Thanks to its challenging topography and capricious, often wet weather, the hilly northeast of India is the least visited part of the country. Comparatively few foreigners venture much beyond Kaziranga National Park, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, where tigers and one-horned rhinos may be sighted from elephant back. But there is ample incentive to do so albeit your creature comforts and ease of travel will need to be reconsidered and possibly compromised to suit local conditions and facilities.

Bending into neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh, the region comprises a mosaic of separate provinces known as the ‘Seven Sister States’: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Each has its own distinct identity and history, deriving in part from the mix of indigenous and minority people who live within its borders. This cultural richness, rather than monuments, tends to provide the focus for most tours to the region.

Although most long ago converted to Christianity, groups such as the Nagas, Garo, Nishi and Angami still retain, to a great extent, elements of traditional dress, religion and customs. Knowing where to find the most traditional communities, and how to conduct yourself when you get there, requires considerable local expertise. TransIndus has been delivering holidays in the Northeast hill states for intrepid travellers for decades and we offer the best possible experience of this culturally diverse frontier region.

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