Story and photos by Justus Martin
In 2017, I had the opportunity to spend multiple months at a boarding school in the Northeastern state of Assam, India. Before arriving at the school, I travelled around the region and visited the adjoining state of Arunachal Pradesh. The North East of India is still today a scarcely visited region even though it is saturated with distinct culture, impressive nature and hidden gems.
In Arunachal Pradesh many of the native cultures – that have little to do with a western image of a Hindi India – have survived and define the rich character of the region. Moreover, the state encompasses a region strongly influenced by Tibettan culture where the second largest Tibettan Bhuddist monastery can be found.
Assam is world-famous for its tea but its vibrant culture and natural magnificence is often overlooked whilst it houses one of the last refuges of the Indian Rhino – the Kaziranga National Park – and ancient ruins, Majuli Island and many more cultural hubs.
Through my photo essay, I hope to draw more attention for this beautiful but often unnoticed region.