Visit North East India-My Other Blog

The reason I started blogging was because I wanted to put some lights on North East India Tourism,from time to time I have written about NE India in this blog but I felt I was not doing enough as this blog is almost about everything I feel like Blogging… šŸ˜€

Since I started blogging I tried my hands on many thing and to most extent I have done well I believe,but the Sole Purpose of starting All Resource was somehow overlooked by me as I know the potential of NE India and there will be endless topic to write about them..

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Blog Start Date–30th September 2013
Blog Focus on–North East India–Travel,Tourism,Culture,Traditions,Photography

Visit NE India Snapshot

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North East India-Nagaland

Now it’s time we move on from Mizoram and get closer to another naturally beautiful state of NE India-Nagaland.It lies in the far-east of North East bordering with Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Manipur and International Borders with Myanmar.

The Capital of Nagaland is Kohima.It is known for its virgin beauty and the amazing views of the Naga Hills.The place holds historical importance as the site of the battle between the British and Japanese troops during the World War II.The main important and largest city of Nagaland is Dimapur which is also the commercial capital of Nagaland,all business flows in and out through Dimapur.

Dimapur and Kohima is very well connected by roads from Guwahati,By Rail from Guwahati to Dimapur and by air from Kolkata and Dibrugarh to Dimapur which has the only Airport of Nagaland.I insist tourist going from Guwahati to Nagaland take the roads as to enjoy the Natural and Exhilarating Views,I am sure you all will love it.

Here is the list of Main attractions of Nagaland:-

1.Naga Heritage Village:-Situated about 12 kilometers from Kohima atĀ Kisima,the Naga Heritage Village offers a panorama of nature, cheerful and hospitality of people.The objective of the Heritage Village is to protect and preserve all ethnic cultural heritages by establishing a common management approach and comprehensive data base for perpetuation and maintenance for promotion of tourism. It also aims to uphold and sustain the distinct identity of dialects, customs and traditions of all the ethnic tribes of Nagaland.Hornbill Festival,an important Naga festival is held here in December every year.

Naga Heritage Village

Naga Heritage Village

2.Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary:-At a distance of 37 Km from Dimapur and 111 km from Kohima,this sanctuary is home to various animals including some rare species of birds. The sanctuary is a large collection of bird and is rich with varied wealth of flora & fauna.

Intanki WildLife Sanctuary

Intanki WildLife Sanctuary

3.Shilloi Lake:-The most prominent tourist attraction in theĀ PhekĀ district,Shilloi Lake is a beautiful,mesmerising water body shaped as a footprint.The enchanting location of the lake makes a visit to it worthwhile. Located on the lower slopes of the Patkai Range bordering Myanmar, the lake has an area of 0.25 to 0.30 sq. km.The depth of the lake is 4 metres.

Shilloi Lake

Shilloi Lake

4.Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak:-Japfu peak standing at a height of 3048 m above sea level is the second highest peak in Nagaland.This peak is situated at 15 km distance towards south of Kohima and is the main attraction for many trekking parties and enthusiasts.TheĀ DzĆ¼kou ValleyĀ isĀ located at the border of NagalandĀ andĀ Manipur.This valley is well known for its natural beauty,seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna.

Duzkoa Valley

Duzkoa Valley

5.Kohima War Cemetery:-Kohima has a large cemetery of 1,420 Allied war dead maintained by theĀ Commonwealth War Graves Commission.The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill which mark as a tribute to the soldiers died in the Battle of Kohima during Second World War.

Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery

6.Khonoma Village:-At a distance of around 20 kms know as the Green Village in India as the Naga People residing here don’t hurt or cut trees.With greenery and nice people all around this is a must visit for Nature Lover’s.

Khonoma

Khonoma

7.Kohima Museum:-The Kohima Museum was set up with an aim to provide the visitors a glimpse of the diverse tribal habitats and cultures.The museum houses some of the rarest artifacts belonging to the different tribes inhabiting the state.The sixteen tribal groups that make up the tribes of Nagaland are represented amongst the others.The clan motifs,colorful traditional dresses,dialect,practices and traditions are displayed at the museum.

Kohima Museum

Kohima Museum

8.Mount Tiyi:-Located in Wokha town,the mount,more clearly defined as a large hill,stands at 1969.91 meters above sea level.It is well known for its fabulous lushness,the colorful Rhododendron flowers and the robust variety of bird and plant species.

