9 Assamese songs of the recent past that will just blow your mind away | #OKMusic

There are certain songs that just feel like they were made for the artists who recorded them. We have come across with nine such Assamese songs by various new age artists of Assam who simply put our faith back on Assamese music. The songs are not only just good, but also very innovative in style. Some of the videos are mind blowing too. But in this particular list of songs, we ignored the video and concentrated on the music and the composition parts only. We are sure that there are other such songs which are made from the heart and in the coming days we will be able to introduce those on this platform for you to enjoy and fall in love. Do leave a comment if you are aware of songs that will simply blow anyone's mind!

Rabha - Joi Barua ft. George Brooks

Joi Barua and George Brooks, the American saxophonist, joined in hands to create this artistic masterpiece which is a tribute to Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a complete personality and well known for his multidimensional contributions towards art, culture and society. Lyrics by Ibson Lal Baruah and video by Samudra Kajal Saikia (Kankhowa Creation). Mixed and mastered by Abani Tanti at Geet Audiocraft Mumbai.

Bonoriya - Angaraag Papon Mahanta | Hengool

Bonoria is composed by Angaraag Papon Mahanta for Hengool Theatre. Lyrics by Rajdweep. Papon introduced himself as a music director for the first time on mobile theatre platform with this song. The song was composed for Rajdweep's play ‘Bonoriya’ which was staged by Hengool Theatre in the 2016-17 season.

Tok Dekhi Mor Gaa - Abhishruti Bezbaruah

Tôk dekhi môr Gaa is a traditional Assamese Bihu folk song composed by Diganta Bharati and sung by Abhishruti Bezbaruah. The tune has the flavour of 'Deori Bihu' sung by the people of the Deori community - majorly spread around the river banks of the mighty Brahmaputra. Music is produced by Poran Borkotoky, mixed and mastered by Ibson Lal Baruah and video by Samujjal Kashyap.

Majuli - Nilotpal Bora | Pancham

Majuli a song from Nilotpal Bora's second album Pancham. The song is a tribute to Majuli, the beautiful river island in Brahmaputra which is a prominent cultural hub of folk and vaishnavite culture of Assam. Majuli is the home to many of the Vaishnava Monasteries called ‘Satras’ which perform and conserve vaishnavite songs, dance, drama and other art forms developed and popularised by Sankardeva and Madhavdeva in the 15th Century.

Anuron - Rupam Bhuyan, Queen Hazarika and Jim Ankan Deka | ChaiTunes

Anuron is a guitar based song composed by Jim Ankan Deka and sung by Rupam Bhuyan and Queen Hazarika. It is the third of ChaiTunes series of music videos. Powered by Music Malt, the song is written by Jim and the concept is developed by Debjani Hazarika. The video is directed by Tarunabh Dutta.

Pagol Uxaah - Joi Barua | Marksheet

The song is the original sound track of the Assamese movie Marksheet. Composed by Joi Barua, the lyrics is penned down by Ibson Lal Baruah and mixed and mastered by Abani Tanti. The movie is directed by Ratan Sil Sarma and produced by Himjyoti Talukdar and Dikhit Das. The story of ‘Marksheet’ revolves around a charming, playful kid Babu who dwells in his own fantastical world much to the dislike of his father who constantly rebukes him for his academic detachment.

Bisari Aant - Rupam Bhuyan

Composed by Rupam Bhuyan, it is the song from his album 'Bisari Aant'. Lyrics by Ibson Lal Baruah.

Aakaxok Subo Khojo - Antara Nandy and Jim Ankan Deka | ChaiTunes

Antara Nandy sang this song when she was 15 years old. It is the second of ChaiTunes series powered by Music Malt. The song is composed by Jim Ankan Deka and lyrics by Rajdweep. The video is directed by Parmita Borah and shot by Nishal Lama.

