MAJULI: The riverine island.
This riverine island, nestled in the lap of the mighty Brahmaputra, is the largest in the world and is a world in itself. Located around 350 kms east of the state capital of Guwahati, it is a place not to be missed.
Description: Tucked in the mighty Brahmputra, Majuli is the world's largest river island. Majuli is known the world over in academic circles for the Xatras, which have preserved the Vaisnavite culture. There are islands within islands in Majuli. The crops are sowed and they blossom. The people staying here know how to swim and row a boat even before they walk and talk. The island's beauty is its changing colours.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK:
One of the main reasons to visit Assam for most of the tourists is the Kaziranga National Park. Situated at a distance of 217 km from Guwahati it is one of the most picturesque wildlife parks in India and famous for the natural habitat of the one-horned Rhinocerous. Kaziranga Park is one of the best places of the world to see the Great one horned Rhinocerous on the verge of extinction. Kaziranga lies on the southern banks of the Brahmputra River, northeast of the Guwahati, partly in Golaghat district and partly in Nagaon district of the state. The forest full of tall elephant grass and swampy marsh lands, an ideal habitat of the Rhino was originally established as a game reserve and later declared a sanctuary in 1940 to counter excessive poaching. But it was only in 1974 that it was given the status of National Park. Kaziranga has the rare distinction of not only saving the prehistoric mammal from the verge of extinction but also of increasing its population in a spectacular manner. With a population of over a thousand, the one-horned Rhino's are the largest concentration in the subcontinent.
The Ita Fort: ARUNACHAL
This historical monument gives its name to the city. Itanagar derives its name from the Ita fort. The scholars relate this stupendous brick structure to be built in the 13th century during the rule of the Jitri dynasty. The name of the fort Ita means bricks and the amount of bricks used in the construction of this fort gives it the name of Ita fort.
The Hill station of Arunachal: ZIRO
The land of Alpine forests and Apatani plateau; the land of quiet rivers flowing through and the land of beauty is what Ziro is all about. Ziro is a place of the natural botanical gardens inside the Tale Sanctuary. Ziro is near to the village of Daporizo famous for its cane and Bamboo articles. There are some natural caves also in Menga near Daporizo. The Tribes and people of the Ziro tribe are famous for their handsome looks. The favourite sport of these people is hunting and they drink the Apang wine.
NAGALAND: Another exciting village hardly 20 kms away from Kohima is the Khonoma village. Held in great esteem by the locals, this place is full with nature's bounty. Orchids, Ferns, waterfalls and wonderful views of the mountains surrounding the place are just the half of what Khonoma is all about. There are memorial stones erected to commemorate feasts of merit, and the intricate system of bamboo pipes which carry water from long distances. The pride of Khonoma is its ancient bastion approached through a traditional carved gate, up a flight of steep stone steps, and on to the highest point in the village. Here the Naga warriors made their last stand against the British in 1879. The Khonoma village folks grow 20 types of varieties of rice in Khonoma alone.
MANIPUR : Probably the only floating National Parks of the World is the Keibul Lamjao National Park. The Habitat of the Dancing Deer of Manipur, the national park is home to many a wild species of the country. It floats on the Loktak Lake nearly 48 kms from the city of Imphal. This picturesque ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of the Manipur State. Without the lake, the valley would be subjected to high floods during monsoon and drought during the dry season. It is a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply.
This unique wetland ecosystem supports 17 species of rare mammals. The Phumdi as the wetlands are known here are made of tangled water weeds and all which can hold the weight of man and animals. There are innumerous migratory water birds as well which visit this place in winters.
Another Lake on the Indo Myanmar borders is the Waithou Lake which is famous for the slopes of Pineapple trees.
On the border of Myanmar and Mizoram is situated the tallest mountain of the state of Mizoram which is also known as the Blue Mountain or the Phwangpui in local dialect. This highest point in the state offers a spectacular view of the surroundings and lush and verdant greenery of the state. Most interesting fact about the mountain peak is that it offers an equally spectacular view of the neighbouring country of Myanmar from this point. It is easy to spot the rare fauna which inhabit the jungles near the mountain.
The Ujjayanta palace: TRIPURA
Once the home of the royalties, the Ujjayanta palace now houses the legislative assembly of the state. The name Ujjayanta was denoted to this beautiful and striking architecture by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore who had a close association with the royal family of Tripura. Built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901, the construction of this Indo Saracenic architecture was supervised by Martin and Burn Company. It is famous for its Chinese room and the beautiful ponds and the fountains add to the beauty of the building. The Kunjban palace and the Malancha Niwas are the other two royal properties which were built by the Manikya dynasty and are associated with the great poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Mawjinbuim Cave: MEGHALAYA
Around 50 kms from Shillong, the capital of the state of Meghalaya is the beautiful tourist spot called the Mawjinbuim caves. Apart from the natural beauty it offers a marvel in a cave. There is a stalagmite Shiva Lingam formed here which receives steady drops of water from a stone formed like a breast.