Story of Seven Sisters
The Seven Sister States are the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura in northeastern India.
The north eastern corridor of Indian region comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are the contiguous states. Another name given to the Land of Seven Sisters is ‘Paradise Unexplored’. The Siliguri Corridor of West Bengal connects itself to these seven sisters. The term “Seven Sister” became popular before the inclusion of Sikkim into the north eastern part of the country which was coined in 1972. These states together cover an area of 2,800 miles of international border. It shares its northern border with China, Tibet, eastern border with Myanmar, southwest border with Bangladesh and Bhutan in the northwest. About 8% of Indian area is covered by the north eastern states which are roughly 255,000km2.
The Seven Sisters can be topographically classified under Eastern Himalaya. The third highest peak of the world, Kangchenjunga of Himalaya is situated here at an elevation of 28,169 feet above sea level. Kanchenjunga lies partly in Sikkim, India. It is the highest Himalayan peak in India and is called ‘Five Treasures of Snow’ because of the five high peaks viewed from Darjeeling and Sikkim. The northeast region is distinguished by rich bio-diversity and endowed with wealth of vast green forest. Apart from the scenic natural beauty, the climate and the soil supports growth of wide range of plantation. The coconuts and the prominent tea garden of Assam is world renowned. Not to mention, the bamboos of Manipur have made a mark on the global front. A whole range of crops from species to fruits and from flowers to herbs contribute towards its rich vegetation.
The center of attraction, Assam is considered as the gateway of the seven sisters. The most populous and the most modernized of all the seven sisters, Assam is also rich in tropical rainforests and protected national parks like Kaziranga and Manas National Parks. The calm Majuli River and the fierce Brahmaputra River are instrumental in attracting tourism here.
Of all the sisters, Arunachal Pradesh happens to be the largest state in the northeast region (area-wise), next to Assam. The boundaries of Arunachal Pradesh touch the international borders with Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in west and parts of China. The mystical lakes and the mysterious lakes along with Sela Pass are mere invitation for tourist here.
If having a long walk amidst nature, is your idea of a vacation then you must head towards Mizoram. It is considered as the India’s greenest state with 90 % of total geographical area covered with forest. Of all the seven sisters, the pristine beauty of Mizoram has lush greenery with hilly wedge of Chin Hills of Myanmar towards the east. The pleasant climate of this state is majorly responsible for vast spread of trees, shrubs and herbs.
If you want to see exotic locations, you don’t need to spend extravagantly for international tickets. The beautiful waterfall of Cherrapunji, the living root bridge and the forested cliff tops are just a few examples of the exotic views in Meghalaya. People from far and wide plan their vacation to this off-beat travel destination. It is considered as one of the most beautiful states of the seven sisters.
The richly endowed ‘Jewel of India’, Manipur has undulating hills, calm lakes, dense forests, national parks and the evergreen trees welcome tourists from all over the world. The surreal nature, flawless beauty, quaint hamlet and rolling hills are more than enough to draw tourists to Manipur. Travelers are enthralled with the natural bliss of Loktak Lake and the nearby valley.
Blessed with bounty from Mother Nature, Nagaland is untouched and serene tourist spot. The state has rich Naga culture, vibrant festivals and excellent handlooms which make it stand apart from the seven sisters. It makes a mark in tourism with its 13th century Kachari Ruins in Dimapur making it the most unforgettable vacation.
Trekker throng to Tripura as it is every trekkers dream paradise. The natural wonder of Tripura also possesses architectural grandeur and rich culture. The landlocked hilly state is rich in flora and fauna. The stone carvings and sculptures of gods and goddesses amidst lush green landscape at Unakoti hold a spiritual value to pilgrims and has become a prime tourist destination.