Siring Koi - Rupam Bhuyan and Pompy Gogoi

A song composed by Chinmoy Kaushik and Jay and beautifully rendered by Rupam Bhuyan and Pompy Gogoi. It is the only duet song from Rupam's album 'Bisari Aant' and beautifully visualised by Youthzkorner. Music is produced by Poran Barkotoky.

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10 Photos of Manipur That Will Make You Pack Your Bags Right Away | #OKTravel

The cradle of intricate art forms, graceful dance traditions, a delightfully delicious cuisine and the sport of polo, Manipur sits pretty amid the verdant mountains along India’s border with Myanmar. With a name that translates to ‘Jewelled Land,’ this beautiful northeastern state offers much to travellers in search of rich cultural traditions and strikingly scenic vistas.

Here a few gorgeous images of Manipur – they will make you want to pack your bags and leave for this stunning state right away !

1. Serenity and Solitude at Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake (Source)
The largest natural freshwater lake in northeastern India, Loktak Lake is home to unique ecosystems called ‘Phumdi’ (a Manipuri word meaning floating mats of soil and vegetation). The largest Phumdi in the Loktak lake is in the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is home to Manipur brow-antlered deer (popularly known as the Sangai).

2. A Bird’s Eye View of Imphal

Bird's Eye View of Manipur (Source)
Located at the heart of the magnificent Manipur valley, the pretty town of Imphal is surrounded by verdant hills and sprawling grasslands. The state capital is also home to Mapal Kangjeibung, the oldest living polo ground in the world. Interestingly, polo (called sagol kangjei in Manipuri) is believed to have been originated in Manipur.

3. The Cloud-Kissed Valleys

Old Cachar Rd (Source)
The scenic, mist-shrouded hill stations of Manipur (Ukhrul, Kaina, Longthabal, Khoriphaba and Kangchup) are a trekker’s paradise. The terrain is a bit difficult to navigate but these places have some of the best views in the country and the freshest air one can breathe.

4. Ima Keithal, Asia’s Largest All-Woman Market

Ima Keithal (Source)
Located in the heart of Imphal, Ima Keithal has long been an important meeting ground and trading hub of Manipur. Run entirely by women, this sprawling 500-year-old market represents the life and ethos of a state where women have long been at the forefront of commerce and socio-political protests.

5. Andro, The Ancient Village

Andro Village (Source)
Tucked away in the forested foothills of the Nongmaiching range, the ancient village of Andro is known for its scenic beauty, traditional handicrafts, indigenous brews and the glimpse it provides into the rich tribal traditions of the state. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings franchisee, chances are there Andro will remind you of the hobbits! The villagers at Andro are inherently proud of Mei Mutaba, an ancient temple where a sacred fire which was supposedly lit 1000 years ago is maintained by the locals.

6. Heikru Hidongba, the Festival of Boat Races

Heikru Hidongba (Source)
A traditional boat race festival, Heikru Hidongba was introduced in 1779 and has great cultural significance in Manipur. In the festival, traditionally-attired competitors in two long narrow boats race each other through moat (called the Thangapat of Sagolband Bijoygovinda) before giving obeisance and heikru (gooseberry) to the deity.

7. The Historic Kangla Fort, the Ancient Seat of Manipuri Rulers

Kangla Fort (Source)
A majestic citadel, Kangla Fort was the ancient capital of Manipur’s Meitei monarchs until 1891, when it was occupied by the British. Restored by the Manipuri government over the years, the fort’s temples, burial grounds and ancient coronation hall remain a popular destination for history buffs.

8. Maha Raas – An Ancient Tradition of Dance

Raas Leela (Source)
Built by the erstwhile rulers of Manipur, the beautiful Shree Shree Govindaji Temple offers a glimpse of the local Vaishnavite tradition of Raas Leela. Recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of India by UNESCO, the performance of Maha Raas at Shree Shree Govindajee temple is a sight to behold.

