10 most unique things about North East India
Northeast India, one of the least explored regions in the country has many accolades to it which are yet to be known to the rest of the world. The unique geography culminating with the exciting mélange of different culture and tribe has made the region characteristic in many areas.
Here, we have listed a few of the many facts about Northeast India, which make it stand out in the crowd.
World’s largest river island
The largest river island in the world, Majuli is located in the Jorhat district of Assam. It is located in the mighty Brahmaputra, having an area total of around 1100 sq km.
World’s smallest (inhabited) river island
That’s right. Even the smallest (inhabited) river island in the world, Umananda is located in Assam. Also known as the “Peacock Island”, Umanada is a 20 minute ride from Guwahati.
Largest monastery in India (and the second largest in the world)
Tawang, best known for its exquisite scenic beauty, houses the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest in the world, after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
Longest bridge in India
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge, which is scheduled to become operational by October 2016, will be longest bridge in India, measuring 9.15 kilometers. It spans over the river Brahmaputra, connecting the states of Assam and Arunachal.
Only floating lake in the world
Loktak Lake, the only floating lake in the world and the largest fresh water lake in the northeast India is located near Moirang in Manipur. The lake is covered in heterogeneous mass of vegetation and organic mass known as Phumdis.
Only floating national park in the world
The Loktak Lake houses Keibul Lamjao- the only floating national park in the world. It measures around 40 km sq (approx) and is only home to the brow-antlered deer or Sangai, also known as the dancing beer.
Only root bridge in the world
Meghalaya is the only state in the world to have living root tree bridges. These are hand made from aerial roots of Rubber trees by the Khasi people. Stick, stones and other objects are used to stabilize the bridge. The lifespan of a living root bridge is uncertain, but under ideal conditions, they last for many hundreds of years.
World’s oldest (working) refinery
Digboi, a town in the Tinsukia district of Assam has the oldest working oil refinery in the world. The first oil well in Assam was drilled here and the refinery was started in 1901, hence it is the known as the Oil City of Assam.
Only producer of Golden (Muga) silk in the world
Muga Silk, one of the three types of Assam Silk, is produced exclusively in Assam. The silk has a natural yellowish-golden tint with a shimmering glossy texture. It is produced form Assam Silkmoth, also known as Antheraea Assamensis, endemic to the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam.
Arunachal Pradesh-the orchid state of India
Out of about 900 species of orchids in India, around 660 are found in the easternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh. Amongst them, around 150 are ornamentally and commercially important.