States of Northeast India

Escape to Tripura and the other 7 states of Northeast India

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-07-07

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India is a country with heterogeneous cultures and traditions, religions, languages, and minds living in peace and harmony together, sharing common earth. India is the land of unity in diversity; unity in diversity has become one of the strengths of India. Each state in India is different from another in terms of how they dress, speak, the type of food they eat, the manner in which they worship, and their art among many other things. The culture of India is a reflection of the way people live here. India has taught the world about the meaning of secularism, which has attracted everyone, everywhere around the world. The Northeast states of India are a land of undulating hills and plains with a luxuriant green cover and a wide variety of rare and exotic flora and fauna. From East to West and North to South India, there is huge population diversity, resulting in an immense variety in Indian culture. Northeast India consists of 8 states and these places are full of surprises for travelers. Not much established on the traveller's map, the places in the Northeast region of India has its own charm that will sweep you off your feet. You will surely lose yourself in the charismatic magic of these places in Northeast India when you come here.

The Northeast region of India is popularly known as the seven sisters and a brother. Basically because in different periods in history these places were ruled by kings and chieftains and as time passed and after the British invasion, Assam was divided into several other states except Sikkim. Since these states in Northeast India were once part of a single state, they are called sisters. Sikkim became a part of India only in 1975 so the government decided to include Sikkim as the 8th state in the North Eastern Council. Hence, Northeast India came to be known as the seven sisters indicating Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura and a brother as Sikkim.

The states in Northeast India share their borders with countries like Bhutan, Myanmar, Tibet, Nepal, and Bangladesh and are shrouded by the dense green forests and majestic mountains away from the polluted and populated world. These parts of India hold immense beauty as these regions are still untouched and untraveled. There is nothing artificial about these places in India; you will be able to experience unalloyed delights here.

Tripura 

One of the best states to visit in Northeast India is Tripura. Tripura is rich in gorgeous landscapes, crystalline waterfalls, awe-inspiring mountains, dense forests, and a generous sprinkling of history and tradition. The capital city of this state is Agartala. It is also a popular tourist destination situated in Northeast India. This land-locked beautiful state in India is nestled at the foot of the Himalayas and has a long historical legacy behind it. Tripura is a cultural reservoir, famous for its heritage and historical sites, temples that are hundreds of years old, wildlife destinations, and a thriving arts and crafts industry.

Tripura in India was once home to the famous Manikya tribe in the 15th century. Maha Manikya, also known as Chhengthung Fa, was the Maharaja of Tripura who had established dominance over neighboring tribes. His rule resulted in the conception of a plethora of varied archaeological monuments and structures in the state, all of which attest to the rich cultural and traditional past of Tripura in India. The state offers a unique blend of traditional tribal culture with a little more modern Bengali culture, giving rise to a harmonious cultural ambiance. It is a land of 19 tribes, rich in art and culture, and blessed with natural beauty.

This state in India is much more than its breathtaking beauty. People looking for biodiversity hotspots in India during their holidays will not be disappointed. It is an illustration of a long and varied legacy of history and tradition, promising you a holiday you will not forget anytime soon. It is one of those travel destinations in India that attract families, friends, couples, and solo travelers. Tripura is visited for its landscape, culture, cuisine, palaces, heritage sites, sightseeing, viewpoints, temples, archaeological sites, wildlife, boating, waterfalls, handicrafts, birding, lakes, and landscape. 

Here are some of the many places to visit in Tripura: 

Ujjayanta Palace: Ujjayanta Palace in India was built in 1901 at the core of the capital city of Tripura. This palace was formerly a royal palace of the state. Earlier it also served as the meeting place for the Tripura Legislative Assembly. Now, it serves as a museum and a tourist attraction of Agartala with magnificent tiled floors, carved wooden ceilings, and lovely doors.

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

Neermahal Palace: Also known as 'the Lake Palace of Tripura', the Neermahal palace is the largest palace of its kind in the entire Indian subcontinent. It is a famous tourist attraction in Tripura. The architecture marvel is such a beauty you should not miss to witness them when you’re in Agartala or when you’ve decided to visit these Northeast states in India.