Rhododendrons in Mount tiyi

Rhododendrons in Mount tiyi

9.Doyang River:- Doyang River is one of the largest and most prominent rivers in Nagaland which flows through the Wokha district about 21 kilometers from the town. It is also known as the Dzu or Dzulu by the local tribes.

Doyang

Doyang

10.Totsu Wozhu Lake:-Located in the south of Phiru-Shaki area of Wokha this lake is much larger than other lakes and covers an area of one acre.Tourist visiting the lake can also find various hill fishes.

11.Langpangkong Range:-The Langpangkong caves are located in the Langpangkong mountain range of Nagaland.It is in the valley of Dikhu and Tzula rivers in the Mokokchung district of Nagaland.

12.Changkikong Range:-This is a parallel Range east of Japukong Range. Changki village was said to be founded by a man named Changki, and so the Range too was named after him as Changkikong.Located inĀ MokokchungĀ district of Nagaland.

13.Ongpangkong:-It is the southernmost range forming an irregular boundary of the Ao area with that of the Lothas and Semas to the south and with the Sangtams to the east.It is called Ongpangkong as the land is higher and cooler than the other ranges. (Ongpang means higher).Located inĀ MokokchungĀ district of Nagaland.

14.Kachari Ruins:-Kachari ruins are situated in Dimapur, the ancient Kachari capital. It is one of the important sites of megalithic culture. Most of the ruins appear to be contemporaneous with the Kachari civilization.

Kachari Ruins

Kachari Ruins

15.Triple Falls:-Located in Dimapur is another picturesque place that will catch your fancy is Triple Fall,the water cascades from a height of about 280 feet and forms a natural pool.The picture-perfect place is a treat to trekkers.The village is transformed as a tourist resort,you can rejuvenate your energies while relaxing amongst the salubrious surroundings.

16.Nagaland Science Centre:-Located in Dimapur,promotesĀ the idea ā€˜discover science in actionā€™ through its innovation and noble theme park.The science centre was started by the state government as an initiative to make science interesting,playful and informal. There are different galleries in the Nagaland Science Centre and each one of them have equipment based on themes.

Nagaland Science Centre

Nagaland Science Centre

17.Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary:-The Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary inĀ KiphireĀ district is ideal for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts.The sanctuary is considered to be an abode for many wildlife animals such as leopards,tigers,wild buffaloes,hoolock gibbons and mithun. Hornbill,the most popular bird in Nagaland is also abundantly found in the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.It is easily accessible from Kohima and Dimapur by Road.

Hornbill

Hornbill

18.Veda Peak:-Also,known as Pak Koi,Veda Peak is the highest peak of theĀ MonĀ district in Nagaland.Situated approximately 70 kilometres from the district headquarters,you will experience a picturesque view of the mountains and the rivers from Veda Peak which will surely mesmerize you.You can view the mighty Brahmaputra and the Chindwin rivers from the peak on a clear day.

Mon

Mon

Best time to visit Nagaland is between October to May and during this period you can also the popular Ā festival of Nagaland ‘The Hornbill Festival’,Hornbill being the most admired bird of Nagaland.The festival is held in the month of December.

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

Before embarking on a journey to Nagaland, acquiring the entry permit is a must. Domestic tourists should obtain the Inner Line permit issued by the authorities mentioned below. Permit fee is INR 6 per applicant.Foreigners to register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival. However, the the citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh and China still need to apply for PAP/ RAP from Home Ministry to visit Nagaland.This is a temporary change in effect for one year.The RAP/PAP application process is included below for those tourists who may still be affected by the previous rules.For more information visit here.It is best to get the Permit from the Nagaland House inĀ Delhi, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi(Ph: +91 11 23012296)

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North East India-Manipur

It has been few days I was unable to post on North-East India due to hectic work schedule.But now I am again back to writing on NE.

In this post I will try to bring up the Places of Interest of another NE state called ‘Manipur‘. Manipur lies in the deep corner of the northeast part of India.This beautiful land is surrounded by Nagaland in the north,Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west,and shares a common international border with Burma in the east.In future Manipur may serve as the India’s Gateway to the South-East Asia.The proposed Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN) if constructed,will pass through Manipur, connecting India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Now coming back to the tourist places to see in Manipur,from serene landscapes, exotic wildlife, floating islands to the warmhearted locals this place has it all.Imphal is the largest and the capital city of Manipur and Meiteilon is the official language although english is also quite popular.

