North East India is an ecological hotspot, that sits beneath the lesser Himalayan hills. Comprising of seven scenic states, the entire region breathes lush diversity. From mainland India, you can enter the northeastern domain from the nearest north state of Assam. Other members of the famous Seven Sister States include Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram & Meghalaya. Each state harbors its own unique identity, and are inhabited by the most diverse set of communities and tribes. Together, you will run into more than 220 ethnic groups in the North East, each harboring their own set of practices and philosophies.
North East India holds a great potential to emerge as the richest eco-tourism destination in South Asia. Some of the great highlights of the North East are the eccentric Hornbill Festival, that is India's most famous musical and cultural meet. The Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India, and Majuli in Assam is the largest river island in the world. The Living Root Tree Bridges in Meghalaya are perhaps the only existent of their own kind in the world and stun numerous of visitors every day.
With more than 220 ethnic groups residing in the region, the society in the North East is far from patriarchy. The domain practices peaceful gender equality and supports matrilineal superiority as well. They do not practice the system of dowry. The “Mother’s Market” is run entirely by women in Manipur, and is worth a visit. The North East is also home to some of the most exotic culinary delicacies, that involve dishes like sticky black rice pudding, bamboo shoot pickles, spicy pork and much more.