimony of stone work.

Namdapha

hornbill
Hornbill is a site situated within Namdapha, which is famous for spotting four hornbill species, namely white-throated brown hornbill and great hornbill. Besides hornbill, tourists can also spot white-tailed flycatchers, streaked wren-babblers, large scimitar babblers and pied falconets.

Deban
Deban, situated on the north bank of the Dihing River, is the main tourist attraction in Namdapha National Park. Serving as the headquarters of the forest department in Namdapha, Deban is the only site in the entire park where permanent accommodation can be found. It is a popular birdwatching spot, where tourists can see white-bellied Heron and Ibisbill. Additionally, primates like gibbons and capped langur can also be seen.

Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel, located in the buffer zone of Namdapha National Park, is a small natural pool. Located in Gibbon’s Land, the pool can be approached via the path, which runs through deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. While walking on the path leading to the pool, tourists can catch glimpse of birds like green cochoa and rufous-throated fulvetta. Tourists can also see gibbons, capped langur and Malayan giant squirrels.


Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge is situated on the Siang River and is one of the famous attractions of the destination. This 70 m long bridge is made of bamboo and cane and connects the destination with other hill tribes.


Ramakrishna Ashram
Ramakrishna Ashram, which is a famous sightseeing attraction among travellers, was founded by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda and Sharada Mata. This ashram is visited by devotees for meditation.

Kane Wildlife Sanctuary
Kane Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the West Siang District, which in vicinity of Along. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 55 sq. km and has diverse flora and fauna. Some of the animal species that can be seen in this sanctuary include deer, elephant and small cats.

Travellers can easily reach Kane Wildlife Sanctuary by boarding buses or hiring taxis from Along. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of October to April.


Getting to Arunachal Pradesh

By air
The Guwahati Airport is the best and the closest option for those who are arriving by air.

By Rail
Guwahati has the nearest railhead which is well connected with other city.

ABOUT MEGHALAYA
Meghalaya means "Abode of Clouds" is one of the seven Northeastern states of India. Meghalaya, of Scottish scenery and Indian charm is a beautiful state nestled amid Assam and Bangladesh. The Cherrapunji belt receives the highest rainfall in the world. Home to an extraordinary diversity of peoples, the Khasi, Jantia and Garo tribes, Meghalaya is one of the most picturesque states of India, which serves as an ideal gateway for people in search of beauty and tranquility. The panoramic landscapes, foggy hills, cascading waterfalls, serpentine rivers, and terraced slopes soothe the minds of weary travellers. Meghalaya is blessed with rich wildlife. The dense forests of Meghalaya are inhabited by many rare species of birds and animal including elephants, Tigers, Golden Cats, Binturongs, Slow Loris, Monkeys and birds like Hornbills, Partridges, Teals, Snipes and Quails.

It comprises of erstwhile Khasi Jaintia hills and Garo hills districts of Assam. Most of the terrain is hilly and experiences heavy rainfall during monsoons. Meghalaya is home to three major tribal population.


1. Khasi Hills
2. Jaintia Hills
3. Garo Hills


khasi hills

Khasi Hills is perhaps best known for Sohra (Cherrapunjee), geographically famous for being the wettest place on earth and also Shillong, one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Infact the entire Khasi Hills region that forms the central part of Meghalaya is richly endowed with natural beauty. Everywhere you go, you will never cease to be mystified by the spectacular charm the state offers.

Shillong
The capital city of the State. Located in undulating pine covered hills, the city has a milder climate 103 Km from Guwahati.

Smit
Just 17 Kms South of Shillong is the traditional seat of Khasi culture. The Nongkrem dance, is performed in Smit during November.

Mawphlang
One of the most remarkable features of the Khasi Hills are the sacred forests, which have been preserved by traditional religious sanction, since

Sohra (Cherrapunjee)
Sohra, previously known as Cherrapunjee. It is credited as being the second wettest place on Earth. However, nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record. Though, it still holds the world record for the most rainfall in July 1861.

Laitkynsew
15 Kms further from Sohra (Cherrapunjee) there is a holiday resort run by a private party.

Mawsynram
Mawsynram is 56 kilometres from Shillong. Reportedly the wettest place on Earth, Mawsynram receives an average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm (about 39 feet).

Mawlynnong Village
Mawlynnong Village has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in India. It is situated 90 kms. from Shillong.

