Backpacking North East India Imagery

Life in North East India

How is life in North East India?

My  wife and I made a longish tour in 2013-14 – in what became a  life-altering experience. I’ve turned in to a travel writer since, with  the manuscript of my travelogue picked up by a literary agent  (hope it  gets published soon!). The proposed book, that aims to promote tourism  in Northeast India, is a tribute to the people of the region to whom we  would be forever grateful for their generous hospitality.

Though there’s a tendency to bracket the  region as one, these are eight highly diverse States with many  indigenous communities, cultures and lifestyles. We clicked over 4000  pictures. Here I reproduce a few:

A wintry morning at Dibrugarh Railway Station. Clean and calm:

 

At  some places the other bank of river Brahmaputra extends to the horizon.  River is home to world’s largest inhabited island – Majuli. Get there,  this way:

 

Observe that carrying arms is a way of life in some parts of the region.

Either guns:

 

….or more often, the multipurpose Daav (Machette)

 

Get used to wobbly but reliable hanging bridges (made out of bamboo or iron):

 

Realize that villages are clean:

 

You are never too far from a tea plantation

 

An all-women-vendors (Ima) market in Imphal

 

In remote areas, kids trek everyday to get to school:

 

While in urban areas, one could enjoy a 5D experience:

 

Shared Tata Sumo taxis are the best way to travel in the region (that’s me securing my bag)

 

Food remains a high point – with both vegetarian and meat options. Rice scores over roti:

 

Enjoy the local drinks. For instance, Sikkim is known for its organic Temi Tea – one of the finest …….And here’s Tongba from Gangtok:

 

When you learn local words and phrases, the moments with warm and friendly people are priceless:

 

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