NE India Nagaland and Tawang 2009
Tucked away in the far north-east of India, wedged between Bhutan, Burma and Tibet, lies the North East Frontier known as Arunachal Pradesh. Nagaland is a mountainous state in Northeast India and is home to diverse indigenous tribes. One distinction of the Naga's was their ritual practice of headhunting, once prevalent among tribal warriors in Nagaland. They used to sever the heads of enemies and intruders, to take on their power, and proudly displayed them outside their houses. This practice ended in 1969.
The town of Tawang is perched above 10,000 feet in the icy reaches of the eastern Himalayas, and is not only home to one of Tibetan Buddhism's most sacred monasteries, but is also the site of a huge Indian military buildup. China is just 23 miles away. Tawang Monastery is the largest Tibetan monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa.