PASSAGE TO NORTH-EAST INDIA
Embarking on a journey of India’s seven states viz., Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura is a tumultuous but rewarding one. Discovering the North East states is a challenge – yet a romantic adventure in the best traditions of travel and discovery…….
North East India is ethnically distinct from the rest of India and has strong cultural ties with East and Southeast Asia. Linguistically the region is distinguished by a preponderance of Tibeto-Burman languages. No less rich is the cultural diversity of this land which is approximately 178 different tribes. From the Bodos, Kacharis, Rabhas hailing from the plains of Assam to the Khasis, Rengmas, Apatanis, Mishmis from the hills of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Tripura and Mizoram every tribe has its own unique customs and traditions giving rise to vivid and interesting festivals. The changes in traditional tribal customs have led to a restricting of cultures that until a couple of decade ago, was unthinkable. Due to globalization many of the tribesmen are not attired in their traditional dresses on a day-to-day basis. However, since most tribes are rooted to their traditions and cultures they love to be clad in their own costumes on festive occasions which are plenty.
The North East’s amazing diversity makes it a holiday destination for all seasons especially Manipur & Meghalaya. But because of the torrential monsoon it’s best to avoid June to August / September. October to May is the best period to explore this diversity at leisure. During peak winter you may have problems crossing the Se La Pass to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, so opt to travel there around end of September to mid December and February to May.
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