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The Seven Sister States also called "Paradise Unexplored" is a name given to the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura in northeastern India.There is great ethnic and religious diversity within the seven states; they also have similarities in political, social and economic contexts.

ARUNACHAL

Arun+Anchal as the name suggests, this place is the Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains, The sun touches the sky of Arunachal Pradesh first before the rest of the India. Located in the north-eastern part of India, its dense forests, snow clad peaks, towering mountains and roaring rivers are marvelous attractions for the tourists. Rafting, hiking and mountaineering, adventurous tourists will get all opportunities. Specially, Bomdila-Tawang area is an ideal place for trekking. As it rains for most of the year and winters being too cold, May and October is the best time for undertaking adventure activities. Also this Himalayan state has rich flora and fauna, with more than 550 rare species of orchids and hundreds of species of rare plants.

Polo Park
Polo Park

Polo Park : Polo park is a little botanical garden located at the top of a ridge that overlooks the entire town of Naharlagun. One peculiar feature of this park that visitors should not forget to notice is the cane thicket, which looks a bit like a palm, with spines on its stems, but which is growing as a bush. Also, there is also a small zoo. The zoo is located 18 kms from Naharlagun and near Banderdewa police check post. If someone wants to have hand made shawls, carpets, carved caskets & the beautiful cane & bamboo items , there is a Handicrafts Centre run by the Industries Department which offers quite a range of items.

The Buddhist Temple
The Buddhist Temple

The Buddhist Temple : The capital of Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar has a new, beautiful, yellow-roofed shrine, the Buddhist Temple. It rises in a well-maintained ground behind a stupa bearing the portrait of a monk. At one side is a tree planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The grounds of the temple afford a good view of Itanagar town.

Ganga Sekhi Lake
Ganga Sekhi Lake

Ganga Sekhi Lake: A 6 km drive to the lake from Itanagar takes visitors on a rugged road through some superbly primeval jungles: bamboo, orchids massed on tall trees, tree-ferns are some of the vegetation which can be identified by the interested traveller. Stopping at the base of a hill, one has to cross a bamboo bridge floored with a bamboo mat spanning a culvert. This leads to a flight of steps cut into the red clay of the hill. At the top of the ridge one looks down at a serene, green forest lake which one can cross in a row boat. It’s an ideal beautiful picnic spot.

ASSAM

Assam is a land of myths and mystery. "The land of red rivers and blue hills," as it is described, has a unique landscape with sprawling tea gardens and unending stretches of paddy fields interspersed with groves of coconut, areca nuts, and banana trees. Besides that there are a number of national parks, that are host to rare species of flora and fauna. There are a number of tribes, each having their own story of lineage and origin.

Sivasagar
Sivasagar

Sivasagar Sivasagar was the capital of the mighty Ahoms, who ruled Assam for more than six hundred years, before the advent of the British. The town, which literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva', is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire. The most remarkable landmark of the town is the 200 year old Sivasagar tank. On its banks are three significant temples - Shivadol, Vishnu Dol and Devidol.

Tezpur
Tezpur

Tezpur Situated on the banks of river Brahmaputra, this town replete with a raw natural beauty and fascinating archaeological ruins, is the headquarters of district Sonitpur. Undulating green valleys surrounded by the lofty hills and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, and lush tea gardens render Tezpur a tourist's delight. There are many spots which bear historical and mythological importance.

Manas Sanctuary & Tiger
Manas Sanctuary & Tiger

Manas Sanctuary & Tiger Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve Formerly known as North Kamrup, Manas, in Assam, was declared a sanctuary in 1928. In 1985 it was accorded the status of World Heritage Site. The park straddles two rivers, the Manas and its tributary the Hakua, along the Assam-Bhutan border. The protected area extends into the Bhutan foothills. Besides tiger this park is famous for its beautiful and rare flora and fauna.

MANIPUR

This state might not be in news for good reasons, but nestling within a lush green corner of North Eastern part of the country, is the amazingly beautiful little shangri-la called Manipur. Its literal meaning is jewelled land. There are ample scenic beauty that is going to lure the tourists.

Imphal
Imphal

This is the capital of Manipur which is bustling into a mini metropolis. It is well connected by road with Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway 39 and Silchar (Assam) through National Highway 53. There is also provision to go by air.

Manipur Zoological Garden
Manipur Zoological Garden

6 km to the west of Imphal, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba, on the Imphal-Kangchup Road are the zoological garden. The most important inhabitant of this park, is the graceful Brow Antlered Deer, one of the rarest species in the world.

Ukhrul
Ukhrul

83 kms to the east of Imphal, this district headquarters of Manipur East, is the highest hill station of Manipur. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed, and renowned for a peculiar type of land lily - the Siroi, grown on the Siroi Hills. Siroi Hills and KhangKhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions.

MEGHALAYA

The state is a land locked territory of lovely hills with abounding sylvan beauty. Bounded on the north and east by Assam and Bangladesh on the south and the west. Its hilly terrain with varied elevation and heavy rainfall account for a rich variety of flora and fauna. The state is famous for its beautiful butterflies and exotic orchids. Hornbills, Clouded Leopards, Golden Cats, Golden Langurs are some of its unique wildlife.

