Northeastern states of India are still a mystery which in a way is a good thing as there’ll always be surprises for you on your trip here. From centuries old tribe in Nagaland to Himalayan peaks of Sikkim and Arunachal to traditions of the cloud state of Meghalaya, each and every part of Northeast India has some interesting facts to reveal like a soldier still serves at the border in Sikkim after his death! Wait before you say whoa to that! There’s a whole lot waiting for you in this blog which surely will make you pack your bag and head out for an adventure of your own in Northeast India. So, without much ado, let’s get started-
1. Arunachal Pradesh state is where the sun can be seen first in India
Arunachal Pradesh being the easternmost state witnesses the first ray of sun in India. However, being very precise, Dong village in Anjaw district is the place to receive the second ray of Sun on the planet after Japan. Situated at an elevation of 1,240 metres above the sea level, Dong is reached by doing an 8km trek.
2. The biggest and smallest river islands in the world is in Assam
An unknown fact about Assam is that it is home to some of the biggest and smallest river Islands. Where Majuli Island is the world’s biggest River Island and the Umananda Island is believed to be the world’s smallest inhabited island and it is nestled right in the middle of river Brahmaputra.
3. In Assam at Jonbeel Mela Centuries-old barter system can still be seen in practiced
Held every year in the Morigaon district of Assam, this Mela is unique as it exhibits the centuries-old barter system. In a field which is slightly bigger than a soccer court, Gobha and Ahom kings organised the annual Mela where consumers and sellers can come and take participate. Started in the 15th century, it was started with an aim for the king to interact with the people. Anyone who visits the Jonbeel Mela can take participate in it, that sounds interesting, isn’t it?.
4.The Golden/Muga silk is not produced anywhere in the world but in Assam
The golden treasure of Assam, which goes by the name Muga Silk is golden in colour and is sold at a high price in the market, making it a major contributor to the state’s economy. Discovered first time during the Ahom Dynasty in the 13th century, Muga silk is produced and woven majorly by the Garo community in Assam.
5.Assam(Sualkuchi) is the world’s largest weaving village
Sualkuchi is the world’s largest weaving village. It is said that every household in the village is directly associated with weaving exotic silk fabrics. The main silk that is weaved here is the famous Muga silk.
6.Assam is the safest place for One-horned Rhinos
One of the most amazing facts about Northeast India is that it has provided safe haven to many endangered and exotic species of plants and animals in India. One such example is one-horned rhinos, which are declared critically endangered, yet thriving in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Kaziranga is believed to have the largest one-horned rhino population in the world.
7. Meghalaya has the only matriarchal society of India
The Northeastern state of Meghalaya has matriarchal society, which construes women are the decision makers in the society as well as households. The Khasi tribe is the one to practice this where women are the bread winners of the families. In khasi tribe, if
a son child is born, the society accepts it humbly as the god’s gift and if it’s female it is followed by a celebration. Breaking the gender stereotypes, Khasi tribe has shown that there’s no shame in role-reversal within the household, while still respecting both the genders.
8.World’s wettest place is in Meghalaya
Meghalaya in Mawsynram is the wettest place on the planet and it experiences an average annual rainfall of 11,871 millimetres. Earlier a similar record was in the name of Cherrapunjee which is also situated in the state of Meghalaya.
9.Mizoram’s Pukzing Cave is believed to be carved by a hairpin
This cave is consider as the biggest cave in Mizoram state, the Pukzing cave is a major tourist attraction here. Believed to be carved by a man called Mualzavata who used just a hairpin for it.
10.At the Longwa village in Nagaland one can be at two places at once
Are you one such crazy wanderer who wishes to be in two places at once? Well, learning about northeast India is the most amazing facts which might fufil your dream. The Mon district of Nagaland in Longwa village is a spot where the border passes. Dividing the Longwa village into two parts, one falling in India and the other part in the country of Myanmar, Longwa allows you to be in two places at once!.The village chief’s house also lies on the border, half on either side of the border.
11. Nagaland has the last surviving headhunter tribe
This is a known fact that Nagaland is the land of many tribes but did you know that it is also home to the only surviving head hunting tribe? Surprising, isn’t it? Well, Konyak tribe is known for their ruthless traditions by the people. The tribe used to cut the head of their enemy tribes during war and store them as trophies. Although, the practice of head-hunting has stopped after 1940, you can still witness the elderly tribals, narrating their historic tales. The tribe has got tattoos all over their face and are easily recognizable.
