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The north-east of India
. Updated: 21 Aug 2012, 05:33 PM IST
Each of the seven sisters, as these seven north-ea... more
1/8Each of the seven sisters, as these seven north-eastern states are popularly known, is a gem in its own right with a distinct identity and a rich culture
2/8Arunachal Pradesh: The largest of the north-eastern states, it is home to more than 500 varieties of orchids and is famous for the 400-year-old Buddhist monastery at Tawang. The state is estimated to have about 84 million tonnes of high quality coal reserves.
3/8Meghalaya: Mawsynram village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya is the wettest place on earth. The state has an abundance of minerals like coal, limestone, silimanite and granite. Getty Images
4/8Assam: Home to the one-horned Indian rhinoceros, the state is also one of the few habitats of the Asian elephant. Tea from Assam accounts for 50% of the foreign exchange earned by India’s tea industry. AFP
5/8Manipur: Poised in an oval-shaped valley surrounded by blue mountains, the valley region has a number of hills and lakes and is perceived to be the birthplace of the Polo game. AFP
6/8Mizoram: Sandwiched between Myanmar in the east and south and Bangladesh in the west, Mizoram is of great strategic importance to India. AFP
7/8Nagaland: One of the smallest states in the country with a predominantly agrarian economy, Nagaland is home to 16 officially recognized Naga tribes. Forestry, cottage industries, insurance, real estate and tourism too thrives here. AFP
8/8Tripura: Surrounded by Bangladesh on the north, south, and west, the state lies in a geographically disadvantageous location since only one major highway connects it with the rest of India. AFP