Unakoti:  Unakoti in Tripura is an ancient pilgrimage centre where India's heritage stores its carvings and sculptures of gods and goddesses. This place has been a tourist attraction for a long time in India. This place holds religious and spiritual values as well. You will be able to see rock carvings in Unakoti many of which depict the life of Lord Shiva as well as other instances from the Hindu Mythology of India.

Unakoti, Tripura

Unakoti, Tripura

Jagannath Temple: There are many Jagannath temples in India. This Jagannath temple is a famous religious site located in Agartala in Tripura. It was built in the 19th century by the Maharaja of Tripura of the Manikya Dynasty. This temple is situated in the Ujjayanta Palace grounds and is dedicated to the Hindu Gods Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. As a tourist, you should definitely visit this temple in Tripura.

Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary: Home to a variety of wildlife especially birds and primates, this place is not just a wildlife sanctuary but also an academic and research centre in India. Many lakes are present within the sanctuary, and if you wish, you can go for a boat ride too.

Rabindra Kanan: Rabindra Kanan is a beautiful garden and a tourist attraction site in Agartala. It is basically famous for its enchanting surroundings, and people of all age groups visit this park and spend leisure time talking to each other, walking, jogging etc. This garden is full of different kinds of flowers, trees, and plants; people often treat this place as a photoshoot location also. 

Nehru Park: Nehru Park is one of its kind, and it proudly claims a large piece of land in Agartala and is run by the state government. Varieties of plants, shrubs, and flowers are grown within the premises of this park; in fact, you can find many exotic flowers grow alongside common plants and shrubs. The state government has maintained the park very well, and the result is that it is one of the many prominent tourist attractions of Agartala.

Jampui Hills: Jampui Hills in Tripura is also known as the hills of eternal spring. Unlike other Indian states, these hills have a pleasant climate throughout the year as if it was spring season all year round. It provides ample opportunity for visitors to take in the beauty that is this place. The lush green hills, with tea plantations, orchids, and orange on the slopes are worth a watch.

Jampui Hills, Tripura

Jampui Hills, Tripura

Rose Valley Amusement Park: Set in nature’s lap, among the green valley is Rose Valley Amusement Park. This park has many rides and slides, a haunted room to provide you thrilling experience, and a ropeway, but the best part of this park is the view. For people interested in photography, this place will provide you many opportunities. You will be able to enjoy not only the views but the water park is fun too. It is equipped with a number of rides and you can also go for a boat ride. 

Mother Nature has been extra generous in her bounty. Tripura is carpeted with dense forests and rolling hills. You can visit Tripura at any time of the year, but the best time to visit is from October to March. Witness the colorful festivals, try on some traditional costumes, and visit places that would take your breath away in Tripura. You will also find artistic cane and bamboo products, multi-linguistic people, and delicious food; experience memorable sightseeing, adventurous trekking, and lively shopping. This state in India will not fail to regenerate and rejuvenate your soul and spirit.


A Quick Glimpse at the Other Northeast Indian States

Assam is the biggest out of all the states in Northeast India. Assam lies in the south of the Eastern Indian Himalayas with the Brahmaputra River as its surroundings. This state in India is well known for its soothing beauty, Assamese tea, tourist attractions, spiritual ambiance, the sacred river, and humble people welcoming visitors. Being one of Northeast India’s iconic seven sisters, a holiday in this Northeastern state is about witnessing a rich mix of history, culture, and nature at the same time. Assam is the largest and most accessible of all the Northeast states in India. The birthplace of Indian tea, Assam is the largest tea producing state in India. 

Nagaland is also considered the ‘wild east’ of India. This Indian state abounds in primeval beauty and tribal culture, offering unending exploration possibilities from heritage villages to wildlife sanctuaries. Nagaland is beautifully nestled amidst the lush and verdant sub-tropical and sub-alpine climate with astounding hills and dazzling valleys reaching right up to the India Myanmar border. It also treasures an overabundance of wild flora and fauna and medicinal plants like other states in Northeast India. 

