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5 Gems of North East India

Be it the rising sun tearing the Arunachal clouds, or the setting sun in the river Brahmaputra, the unspoilt beauty of North East India offers many unexplored regions. If you are planning holidays to the North East this is our ultimate guide to some the hidden gems of the region.

  1. Rhinos of Kaziranga

The North Eastern frontier of the Indian subcontinent is an inspiring region with many hidden jewels in its sleeves. One of the finest National Parks in the world, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. This World Heritage Site serves as the home to the great Indian One Horned Rhinos and is also a tiger reserve due to the high population of tigers in the park. Extended grasslands, swamplands, and thick tropical forest forms a perfect ambiance for the existence of the wildlife. This place is a seamless paradise for all nature lovers.

One Horned Rhinos in Kaziranga National Park

While exploring the wilderness in Kaziranga, you can also explore tribal culture in Manas with an exhilarating elephant ride.  Kaziranga is best reached from Guwahati located at a drivable distance of 4 hours .

  1. Tea Gardens of Jorhat

In the lowlands of Assam, near the banks of River Brahmaputra is where modern tea has been given birth. Jorhat is one of the major tea producing regions of India. Watching tea growing in such vast expanse is a treat to the eyes. And as you walk through the gardens you will witness workers plucking tea leaves, cleaning the gardens, and nurturing plants. These beautiful tea gardens of Jorhat are complimented with imperial bungalows that were built during the British era and serve as great option for accommodation. The Tocklai Tea Research center (India’s largest tea research centre) is also located here on the banks of the river Tocklai.

Tea Gardens of Jorhat

Jorhat is one of the lesser known tea producing gem of India where an annual tea festival takes place during winters. Assam Tea Festival is also a good time to enjoy golfing in the ‘Jorhat Gymkhana’, the world’s third oldest golf-club that is still in use.

Just 20 kms away from Jorhat, you can explore another gem of the North East, the famous Majuli Island. It is the largest inhabited river island in the world.

India also offers many other royal and attractive gardens of India, where the tea is produced. Read Here.

  1. Lachung and Yumthang’s Flower Valley

The Lachung and Yumthang Valley are very famous regions of Sikkim known for their wide variety of alpine flowers. Yumthang, situated at a height of 11,800 feet is popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’, located at a distance of 148 kms from Gangtok. Snow clad peaks, apple trees, streaming waterfalls, Himalayan flowers and fresh mountain air is a paradise for nature lovers. During spring season, wild flowers such as primulas, poppies, and rhododendrons bathe the landscape in rich colours. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary over showcases about 24 species of Rhododendron flowers which bloom from April to May end. Hot spring located besides the Yumthang river is also popular tourist attraction.

Lachung and Yumthang’s Flower Valley

Situated further up at a distance of 16 kms, at an altitude of about 16,000 feet is Yumesamdong, the zero point. The rugged vegetation-free mountains covered in snow mark the end of Yumthang Valley. It is situated very close to China border. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.

Lachung is the nearest inhabited centre located along the tributary of the river Teesta. Yumthang Valley does not offer much accommodation therefore one can stay at Lachung valley.  It is situated at a height of 8000 feet, only an hour away from Yumthang.

  1. Tribal tour of Ziro Valley

Happiness is the essence of the tribal-lore of North East. With minimalistic needs in life, life is simple here and the tribals prefer it that way. Surrounded by Tibet in the north, Assam and Nagaland in the east and Bhutan in the west, Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state in the North Eastern frontier. Hilly region and lush green forest provide a suitable environment for the survival of 82 tribes and sub tribes each having different cultures and dialects. The #‎Zirovalley is home to one such unique ‎tribe of India, the Apatanis. ‎UNESCO has named the Apatani valley a ‎World Heritage site for its “extremely high productivity” and “unique” way of preserving the ecology. The region is famous for its agriculture festival “Dree Festival”, friendship festival “Myoko” and the also the annual outdoor music festival.

Tribal tour of Ziro Valley

Tribal tour to Arunachal Pradesh is a parody of culture.

  1. Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia

Mawlynnong is a village in the Meghalaya state, India famous for having been dubbed Asia’s cleanest village. Mawlynnong is located about 90 km from Shillong and 92 kms from Cherrapunjee can be reached by road. After enjoying the scenic waterfalls of cherrapunjee you can spend a day in the fresh air of this town. The “Sky Watch” here is an 85 feet high bamboo structure created with bamboo and natural ropes which offer a splendid view of Bangladesh plains.

Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia

 

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5 Things You Must Try When Travelling in India

India’s palette has a lot to offer. Many interesting sounds, smells and sights come along the road you travel here. While you see the best of India don’t miss out on the best of experiences you can get at bare minimal prices. We bring to you the FIVE must try outs when travelling in India. This is not a ‘travel guide’ or ‘tips to travel’ blog, these are just few things you shouldn’t be missing out on. To live and feel like the locals try some of these desi things every Indian does almost as part of their daily routine. No matter where you are in India or which road you are travelling, you can try your hands on these things very easily.

Paan Corner in India
1. Eat a Paan – Paan has been a favorite mouth freshener available at the local Paanwaala shops located around every corner or street in India. It’s a burst of flavours wrapped in an edible betel leaf. Oozing liquid fills up your mouth leaving your tongue red and longing for more. Paan has been a part of Indian tradition and customs since time immemorial with many famous variations of it. But today’s Paan has been experimented with many ingredients to give it a modern twist. Fused with strawberry, chocolate, crushed ice, mint and other relishing ingredients has changed the way Paan is eaten today. To avoid any health issues try it at a known or branded shop like Panchayat and Prince Paan in Delhi . ‘Meetha(sweet) Paan is our recommendation if this is your first time.

wedding in India

2. Attend an Indian Wedding – Weddings in India are not less than a circus or a Bollywood movie. There is dance, drama, emotions, lights, camera and action. We love all this and so will you. Go ahead and ask a local friend or your agent to help you get an upclose experience of an Indian wedding. We are sure you will enjoy it thoroughly. Two things to look out for in an Indian wedding are crazy dancers on the dance floor doing the funny ‘cobra dance’ and some mischievous kids in the wedding trying to hide or find the groom’s shoes (an Indian tradition). Rest of the fervor comes along.

barber shops in India
3. Visit the local Barber – Just like our street food and paanwaalas, our barbers have hundreds of tiny outlets which are simply dirt cheap. A visit to the local non-branded shop/barber is an unusual and thrilling experience of all. Barbers in India can be found sitting under a tree with just a table, a mirror and some simple instruments that they carry back home every evening. The mirror and the chair is left on the road tied up without any guarantee of finding it there the next day. We recommend you to get a the special head massage done, and if you want a shave too, try to carry your own blade/ razor to avoid any infections.

panipuri stall
4. Relish over Golgappas – The ever favourite ‘Dilli (delhi) ka golgappa’; Mumbai ki paanipuri or Kolkata’s puckas. So many names for this one bursting bomb found in every market or street. So in the evening if you see a small stall swarmed by a group of ladies saying out ‘Bhaiya ek aur de do’ (brother give one more) that’s the stall with the yummiest ‘Golgappa’ of the town. There is no end to the street foods of India so we can’t list all of them but this is ‘IT’. If you have a weak stomach please visit the branded ‘Chat Corners or restaurants’ and if you are really desi at heart you have to go to Old Delhi or Mumbai’s Chowpati because there is lot’s more to explore..

Rickshaw ride in old Delhi
Rickshaw ride in old Delhi

5. Tricycle Ride – ‘Trin trin’ – it’s riding time. A rickshaw is a tricycle used as a local mode of transport in India. A quided rickshaw ride of Old Delhi or the rickshaw pullers of Kolkata are one of the best experience to sink in the frenzy of colors, vivacity and irresistible charm of India. It’s arguably better to explore the city on a rickshaw than on a walking tour as you are much higher so you have a better vision and you will have less chances of being stalled by beggars.