Cuisines of Northeast
- Experience the many cuisines of Northeast India such as Naga, Assamese, Indian, Khasi and Mishing
- Visit the hills of Meghalaya, considered as the planet's rainiest and wettest region
- Walk to the living root bridge of Cherrapunjee
- Discover Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give their food give you their heart. (Cesar Chavez)
The north eastern part of India is perhaps the most under estimated region when it comes to food. In reality, the seven sisters have a wide assortment of culinary styles influenced greatly by topography, climate, geographic location, and neighbouring regions.
The items are comparatively less spicy than the other parts of the country, but no less tasty. Food is prepared with minimum oil or ghee. Smoked and boiled preparations are also in vogue. Dishes prepared with duck meat, bamboo shoots etc are very much popular in North-East Zone. Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages are common in both men and women in the hilly states. Each community maintains its own identity and culture of language, art and culinary specialities with their integral traditions forming part of their daily lives.
The cuisines of these regions are as varied as the tribes themselves. Food is simple and for the most part non-vegetarian. Their close proximity to China and Burma has played their part in influencing the cuisine.
Starting from the bustling city of Guwahati, where the conglomeration of the various ethnicities of northeaster India has opened doors to various restaurants that offer some unique cuisines, the tour will lead on to the rain-fed forested and grassy hills of Meghalaya.
You will visit Shillong, a lush and beautiful hill station, and Cherrapunjee, the world rainiest village. Populated mostly by the Khasi Tribe, the region will provide an opportunity to taste the delicious Khasi food, which mostly consists of various meat items, herbs and organic vegetables. Beside the cuisine, you will be visiting the various lakes, waterfalls and living root bridges that the region is famous for.
Continuing on to the fertile grasslands of Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site teeming with wildlife, you will get a chance to experience safaris into the jungle. The popular ecotourism destination has many restaurants where you will get to taste traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal cuisines.
Lastly, the tour will continue to the verdant mountains of the Nagaland, the land of the fierce Naga tribes. In the hill station of Kohima and surrounding simplistic villages, you will get to taste India’s most exotic cuisine, dishes which deal with all kinds of meats, birds and insects. Nevertheless, some of their more normal items, such as those consisting of chicken, pork or beef, are quite delicious and can be eaten by anyone.
In this tour, along with the exotic cuisines, the nature, cultures and wildlife of Northeast India will overwhelm the traveller just as much.
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