East - NORTH EAST - CULTURAL HERITAGE
Guwahati, Shillong, Kaziranga National Park
Shrouded by mighty Himalayan hills, the Northeast India is the home to almost 166 tribal groups, each having their own distinct culture. The dense forests lying in foothills of Himalayas are stunning in their natural beauty and are home to many of the wildlife parks including Kaziranga National Park - World Heritage Site.
Guwahati is the Gateway to Northeast India located on banks of the Brahmaputra River. The Kamakhya Temple, which is situated high aloft a hill called Neelachal Parbat or Kamagiri in the city of Guwahati, is one of its several religious landmarks that speaks about the rich historical treasure of Assam. This temple had been built in reverence to Goddess Kamakhya or Sati, one of the numerous incarnations of Goddess Durga or Goddess Shakti.
Capital of Meghalaya, the romantic city of Shillong is often referred to as the "Scotland of the East" the city derives its name from "Leishyllong" - the Superpower or God who is believed to reside on the Shillong peak. Lying in the cradle of the tall pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, Shillong's undulating terrain is a constant source of attraction for tourists. The Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes add colour to this hilly city.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
The Kaziranga National Park is famous for its great onehorned Rhino - a prehistoric survivor. It is situated on the bank of mighty Brahmaputra River and is spread across 430 sq.kms. Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site with a landscape of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools.