Compared to mainland India, North Eastern India is diverse in terms of environmental & cultural richness. It sits under the shadows of the Himalayan foothills that branch off to become a broken chain of scenic hills namely the Garo, Khasi, Jaintia and Patkai Hills. The seven sister states that sit in the northeastern region are the Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya & Manipur. Together, these seven states inhabit more than 220 ethnic groups, with each of them having their own unique language, set of tradition, cuisine , costume, and bloodline. This makes Northeast India a people's treasure, waiting to be found.
The Northeast is famed for its eccentric platter of dishes that are prepared from the most unique of ingredients akin to the region. When you're here, try out the sweet pudding of Nagaland made with starchy, sticky black rice. The tender shoots of bamboo are pickled and eaten as a side dish all over the domain, and is even used to flavor pork dishes. Handmade noodles, seasoned with a tomato and garlic soup and chunks of meat is always a hit. You will also run into the hottest chili in the world - Bhoot Jholokia. It grows in Assam. The North East is also the musical capital of India so watch out for the aspiring artists where you're in there.
The highlights of Northeast India are many. Include a visit to the Living Root Bridge in Meghalaya. These beautiful bridges are built over years of hard work as living rubber roots are grafted together in a braid-like fashion to support the weight. The Dawki Lake in Meghalaya is perhaps the clearest water body in the world, as you can clearly see the bottom of the lake without any difficulty. Arunachal Pradesh is home to the largest monastery in India. Manipur holds the "Mother's Market" regularly where you will run into only women vendors with their produce. North East India is also home to the world's 70% of the orchid species. The entire region is simply diversity personified.