9. The Imphal War Cemetery

Imphal War Cemetery (Source)
One of World War II’s turning points in Asia, the Battle of Imphal (1944) played a significant role in the victory of the Allied Forces. The Imphal War Cemetery, built near a bridge on the River Kwai at a small locality of Deulahland 10 kilometres away from the Imphal International Airport is the resting ground of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the battle against Japanese forces during World War II. Earl Louis Mountbatten described the battle fought at Imphal and Kohima as "one of the greatest battles in history".

Article source: The Better India | Featured photo: Dhrubajyoti (Source)

Rain in Sahara from Assam wins the Best Music Video Award at 'Indian Music Video Awards-2017'

IMVA-17 Gold Medal - Black Water by Rain in Sahara
IMVA-17 Gold Medal - Black Water by Rain in Sahara
Black Water by Assam based band Rain in Sahara won the Gold Medal at recently concluded 'Indian Music Video Awards-2017'. The award function was held in Guwahati on March 18, 2017. The music video is jointly directed by Lain Heringman and Ankan Sunuwar. The musicians behind the song are, Sikdar (English rap), Rocky Glock (Hindi rap), Lain (keyboards, western transverse flute and programming), Dipak Sharma (Indian flutes), Amborish, Saikia (lead guitar), Mihir Phukan (rhythm guitar) and Dishankan Baruah (rhythm guitar).

Other winners include Krishna Beuraa / Suraj Purohit for Aahe Nila Saila, Gabriella Burnel for Take the Next Step, James And The Butcher for The Invisible Boy, Golden Bloom for Searching for Sunlight, Zoé Simpson for November Under Ashes, Anuragi for Aazadi and Conflict for Mechanism of life. Apart from the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists, 23 other videos won the 'Special Mention Awards'.

Music videos from over 18 countries were sent for the first music video award competition organised by Bangalore based organisation Music Malt in Association with Eastern Fare and OK! North East.

Click Here for the complete list of winners.

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017 - an ethnic extravaganza

The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival-2017 brought together the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and Burma in a cultural celebration of food, dance, art, craft and more. An Ethnic Extravaganza, the festival was organized on 20th Jan to 22nd Jan, 2017 in Nampong, the last village in India at “India – Myanmar” border in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

This tourist Festival offers the privilege to explore the region, comprehend the complex cultures, facile cuisines and simple lifestyles of the many countryside tribes of the state including some communities from the Seven Sisters. Besides illustrating cultures and traditions, this mega event also offers photo opportunity for the awestruck visitors. Moreover, due to the traditional ties with Myanmar, the carnival also reveals the ethnic elegances of the neighboring nation.

Located in one of the most peaceful and eco-friendly territories, Pangsau Pass is a nature’s storehouse. As the odyssey of discovery penetrates the heart of the ethnic extravaganza, events spontaneously begin to weave unforgettable memories. The rustic lanes, the endless greenery, the dense foliage obscuring the motor tracks, the plummeting rivulets near the historic Stillwell Road, the birds diving through the tree canopies, the insects in the forest floor, and the other flora and fauna make a sojourn here worthwhile.

The three-day extravaganza, survive the heady thrill of the folk songs and dances, the ethnic food fiesta, traditional sports, the Pangsau Pass expedition, sightseeing, Burmese culture, as well as visits to the World War-II cemetery, the border bazaar, The Lake of No Return, The Hell Gate, WW-II medical ruins at Wintong, the ethnic museum and lot more.

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Pangsau Pass Winter Festival 2017. photo courtesy- Bitu Chetia

Featured photo courtesy: Bitu Chetia
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Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

Marngars - the Assamese speaking tribe in Meghalaya

Originally published in The Assam Tribune titled Mystery of the Marngars by Abhishek Chakravarty

"Marngar bhasha aaru Asomiya bhasha eke ase (Marngar and Assamese languages are same)," says Rutoh Sylliang. Rutoh, a manager at a government-run restaurant at the Marngar Lake comes from the least known tribe of Meghalaya, the Marngars.