Manipur is the jewel city of India. It is listed among one of the most beautiful places in Northeast India. Least touched and discovered, this state in Northeast India can stun you with everything that it has to offer for endless enjoyment and pleasure with its exotic landscape, undulating hills to green valleys, blue lakes, and dense forests. Manipur in India is multilingual and is known for its famous classical dance forms, scrumptious cuisine, and traditional aura that fume like a lighted incense stick in sacred shrines. The only floating national park in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park, is located in Manipur India.

Mizoram is one of the best states in Northeast India to spend your holidays in. It is known as the “Songbird of India.” Mizoram has a moderate climate suitable to all; comfortable even during summers, it makes for a popular destination for tourists from around the world and from India. Visiting this state in India will help you get close to nature. Like the rest of India, Mizoram is rich in culture, has so many festivals to celebrate, has delicious and mouth-watering food, and you can see people wearing their colorful traditional dresses. Every meal in Mizoram is a feast in the mouth. You can also go cruising on a river that cuts through the dense forest and explore the wonderland. 

Meghalaya, “the abode of clouds,” is a beautiful state in Northeast India and a popular tourist destination. Separating Assam valleys from the plains of Bangladesh, hilly Meghalaya is a cool, pine-fresh mountain state set on dramatic horseshoes of rocky cliffs. There are so many places in this Indian state offering a variety of sights, activities, food, and festivals to tourists from India and from the rest of the world. Meghalaya is famous for a place called Cherrapunjee, which receives one of the maximum rainfalls in the world. Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram in Meghalaya are among the wettest places on Earth. Meghalaya is not just famous for its impressive waterfalls, lakes, and valleys but some of Asia’s longest caves and living root bridges.

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the beautiful states in India; home to picturesque mountains, unexplored passes, tranquil lakes, and famous monasteries. Most part of the state is covered with serene mountains that offer breathtaking views during the winters. Like many other states in Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh is also a state you can visit if you wish to explore the tribal culture and the simplicity of its exquisite beauty. Consisting of a variety of amazing flora and fauna, it is also a unique habitat with glaciers, high altitude meadows, and sub-tropical forests, which add to the charm of the beautiful state. 

Sikkim is the second smallest state in India, nestled in the beautiful hills of the Northeast region. This small and beautiful state attracts tourists from all around the world. Tourism is a huge factor in Sikkim. Sikkim is bordered by a few other countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. There are so many places to visit and be stunned by the beauty of mountains, valleys, rivers, the picturesque views, delicious cuisine, culture, and tradition in Sikkim with people always welcoming visitors with warm hearts and pleasant smiles. The third highest peak in the world and jewel of the state, Khangchendzonga lies in Sikkim India, and is visible from almost anywhere you stand. This tiny mountainous state seems close to heaven. There are so many things you can do in Sikkim. This is a state like many other states in Northeast India that is truly a destination that any tourist will fall in love with!

India is blessed with so many beautiful states holding unique identities of their own. India is such a diverse country yet united by heart. Visiting these states in Northeast India is an escape from the hassles and the rush in the world. All these states differ from one another in terms of the language they speak, the food they eat, and the lifestyles they follow. The people of the Northeast states in India have historically had close ethnic and cultural bonds with Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Hence, the prevalence of Tibet-Burmese languages in many towns in Northeast states in India can be seen. Apart from the interesting diversity of cultures, Northeast Indian states have some distinctive culinary treats to offer, from the famous momos in Sikkim, pork chops of Nagaland, to wild red rice of Mizoram and Tenga fish of Assam, not to miss, the delicious Jadoh and Tungap of Meghalaya. You will be able to enjoy flavors of all kinds in these states of Northeast India. Tourism in these Indian states is totally based around the unique Himalayan landscape and culture distinct from the rest of the states in India. India is a diverse country that is true but these eight states in Northeast India are totally different from the rest of the nation. And everyone should definitely experience visiting these states and take home good memories with them.

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