Nature and culture fuse with adventure in the North East

Tribal dancers from the North East of India

TRAVELLERS looking for a unique experience in India are being lured with five packages to the unexplored North Eastern parts of India.

Offbeatours, a UAE – based tour company, is offering tours giving visitors an insight into the tribal life of the region along with an introduction to the natural scenic beauty and architectural heritage. “Offbeatours’ main focus is to give adventurous people a novel experience and the North East of India definitely lives up to that expectation. Some eye-opening and educational experiences will leave tourists visitors amazed, which is our objective,” said David Butler, founder of Offbeatours.

The ‘Magnificent Meghalaya’ package comprises of seven nights and six days starting at Guwahati in Assam and covering locations such as Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, a multi-art complex, Cherapunjee, once known as the wettest place on earth, Kamakhya Temple – a world heritage site, Mawlynnong and Shillong as well as others.

The nine-day, eight-night ‘Assam, Nagaland and Manipur’ package provides tourists to the Kaziranga National Park, the Kohima War Cemetery – a World War II memorial and the Ima Bazaar or Mothers’ Market run by 3,000 women running it, making it one of the largest of its kind in Asia.

‘Awesome Assam’, an eight days and seven nights tour, covers Kamakhya Temple, Basistha Temples and Tilinga Mandir or the Bell Temple as well as jeep safaris through the National Park and a ferry to Majuli.

The ‘Assam Nagaland’ tour, also for eight days and seven nights, provides a plethora of historic sites to visit en route during a trip through the inroads of Nagaland with a drive to Mokokchung, inhabited by the Ao Naga tribe and further travels introducing tourists the Tai Phake people of Thai origin, who migrated to Assam years ago.

The ‘North East Unexplored India’ package begins at the intellectual capital of India, Kolkata, and lasts for 15 days and 14 nights. The tour sights of Kolkata like the Victoria Memorial, the cantilever Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu that spans across the Hooghly River before proceeding to the North East states of Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya.