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Northeast India

Northeast India

Mighty rivers and exotic wildlife combine with ancient culture and warrior tribes to make Northeast India a spellbinding region to explore.

  • Capital city: Assam - Guwahati, Arunachal Pradesh - Itanagar, Nagaland - Kohima
  • Population: 29.7 million (Assam – 26.6 million, Nagaland – 2 million, Arunachal Pradesh – 1.1 million) approx. 2007
  • Size of country: 178,760 sq km
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 220-240v
  • Sockets: two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety
  • Regional Languages: Assamese in Assam, Dozens in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagamese in Nagaland
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British nationals require a visa to visit India which must be obtained in advance.
  • Religion: Assam: Hindu 65%, Islam 31%, Christianity 4%. Arunachal Pradesh: Hindu 35%, Christianity 19%, Buddhism 13%, Muslim 2%. Nagaland: Christianity 90%, Hindu 8%, Muslim 2%.
  • Popular dishes: Rice is the staple ingredient across the northeastern states. In Assam, fish is the most common accompaniment whereas in Nagaland meat (of all types) is enjoyed. Food is flavoured with local spices and chillies. Momos (dumplings) are a popular dish.
  • Popular drinks: Rice beer, of various types, is the favoured drink of the region. Assam is particularly well-known for its exquisite teas.
  • Did you know: Nagaland is the only predominantly Baptist state in the world constituting 75% of the population.
  • FCDO advice: FCDO travel advice for India
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