Umiam Lake
More popularly known as Barapani, this is the biggest artificial lake in the State.

Lum Sohpetbneng
The navel of Heaven, is a place of pilgrimage for the Khasis of indigenous religion. Located on top of a hill.

Diengiei Peak
Located to the west of the Shillong plateau, Diengiei Peak is just two hundred feet lower than Shillong peak. The peak presents a spectacular

view of green mountainous hills. The captivating hills are dotted with tiny shining villages.

Dwarksuid
An enigmatically beautiful pool with wide, rocky sand banks located on a stream alongside the Umroi-Bhoilymbong Road is known as Dwarksuid or Devil's doorway.

Mairang
Kyllang rock lies 78 km from Shillong. According to geologists, this rock is about several million years old.

Jakrem
Jakrem located about 64 km from Shillong on the Shillong-Mawkyrwat road, is famous for its hot water springs of sulphur water which is believed to have curative medicinal properties.

Mawkyrwat
35 kms from Nongstoin, Mawkyrwat presents panoramic landscape. A view point has been constructed on top of Mawranglang.

Mawthadraishan
Mawthadraishan peak, it is about 70 kms from Shillong on the Nongstoin road.

Nongkhnum Island
Nongkhnum Island is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam.

Ranikor
On the banks of river Jadukata close to Bangladesh. Ranikor is a beautiful place. This area is famous for abundance of mahseer.

Jaintia Hills - Land of Myths and Legends

The Jaintia Hills in the State of Meghalaya is bounded on the North and East by the State of Assam. On the South by Bangladesh and on the
West by East Khasi Hills District. The total area is 3,819 sq.kms. having a population of 2,95,692 (2001 Census). A land of undulating hills rich in mineral deposits. The natural vegetation changes according to the topography of the land kingdom of Jaintiapur now in present day Bangladesh.

Jowai
64 kms. from Shillong is the administrative headquarters of Jaintia Hills as well as the commercial centre. It is situated along side the Myntdu river which encircles two thirds of this over expanding township.

Nartiang
The Village of Nartiang is significant for its Summer Palace of the Jaintia King whose Capital was Jaintiapur. It is two kilometres from the Nartiang market.

Nartiang Monoliths
Monoliths exist the biggest collection of monoliths or Megalithic stones in one single area is to be found north of the Nartiang market.

Durga Temple at Nartiang
Adjacent to the ruins of the Summer Palace of the Jaintia King in front of the arched gateway of red bricks stands the Durga Temple.

Khim Moo Sniang
This locality derives its name from an embedded rock in the shape of a pig. The literal translation from 'Moo' is stone and 'Sniang' refers to pig. A stone deity venerated by the Jaintias for its protective power.

Thadlaskein Lake
It is a man made lake at Thadlaskein fed by a Perennial spring. According to tradition, one Chieftain Sajar Nangli had an irreconcilable difference with the King of Jaintiapur. Not wanting to be blamed for an inevitable bloodbath he decided to flee from the Kingdom with his followers. Before his departure, however, they dug the present day lake with the ends of bows as a memorial. The lake is revered by the people of Raid Mukhla who continue to offer sacrifices near the Lake. A popular picnic spot for locals.

Umhang Lake
This lake at Wataw (Bataw) village overlooking the plains of Bangladesh is flanked on either side by lush green forests.

Kiang Nongbah Monument
Kiang Nongbah, a Jaintia patriot during British rule who died as a martyr for the cause of Indian liberation from British rule.

Syntu Ksiar
Syntu Ksiar meaning Flower of Gold is a vast stretch of the river bank of Myntdu river where people usually go for picnics and angling.

Stone Bridge at Thlumuwi
16 kms. from Jowai on the Jowai Muktapur road to Dawki lies Thlu Muwi. This stone bridge built by U Mar Phalyngki and U Luh Lamare for the Jaintia King.

Iawmusiang
The largest Jaintia market as well as the commercial centre of Jaintia Hills. Jaintia Hills is famous for its spices.

Ruparsor bathing ghat
This bathing pool is hewn out of granite. The water which comes into the pool is through the curved trunk of an elephant fed by the Rupasor stream.

U Lum Sunaraja
It is believed by the locals to be the spot where old and aged elephants go to die by plunging themselves into the deep pool. It is also believed that valuable ivory of the dead elephants are guarded by huge serpent so that nobody can take away the tusks.

