North-east India is a beautiful land with unique people and customs.This region is also home to some of the most breathtaking locations in the country. The North-east has fascinated many travellers with its beauty and serenity, its adventure and mystery and the freshness.
Spread across the farthest reaches of India, obscured from the greater world by the ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges, the North-east states are one of Asia's great natural and anthropological sanctuaries. The states share its borders with Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
These remote frontiers are the region's rugged beauty and is a zone of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes. In this wonderland of adventures, you can see the glacial Himalayan rivers flowing into the floodplains of Assam, experience the perilous pilgrimage to Tawang, spot the rhinos grazing the swampy grasslands of Kaziranga and watch the former headhunters slowly embracing modernity in their ancestral houses in Nagaland.
However, there are a number of obstacles to battle along the way, to name a few are the bad roads, poor infrastructure and naxal attacks. Only those who are ready to take up the raw adventure head here.
We bring some of the places which are a must visit when in the North-east states. Read on...
1. Gorichen Peak
Gorichen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh and it located between Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 22,500 ft above sea level, the peak is approximately 164 km from Tawang.
The peak is known as Sa Nga Phu, which in translation means the Kingdom of Deity and is considered to be one of the sacred peaks which protects them from all the evils according to the Monpa tribe. The peak is one of the best trekking and mountaineering spots.
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2. Shungaster Lake
Shungaster is a beautiful lake which is about an hour away from Tawang. The lake gets its name from a village that once existed nearby, but was wiped out in an earthquake few years ago. The lake was the location for certain scenes in the Hindi movie Koyla, which had Madhuri Dixit playing the lead and since then the locals fondly call the lake as Madhuri Lake.
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Located in the state of Assam, the town was the first capital of the Ahom kingdom and was established in they year 1228. The capital though kept on changing later, but Charaideo remained a symbolic center. At present the place abandoned and has many relics which includes the tombs of some Ahom kings and queens.
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4. Rumtek Monastery
The largest monastery in the state of Sikkim, it is the seat of the Karmapa Lama who is the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It also serves as one of the most important seats of the ‘Black Hat' sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet, and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre.
The beautiful monastery enshrines a golden stupa which houses relics like statues and paintings which belongs to the 16th Karmapa. The monastery gained importance immensely after China annexed Tibet, whichled to the relocation of many religious leaders from Tibet to other places including Sikkim.
5. Tuophema Village
The village of Tuophema is located around 41 km away from Kohima, Nagaland's capital. The local government set up the village to protect, preserve and present the Naga way of life and is major tourist draw.
The village has several huts and every hut has its own unique style of construction. One can find a museum which has an extensive ethnographic collection which includes wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts etc.
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6. Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the North-east India; the lake is located near Moirang in Manipur. The lake is well-known for its ‘phumdis' which are nothing but the heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matters at various stages of decomposition, floating over it.
Loktak in translation can be broken down into two words, ‘Lok' meaning stream and ‘tak' the end. The largest of the phumdis covers an area of 40 sq km and is situated on the southeastern shore of the lake. It also plays an important role in the economy of Manipur and is the main source of drinking water, hydropower generation and irrigation.