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7 Hidden Gems of Northeast India


India  •  8 Aug, 2023  •  2,318 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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The Northeast region of India, comprising the 'Seven Sister States' and Sikkim, remains a largely unexplored paradise, replete with pristine landscapes, rich culture, and breathtaking destinations. While places like Kaziranga National Park and Tawang Monastery have gained significant attention, countless treasures remain relatively untouched by the tourist masses. Here's a listicle revealing seven such hidden gems:

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Majuli Island, Assam

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About: The world's largest river island, Majuli is nestled in the mighty Brahmaputra river. Its cultural significance is unparalleled, being the hub of the neo-Vaishnavism culture. The island is home to various 'satras' or monastic centres, which have preserved the traditional Assamese art, music, and dance. The unique ecosystem also nurtures a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

What to do: Witness the traditional Raas Leela performance, explore satras, enjoy a serene boat ride at sunset, and spot migratory birds during the winter months.

Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

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About: A UNESCO World Heritage Site nominee, Ziro Valley is a wonder of nature and culture. Surrounded by pine-covered mountains, the valley is home to the Apatani tribe. The tribespeople is particularly noted for their sustainable agricultural practices, such as cultivating fish in the paddy fields.

What to do: Attend the Ziro Music Festival, explore the terraced paddy fields, learn about the unique traditions of the Apatani people, and taste their local cuisine.

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Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

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About: Often referred to as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ of the Northeast, Dzukou Valley is a mesmerizing expanse of rolling hills, vibrant flowers, and clear streams. Situated on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, it's a haven for trekkers. It comes alive with a carpet of rhododendrons during the blooming season.

What to do: Trek through the valley, camp under the starlit sky, savour the serenity and witness the valley transform during the blooming months.

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