The spectacular vista of North East India never fails to form a major destination for photographers across the world. The enthralling beauty of the eight Northeastern states serves as the hub of interest for various shutterbugs from every nook and corner. There are still a large number of scenic places that need to be explored and brought to the forefront. The rich culture, heritage, landscape, tradition of all these states can be best captured through lenses of apt photographers. Starting from the culturally rich Hornbill Festival of Nagaland to the Vaishnavite monastic institution of Majuli, this part of India is enough to make anyone spellbound.
The beauty of nature can be witnessed in Tawang, the tribal heartland of Arunachal Pradesh. It’s inhabitants such as the Apatani, Tagin, Adi and Galong live in close relationship to nature with sustainable approaches to lifestyle. Places of interest such as Sela Pass, Madhuri Lake, Tawang Monastery, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Nuranang Falls, Sangti Valley, Golden Pagoda can allure any photographer to try out his skills. Endowed with lush greenery and indigenous wildlife, the place turns into a fairy world with completely white mountains after a heavy snowfall in January.
Famous for the Great Indian Hornbill and the Blyth’s tragopan, Nagaland is enchanting for wildlife photographers. Besides, the Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Bazaar, Kohima Zoo, Kohima State Museum are places worth visit. Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak are ideal places for Aeriel Photography. The state wears a vibrant and colourful hue during the enchanting Hornbill Festival. Tourists from across the world gather in this lesser-known state to explore the rich culture, lifestyle and cuisines of those simple, near-to-nature aboriginals. Lens lovers can add precious snaps of this event to their collections.
Literally meaning ‘a jewelled land’, Manipur is amazingly soul-captivating. Right from their weird dresses to their bizarre sense of Wardrobe, from excellent handloom to their queer taste of food, from vibrant festivals to choice of unique sports, the state never fails to fascinate sightseers at any time of the year. The places of interest include Loktak Lake, Red Hill Lokpaching, Kangla Fort, Ukhrul, Pancha Ratana Temple, Susunia Pahar, Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, Mao and several others that form major destinations both for professional and amateur photographers.
The states Meghalaya and Sikkim stand as exquisite destinations for nature lovers. The charismatic landscapes, calm waterbodies, spongy clouds sticking to the lush green mountains can make any traveller jaw-dropped. Situated at an altitude of 4098 metres and 5580 metres from the sea level, the two states take everyone closer to paradise. Places of beauty in Meghalaya include Mawlynnong Village, Laitlum Canyon, Living Root Bridge, Ialong Park (Jowai), Shillong, Nongpoh and a host of caves that covers a major part of the state. The vibrancy of tradition can be seen at Police Bazaar, Glory’s Plaza, Tibetan Market where lenses can collect an ample number of traditional as well as trendy snaps. Events like the Cherry Blossom Festival mostly create a spectacular milieu and attracts photographers from across the country and abroad. Besides, Wildlife and Nature Photography has got strongholds in various parts of Meghalaya. Flora and fauna of the place serve as a casket of gems that adds to the beauty of the state. Another abode of clouds, Sikkim, has a number of destinations to explore for nature admirers. Tsongo Lake, Yukson, Nathula Pass, Zuluk, Namchi, Buddhist monasteries take one closer to pure beauty.
Tripura too abounds in a bountiful of places to visit such as Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, Tripura Sundari Temple, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Jampui Hill and others. The highest populated state, Assam forms the hub of culture, tradition covered with the rich heritage and lush greenery. Architecture photographers can discover utmost satisfaction in the historical remnants and sites of Sibsagar, Tezpur, Goalpara which have historical significance. The crowned-jewel natural heritage of the region- the one-horned rhino found at Kaziranga National Park cannot be spotted in any other region of the world. Guwahati, the heart of the state will enchant everyone with its metropolitan nightlife, still clinging to the roots of the mighty Brahmaputra. Nightlife Photography in Guwahati is stupendous to look at. The luminous halo of city life merged with the calm of Alfresco Grand imparts a special delight.
Aeriel Photography of this region covers the majestic mountains, charming waterbodies that embodies a spectacular sight during the rainy season. Panoramic snaps of Drone to is an apt way to capture an abridged beauty of various places of this region. Besides, the charm of Northeast lies in the wedding ceremonies of each community with numerous customs, traditions and attires. Wedding Photography becomes colourful and enticing that stands out from the mainstream Indian culture.
Every state of Northeast India imparts ample destinations for different kinds of photography. Close your eyes, and mix your thoughts with the gentle camaraderie and joyousness of the people out there: open your eyes and let the colours and sights of these places in, which will linger on for a lifetime!