10 Secrets Of Northeast India Locals Are Waiting To Tell You

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Amidst the blue mountains of the Northeastern frontier of India, there's a melange of cultures and social values in this land untouched. These seven states are pride of India embracing an overwhelming ethnic diversity bound together in the sacred bond, known as 'The Seven Sisters'. 

Here's your chance to know your beautiful seven sisters from the northeast with these local secrets.

1. Enjoy Legal Gambling While In Sikkim

Casino Mahjong, Mayfair Spa Resort and Royal Casino are the some of the legal gambling spaces in Gangtok. Along with Goa and Daman, Sikkim is the only state that has legalized gambling and casinos are set within five star hotel properties with prior permission of the government.

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2. The Mother's Market of Imphal

Since more than 100 years women at Khwairamband Bazar run the Mother's Market in Imphal. In Manipuri, 'Ima' means mother and 'keithel' means market. More than 3500 women vendors sell food items, utensils, clothes and handicrafts irrespective of their community. 

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3. Home To The Largest Matrilineal Society

The Khasi community in Meghalaya is the world's largest matrilineal society. Here the women have the right to seek divorce and the youngest daughter of the family inherits the property. Small hill tribe truly stands out in its social structure.

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4. The Shrine Of A Soldier

Baba Harbhajan Singh is known as the 'Hero of Nathula pass' who died in the eastern border of Sikkim. The Indian Army has constructed a shrine in the honour of this martyr. It is believed that the spirit of this valiant soldier protects the Indian army soldiers in the eastern Himalayan border.

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5. Battle Of Tennis Court

Here's a quirky fact from the history of Northeast. The Battle of Kohima in 1944 during the second world war was fought in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bunglow, near the tennis court. The battle of Kohima is therefore also called The Battle of Tennis Court.

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6. Asia's Cleanest Village With 100% Literacy

A feather in India's cap, the little village of Mawlynnong is the cleanest village of Asia. This small village almost 100 km away from Shillong, with 95 families has a 100 % literacy rate. It's time that rest of India must look at Mawlynnong that stands as a shining example for the entire country.

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7. Nagaland, A State With 17 Tribes And 36 Languages

With 17 different tribes in this small state, Nagaland is a melting pot. There are vibrant tribal festivals in Nagaland almost every month of the year. The 10 day long Hornbill Festival that is held every year in December is called the 'festival of festivals', giving everybody an opportunity to experience diverse Naga culture.

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8. Ziro Festival Of Music

Three days of beautiful music in the serene Ziro Valley can be an experience of a lifetime for music lovers. The spectacular green fields of Arunachal become a hub for local as well as international artists during the four day festival which is the greatest outdoor music festival of India.

9. Longwa, A Village Of One Tribe And Two Countries 

Longwa village in the Mon district of Nagaland stands at a peculiar territory. In Longwa international borders pass through village chief's house. Half of the village chief's house is in the Indian territory and half in Burmese and the village itself lies in two countries. 

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10. Sualkuchi, The World Largest Weaving Village

Sualkuchi is a village of Assam where every household is engaged in weaving silk fabric. Known as the Manchester of Assam, the village has now become a centre for silk production, particularly known as Muga or the golden silk of Assam.

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Experiencing the Northeastern part of India could be your chance to discover India differently. The celebration of cultures in the seven beautiful Northeastern states and their serene untouched locales make it every traveller's dream destination. 

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This is exciting!
Thu 06 16 16, 09:48 · Reply · Report
Very nice, thanks
Thu 06 16 16, 05:12 · Reply · Report
Nice and informative blog......will be going there soon!!!!!
Thu 04 07 16, 19:29 · Reply · Report
Nice blog :)
Fri 09 25 15, 16:57 · Reply · Report
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I would love to explore NE.. And this blog just have me more solid reasons to plan so !! :) thanks
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