Northeast: Lesser-known facts about India’s seven sisters
Ride with us on the fact-finding train through the beautiful Seven Sister states of India.
Located in the northeastern part of India, the Seven Sister states are connected to the mainland through the Siliguri Corridor. With a rich cultural heritage, the states are home to exotic flora and fauna and magnificent terrains and views.
We have gathered some shocking but interesting facts about each of the states.
- Arunachal Pradesh
The largest state in northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes and 100 sub-tribes. Tsangyang Gyatso, sixth Dalai Lama, was born in Twang, which is a town in the state. Also another town, Bum La Pass is the place where the 14th and current Dalai Lama entered India, after escaping from Tibet.
Assam is home to the world’s oldest operational oil refinery, Digboi and world’s largest river island Majuli. Additionally, Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, houses two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceroses.
The state of Meghalaya has Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong, which is also known as “God’s Own Garden”. The state is also famous for its living root bridges. With the help of bamboo, the strong and flexible roots of the rubber trees are guided across the rivers and stream to construct living root bridges.
The Keibul Lamjao National Park, located in Manipur, has the only floating park in the world. The park is a swamp made of biomass vegetation floating on the surface of the Loktak Lake. Additionally, the national park also has the almost-extinct brow-antlered deers.
Mizoram is the leading producer of bamboo in India and is known for Mautam meaning ‘Bamboo Death’, which is a deadly ecological phenomenon that occurs every 48 years. Also, after Kerela, Mizoram is the second most literate state in the country.
Nagaland and Manipur are the only two states in India that were used to fight World War 2. The state is unique as it is the first and only state in the country where population declined by 0.47% between 2001 and 2011.
Tripura is known in the country for its Manika Dynasty that has an unbroken chain of 184 kings pre-independence. The 500-year-old Tripura Sundari Temple can also be found in the state. Also, the state’s 91% of the land under cultivation produces rice.
Did we blow your mind with these facts?