Umlawan Cave
The Umlawan cave is inter­connected with two other caves namely Kot-Sati and Umskor caves. The total length of these caves is more than 21 kms and about 100 m in depth. This place is 60 kms east of Jowai.

Jarain Pitcher Plant Lake
A pretty lake sits placidly amid gravelled footpaths, arch bridges, pitcher plant garden and green house -interpretation centre. The railings of the boat-house are styled on the pitcher plant.

Tyrshi Falls
A pretty arch bridge connects across an expanse of green paddy fields, which opens up to the gushing Tyrshi falls thundering down to the paddy-fields below.

Garo Hills - The Ecological Canvas of Meghalaya

Forming the western part of the State the entire Garo Hills having an area of approximately 8,000 sq kms. is densely forested and hence one of the richest spots in bio diversity. The Garos predominantly inhabiting the three districts of the State namely East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills are basically superstitious, believe in spirits and have rich traditional tales of myths and legends. To the Garos everything that is interesting and unnatural has to have the lore of some kind.

Tura
Tura the headquarter of West Garo Hills, is 323 kms. from Shillong via Guwahati , Tura town is situated at the foot of Tura peak.

Tura Peak
A beautiful and majestic hill stands on the eastern side of Tura at a height of 872 m above sea level overlooking the town of Tura.

Nokrek Biosphere
Just 2 kms. from Tura peak; teeming with wild life, Nokrek hill is the home of a very rare species of citrus locally known as Memang Narang orange of the spirits.

Chibragre
Lying at the confluence of Ganol and Rongram rivers, just 9 kms from Tura on the Tura Guwahati road is an ideal picnic spot.

Pelga Falls
Pelga falls located at the distance of 7 kms from Tura has become increasingly hot spot for anglers and picnickers in recent years.

Sasatgre Village
Sasatgre has been blessed by nature in so far as orange plantations are concerned and the village is surrounded by healthy, dark green orange bushes, which are highly productive. The village now falls on the periphery of the Nokrek Gene Sanctuary-cum-Biosphere Reserve.

Rangapani
Tomb of Mir-Jumla is there. Mir-Jumla was the army general of great Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb.

William nagar
Named after the 1st Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Capt. Williamson Sangma, this riverine town built on the curve of Simsang river is the Headquarters of East Garo hills. It is 313 kms from Shillone via Guwahati and is 76 kms from Tura.

Rongrenggiri
5 kms from Williamnagar, is noted for being the last battle field where the Garos bravely resisted the British.

Adokgre
l0 kms from Duphdara on the Assam border, Adokgre was the first camp in Garo Hills when the Garos coming from Tibet under the leadership of Jappa-Jalimpa arrived the promised land of Garo Hills. It was here that they distributed the land according to their Machongs(clan).

Naka-Chikong
This big rock is mythologically believed to be swarming with fishes, you can get tons of fishes any season of the year, but there is one belief, if any one inadvertently touches the big rock under whose hole the fishes are, all fishes immediately disappear from the river. The Hindus consider this a sacred place and regularly come here for worship and picnic.

Resubelpara
15 kms from Williamnagar Sub-Divisional head quarter of Resu Sub-Division; there is a hot spring here.

Baghmara Reserve Forest
This thick forest is inhabited by langurs, birds of different species, elephants, etc. Many tourists have reported sighting herds of elephants as they travel from Baghmara to Balpakram National Park via Baghmara Reserve Forest.

Nengkong
14 kms north of Baghmara is the well known caves Tetengkol, which balwakol measuring 5,33 kms in length is one of the longest cave in the Indian Sub-continent. The other cave is Dobakkol Chibe Nala almost 2 kms long and another, a little over 1 km long called Bok-bak dobakkol are also in the vicinity of the area.

Siju
It is one of the longest caves in the Indian Sub-continent and contains some of the finest river passages to be found any where in the world.

Imilchang Dare
A waterfall of immense visual beauty is to be found close to the Tura-Chokpot Road in West Garo Hills district.

Emangre
This is the only village where the traditional wood carving on the posts and beams of the "Nokpante" or the bachelor's dormitory still survives.

Simsang River
Simsang River starts from Nokrek peak and runs towards east, passing through Rongrengiri, Williamnagar, the headquarters of East Garo Hills district, Nongalbibra, Siju, Rewak and finally Baghmara, the headquarters of South Garo Hills district.

