Great music, amazing views and vibrant traditions sum up the wonder of one of the most underrated travel destinations in India –the northeast. Apart from these attractions, it has also rightfully earned the title of the 'Fashion Capital of India' and is popular for dictating trends.
Despite the baffling diversity of its eight states – each state fiercely representing its own set of languages, customs and lifestyles – the northeast, as a whole, is synonymous with a tantalisingly distinct culture that values its rich tribal/folk heritage. This is reflected in the wide range of indigenous jewellery, handloom and handicrafts bearing tribal/folk influences, widely popular in this undeniable paradise for shoppers.
It is difficult to not marvel at the admirable knack of incorporating elements of tradition into modern everyday fashion, to create your very own statement, and carry it off with striking elan – a technique most locals seem to have perfected. Special mention must be made of northeastern women, for whom fashion is a form of empowerment; these women wear their style with enviable poise.
Now let's take a minute to deviate from clothing and accessories. When in the northeast, you must explore quirky shops crammed with curiously offbeat little souvenirs – wooden smoking pipes adorned with intricate carvings, betel-nut crackers, bows and arrows, dimsum steamers and more. Walk down winding roads that burst into lively bazaars teeming with busy shoppers, or let yourself be overwhelmed by the exciting aromas of utterly chaotic spice markets. Take a minute to let your hair down and bask in the therapeutic glory of shopping, nestled in the lap of nature.