The Marngars are an Assamese speaking tribe which inhabit nearly nine villages near the Marngar Lake, just a few miles east of Nongpoh town in the Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. The Marngars are divided into 13 clans, namely. Syiem, Lyngdoh, Sylliang, Marwet, Makdoh, Majhong. Sohkhwai, Damlong, Binong, Pator, Barka, Umbah and Giri. Although a number of their clans are the same as that of the Khasis, the tribe is considered Assamese and the government had even denied them ST Stab is till 2011. The population of the tribe is estimated to be roughly around 2,000.

A close look at the Marngars will reveal a contrasting picture. On one hand they speak Assamese, wear mekhela and use gamocha, while on the other hand they also use Khasi clan names. The Assamese spoken by the Marngar people also contain a few Tibeto-Burman words which cannot be associated with any of the neighbouring languages, be it Karbi or Tiwa. They mostly inhabit a flat and gradual undulating land behind the Nongpoh bazaar, cultivating paddy, along with several herbs and spices.

At the heart of the Marngar habitation is the Marngar Lake which has become a popular tourist spot in recent times. However, the tourists visiting the place hardly know about the presence of this Assamese speaking tribe in the region. The names of the Marngar villages are also different from those of the Khasi tribe: Nalapara-Joigang, Lalumpam, Borkhatsari, Purangang, Borgang and Adgang are a few Marngar villages. The villages have their own Syiems (chiefs) and there is also a Marngar Raja (king) who is said to be the head of the nine villages, also known as Raid Marngar.

On my visit to the region. I had an opportunity to visit the gaonburah (village chief) of Adgang village. The gaonburah's house was like any other house. While speaking to him, I tried to enquire about the socio-economic issues of the Marngar people and he revealed how the Khasis discriminated against them for being Assamese speakers. Although they introduce themselves as the Bhois (a sub-tribe of the Khasis) In public spheres, the Khasi people denote them as Bhong. The Khasi Students' Union is still opposing the ST status that was eventually conferred upon them in 2011.

An enquiry into their origins couldn't reveal much, but according to some assumption, they most likely are Koch people from the plains of Morigaon and Kamrup, who moved into the Hills during the Burmese invasion and adopted Khasi clan names, but also preserved their identity and language. It has been written by several early British explorers that a large number of Koch people had gone up the Hills during the Burmese invasion and stayed back. Some got assimilated into the Karbi tribe, while others into the Hill Tiwa Tribe.

The Marngars, however, could maintain their culture and the Assamese Identity till this date for a period of nearly two centuries. The scenario, however. changed after Meghalaya attained Statehood, Khasi became the official language of the region and, therefore, the young generation has now started switching to Khasi for their own benefits and the Marngar culture is gradually fading and giving way to Khasi culture.

The religion of the Marngars is even more interesting. Although the tribe has been following a mixture of Hinduism and Animism, recently, a large number of them converted to Christianity. 'Lukhimi,' which more or less corresponds to Goddess Lakshmi, is an important deity for the Marngars and they also have a traditional dance in Her honour. The Marngars also celebrate a festival similar to Bihu which they call Domahi. Similar to the Assamese ritual of Goru Bihu, the Marngars too wash their cattle during Domahi.

An island of Assamese speaking people in the heart of Khasi country, the Marngars are an interesting case. Although there is no evidence of their history but thorough research may reveal their origins from the plains of Assam as they moved up the hills during the Burmese invasion. Not much research has been done on the community and, therefore, there is a lot to be learnt about them. Their case shows the interconnection between the different tribes of the North-East and also, the different events in our history that have had a deep impact on our society and culture.

