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 […]

The Black-necked Cranes of Zemithang Valley

The winter Sun is sparkling,Nyamjang Chu too cold to touch.In a valley surrounded by sea buckthorn and snowy mountainsLand the pair of red crowned birds. Nyamjang Chu in Tawang originating from Tibet and being fed by high altitude lakes and many Himalayan springs, splits the Pangchen valley. Pangchen, meaning ‘the land who gave up the […]

A taste of Sikkim

There’s a lot more than momos to eat in this mountain state. From wild greens to millet brews, here are six food items you must try This small landlocked state in the Northeast offers a large variety of foods influenced by Nepali, Tibetan and Lepcha cuisines. While most of us are familiar with momos and […]

Glimpses of the Kanchenjunga

Third highest peak in the world. It rises 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section called Kangchenjunga Himal of the Himalayan range and three of the main peaks lie in the border of India and Nepal. The first man and woman were created from the snow of its icy summit. Two British mountaineers, Joe Brown […]

COINING GLORY

Finds of and research in Ahom coins have revealed fascinating details of Ahom heritage. “If the sun is once eclipsed, does it not make its appearance again?” was the maxim of the legendary Ahom dynasty that ruled Assam for almost six centuries (1228-1826), holding its own and even keeping the mighty Mughals at bay. A […]

River travel to the Sunderbans

This account of a river cruise to the Sunderbans, West Bengal in February 2020 by our guest Arvind Palaniappan is so nostalgic about a time when terms like pandemic, new normal or cyclone Amphan were not a part of our vocabulary. As I read on its hard to believe we had done this trip just […]

A page from my travel diary – a night stay on a floating island.

On a recce trip to Moirang district, Manipur in April 2018, my local partner there arranged for me to spend a night at a tiny guesthouse built on a floating Phumdis in the middle of the Loktak lake. He mentioned that it was a maiden venture and that I was going to be the first […]

10 best destinations in Northeast India for couples

Far away from the madding crowd, hidden behind clouds and mountains, Northeast India is one of the top destinations for a romantic getaway. The beauty and mystery of the Northeast weaves the perfect atmosphere for a soulful romantic holiday. Apart from the scenic natural beauty, there are adventurous activities, peaceful ambience, and luxury hotels and […]

Unakoti – The singular hidden paradise of Tripura

The road less travelled is the one Robert Frost took. We are free to choose but we really do not know what awaits us at the other end. It’s only in nature that we discover the language of the sense, the anchor of our purest thoughts. A visit to the Unakoti heritage site, situated at […]

Tripura exposure – a candid photo journal

Tripura is one of the lesser known destinations in the North East. It is home to many indigenous tribes, ancient rock cravings and the spectacle monkeys to name a few. Shalini Siva Prasad, accompanied me on the Febuary tour of Tripura. A very talented photographer, I asked her to share with us a few of […]