GETTING TO MEGHALAYA

By Air
There is a small airport at Umroi, about 35 km from Shillong.

By Train
There are no rail lines in Meghalaya. The nearest railway station is Guwahati. It is 104 km from Shillong and very well connected with all major cities of India.

By Bus
National Highway 40, an all-weather road, connects Shillong with Guwahati. State's Transport Corporation and private transport operators.
ABOUT MIZORAM
Mizoram lies in the southernmost outpost of North Eastern India, the land of the Blue Mountains. Manipur, Assam and Tripura bind the northern end of this little island of tranquility with neighboring countries Myanmar and Bangladesh nestling most of the state between them.

Evergreen ranges of Mizoram hills with blooms of exotic flora and dense bamboo jungles rise sharply from the plains of Assam in a north south direction. These hills and plunging gorges are criss-crossed by gushing rivers and sparkling waterfalls. Highest among its several peaks is the Phawngpui The Blue Mountain.

Mizoram is blessed with the most variegated hilly terrain in the eastern part of India. The hills are steep and separated by rivers which flow either to the north or south creating deep gorges between the hill ranges. Nature has bestowed Mizoram with numerous rivers like Tlawang, Sonai, Tuivai, Kolodyne and Karnafulli. The legendary river Tiu is the boundary between India and Myanmar. Mizoram is a treat for any tourist while traveling on the straight roads coursing through the thick forests and vibrant villages.

Tourist Attraction

Aizwal
Aizwal is the most developed city of Mizoram and is blessed with a scenic landscape that makes it an excellent tourist spot. Aizwal is a tourist delight with a moderate climate and wonderful scenery. The city is almost hundred years old and is profoundly dotted with timber houses and profusion of flowers is set on a ridge which is approximately at an altitude of 4000 ft above sea level. Aizwal treats its tourists with a stunning and captivating view of the lush emerald Tlwang river valley in the west and the Turial River Valley in the east.


Phawngpui Mountains
Phawngpui, the Blue Mountain of Mizoram is a highly revered peak, considered to be the abode of the Gods. Phawngpui Peak is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram, rising about 2165 m high near the Myanmar border in Chhimtuipui District. Phawngpui Peak is famous for orchids and rhododendrons. With spectacular trees and flowers of all colours, Phawngpui presents a fairytale view of the blue hazed hills, and vales unfolding below.

Champai
Another major tourism attraction in Mizoram is Champai which is also known as the ‘fruit bowl of Mizoram’, as it is known for its vineyards. It is strategically located along the Indo-Myanmar border and is also a bustling commercial hub. Champhai has a background of rich heritage, scattered in small hamlets and villages dotted with monuments and monoliths.

Tamdil
This natural lake is reputed for its fish and prawns and is an 85 km drive from Aizawl. The drive gives you an excellent opportunity to see some of the prettiest areas of Mizoram. Go for boat rides (if they are not closed because the boats are in bad shape) relax by the tranquil waters, and, if you can, take a drive into the nearby jungles, which are home to an assortment of fascinating flora and fauna. You can also stay here overnight.

Vantawng Fall
Surrounded by a vast stretch of thick bamboo forests close to Thenzawl hill station is Mizoram's highest waterfall Vantawng (750 ft high). Located 152 km from Aizawl, this popular water body is worth a visit. You can evn stay overnight as it has cafeteria and cottage for hire.

Rihdil
This is a very beautiful lake situated in Myanmar and is very near to the Indo-Myanmar border. Rih means heart. Dil means lake. This lake is heart-shaped. You can reach this place from Champhai. Zokhawthar is situated at the Indo-Burma border. Get a permit (about 10 rupees) from the Burmese outpost to enter Burma.

Once you enter Burma, you can walk upto the lake which is around 1.5 km from the outpost or you can hire a bike which will be driven by a Burmese. You need to start your journey early in the morning, not because the place is far but because unless the shared SUV gets all the passengers, it will not leave for Zokhawthar, and there are only a few such shared SUVs running between Champhai and Zokhawthar. It is better you hire a cab in Champhai. It is also possible to take your vehicle ( if you have exclusively hired it) inside for a fee. Ask the driver to do the needful.