Writer email: abhishekporaxar@gmail.com | Photo courtesy: ‎Rituraj Sarma‎ (Facebook) - the Marngar Lake

10 female bands from North East India that will leave you spellbound

— compiled by Debjani Hazarika
North-east part of India has always been known for its nature, beauty and music. In the last decade, the region has seen tremendous growth in the indie music scene. While most of the festivals and events are dominated by male bands, females of the region aren't waiting for a better time. Although female music groups are not new among northeasterners, the region has seen rapid growth of all female bands who are well equipped to play from folk to jazz, rock 'n' roll to metal. Below are ten such female bands who have been defying the stereotypical thought process and building faith in women empowerment with their music and team spirit.

1. Tetseo Sisters (Nagaland)

Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland
The Tetseo Sisters are the true cultural ambassadors of the North East performing the traditional folk music of Nagaland vocally as a band in many popular live shows across the country and abroad. The amazing four sisters known by the names, Mercy, Alune, Kuvelu and Azi have spent their young lives promoting the nearly forgotten music of the Chakhesang tribe that they have inherited. They have been featured in numerous cultural events and are regulars at Music Festivals around the country including Hornbill Music Festival, Storm Festival, North East Festival, Kalakshetra Foundation, Cultures of Peace series, Folk Nations and more recently at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014. The dialect in which they sing is known as the Chokriand the regional song that they sing is known as ‘Li’, from the traditional songbook better known as ‘Li Kukre Kutiko’ in which there are approx of 223 songs enlisted in it. Their pure dedication towards their work has helped them to add a lot of awards in their kitty. Traditional folk instruments like tati (an one-stringed instrument) and heka libuh (horn of mithun) are played along the songs to maintain the essence of the folk music.

2. Afflatus (Meghalaya)

Afflatus from Meghalaya
Affalatus, the four young ladies band, began their blues influenced rock act in 2004. Affalatus are made up of experienced musicians in their own right with Mercy, Karen, Sharon and Grace. There is an enigmatic spirit within their rock and reggae mix music that’s highlighted by a more than strange female bravado. According to the band members, their journey was “inspirational” that never lost sight of the one thread, one passion, one love that binds them together; the love of creating music. Afflatus is said to be the emergence of a truly international sound, having the record label with India. Although the band is influenced simply by life itself, but the band can't deny the fact that they are also influenced by the sounds of the Beatles, RHCP, Flux Pavillion and Bruno Mars. Their debut performance as Afflatus in 2004 won them an award and that too at the national level. Since then, Afflatus, have come a long way with a debut album in the making, numerous high profile concerts under their belt and the emergence of a truly international sound.

3. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh)

The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook
Formed in February 2010, The Vinyl Records is a four piece All-girl Rock band. Considered as one of the most happening bands in the Indian rock music circuit, the band got featured on MTV F1 Rocks 2011, and since then they have regularly appeared in many countless top journals including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Tehelka. They have performed in well known festivals and events like the Ziro Festival of Music, Puma Loves Vinyl, The LOUDEST Gig in Delhi, etc. The band members are Banu Jini, Minam Tekseng, Mithy Tatak and Cheyyrian Bark.

4. Apples (Mizoram)

Apples (Mizoram)
Apples is a three piece Rock 'N' Roll all girl band from Aizawl. The three girls began their music journey in october, 2007. The Apples is fronted by Zodingliani with her retro rock style and smirking off high energy guitar wizardy. The band includes of Jojo(Vocalist), ZoZoi(Drummer), Afaki (Bassist) and DingDingi(Guitarist). They have also covered the Mizo version of the 50’s hit “Stupid Cupid” which helped them increase their popularity and fan base. The band's main principle is to produce commercial and semi-commercial music taste of their community.

5. Minute of Decay (Manipur)

Minutes of Decay (Manipur)
They are sisters and then they became band members when they chose to start a revolution called 'Minute of Decay', also known as MoD. The sisters Worshon, Singchon and Thotyaphy Muivah from Manipur, formed the New Delhi based group in the late October 2011. The band mainly plays classic rock punctuated by a stylized pinch of contemporary vocals and alternative riffs – an obsession with sweet medleys.

