When we talk about Northeast India, it’s indeed an abode of red river and blue hills, land of diversity with exotic flora and fauna, a fine blend of rural and urban life setting, technological innovations, multi linguistic culture and heritage and much more.
On this World Environment Day, 2017 let us know a bit more about Northeast India
- Orchids,the beautiful ornamental flowers emanating an exotic blend of colours are in high demand all across the globe and country. Interestingly enough the land of Northeast India is the contributor of nearly 70% of the globe’s total orchid production. The land boasts of producing nearly 825 rare orchid species. Some of the most striking orchid types cultivated in the region include Red Vanda, Aerides Odoratum, Fox Tail, Eria Fragrans, Dendrobium Fimbriatum, Robiquetia Spathulata, Cymbidium Alofolium etc
- India’s largest fresh water lake, the Loktak Lake is situated in Manipur in its Moirang city. The Loktak lake presents a unique sight with its floating Phumdis and is known to be one and only lake of its kind in the entire globe.
- Majuli Island of Assam situated amidst Brahmaputra River is the biggest riverine Island in the whole of the globe. It is nearly 2000 kilometres to the east of Assam’s capital Guwahati and is a major tourist attraction.
- The globe’s smallest inhabited riverine Island; the Umananda Island is located in Assam’s Guwahati amid the River Brahmaputra and has a temple named after it. This island is also referred to as ‘Peacock Island’ because of its peacock-like shape. Myths tell that this island was created by Lord Shiva to bring happiness to his consort, Goddess Parvati and it is at this place that the lord had burnt down Kamadeva to ashes as Kamadeva had interrupted the lord’s meditation.
- The state of Arunachal Pradesh in NE India enjoys the metaphor of being India’s ‘Land of the rising sun’. This is because Arunachal Pradesh lays in the extreme east of the country and experiences the first golden rays of the rising sun.
- Mawlynnong village in the Meghalaya city of Shillong is a small village that enjoys global fame for being the tidiest and cleanest village of Asia.
- Northeast India is the home to seven most celebrated National Parks of our country to be proud of. For instance, the National Parks of Northeast Indiasuch as Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Ntangki National Park, Phawngpui National Park, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Balphakram National Park, Namdapha National Park attract tourists and wildlife enthusiasts from far and wide.
- Northeast India consists of its own unique grown bridges. The unique root bridges made from the aerial living roots of the rubber trees in Meghalaya’s Cherrapunji are a definite must-visit for tourists visiting the state. These unique double decker living root bridgeshave been recognized by UNESCO as ‘Heritage site’
- In the year 2016, Sikkim stands to be India’s first fully organic state besides being adjudged the cleanest state, overall best in education and tourist destination while the famed Kanchenjunga National Park was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land were gradually converted to certified organic land by implementing practices and principles as per guidelines laid down in National Programme for Organic Production.