Meghalaya is the homeland of three of India's ancient hill tribes eg, The Khasis, the Jaintias, and the Garos. The people here are strongly build and very hard working. Dance, Music and Sports reflect their way of life. Absence of Caste divisions and equality of sexes happen to be distinctive feature of their community life.

Shillong
Shillong

Shillong, located at a height of 1,496 mts above sea level, is the capital of Meghalaya. The city derives its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong, which is worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Shillong is an exquisite hill station nestling on a plateau of the Khasi and Jaintia hills & Assam.

Jowai
Jowai

Jowai, headquarters of the Jaintia Hills district is, situated 64 kms from Shillong, on the Shillong-Silchar national highway.

cherrapunjee
Cherrapunjee

Situated in one of the heaviest rain-belts in the world, Cherrapunjee is 56 kms from Shillong, and perched at an altitude of 1300 m. This lovely town with its beautiful Nohsngithiang waterfalls, is also famous for its limestone caves and orange honey.

MIZORAM

Mizoram lies between the countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar. This state is mainly inhabited mainly by tribesmen who are mostly Christian at present. This state recently is the most literate state in India

Aizawl
Aizawl

Aizawl is the capital of Mizoram. It is located at an altitude of 4000 ft. above sea level. Aizawl is situated on a high ridge surrounded on the east by the deep green valley of river Tuirial and on the west, by river Tlawng, and on the north by beautiful high craggy hills of Durtlang. Aizawl is an ideal hill station adorned by picturesque scenery and peaceful surrounding with enjoyable weather.

Champhai
Champhai

Champhai place is situated on Indo-Myanmar border, 192 km from Aizawl. It is a cool and healthy surrounded by blue hills. From here a tourist can view the fabulous hills of Myanmar hills. The town is a fast developing venue for Indo-Myanmar border trade for marketing all kinds of goods. The famous Rodil lake inside Myanmar is only 22 km away from this town.

Vantawng Waterfalls
Vantawng Waterfalls

Vantawng water falls is located near an idyllic beautiful town of Thenzawl, 137 km from Aizawl. This waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls of Mizoram, fall from a height of 750 ft. This fall is surrounded by a lush green tropical forest filled with bamboo groves.

NAGALAND

Nagaland is a hill state like many others in the North-Eastern region of India. The state is bounded by Myanmar in the east; Assam in the west; Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the north with Manipur in the south. It offers rich incomparable traditional and cultural heritage. The distinctive character and identity of each tribe in terms of tradition, custom, language and dresses is clearly discernible to a visitor. The respective tribal festivals are celebrated at regular interval all over the state.

KOHIMA
KOHIMA

State Capital and hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,444.12 meters above sea level. It is a beautiful town presenting wide panoramic views.

Peren
Peren

It is situated at an altitude of 1,445.36 meters above sea-level 84 Km from Dimapur. It is the homeland of the Zeliang and Kuki tribes. The place is famous for Zeliang dance in pairs.

Japfu Peak
Japfu Peak

Situated at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea-level, 15 Km south of Kohima, it is the second highest peak in Nagaland. It is ideally suited for trekking and scaling from November to March. From the peak, one can have a panoramic view of the hills below.

SIKKIM

The tiny state of Sikkim is also called the Himalayan State. This beautiful state seems to be cradled by Bhutan on the east, Nepal on the west and Tibet on the north. Sikkim is situated amongst the highest peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, along the higher reaches of the Tista River Valley. An independent kingdom till 1975, Sikkim thereafter joined the Indian Territory to become the 22nd state of the Indian Union. This state is quite a popular tourist destination, both international as well as domestic.

Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo lake is only 40 kms. from Gangtok town and is situated at an altitude of 12,210 ft.

Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies
Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies

Initiated by the late 16th Karmapa, the institute is housed in the adjoining building of the Rumtek Monastery. The Jamyang Kang Primary School meant for 5 years of primary monastic studies is also located here.

Permanent Flower Show
Permanent Flower Show

White Hall, Close by the White Memorial Hall and just below the Palace Ridge park is the more recent Flower Show Hall. In recent years this show has become quite popular and famous as there are flower exhibitions throughout the year in accordance with the seasons and the flowers in bloom.

TRIPURA

Tripura is a land of transition; a satisfying compromise between the old order and the new; a fusion of styles and cultures of the hills and plains. Previously princely state, and subsequently a Union Territory of Independent India, Tripura was elevated to the status of a state on January 21, 1972. Today, Tripura is largely a Bengali Community, in spite of the 19 Scheduled Tribes, that form a major chunk of the population. Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity are the main religions followed in Tripura.

Agartala
Agartala

Capital of State, Palaces,Temples, Lakes Radhakishorepur : Palace, Temples Rudranagar: Lake, Palace, Boating Forest.

Sipahijala
Sepahijala

Reserve, Zoological and Botanical Garden, Lake Udaipur: Ancient capital, Temples Dumbur:Waterfalls, Lake, Boating.

Jambai
Jambai

Hill range, Scenic beauty, Tribals, Land of eternal spring.