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.
….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: