Think of the number 7 and a few things will float into your mind immediately. Right from the days of the week to the Hindu vows to the colors of the rainbow, everything spells magic in its own way. But the number 7’s significance does not end there, for the 7 sisters of Northeast India are incomplete without a mention. Their exuberating beauty, the raw unexplored places of visit and their never ending pride are all clear giveaways of what all are in store when it comes to India’s North East.
Tripura, even though it is the third smallest state amongst the 7 states, is no less when it comes to making a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of people. The Ujjayanta Palace in Tripura stands proudly on the banks of a river and is spread over a space of 880 acres of land. It was built by King Radha Kishore Manikya sometime in the 19th Century. Currently, the palace has been converted into a museum and is treasure trove of eloquent, contemproary art. The compound is dotted with several temples, each of which is dedicated to different Hindu deities.
If an idyllic, laid back holiday is what you seek, then Mizoram is the place to be in. It’s easy pace of life will prove to be the right mix of fun and enthusiasm for a city dweller. As soon as you land in the city of Aizawl, it’s best to apply for a tourist permit, so that you can roam around the city without any boundaries. The city is situated 11,000 feet above sea level; it sits on a hilly ridge, while the valley glitters below like jewels.
Nestled in the depths of Arunachal Pradesh, the state expresses a deep, secluded yet fascinating aura of mystery. Arunachal Pradesh is tableau of rivers and nature parks, which offers nature revelers a lot of trekking, mountaineering and river rafting opportunities. The Tawang Monastery, located in the Tawang Valley, is an important seat of the Buddhist learning. It’s the second largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world as well. The monastery plays host to 500 resident monks, and several scriptures. The best time to visit the monastery is in Autumn, when the valley’s truest nature is in full bloom.
The state of Meghalaya is also called the ‘The Abode of Clouds’. There are a lot of torrential rains here; as a result, 1/3 of the area is covered in dense jungles. In Umshiang, the Double Decker Root Bridge is a sight to behold. However, before you go jumping off for an adventure trip, be prepared that it’s a difficult hike to get to the bridge. However, you can rest assured; you will be on cloud nine once you do visit one of the wettest states in the country.
Assam is the gateway to the Seven Sisters, since its well surrounded by the six other states. The state is abundantly blessed with fertile soil, which makes the state the perfect ode to nature. If you are visiting Assam, you have to visit Kaziranga National Park. The park has the highest number of tigers in the world; this is not all, for it is even the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the one-horned rhino. Relive the musical “Jungle Book” days, as you get to enjoy the sights the park has to offer to one and all.
Nagaland is the land of dreams; the state’s topography is relatively rocky, which makes it one of the primitive states. Ahead of Nagaland’s capital Kohima lays the village of Khonoma. This is the home of the Angami tribe; this tribe’s ancestors date back to the lands of Myanmar. If you want to get up close and personal with the tribe’s people, you can do so here. The tribe is friendly with outsiders; you can stay with them, eat with them as well as understand their day to day living techniques.
If the scriptures are to be believed, then the royal kingdom of Manipur is said to be created to satiate God’s love for dancing. It comes as no surprise that Manipuri is a native dance type of this state. Loktak Lake, which is located 48 kms from Imphal, is one of Northeast India’s largest freshwater lakes.
Believe it or not, but it is the only lake which has its own floating islands within the water body. These islands are dotted with fishermen homes, who seem to enjoy their drifter’s lifestyle. At the same time, Loktak Lake is a bird watcher’s paradise. If you are an avid bird watcher, rest assured, you need to keep your binoculars ready at all times, just in case you end up spotting your favorite migratory bird suddenly.