Traveling to the North-East is something that always generates a lot of excitement from people when you tell them about your recent journey there or even your upcoming plans. However, there is little denying the fact that correctly recalling the names of all the 'Seven Sister States' for an average Joe in India is still a far fetched expectation. Maybe I too belonged to this group at some point in time, but one trip to this part of the country changed all that. Never have I ever felt the kind of completeness and satisfaction at the end of a journey, the kind that I felt on my first trip to the North East.
Encompassing the best of dense forests, ancient monasteries, snow-capped mountains, pristine valleys, glistening lakes, and cascading waterfalls, every bit of North East India feels like magic, a place from Middle Earth that the best of the best artists got together to create. A place that takes you one step closer to heaven, it is a dream, and not just because the usual urban rush is largely absent as compared to the rest of India, but so much more.
Due to its distance from the mainland, this region is still well away from being a beaten tourist track. The relaxed pace of life, the refreshing greenery, and the perennial rains are alluring to even the speediest of travelers, while the warm-hearted locals motivate you to slow down, take a deep breath and take it all in. Birds sing to you from the depths of lush tropical forests filling the wide valleys between the lofty hills; hundreds of waterfalls, big and small, burble in those forests; and fresh Himalayan air nip your noses as you cross those sky-high mountain passes. Can there be anything better in this world than this?!
If you enjoy straying off the well-trodden paths and into nature, are thrilled by the possibility of an adventure, or want to explore a new part of India you haven’t seen before, North East is the direction you should be headed.