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Arunachal Pradesh :

Arunachal Pradesh is sure to leave the onlooker spellbound with its majestic beauty spread lavishly on the hills. A haven to impenetrable forests, deep gorges and wide rivers, Arunachal is the largest state in the North Eastern India. For a long time the state has been isolated as the 'hidden frontier' but now it has finally emerged out as a perfect tourist destination, which also attracts pilgrims from all parts of country.

Arunachal is a place of serene beauty amply studded with silver mountain peaks and deep river valleys. The mighty river Brahmaputra adorns Arunachal with its splendid silver beauty. It is a haven to more than 500 rare species of birds like white winged duck, sclater monal, Bengal florican etc. There are 8 wildlife sanctuaries and 2 National Parks in the state. Pay a visit to Namdapha National Park, which is unique with elevation varying from 200 mts. to 4500 mts. Find rare and endangered species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies etc. in their natural habitat. Besides, the state has thousands of species of orchids. Nature base tourism has special relevance for the state because of its unique topography, floral and faunal diversity and idyllic settings.

Arunachal Pradesh is India's land of the rising sun. Situated on the easternmost tip of the country, it shares its international border with Bhutan, China and Burma, and its national border with Assam and Nagaland. The territory is divided into 10 districts. This land, blessed with the most breathtaking scenery, an amazing variety of wildlife, magnificent ancient ruins and charming tribal folk, is any traveller's paradise.

Assam :

Welcome to the Shangri-La of the northeastern India. Assam is the land of wooded hills and vales. With Brahmaputra river meandering through, sprawling tea gardens, enticing songs and dances, fine silks, the state is a must on the itinerary of international as well as Indian tourists. Also known as the land of the 'Red River', the Brahmaputra, and the 'Blue Hills' Assam offers awesome panoramic beauty with its exceptional flora and fauna, lofty green hills, boundless rolling plains, strong waterways and verdant deciduous forests.

Assam is identified by its Bihu songs and dances, the Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary where the rare one-horned rhinoceros roams at will and silks such as 'paat' and 'muga' which rank amongst the finest in the world. The state's tea, which finds its way to millions of homes all over the globe and the Shrine of Kamakhya which, draws thousands of devotees every year.






Meghalaya :


Meghalaya or the 'abode of the cloud' is meant for Gods to live in with its pure atmosphere. Its sweet water and peaceful environment would attract even Gods. It invites you with open arms to spend some time in its lap of nature. Tucked away in the hills of eastern sub-Himalayas Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in India. Nature has blessed her with abundant rainfall, sun-shine, virgin forests, high plateaus, tumbling and above all with sturdy, intelligent and hospitable people.

Shillong, the capital city has a number of beautiful sites like, Ward's Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Polo Ground, Museum, Elephant Falls and the Shillong Peak that overlooks the city golf course. Nature trekking in the hills is an exhilarating experience for all the tourists who love to visit the state. In order to cater to the growing tourist population, especially foreign, a number of hotels have come up in Shillong and other areas of the State. These hotels provide ideal transit facilities for tourists and the discerning businessmen traveler alike.





Mizoram :


Surrounded by Burma, Bangladesh and Tripura, Mizoram is an amalgam of former North and South Lushai hill districts. It is a land of great natural beauty with an endless variety of flora and fauna.

Aizawl, located at nearly 4,000 feet above sea -level, is a religious and cultural center of the Mizos. Champai, Tamdil, Vantawng fall and Thenzawl are some of the other important tourist centers in this state.

Tamdil's fame rests on its natural lake; Vantawang has the highest waterfall in Mizoram and Champai offers a view of the Myanmar hills. Mizoram has a pleasant weather throughout the year. The entire area is under the direct influence of the monsoon with heavy rains from May to September. Annual rainfall: 250 cm. 11-21 degrees Celsius in summer; 20-29 degrees Celsius in winter.






Nagaland :


It is a land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth. Here, music is an integral part of life. By nature Nagas are lovers of fun and frolic and here life is one long festival. The Nagas with their joie de vivre, dance and songs are a part and parcel of all their festivities. Most of their dances are performed with a robust rhythm. This is an affluent fashion station of the East.

Blessed with salubrious climate throughout the year, one can visit it anytime. If one is looking for a quiet getaway, from the hustle and bustle of city life, it provides the right ambience, as life here is laid-back and slow.









Manipur :


Set amidst the states of Nagaland, Asam and Mizoram, Manipur is truly a traveler's paradise. It is predominantly a hill state with patches of plain and watered by the rivers Imphal, Iril, Thoubal, Irang and Barak, all of which flow from north to south.

Imphal, the beautiful capital city in the valley stands in a beautiful wood valley full of lakes and grassy meadows. Mao and Ukhrul, the picturesque hill resorts;

Taminglong, with its exotic landscape; Chandel, home to amazing tribes; Khonggom and Moirang are reminders of the British Raj in India. Manipur is best visited during the months of October to February. Rainfall: 1980.8 mm (May to October). Climate: 32 Deg. C (mean max.); 0.0 Deg. C. (mean min.)






Sikkim :


Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sikkim is a Himalayan wonderland with its lovely views and exotic orchids, and its forest-trails. A virtual Shangri-La overlooked by the incomparable Mountain Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, Sikkim is attractive equally for the sightseer, the adventure sports enthusiast and those interested in Buddhist religion.

Sikkim offers breathtaking views, colorful lifestyles, Buddhist shrines, adventures, water sports, exquisite flora and fauna, including a variance of butterflies.Amongst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, rippling rivers, Sikkim offers her visitors an exceptional and unique experience.

In Gangtok, the delightfully quaint capital, are pagoda like roofs of many buildings and the presence of crimson robed monks in the bazaars. The sightseeing places include the Research Institute of Tibetology at Gangtok, Tsangu lake, Dear Park and the 200-year-old Enchey Monastery. A number of good hotels and lodging houses exist in Gangtok.




Tripura :

Tucked away in a corner of northeastern India, Tripura joined the Indian republic in 1948. Tripura is mainly a hilly territory with altitudes varying from 50 to 3080 ft above sea level, though the major population of the state lives in the plains.

Agartala, the picturesque capital offers beautiful palaces, gardens, hills, temples and lakes, scenic Tirthamulkh with its lakes and waterfalls. The tribal with a rich and varied culture, belongs mainly to the Reang, Chakma, Halam and Usai communities.Music and dance are an integral part of their lives. Garia dances held for the prosperity of the people. Tripura is best visited after the southwest monsoons in October. Temperature varies between 10 to 35 Degree Celsius; Average Annual Rainfall 2100mm; Highest Rain Fall 2855 mm (Kamalpur); Lowest rainfall 1811 mm (Sonamura).