Minute of Decay's preparatory is laced with a fine example of foresight and discipline from their parents. Their own love affair with music, they ensured, would survive into the next generation through their children, even if it means an all-girls situation.

6. The Chosen (Mizoram)

The Chosen (Mizoram)
A bunch of six talented girls from Aizawl got together by their same love for music in 2009. The band had risen up to the Mizo music scene with their first single “Broken Wings”, later followed by “Kan fak a che (We praise you)”. The lead vocalist Fiona Lalmalsawmi Pachuau won Special Award at MoonLight Awards 2011. The girls mainly sing in their native dialect – Mizo.

Essentially a Pop, Pop-rock, Indie band, the band, started jamming out in the first half of 2009 and got together as a Gospel band (All-Girl band) by the end of that year. The band comprises of members Moitei (Vocals), Fiona (Vocals), Seni (Guitars), Xoey (Bass), Malsomi (keyboards), Afeli (Drums) and Parema (songwriter/manager). They are the first all girl Gospel band from the state of Mizoram. Now ain't that something?!

7. Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)

Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)
Formed in April 2013, Genesis of Pink is a Gangtok based four member punk-rock band comprises of Mahima Apchunna Rai (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist), Dechen Gyurmi Zangmu (Lead Guitarist), Annies Pamo Lucksom (Bassist) and Shrishti Rai (Keyboardist).

The band released two music videos “Who are you” and “Ka Bata” in 2016. Their songs are often based on society and individuals and they also do not stray away from writing songs on delicate issues such as rape and violence and spread it through the universal language of music.

8. Blue Corn (Mizoram)

Blue Corn (Mizoram)
Blue Corn is a pop trio and one of the most popular girl groups of Mizoram. The group consists of Felicia Singson, Kim Kimi and Tlingi. In 2006, they released their music video “Lung Lawm A kim” from their debut album – Lunglawn Akim. The album enjoyed a lime-light success in Mizoram, Manipur and other parts of Northeast states. They popularity hits not only in Mizoram but neighbouring states of Manipur and Nagaland as well.

9. Hurricane Girls (Assam)

Hurricane Girls (Assam)
In 2011, Assam’s first all-girl band was formed in a small village of Nahira, about 30 km off Guwahati. The lead vocalist, composer and director Mamani Kalita along with her drummer friend Arju Begum took the initiative. Apart from headlining various festivals in their home state, this fusion-folk rock band has played an array of gigs hitting Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad.

The band’s musical journey began in 2011 performing at a cultural function organised by a coaching institute at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati. The band uses some traditional Assamese musical instruments like dhol, nagara, dotara with keyboard, guitar, drums and modern percussion instruments to create a musical illusion. Band members as on 2016 - Mamani, Mumpy, Maina kaberi, Jenny, Luku and Pragya

10. Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)

Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)
This four piece pop band from Dimapur is an offspring of collective efforts punched by Mhonyamo Kikon and Meyi to introduce a catchy flavor of girl power into the Nagaland music scene. 'Vivance' consists of Livika Swu (Vocals), Nukshinaro Imchen (Guitars), Vekutalu Swuro (Piano) and Onen (bass guitar).

Formed on November 25, 2013, the band’s style of playing is considered to have a blend of pop rock, and Indie, so they call themselves an experimental Pop/Indie rock band, the joy and to uplift and empower women in the state. In 2014, the band has released their Debut EP Dream Out Loud. Although the band is still quite young, their foot-tapping music has helped them gather quite the fanbase.

