Dominated by the mighty Himalayas and bordering onto Tibet, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, North East India is one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of India. It is a region unparalleled in the world in terms of the isolation and diversity of its tribal cultures, and has also been declared one of the world`s bio-diversity hotspots.
North East India Highlights
Explore Tawang, home to the largest Buddhist
monastery outside Tibet
Meet the ancient and little seen tribes of
Search for unicorn rhinos on elephant-back in Kaziranga National Park
Marvel at the ingenuity of the Living Root Bridges
Experience a pristine wilderness and one of the
world`s biodiversity hotspots
Discover Majuli the world`s largest river island
with its own distinct culture
Celebrate the Hornbill Festival with the Naga tribes in Nagaland
"Travel the Unknown`s northeast India tours have zoned in on the absolute prime attractions, visiting a string of culturally unique, scenically stunning places, and maximising every moment spent there. Their outstanding guides take great care to respect and protect indigenous lifestyles in these delicate regions."
Vanessa Betts, author of Footprint Guide to Northeast India
High in the Eastern Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of India. However, travel there is a very rewarding experience. Nowhere else in the Himalayas can you find so much pristine forest and the area has been
declared one of the world`s bio-diversity hotspots. Arunachal Pradesh is also rich in the diversity of its tribal cultures. Much of Arunachal Pradesh is still inaccessible to outsiders. It is also home to Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery outside Tibet where the 6th Dalai Llama was born.
Western Arunachal Pradesh
Climbing high above the clouds and into the Himalayas, you will discover spectacular scenery, snow-capped peaks, Buddhist temples, yaks, shimmering high altitude lakes and get the opportunity to go rafting in the Nameri wildlife reserve. From the scenic town of Old Dirang where time seems to have stood still, to the magic and history of Tawang Monastery, this circuit is sure
to satisfy all your senses.
Central Arunachal Pradesh
Deep into the heart of Arunachal Pradesh, this circuit is for the adventurous. Meet the Apatani tribes of Ziro valley, with their ancient way of life, their innovative fish and paddy cultivation and their beautiful bamboo homes. Visit Hong, the second largest tribal village in Asia and learn about the origins of the nose plugs and facial tattoos of the Apatani women. This is one circuit that will invigorate even the most world-weary traveller.
The most populated of the North East states, and influenced by ancient Indian dynasties and British rule, Assam has a culture
and history unique to itself. Intersected by the mighty Brahmaputra River, its fertile soil makes it ideal for tea and rice cultivation,
with mile upon mile of manicured tea estates and paddy fields decorating the low lying landscape.
Kaziranga National Park
Covering over 430km2, Kaziranga National Park is one of the highlights of a small group or private tour in the North East Indian state of Assam. This animal paradise is bursting with flora, fauna and plenty of fascinating wildlife. Kaziranga National Park is even home to an incredible two-thirds of the world`s population of Indian one-horned rhinoceros. It also boasts a range of other wildlife and harbours 15 species of India`s threatened mammals. These include Indian elephants, sloth bears, Gangentic dolphins and the densest population of Royal Bengal tigers in the world. Join the Nagaland & Hornbill Festival tour and wade through the tall grasses of Kaziranga National Park on elephant back to see these animals up close.
Also known as the `Scotland of the East`, this state is defined by its rolling hills, craggy cliff faces, stunning waterfalls and tartan-style fabrics. Carved out of Assam in 1972, Meghalaya provides a fascinating contrast to its neighbours. Cherrapunjee holds the
distinction for being the wettest place on Earth and is home to the unique Living Root Bridges, where the roots of trees have
been coaxed across rivers by villagers hundreds of year ago to form natural bridges. This feat of bio-engineering is unique in
the world and these incredible bridges can survive over 800 years.
Future Generations Arunachal
Travel the Unknown is proud to support Future Generations Arunachal, an NGO that focuses on community participation. The concept is to provide skills and education to a voluntary section of the community who then act as local specialists. They in turn dispense advice and run workshops themselves in the villages, transferring these skills within their communities. Projects run on this basis include basic medical training, recognition of medicines for the illiterate, basic literacy and numeracy, fuel conservation
initiatives and village-run micro-financing. Further initiatives include environmental awareness and personal development workshops for children (pictured below), and self sufficiency and conservation training for farmers. With a permanent staff of only 13, they have gained the participation of approximately 1000 volunteers.
We will make regular contributions towards their projects and help to raise the profile of the organisation in the UK and beyond. For more information, please visit
We can arrange tours to the neighbouring states of Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura. Each state is known for its distinct cultures, landscapes, handicrafts and textiles. Contact us to put together a tour to this region.
Assam produces some of the best tea in the world. Stay in a heritage bungalow and take a tour of a working tea plantation. Learn the cultivation and production methods, and taste a variety of dark and green teas.
Trekking & Rafting
Embark upon an unforgettable trek through the botanical paradise of Arunachal Pradesh, one of Indias least explored regions and a world biodiversity hotspot. Alternatively, chop your way through the tempestuous Brahmaputra River, on a white water rafting adventure. You can also trek through the Garo and Khasi hills of Meghalaya, exploring the many mysterious caves which hide natural formations, some considered to have taken the forms of holy deities.
Wildlife and wilderness are the main features of a cruise in Assam on the vast Brahmaputra River with wonderful bird life and the occasional Gangetic Dolphin, as well as a glimpse into rural village life. The boat stops at some of Assams key sights, including Kaziranga, Majuli, Sibsagar and Manas, a Project Tiger reserve on the Bhutan border.
North East India Tours