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Assam & Meghalaya Destination Study Trip – May 2014

One of the most favourite place of north east India for the Indian tourists as well as for the tourist from all over the world. The famous hill station Shilling, located high above valleys and foaming rivers and ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment the famous Cherrapunji, and the kaziranga national park, the unique Majuli, jorhat, dimapur, Brahmaputra river and other national parks and tribal villages makes it a lifetime experience to explore the destination.

North East India is ethnically distinct from the rest of India and has strong cultural ties with East and Southeast Asia. Linguistically the region is distinguished by a preponderance of Tibeto-Burman languages. No less rich is the cultural diversity of this land which is approximately 178 different tribes. From the Bodos, Kacharis, Rabhas hailing from the plains of Assam to the Khasis, Rengmas, Apatanis, Mishmis from the hills of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Tripura and Mizoram every tribe has its own unique customs and traditions giving rise to vivid and interesting festivals. The changes in traditional tribal customs have led to a restricting of cultures that until a couple of decade ago, was unthinkable. Due to globalization many of the tribesmen are not attired in their traditional dresses on a day-to-day basis. However, since most tribes are rooted to their traditions and cultures they love to be clad in their own costumes on festive occasions which are plenty.

The North East’s amazing diversity makes it a holiday destination for all seasons especially Manipur & Meghalaya. But because of the torrential monsoon it’s best to avoid June to August / September. October to May is the best period to explore this diversity at leisure. During peak winter you may have problems crossing the Se La Pass to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, so opt to travel there around end of September to mid December and February to May.

Assam’s history of wildlife conservation is as old as the civilizations of the Indus valley, Buddhist and Hindu religion. Although recent decades have resulted in the depredation of some wildlife, Assam has made remarkable progress in stabilization of endangered species, despite the pressure of a swelling population and modern development. For a close look at the unique and vivid wildlife of Assam we recommend the following game parks, in our estimations India’s very best.

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Siddharth Patel

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