Monuments in North Eastern States Identified for Listing Under World Heritage Site (Download PDF)

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Few monuments in North Eastern States are identified for listing under World Heritage Site as below: World Heritage Site is landmarks are selected by UNESCO. Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh - Surrounded by blue rolling hills & cut off from rest of populated areas of region.

Map North Eastern States For Listing under World Heritage Site

Map North Eastern States For Listing under World Heritage Site

Map North Eastern States For Listing under World Heritage Site

  • The valley, inhabited by Apatani tribe, lies tucked in lower ranges of eastern Himalayas in state of AP in NE India.

  • The tribe is known for their colourful culture w/various festivals, intricate handloom designs, skills in cane & bamboo crafts, & vibrant traditional village councils called bulyan.

Image of ZIRO the place of Apatani

Image of ZIRO the Place of Apatani

Image of ZIRO the place of Apatani

Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India

  • Sualkuchi in Assam, is among saree weaving clusters of India.

  • It has glorious history in production of muga & mulberry silk since at least 4th century BC & finds mention in Kautilya’s Arthashastra (referred to as Suvarnakunda of ancient Kamrupa).

  • The Karbi, Mishing, Rabha, Singpho & Tai-phake tribes have a strong textile tradition.

  • The Mech tribe is silk-weavers in profession. Dimasa tribes are renowned for their expertise in silk-culture & weaving-prowess & are producers of Endi.

Moidams – the Mound-Burial System of the Ahom Dynasty

  • Tai-Ahom clan upon their migration from China established their capital in different parts of Brahmaputra River Valley b/w 12th to 18th centuries.

  • Usurping Barahi tribe, Chau-lung Siu-ka-pha established 1st capital of Ahoms at foothill of Patkai hills & named it Che-rai-doi or Che-tam-doi, meaning “a dazzling city above mountain” in their language.

  • Their unique system of vaulted mounds continued for 600 years, till many Tai-Ahoms converted to Buddhism while others adopted Hindu system of cremation.

Image of Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty

Image of Moidams – the Mound-Burial System of the Ahom Dynasty

Image of Moidams – the Mound-Burial system of the Ahom Dynasty

Namdapha National Park

  • Namdapha National Park is located in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • The park spans a wide altitudinal range from 200 m to 4, 571 m at Dapha Bum, highest point in park.

  • It is bordered on north by Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary (550m to 4200 m) in Lohit district of AP.

  • To east and south-east lie Patkai hill ranges & international border w/Myanmar.

  • To south-east are unclassified state forest (USF) areas (c. 700 km²) of Vijaynagar circle.

  • To west, are Reserved Forests & USF areas of Jairampur Forest Division in AP.

Map of Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Map of Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Map of Namdapha Tiger Reserve

River Island of Majuli in Midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam

  • Majuli river island in Assam is mid-stream of the Brahmaputra river.

  • The island itself extends for length of about 80 km & for about 10 - 15 km north to south direction. It is 85 - 90 m above mean sea level.

  • There are total of 30 Sattras in Majuli many of which are in mainland, few of them are in Chapori areas, w/distinct spiritual influence region.

  • Each Sattra, represents, within its region, a centre for cultural activities & even acts as democratic institution to settle local disputes.

Thembang Fortified Village

  • Thembang is a village within a fortified area measuring approximately 3.2 acres.

  • It is a host to several ancient & historical structures.

  • It has drawn maximum attention for fortified Dzong constructed using traditional technology of region.

  • Thembang Dzong is located approximately 55km northeast of Bomdila township in West Kameng district of AP.

  • Thembang village & Dzong are surrounded w/majestic beauty of lush green hills, steep gorges & snow clad peaks.

World Heritage Site:

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