Unearthing stories of a historic battle in Manipur

Did you know Britain’s ‘greatest battle’ was fought in Imphal and Kohima during WWII. Meet Rajeshwor Yumnam and his team of volunteers who are excavating relics and remains from this forgotten war For an event that turned the tide of history, very little is known about the twin battles fought in Imphal and Kohima between […]

A birdwatcher’s guide to the Northeast

Local guides from two wildlife sanctuaries in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on birds to look out for and handy tips for birders The Northeast is home to an enviable number of avian species both migratory and permanent residents across its many national parks. For the best birding experience, it makes sense to hire a local […]

Houses of reeds & bamboo that have stood test of time

Art conservator Avinibesh Sharma shines the light on fast-disappearing Assam type houses that were built to be earthquake resistant As the founder of Vintage Assam – a digital platform that documents the history of Assam using old photographs, archival documents, audio clips and the like – it was not surprising to learn that Jorhat-based Avinibesh […]

Making space for Northeast India’s creative minds

Northeast Edit – a gallery and creative collaborative space in Shillong – shines the spotlight on the region’s talented artisans For most of us, exposure to art and design from the Northeast is restricted to handicraft melas or visits to the emporium while travelling. There’s a certain imagery associated with such products as Priti Rao, […]

Planning a girls’ trip to the Northeast?

Women travellers to the Northeast share their experiences and some great travel tips On her website, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything, shares some wonderful insight about why she thinks women can have more memorable experiences travelling on their own. “What I mean to say is, a woman on […]

Flavours to savour in Meghalaya

The Khasi, Garo and Jaintia communities have their own culinary specialties. Here are eight recommendations Meghalaya – the abode of the clouds – comprises three main ethnic communities, namely, Khasi, Garo and Jaintia, with each tribe boasting their own unique cultural and culinary traditions. Meats such as pork, beef and chicken as well as preserved […]

A home for the holidays

As any seasoned traveller will tell you, the best way to experience the indigenous flavour of a place is to live like a local. One way to do that is to choose a homestay over a hotel or resort. For one, you’ll become part of your host’s family for the duration of your stay. This […]