There is restaurant by the lake side and about six cottages for stay, which are owned by the restaurant. You can take a boatride in the lake, which costs Rs 400/- for full perimeter ride for 10 people and Rs. 200/- for half round. Indian currency is accepted.

Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary
Dampa is a tiger reserve located in West Phaileng district and is 127 km from Aizawl. You need the permit from forest officer staying in West Phaileng to enter Dampa forest. This can be done also from forest department in Aizawl. You should be careful while visiting the forest on a rainy day as it is infested with leeches. This Sanctuary has different types of Birds and Animal, like Tiger, Elephants.

Reiek
This is a very nice place near Aizawl and is a must-see. There is a small trek up the mountain from the model Mozo village, which one must do. It takes you up to top of the mountain with a cliff to give you wide, breathtaking view. One must spend some time there. The climb is also quite pleasant and passes through thick forest. You can carry some picnic snacks and drinking water to the top. But make sure you don't litter the place and bring back the waste to dustbins near cafeteria, to maintain the natural, pristine beauty of the place. In December especially in Christmas time, this place is full of festivities with live music shows atop the mountain, and there is a small stage built up there).

Getting to Mizoram

By Air
Mizoram has only one airport, Lengpui Airport, which is near Aizawl, and this airport can be reached from Kolkata by air which will take around 1hr and also from Guwahati by air within a short period of 30 min. The road from the airport to the city takes around another 1 hrs.

By Rail
Mizoram is connected through its rail head in Bairabi in Kolasib District.

By Road
Mizoram is connected through National Highway 54 from Silchar, Assam.

about MANIPUR
Manipur is a land of jewels. Its rich culture excels in every aspects as in martial arts, dance, theater and sculpture. The charm of the place is the greenery with the moderate climate making it a tourists' heaven. The beautiful and seasonal Shirui Lily at Ukhrul, Sangai (Brow antlered deer) and the floating islands at Loktak Lake are few of the rare things found in Manipur. Polo, which can be called a royal game, also originated from Manipur.

Imphal is mainly inhabited by the Meitei with a large migrant population from Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc. and it is just 7 km from the airport of Manipur. The district is divided into East and West and the recently constructed sports complex . Most of the imported goods are sold here at its Paona Bazar, Gam-bir Sing Shopping Complex, Ningthibi Collections and Leima Plaza.


tourist attraction

Shree Govindajee Temple
Temple with gold domes, a paved court and a large, raised congregation hall. The deity in the center has other idols of Radha Govinda, Balaram and Krishna and Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on either side of it.

Keibul Lamjao National Park
It is 48 km away from Imphal is an abode of, rare and endangered species of Brow Antlered deer. This ecosystem is home to 17 rare species of mammals. It is the only floating national park of the world.

Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake is a freshwater lake, floating islands popularly known as Phumdi which is made out of the tangle of watery weeds and other plants. With a nominal fee, people can hire small boats and see the fascinating way of life on these floating islands.

Churachandpur
Churachandpur is the second largest town in Manipur, business centre in the Khuga Valley. The main attraction of the district is the Khuga Dam, which is some 7 km south of the proper town.

War cemeteries
Commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the graves carry small stone markers and bronze plaques.

Khonghampat Orchidarium
7 km from Imphal, on National Highway 39 is the Central Orchidarium, which covers 200 acres and houses over 110 rare varieties of orchids, which include almost a dozen endemic species. The peak blooming season is March – April.

Manipur Zoological Gardens
6 km to the west of Imphal, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba on the Imphal-Kangchup Road are the Zoological Gardens.

Moirang
45 km from Imphal, the town is one of the main centres of early Meitei folk culture with the ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing, situated here. In the month of May, men and women, dressed in colourful traditional costumes, sing and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang "Lai Haraoba" which is a ritual dance festival held each year.

Loktak Lake And Sendra Island
48 km from Imphal, lies the largest fresh water lake in the North East India, the Loktak Lake, a veritable miniature inland sea. Visitors get a bird's eye view of life on the Lake-small islands that are actually floating weed on which live the Lake people, the shimmering blue waters of the Lake, labyrinthine boat routes and colourful water plants. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached cafeteria in the middle of the lake is an ideal tourist spot.