Here is the list of places to visit in Manipur:-

  • Shree Shree Govindajee Temple,Imphal-This temple adjoining the palace of the former rulers of Manipur, is a historic centre for Vaisnavites. It is a simple and beautiful structure with gold domes, a paved court and a large, raised congregation hall.The presiding deity in the centre is flanked by idols of Radha Govinda, Balaram and Krishna on one side and Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the other.

    Shree Shree Govindajee Temple

    Shree Shree Govindajee Temple

  • Kaina – The scared place ofĀ  Hindus-A beautiful hillock, about 921 m. above sea level, Kaina is a sacred place of Hindus. According to legend, Shri Govindajee appeared to His devotee Bheigyachandra, Maharaja of Manipur, in a dream and asked him to build a temple enshrined with His image carved out of a jack-fruit tree which was then growing at Kaina. Beautiful hill shrubs and charming natural surroundings give the place a saintly solemnity. Ceremonial dances depicting the divine dream are performed as Ras at the Mandop.At a distance of 29 Kms from Imphal, Kaina can be reached by bus via Thoubal also.

    Kaina

    Kaina

  • Manipur Zoological Garden-This Zoological Garden is at Iroishemba on the Imphal Kangchup Road.Graceful brow-antlered deer,”Sangai” one of the rarest species in the world,can be seen here in sylvan surroundings. A trip to this garden,at the foot of the pine-growing hillocks in the westernmost corner of Lamphelpat is really enjoyable.It is at a distance of about 6 kms.from Imphal,towards the west.

    Zoological Garden-Sangai

    Zoological Garden-Sangai

  • Loktak Lake and Sendra Island-A huge and beautiful stretch of water, this lake is like a miniature inland sea.From the Tourist Bungalow,set atop Sendra island,visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the lake and the life on it,the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make full use of their watery environment.
    They cast their nets on it,rear fish farms in it using nets as floating walls,harvest it for the water chestnut known as Heikak,and even build their houses on the islands of floating weed that dart around the lake.
    There are buses and cycle rickshaws to cover the last 3 km. to Sendra. The Tourist Home charges Rs. 10 per bed.It is about 48 Kms from Imphal.

    Loktak Lake

    Loktak Lake

  • War Cemeteries-The British and the Indian Army Cemeteries commemorating those who died in the Second World War are serene well-maintained with little stone markers and bronze plaques recording their anguish and sacrifice. These graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.The cemetery lies 10km from the airport on the Imphal-Dimapur road (Highway 39) in the Deulahland district of the town.

    Imphal War Cemetery

    Imphal War Cemetery

  • Langthabal– It is 8 km.from Imphal on the Indo-Burma Road,this small hill feature with the relics of an old historic palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses amidst pine and jackfruit trees planted symmetrically.Overlooking the Manipur University, Canchipur, it offers a pleasant view of the surroundings.

    Langthabal

    Langthabal

  • Moirang-The town of Moirang is famous for the ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity,Lord Thangjing and the Epic love story of “Khamba Thoibi”.Month long festival “Lai Haraoba” (mid May to June)is originated from Moirang.It was in Moirang that the flag of the Indian National Army was first hoisted on Indian soil on April 14,1944.
    There is an INA Museum exhibiting letters,photographs,badges of ranks and other articles associated with this movement.There is also a bronze statue of Netaji in uniform.There are buses which operate from private bus station of Waheng Leikai junction to Moirang from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fare: Rs. 10/- .It is about 45 kms from Imphal,journey time is around 1 hr.
  • Singda-At an altitude of 921 m.,16 km.from Imphal to the west is a hill resort on the hills overlooking Manipur Valley.The scenery is picturesque. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong. There is an inspection Bungalow here.There is a nice artificial lake called Singda Dam.It is now a multipurpose project.

