Step Back In Time At These Historical Sites In North East India And Admire The Glorious Past

by Tejashee Kashyap
Step Back In Time At These Historical Sites In North East India And Admire The Glorious Past

India’s northeastern region is a land of breathtaking natural beauty and cultural diversity. While the lush green landscapes and misty hills draw travellers, the region also boasts a rich historical heritage that is often overlooked. The northeastern states are home to a multitude of historical royal monuments and forts that offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s royal past. Here are the magnificent structures and historical sites that you should visit and that will pique your interest in history:

Travel Back In Time Through These 8 Historical Sites

1. Neermahal, Tripura

Situated in the midst of Rudrasagar Lake, Neermahal is a remarkable water palace. The then Tripura King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman Manikya in the 1930s constructed this. Its stunning architecture and scenic setting make it a must-visit attraction. The palace is made of red brick and two domed towers give it a distinct look. Neermahal was originally constructed as a summer palace for the royal family of Tripura. It served as a retreat for the royals and provided a cool and serene environment during the hot summer months. Visitors can take a boat ride in the Rudrasagar Lake and get a closer view of the palace. The serene surroundings and the beautiful palace make it a unique experience for tourists.

2. Malinithan, Arunachal Pradesh

On the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh, there is an archaeological site called Malinithan that has the remains of a Hindu temple from the early mediaeval era. The temple was constructed using granite stones during the time that Hinduism had a significant influence in the area, according to archaeological investigations of the ruins. It was constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries by Chutia kings. During this time, the Chutia rulers began assigning Brahmins to various regions of their realm in exchange for land grants.

3. Semoma Fort, Nagaland

While it may not be as well-known as some other forts and monuments in India, Semoma Fort has a unique history and represents an important part of Nagaland’s heritage. Strolling around the 700-year-old Angami town of Khonoma, close to Kohima, you come across a modest rough-hewn stone structure that begs the question of why the British dubbed it the strongest fort in the Northeast. Constructed initially in 1825, it repelled British assaults during the initial Anglo-Naga conflict in 1850. The Battle of Khonoma took place in 1879. By placing explosives atop the mountain, the locals managed to flee. After a deadlock, the British agreed to a peace deal, putting an end to fifty years of conflict. Thus, The fort was rebuilt (in 1890, 1919, and 1990) after each destruction, a strong representation of Naga pride.

4. Kangla Fort, Manipur

It holds great significance in the history and culture of Manipur and is one of the most important historical sites in the region. It was the seat of power for the Manipuri kings and is now a historical and archaeological site that offers insights into the region’s past. The surrounding and inner moats, the ancient Govindajee temple, and other remains are excellent examples of Manipur’s rich artistic and architectural legacy.

5. Kachari Ruins, Nagaland

The Kachari Ruins in Dimapur are remnants of an ancient civilization that thrived in the region. These ruins provide valuable insights into the architectural and cultural history of the Kachari dynasty. The ruins consist of a sequence of mushroom-shaped pillars that were constructed in the 13th century by the Dimasa Kachari Kingdoms prior to the Ahom invasion. The tallest of which stood at 15 ft.  However, the pillars’ origins and purpose are unknown; some are in ruins, while others are standing tall and proud.

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6. Sibuta Lung, Mizoram

This unique stone structure holds great cultural and historical significance for the Mizo people. It is believed to have been erected around the 18th century and is closely associated with the Mizo folklore and their traditional way of life. It is not a fort or palace, but rather a memorial stone. A tale of betrayed love and the need for vengeance is told at the Sibuta Lung memorial.

7. Rang Ghar, Assam

Rang Ghar, which translates to “Amusement House,” is one of the oldest surviving amphitheatres in Asia. Built by the Ahom kings in the 18th century, it was used for royal entertainment, including witnessing traditional games and cultural performances.

8. Talatal Ghar, Assam

Talatal Ghar is an impressive structure of the Ahom dynasty in Sivasagar. This historical monument is famous for its seven stories above the ground and three stories below the ground, serving various purposes, including defence, royal residence, and as a granary.

So, which of these historical sites s are you going to visit first?

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