Edited by - Jim Ankan Deka

30 photos from North-East India that will make your jaw drop

The Northeast of India is one of the most magical places on earth. It is considered a photographer’s paradise and every traveller’s dream. The winding roads, the foggy sunset, the rich animal life, the pure lakes, the greens of the rice fields and tea gardens, the snow and what not! This place is truly nature’s miracle!
This Instagram account called Northeast India has some of the most magical pictures of this part of India. Check out these stunning pictures!
1. This snow beauty
Lachung lies near the border of Tibet and has been described as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim.” Also, it is situated at the confluence of two rivers. Imagine the beauty!
2. These neverending green valleys

Also famously known as the “Valley of flowers”, it is located on the border of Nagaland and Manipur. The legend has it that when lovers visit this place, the night turns to day and the moonlight shines as the sun. Such a charming legend!
3. It looks like a painting
Namdapha forest is located in Arunachal Pradesh near the border with Myanmar. It is also a treat for wildlife lovers as the Namdapha National Park is the third largest in India. It is also a home to snow leopards!
4. Don’t you feel like being there right about now?

This waterfall cave is in Mizoram and it is absolutely magical.
5. This delicate yet sturdy bridge
Boleng is a small town in Arunachal Pradesh which has many such bamboo bridges!
6. Northeast makes the autumn look one shade more picturesque
2,000 migratory birds have made Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam their home. Bird watchers, pack your bags and leave already!
7. Even the sun rays fall perfectly on this place
Sialsuk is a small, pretty village in Aizwal.
8. I would give anything to live here
9. Absolutely amazing
Loktak lake has the world’s only floating National Park. How cool is that?
10. These tricolour hues
Earlier, Tawang was a part of Tibet but I am glad we have this beautiful place to our country now. It is a great place for tourists!
11. OH MY GOD. This is heavenly!
Aizwal is a beautiful hill station with the majority of houses are built from timber.
12. Perfect poster picture
Assam, what we instantly think of are the tea gardens but what we don’t know is that the first oil well in Asia was drilled here!
13. This is so spectacular that even people with road sickness would want to be here
Silk road is an ancient network of roads connecting Asia, Europe and Africa. It was used to carry out the trade of silk among other commodities and hence the name. It began in the 2nd century B.C. and was the world’s first information superhighway!
14. Doesn’t it look surreal?
Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in the North East!
15. It has that misty charm
This splendid lake was originally a pasture which was transformed into a lake due to the earthquake of in 1971.
16. Such a great place to grow up in
This lush green village in Arunachal Pradesh is well known for its rice fields and pine hills. People in search of some peace, this is the best place!
17. The sky looks splendid
18. So picturesque
Imphal is a major tourist attraction due to various waterfalls, lakes and temples.
19. Assam in the monsoons is a dangerous place but also a sight to behold
Almost every year, Assam is under severe floods but the rains create a scenic beauty which is soothing.
20. The Hornbill festival celebrations in progress
This colourful festival which takes place in the first week of December is a week-long celebration by all the tribal communities in Nagaland and is organised by the Govt. of Nagaland.
21. I think no other place would compare to this beauty
Touphema village is specially built on the lines of Naga culture. The interior of the houses is typically like that of Nagaland so that tourists get a first-hand feel of this amazing culture!
22. Another addition to my bucket list!
This place which receives the highest rainfall in the world is blessed with breathtaking waterfalls.
23. This is ethereal
24. Such a beautiful click
Kaziranga National Park has two-thirds of the world’s great one horned Rhinoceroses! It is also a world heritage site.
25. Once again this enchanting beauty
Mizoram has one of the highest literacy rates and yet is also predominantly agriculture based.
26. Sure does look like a colour palette
27. The water is so translucent
This beautiful river lies on the India-Bangladesh border and the water is so blue and transparent that it is the purest thing you will see!
28. The natural root bridge
Nature is altogether just gorgeous in this place.
29. A peaceful day at the tea gardens
Tripura has only one national highway running through it which makes it isolated but its beauty has no bounds!
30. Such a striking picture!
Because the Darjeeling tea and the cold Kangchengunga peak makes this place so very cosy!
I know how you feel after looking at these pictures. Don’t even wait for anything and just leave already!
Source: Storypick