East India Tour Packages

East India Tour Packages

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East India Tour Packages
We are offering the East India tour packages, North East India tour packages and East India travel packages where these are a number of tourist destinations that are relatively unexplored. The beautiful destinations showcases the culture and attractions of eastern India and north east India.

On your east India tour package you can see green hills, tea estates, wildlife sanctuaries and views of the exotic & towering Himalayas.

During your east India tour package, you can visit Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Various wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations maintains the attraction of East India Tourism.

With ethnic violence escalating in lower Assam's Kokrajhar area, at least 13 columns of the Army has now been begun flag marches in Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Bongaigaon in an attempt to assuage the situation.

At least 32 people have died and 1.5 lakh people have been rendered homeless in ethnic clashes that started between two communities in Kokrajhar district of Lower Assam on July 19. There is no official word on what triggered the violence but dispute over land may have been one of the reasons.

The police have also issued shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar.

Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and president of opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has demanded the Centre's intervention to contain the "unprecedented ethnic violence" in the state. A fact-finding team of AGP would visit the affected areas on July 26, he said.


            


Meanwhile train services to and from the north east have been severely hit. The railways estimates over 20,000 passengers are stranded at different places across Assam and neighbouring West Bengal; as many as 21 trains have been halted.

At the Guwahati Railway station, hundreds of passengers have taken over all available spaces. Many of those planning to spend the night at the railway station are the elderly, or women and children.

On Tueday, the railways cancelled 11 express trains from Guwahati to Delhi and other parts of the country. All trains from Guwahati to other parts of the country have to pass Kokrajhar, as the station is located on the strategic Guwahati Delhi main railway line. This is also true for any train coming into Guwahati.

This route, a section of which branches out to Kolkata beyond Assam, is the only one that connects Guwahati to the rest of the country. The only other way for passengers, is to take unaffordable flights, or to travel by roads.


                                                 


At the Guwahati railway station, the assortment of those spending the night is unique. From Naga students who were heading to Bangalore for jobs, to groups of CRPF Jawans who were heading to Delhi to report to their new companies after a transfer, all of them now face the prospect of endlessly waiting at the Guwahati station till train traffic is restored.

"My daughter has to get admission at a college in Mathura, and she has an important exam on the 27th. It is a question of her career, I don't know what to do," said a disgruntled passenger.

Another told us that left with no option he had to buy an air ticket for Rs. 16,000.

A host of trains coming to Guwahati have been stopped at railway station bordering Assam, mostly in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. Many passengers here complain that even basic facilities like water are not available in these trains.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy says he has spoken to Home Minister P Chidambaram seeking enhanced security for the passengers who are stranded midway.

"I'm the supreme power in my house," declared Dave the shopkeeper. "That is certain." Behind him his wife and female relatives giggled. He turned and glared until they agreed that he was definitely the boss.

The women had good reason to snigger. The shopkeeper does not own the shop – it belongs to his wife. He has four children – three sons and one daughter. But none of them went by his family name: they all had his wife's surname, and the daughter would inherit the shop.


                                           


The couple live in the Indian state of Meghalaya, one of the few places in the world with a matrilineal system, where women own land and property – and men put on a brave face.

Never heard of Meghalaya? Don't worry, you're not a wannabe Ukip member. It's in the far, far north-east of India and is one of the Seven Sisters, the seven states of India sandwiched between Bangladesh, Bhutan and Burma. The sisters are linked to the rest of India by a sliver of land just 14 miles wide at its narrowest point.

Meghalaya is also overwhelmingly Christian – European missionaries having swarmed here on a souls-grab from the mid-19th century onwards.

 

               


It sounded like an intriguing corner of India, and one visited by few foreign tourists. You'll struggle to find a package tour there – but it is easy to put together your own trip. My friend Nick and I flew to Kolkata and took the 18-hour sleeper train north, along the border with Bangladesh, hanging a sharp right as the Himalayas came into sight, then pulling into Guwahati, in the state of Assam.

As soon as we got a taxi out of Guwahati and crossed into Meghalaya, the people we saw around us changed, becoming lighter-skinned and almond-eyed. We were in tribal territory, the land of the Khasi people. The colourful signs on the lorries tearing past us on the twisting road appealed to Jesus, not Shiva, for good luck or salvation.
 

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