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North-Eastern India

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Location Type: Region
Sandwiched between Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Bangladesh, and connected to India by a narrow strip of land from North Bengal, this region is ethnically and culturally different from the rest of India. Most travellers visit the Himalayan state of Sikkim, for trekking and climbing, but the other seven states are abundant with tea plantations, stunning landscapes and remote tribes.
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Wikipedia - Northeast India

View of the Himalayas from Sikkim
View of the Himalayas from Sikkim

Northeast India refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the contiguous Seven Sister States, Sikkim, and parts of North Bengal (districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Koch Bihar). Northeast India is ethnically distinct from the other states of India. Linguistically the region is distinguished by a preponderance of Tibeto-Burman languages. Strong ethnic cultures that had escaped Sanskritization effects permeate the region. Among the North Eastern states, Sikkim became an Indian protectorate in 1947 and a full state in 1975. The Siliguri Corridor in West Bengal, with an average width of 21 km to 40 km, connects the north eastern region with the Indian mainland. More than 2000 km of boundary is shared with other countries: namely Nepal, China, Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh. ... read more

Wikitravel - North-Eastern India

North-Eastern India map, regions of India

Neither English nor Hindi are widely understood in this region, so travellers here should pick up a few phrases in the local languages if possible. The Northeast is the most culturally distinct from the rest of India, and many separatist movements exist here, however there have been no occasions where tourists have been attacked or them facing any disturbances. The main entry point for any north-eastern state is Assam, if one is entering from within India. There are a few entry points from Bangladesh (Dawki in Meghalaya) and Myanmar (Moreh in Manipur) but entry is restricted to local traders/govt. officials. ... read more

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