A New Day in a New Place!
Discovery of a new land has always unfurled unsung tales of the past that were hidden away from the present generations for years. These tales were forgotten soon after the last living soul of the land ceased to exist. In this light, we must talk about the north-eastern states of our country which remained veiled for years together, more so after independence, when the entire nation was working for progress, this part of the land was forgotten by most. Perhaps because of its geographical position, limited communication, and of course the militant dominance overshadowed this beautiful land, and almost alienated it from the rest of the country. However, situations aren’t that grim now, unlike the older times. Things have changed for the better, and India has been able to finally find a lost kin! Let’s explore the top ten historic destinations in North East India that can captivate any tourist for a lifetime. The north east India is popularly known as the land of the ‘seven sisters’, which make up the seven states of the region. Some of the must- visit historic places of North East India are discussed below:-
About 200 km east from the city of Guwahati, Assam stands the enormous Majuli Island. It is formed by the river Brahmaputra, and surrounded by rivers, Kherkutia Xuti, and Subansiri on its south and north respectively. This is a fresh water island, and is counted amongst the biggest water islands, worldwide. The island is the cultural capital of Assam, and is the home of the Vaishnavism. Here lies its historical importance. Srimanta Sankardeva was a great social reformer in Assam, and is credited with the popularization of Neo-Vaishnavite system. There are ample numbers of Neo-Vaishnavite monasteries in Majuli which were formed by this great reformer. Today, these monasteries are tremendous tourist attraction and are known as Neo-Vaishnavite Satras. The rich scenic beauty of the place doesn’t ever fail to charm the onlookers. There are many varieties of flora and fauna which baffle anybody who sees them, owing to the rarity they possess. The beauty of the place is further enhanced by the hospitality of the locals. Also, there are many things that the tourists can buy as mementoes; for the area is also famous for the weaving culture that the localspractice.
Kaziranga and Manas
For the wildlife lovers, Assam is a mine of unparalleled natural wonders of flora and fauna. Kaziranga National Park and Manas Wild Life Santuary are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This is not the lone reason to visit these places. Rather, it one must visit them in quest of rich biodiversity, and the urge to be amidst Mother Nature. Kaziranga is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros apart from also being a Tiger Reserve. Swamp deer, wild water buffaloes, elephants, bears, and birds are also on the list of inhabitants of Kaziranga National Park. An elephant safari and a boat cruise on Brahmaputra must come on the ‘TO-DO’ list of the visitors. Bhabar and Terai grasslands are the main attractions of Manas Wild Life Sanctuary that also make it rich in biodiversity. This makes it a Tiger and Elephant Reserve. Also it is well known as a Biosphere Reserve owing to its rich biomes.
Nameri Eco Camp
Being one of the many Shakti Peeths, Kamakhya Temple is one of the pilgrimages that Hindu devotees aspire to visit at least for once in a lifetime. It is barely 7 km from Guwahati city and is easily accessible. Kamakhya signifies the innate quality and power of womanhood which is worshiped in the form of Shakti, or the Divine Mother. The temple has several lores which have been traversing through several generations and ages. The place is also known to be the root of several magical phenomena that are practiced by the veterans in the field. The temple was destroyed by other religious fanatics, but was built again in the 17th century by one of the kings of Cooch Bihar, named, Nara Narayana.
Surrounded by Bhutan and Tibet, Tawang proves to be mystic, serene, and inspiring. It is in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which in itself is a land of unsurpassed splendour. Tawang is too strong a potion to be forgotten with time. It stays in the minds and constantly shows off God’s marvels. It is a mix of rivers, waterfalls,valleys, and passes that stay dotted over its landscape.It is easily accessible by rail, road, and air. The best places to reach Tawang are Guwahati, and Tezpur, both in Assam. Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Sela Pass, Shonga-tser Lake, Bumla Pass are just some of the best places to visit in Tawang, though this list is never ending. Close to Tawang is the Bomdila Pass. A visit from Tawang to Bomdila is just an icing on the cake!
Tripura Sundari Temple
Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the most sought after pilgrimages and has several thousand visitors each year. The place is of utmost historical importance and has several tales to narrate. It is located near Udaipur, which is the district HQ of the South Tripura district. This temple is also one of the Shakti Peeths, and here fell the toe of the right foot of Sati, i.e, Goddess Durga. Legends also say that the temple was constructed by the king after he dreamt of the Goddess (Mahamaya), who asked him to dedicate the temple to her. The idol of Mahamaya was located in Chittagong (Bangladesh), from where it was brought here, and since then the temple is standing strong. Every year in the temple premises, a huge fair is conducted during the time of Diwali. This is one of the best times to gothere.
About 50 km from the capital city, Agartala, in the state of Tripura, stands the magnificent Neermahal. The astonishing fact of this palace is that it stands in the centre of a lake, known as Rudrasagar Lake. The palace is rightly known as the Water Palace of Tripura. The palace’s architecture is a brilliant amalgamation of Indian and Mughal designs. The place is a hot spot of several migratory birds who lend a befitting spark to the already beautiful palace and the lake on which it rests. This place is certainly a heritage of the region and also deserves to be of historic as well as tourist’s interest.
This royal architectural monument in Agartala was the palace of King Radhakishore Manikya of the last century. It was christened by Kavi Guru. In the present times, this building serves as the Tripura State Assembly. The place is historically significant and is also famous for its elaborate architecture. The palace also houses two temples. The overall beauty of the palace coupled with its surroundings make this place a treat for the eye.