The states of Northeast India offer an incredibly diverse hodge podge of natural and cultural wonder. Varied climates and landscapes are found throughout its reaches, which spread along the borders of Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

The region comprises the easternmost frontiers of India, consisting of the contiguous Sister States: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, and Nagaland. Some 220 different ethnic groups and as many different dialects exist in this region, and the varying forms of art, dance, religion, and historic architecture unfold in an intriguing tapestry to reflect the diverse population. This land of heritage and ancient cities is very different from the rest of India, and visitors will experience some of the more typical Indian travel adventures with an extra dash of the raw and the rugged.

Among the reasons Ker & Downey encourages a visit to Northeast India is the opportunity for exploration of culture and nature in the far reaches of India. Comparable to a luxury tented safari experience in Eastern or Southern Africa, the Ultimate Travelling Camp is the unequalled leader in bringing luxury camping to these isolated places. Understandably rugged, an escorted tented camping excursion with Ker & Downey is rewarding for those brave enough to make the journey.

Another unexpected wonder is found along the waters of the Brahmaputra River, the gateway to the remote reaches of Assam. Touted as the “Serengeti of India” and home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of Africa, the Brahmaputra nourishes a lush landscape teeming with India’s “Big Four”: single-horned rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes, and the elusive tiger. Where the wildlife comes to drink, the people come to worship—the Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bonpos are all known to pray to the river waters.

Take a day trip to the Kaziranga National Park to see one of the last places on earth home to the one-horned rhino. Trekking in Sikkim, a more adventurous activity, is quite an amazing experience as you climb over gompas, hamlets, and a fascinating forest of growth and wildlife. The Assam Tea Gardens are a beautiful place to meditate as well as learn about how to make one of the land’s most consumed beverages. From month to month, all year round, Northeast India boasts much to do and much to see.