    Sinda Dam

    Sinda Dam

  • Phubala-A charming resort on the western fringes of the Loktak Lake,to the south of Imphal. It is joined to the mainland by a low causeway.It is aboutĀ 40 km.from Imphal.
  • Moreh-This border town is located on the Indo-Burma Road.A commercial town attracting a large number of people from neighboring places.It is only 5 km.from Tamu town,its Burmese counterpart. Tamu depicts a total change in the attire and eating habits of the people and in the architecture of its buildings.It is about 110 kms away from Imphal.

    Moreh town

    Moreh town

  • Khongjom-Situated on the Indo-Burma Road,this is a place of greatest historic importance.It was here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur,proved his velour against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891.The hillock of the foot of which he laid down his life in defence of his motherland,is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipuri warriors.A war memorial on the top of this scenic hill feature, adds charm to this heroic site.Khongjom day is celebrated as a State Holiday on every year on April 23.It is aboutĀ 36 km. from Imphal.

    Khongjom

    Khongjom

  • Sekta – Archaeological Living Museum-Sekta Mound locally known as the “SEKTA KEI” is a protected Archaeological Site.The site is located at Sekta village,about 16 km. from Imphal on the Imphal-Ukhrul Road.It is a site where practice of secondary burial was discovered.The site was jointly excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeology,Manipur and is preserved as a Living Museum.

    Sekta

    Sekta

  • Keibul Lamjao National Park-AboutĀ 53 kms. from Imphal and on the fringes of Loktak Lake,this is the last natural habitat of the marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer of Manipur called “Sangai”.

    National Park

    National Park

  • ANDRO – the ancient village-It is anĀ ancient Scheduled Caste village of Andro,there is one Cultural Complex established by the Mutua Museum, Imphal.It consists of potteries of the North Eastern Region of India. There is a ‘Doll-House’ where dolls of 29 recognised tribes of Manipur (both male and female) are in display.It is aboutĀ 27 km towards east of Imphal.

    Andro

    Andro

  • Khonghampat Orchidarium-The Orchid Yard of the Forest Department,on National Highway No 39,about 7 km. from Imphal is another place of interest.More than 110 varieties of Orchids,including several rare species are grown here. Best time to visit is April-May.

    khonghampat

    khonghampat

  • Manipur State Museum-The Manipur State Museum instituted in 1969 has been the central authority in preservation and display of various cultures, nature, Art forms and history of the state of Manipur. The Museum has developed now into a full-grown versatile resource and boasts of expertise in various wings.The galleries depicting different aspects of the state through light upon almost every aspect viz. Ethnology, Natural History,Art work and Handicraft,Archaeology etc.

    Manipur State Museum

    Manipur State Museum

  • Sahid Minar-ItĀ salutes the determined and indomitable spirit of the Meetie and tribal warriors who gladly sacrificed their lives and families while waging a war for survival of the identity against the British Army in 1891.This lofty Minaret at Bir Tikendtrajit Park in the center of the city reminds passers by of the sacrifices of those great men.
Sahid Minar

Sahid Minar

  • Ima Marekt:-Women’s Marekt,The market stalls are all run by women, and it is reported as being the only such market in the world and it is delight to watch.
  • The Dzukou Valley:-Located at the border of the Indian states ofĀ NagalandĀ andĀ Manipur.This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna.It is situated at an altitude of 2438 m above sea level,behind the JapfĆ¼ Peak located in Nagaland.The rare DzĆ¼kou lily is found only in this valley.

    Dzukou Valley

    Dzukou Valley

These are some of the places that is a must visit when you consider Manipur in your tourist list.

Best time to visit Manipur is October to May as at that time the weather isĀ pleasant and sunny.

Indian Tourist visiting Manipur via Dimapur/Kohima(Nagaland) require an Inner Line Permit to pass through Nagaland.This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office.While Foreign Tourist must obtainedĀ Protected Area Permit (PAP),and must travel in groups of four or more people,or a married couple. You’ll only be allowed to stay for 10 days,and visit a limited number of places namely Imphal, Loktak Lake, Moirang INA Memorial,Keibul Lamjao Deer Sanctuary,Waithou Lake, and Khongjom War Memorial.PAP can be appliedĀ Delhi Manipur Bhawan orĀ at the Guwahati Manipur Bhawan though more time will be taken at Guwahati Manipur Bhawan.

Please visit here for more details.

With all the possible information on Manipur Tourism I conclude my Post and will provide details about Meghalaya Tourism in my next post.

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