12. Nagaland holds the record of the world’s largest electric guitar ensemble
One of the most important facts you need to know about Northeast states of India is that it is a musical region, with every other person being into music. On January 2013, Nagaland made its name into Guinness Book of World Records, with 368 participants at the Agri-expo ground strummed to the tunes of AC/DC’s song, Knocking on heaven’s door.
13. In Nagaland alone, there are 16 tribes and 36 languages
We all are aware of the fact that Nagaland is a state of tribes but did you know that there are a total of 16 tribes in the state and more than 36 languages are spoken in the state. The major tribes are Sema, Lotha, Angami, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Ao, Konyak, Yimchunger, Zeliang, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam, Thangkul, Pochury and Kuki. Nagaland is also one of the few states in the world. Each Naga tribe has a unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and dress.
14. Sikkim was not a part of India leave alone Northeast Region until 1975
It is sometimes very hard to believe that Sikkim state hasn’t always been the part of the Republic of India. Namgyal Dynasty founded The Kingdom of Sikkim in the 17th century and in the year 1890 it became a princely Indian state. Sikkim enjoyed the status of a protectorate after India gained independence. However, it wasn’t till 1975 that Sikkim joined the Republic of India.
14.A ghost of a soldier guards the border in Sikkim
Would you believe that a soldier continued to serve his duty even ten years after dying on duty?It is true, and adding to this eeriness is that fact that he still receives a regular payment.The legend has it that Harbhajan Singh was a soldier of Indian Army in Sikkim.One night while patrolling in the year 1946, he was lost. His battalion believed that he had run off.But days later his body was discovered after one of his colleagues dreamt about Harbhajan Singh telling regarding his body.
After his last rites, he visited another friend in his dreams, saying that his watch on the border isn’t over yet and he would continue to serve the nation after his death. There were many sightings of a soldier patrolling the border on a white horse.After a moment, the officials granted him a special status and he was given a retirement when it was due.One of the most interesting facts about Sikkim is that locals at Nathu la made a shrine in his memory.
15. Tripura is home to the only floating Palace in Northeast India
Tripura is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in India but if you visit this heavenly state, you will be greeted by numerous forts and palaces belonging to the royal family of the state. However, one fort which takes the crown is Neermahal, which is the only floating palace in the entire Northeast region. Built by King of Tripura Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in 1938, the palace is an exhibition of the royal heritage and glorious past.
16.The Northeastern states population is close to the population of Odisha
Although the region of Northeast India comprises a major landmass of India, the states are scarcely populated. The total population of all the seven sister states and Sikkim combined together are roughly equal to the population of the eastern state of Odisha, which happens to be the 11th most populated state in the country. The state of Arunachal Pradesh is the least dense state in India while being the biggest out of all 8 states of Northeast India, in terms of landmass.
17.The corridor joining the rest of the mainland India with Northeast is called the Chicken’s Neck
Geographically Northeast India is at a slight disadvantage as the connectivity is very limited. If you wish to explore Northeast India by roads, you would have to pass through the famous Siliguri Corridor, also known as Chicken’s Neck. It is a road which connects Indian mainland to all 8 states of Northeast India. Socially and strategically important for India, the corridor is also one of the most scenic roads to drive across.
18.Almost 70% of Northeastern states of India terrains are covered by hills
The Himalayas cover a majority of the landscape in North Indian and Northeast Indian states and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if we told you that approximately 70% of the Northeaster terrains are covered by mountains and hills. Attracting a lot of tourists every year, the mountains, valleys and mountain passes in this region are no less beautiful than its Northern counterparts. State of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are completely nestled in the Himalayan ranges.
19.Northeastern states of India are musically woke
Northeast India is a haven for music lovers. Many music festivals in Northeast India like Ziro festival in Arunachal Pradesh take place annually in this region. Northeast India has also given many popular musicians including the famous R.D Burman, S.D Burman, Papon and many more.
20. Each tribe in Northeast India makes some of the best liquors in the world
Northeast acquaints you to more than 150 tribes and each of these tribes prepare their unique tribal liquor. These tribal liquor are distinct in taste and if you dream of tasting them, visiting the Northeast Indian is the only way.