10 LESSER KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE 7 SISTERS
The seven sisters are truly unexplored, untouched and the most isolated parts of the Northeast region of India. Covered with dense forest and tall hills, the land also serves as the habitat of rare tribes. This Northeastern region of India is full of natural exotic and beautiful places, lots of different types of wild animals, for example elephants, rhinoceros and innumerous species of birds. The Northeast territory consists of seven separate states, like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya.
The Northeastern region of India is a very vibrant region, known especially for its natural resources and cultural heritage. There are approximately 225 tribes are residing in this region. Besides, it is blessed with rich architecture and wide range of biodiversity. There are many facts about the seven sister states of the Northeastern region of India, which are lesser known to us. Learning about these can probably change our view about these less explored states.
10 things about the Northeastern region of India that you probably didn’t know—
1. The Northeastern territory of India fully represents the Indian basic ethos of the ‘unity in diversity’. Since the time immemorial, different communities, faiths, cultures and customs have been developed in this particular region.
2. The Northeastern part of India has been placed in the seventh position as the most attractive biodiversity place in the world. A very important fact is that the Northeast region is an inhabited place of different types of economically very important species of plant. So, it makes the place as the ‘center of origin’. Around 825 species of orchids are grown in this region.
3. The Tawang Monastery (The biggest monastery of the India) –
This Monastery was built adjacent to a small town, Tawang, in the northeast part of the Arunachal Pradesh. It was created by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681. The Tawang Monastery belongs to the famous Gelugpa School, and this monastery has an association of religious matter with the monastery of Drepung of Lhasa. Its association was continued during the time of British rule in India. The Monastery has occupied the area of 140 m. of area, and it is a three story building. There are 65 buildings for residential purposes within this monastery.
4. The Dampa sanctuary (Largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram)-
This sanctuary is a home of Jungle streams, high hills, salt licks and many other different types of endangered animals; and including the very famous endemic Leaf Monkey. It is located on the border with Bangladesh.
5. The Neermahal palace of Tripura (The only water Palace in the northeastern part of India) -
The Neermahal Palace is situated in the middle of the lake Rudrasagar in Tripura. The Neermahal means Water Place. It was built by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman in the year of 1930. This palace was used as a summer residence. The Hindu and the Muslim architectural style are used in this unique structure.
6. The Majuli Island (The world’s largest island of riverine) -
The Majuli Island is located 2000 kms in East of Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. This island is a home to large cormorant, little grebe, spotted billed pelican, darter, open bill stork, gray heron, purple heron, and pond heron and so on.
7. The Loktak Lake (Largest lake of fresh water in India) -
The Loktak Lake is situated at Moirang in Manipur. It is also the only floating lake in the universe because of the floating Phumdis on it. At the South Eastern side of the lake there is a park, the Keibul Lamjao National Park. The famous Sangai or brow-antlered deer is the main attraction of this national park.
8. The Dzoukou valley (the home place of the Dzukou lily, a rare seasonal flower)-
The name Dzoukou is derived from the Mao or Angami language means ‘Cold Water’. The Dzoukou’s stream is flowing through the valley. The valley is situated above the sea level of 2438 meters.
9. The bridges of Meghalaya (Not constructed, but grown) –
Meghalaya is famous for its root bridges. The Root Bridge takes approximately 15 years to grow and take the fullest shape of a bridge. It grows from the root of the rare Ficus Elastica, and can support of the weight of more than 50 people at a time.
10. Manipur was a prime place under the rule of the British
in the year of 1891. For its enormous natural beauty, Manipur was described as the ‘land of Gems’ or the ‘Land of Gold’.
The Northeast region has several secrets buried in its lap. Now we know why the people call it the ‘Unexplored Paradise’.
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