Kaina
It is a hillock about 921 metres above sea level and a sacred place of the Manipuri Hindus. So goes the story that one night, Shri Govindajee appeared in the dream of his devotee, Shri Jai Singh Maharaja and asked the saintly king to install in a temple, an image of Shri Govindajee. It was to be carved out of a jack fruit tree, which was then growing at Kaina. The scenery in this place is charming and the hill shrubs and natural surroundings give the place a religious atmosphere. It is only 29 km from Imphal.

Khongjom war memorial
36 km on the Indo-Burmese road, a war broke out between Manipur and British India in 1891. It is here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur proved his valor against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891. A War Memorial has been constructed on the top of the Kheba Hill. 23 April is celebrated as Khongjom Day every year and is a state holiday.

Tengnoupal
69 km from Imphal. The highest point on the Indo-Burmese Road, from here, you can have a full view of the valley of Burma.

Ukhrul
83 km to the east of Imphal, this district headquarters of Manipur East is the highest hill station of the state. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe. Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed and famous for its peculiar type of land-lily, the Shirui, grown in the Shirui hills. Shirui Hills and Khangkhui. Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions.

Manipur State Museum
The interesting museum near the Polo Ground in the heart of Imphal has a fairly good display of Manipur's Tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers.

Maibam Lotpa Ching
It is a hillock about 16 km from Imphal on Tiddim Road. It is a thrilling spot where a fierce battle took place between the British and the Japanese force in World War II and regarded as a holy place. There is also a monument in memory of the Japanese Martyrs who sacrificed their lives in this fierce battle.

Willong Khullen & Yangkhullen
Willong Khullen is a village located some 37 km from National Highway 39 on the Maram-Peren Road. It is home to a stone erection very similar to Stonehenge. Some of the tallest stones are seven meters tall and one meter thick. The village of Yangkhullen is built on a steep slope on the hills.

Leimaram waterfall
A popular tourist and picnic spot in Sadu Chiru known as Leimram waterfall 27 km from Imphal, in the Sadar hill area, Senapati district. Hundreds of tourist flocks to this place to enjoy the view of this waterfall and the natural beauty surrounding it.

 
Getting to Manipur

By Air
The nearest airport is Imphal. Imphal airport is the center point of reaching into the state as it is linked with rest of the country by air.

By Rail
Manipur is not well connected with other parts of country via railway network. The nearest railway station is Silchar in Assam. Apart from it situated at the adge of north east part of Nagaland, Dimapur is another nearby railway station to reach Manipur.

By Road
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Tour CodeNights/DaysPickup - DropPlaces
NES 0016 N/7 D Guwahati Rly. Sta./Airport Pickup & Guwahati Rly. Sta./Airport Drop 1 Nt Guwahati, 2 Nt Kaziranga, 2 Nt Shillong, 1 Nt Guwahati
NES 0026 N/7 D Guwahati Rly. Sta./Airport Pickup & Guwahati Rly. Sta./Airport Drop 1 Nt Guwahati, 2 Nt Jorhat, Sibasagar, Toklai Excursion, 2 Nt Kaziranga, 1 Nt Guwahati
NES 0036 N/7 DGuwahati Rly. Sta./Airport Pickup & Kohima Rly. Sta./Airport Drop 1 Nt Guwahati, 2 Nt Kaziranga, 1 Nt Touphema, 1 Nt Kohima, 1 Nt Khonoma
NES 0047 N/8 D Jalpaiguri Rly. Sta./Bagdogra Airport Pickup & Jalpaiguri Rly. Sta./Bagdogra Airport Drop 2 Nt Darjeeling, 3 Nt Gangtok, 2 Nt Lachung, Yumthang Excursion
NES 0057 N/8 D Jalpaiguri Rly. Sta./Bagdogra Airport Pickup & Jalpaiguri Rly. Sta./Bagdogra Airport Drop 2 Nt Darjeeling, 3 Nt Gangtok, 2 Nt Kalimpong
NES 0069 N/10 DDibrugarh Rly. Stn./Airport Pickup & Guwahati Rly. Stn./Airport Drop 2 Nt Dibrugarh, 2 Nt Digboi, 1 Nt Jorhat, 3 Nt Kaziranga, 1 Nt Guwahati
NES 0079 N/10 D Dibrugarh Rly. Stn./Airport Pickup & Dibrugarh Rly. Stn./Airport Drop 3 Nt Nameri, 3 Nt Kaziranga, 1 Nt Dibrugarh, 2 Nt Namdapha


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