Dominated by the mighty Himalayas and bordering onto Tibet, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, North East India is one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of India. It is a region unparalleled in the world in terms of the isolation and diversity of its tribal cultures, and has also been declared one of the worlds bio-diversity hotspots.
North East India Highlights
Explore Tawang, home to the largest Buddhist
monastery outside Tibet
Meet the ancient and little seen tribes of
Search for Unicorn Rhinos on elephant-back in Kaziranga National Park
Marvel at the ingenuity of the Living Root Bridges
Experience a pristine wilderness and one of the
worlds biodiversity hotspots
Discover Majuli the worlds largest river island
with its own distinct culture
Celebrate the Hornbill Festival with the Naga tribes in Nagaland
"Travel The Unknown`s Northeast India tours have zoned in on the absolute prime attractions, visiting a string of culturally unique, scenically stunning places - and maximising every moment spent there. Their outstanding guides take great care to respect and protect indigenous lifestyles in these delicate regions."
Vanessa Betts, author of Footprint Guide to Northeast India
High in the Eastern Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most
remote and inaccessible parts of India. However, travel there
is a very rewarding experience. Nowhere else in the Himalayas
can you find so much pristine forest and the area has been
declared one of the worlds bio-diversity hotspots.
Arunachal Pradesh is also rich in the diversity of its tribal cultures. Much of Arunachal Pradesh is still in acessible to outsiders. It is also home to Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery outside Tibet where the 6th Dalai Llama was born.
Western Arunachal Pradesh
Climbing high above the clouds and into the Himalayas, you will discover
spectacular scenery, snow-capped peaks, Buddhist temples, yaks,
shimmering high altitude lakes and get the opportunity to go rafting
in Nameri wildlife reserve.
You will meet some of the most friendly and hospitable people anywhere
on the planet. From the scenic town of Old Dirang where time seems to have
stood still to the magic and history of Tawang Monastery, this circuit is sure
to satisfy all your senses.
Central Arunachal Pradesh
Deep into the heart of Arunachal Pradesh, this circuit is for the adventurous.
Meet the Apatani tribes of Ziro valley, with their ancient way of life, their
innovative fish and paddy cultivation and their beautiful bamboo homes.
Visit Hong, the second largest tribal village in Asia and learn about the origins of the nose plugs and facial tattoos of the Apatani women. This is one circuit that will invigorate even the most world-weary traveller.
The most populated of the North East states, and influenced by
ancient Indian dynasties and British rule, Assam has a culture
and history unique to itself. Intersected by the mighty Brahmaputra
River, its fertile soil makes it ideal for tea and rice cultivation,
with mile upon mile of manicured tea estates and paddy fields
decorating the low lying landscape. It is also blessed with incredible
wildlife. Kaziranga National Park is host to two-thirds of the worlds
population of unicorn rhino and boasts the densest tiger population
on the planet, as well as being a haven for rare birds.
Assam promises a fantastic experience to the first time
visitor, and is the ideal gateway for exploring the rest of
North East India.
Also known as the Scotland of the East, this state is defined by
its rolling hills, craggy cliff faces, stunning waterfalls and tartan-style
fabrics. Carved out of Assam in 1972, Meghalaya provides
a fascinating contrast to its neighbours. Cherrapunjee holds the
distinction for being the wettest place on Earth and is home to
the unique Living Root Bridges, where the roots of trees have
been coaxed across rivers by villagers hundreds of year ago to
form natural bridges. This feat of bio-engineering is unique in
the world and these incredible bridges can survive over 800 years.
Future Generations Arunachal
Travel The Unknown is proud to support Future
Generations Arunachal, an NGO that focuses
on community participation.
The concept is to provide skills and education to
a voluntary section of the community who then act
as local specialists. They in turn dispense advice
and run workshops themselves in the villages,
transferring these skills within their communities.
Projects run on this basis include basic medical
training, recognition of medicines for the illiterate,
basic literacy and numeracy, fuel conservation
initiatives and village-run micro-financing.
Further initiatives include environmental
awareness and personal development workshops
for children (pictured below), and self sufficiency
and conservation training for farmers. With a
permanent staff of only 13, they have gained the
participation of approximately 1000 volunteers.
We will make regular contributions towards
their projects and help to raise the profile of
the organisation in the UK and beyond.
For more information, please visit
North East India Tours