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Aerial Highlights of Northeastern India

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Contributor Aerial_Nomad created this amazing aerial view of some of the spectacular natural and cultural scenery of northeastern India, which is generally defined as the eight states lying to the east of West Bengal.  This region is in many ways the most fascinating part of the country; it includes lands which are extremely remote (both culturally and geographically) from the main body of India, and it sits on some of the main routes by which both Hinduism and Buddhism were transmitted to Southeast Asia.  

India's Mega-Stadium in West Bengal

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Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata, West Bengal,


Streamon created this aerial video of India's Salt Lake Stadium (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan), which hosted the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup football tournament.  With current seating capacity of 85,000, it's the largest in India.  Before its renovation in 2011, it seated 120,000, and was the world's largest football stadium.  In 1997, the stadium packed in almost 132,000 spectators for a tournament, a record which still stands.  Salt Lake Stadium is located in Bidhannagar, part of metropolitan Kolkata.

Behal: Suburb of Kolkata

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Here's a great top-down aerial video of one of the suburbs of Kolkata, India, compliments of contributor Travelogueonereel.  Behala is located to the southwest of central Kolkata (once known as Calcutta), in the east Indian state of West Bengal.  Kolkota is the capital of the state, the country's fourth most populous.  While Kalkota proper is not one of India's largest cities, it's the center of the country's third most populous metropolitan area, with an esimtated population of about 15 million.  

Assam: Brahmaputra River

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Mahabahu Brahmaputra


The Brahmaputra is one of the three great rivers of southern Asia, along with the Ganges and the Indus.  It rises in Tibet and flows through great stretches of northeastern India before entering Bangladesh, where it merges with one of the two main Ganges distributaries and thereafter forms the great Ganges Delta. At 3.8k km (2.4k mi.), it's the world's fifteenth longest river.  In this drone video by Cpborgohain, you'll get an epic drone's eye view of this magnificent waterway flowing through the Indian state of Assam. 

Namchi: Himalayan Foothills

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Namchi, South Sikkim

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Sikkim is one of India's least populous state and second smallest in terms of land area.  It is situated  near the narrow area which connects Northeast India with East India.  Until 1975, it was actually an independent kingdom.  Tapas Ghosh created this drone video of Namchi, a city in the state's South Sikkim district.  Get a bird's eye view of this beautiful city in the Himalayan foothills, including shots of its Guru Rinpoche statue, in honor of the patron saint of Sikkim.

North Bengal: Great Plain of India

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Timelapse: North Bengal at Sunrise

Avijit Sarkar

Northern India's dominant physical features are the Himalayan Mountains and the great Indo-Gangeatic Plain which runs to their south.  The latter is one of the world's great "flat spots" and its fertile soil feeds hundreds of millions.  In this drone video by Avijit Sarkar, you'll get a bird's eye view of the magnificent plain in North Bengal, the northern area of the Indian state of West Bengal.  Note both the vastness of the plain and the rather sudden shift to the mountainous north in the distance.  

Manipur's Phumdi Lake

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Loktak Lake, Manipur

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Check out this amazing drone video from a famous lake in the far eastern corner of India.  Loktak Lake is located in the state of Manipur, which is the easternmost of India's 29 federal states.  The lake covers almost 300 square km (111 square mi.) but is quite shallow, with an average depth of just 2.7 meters (just under 9 ft.).  It's known for its giant phumdi's, floating islands made of decaying organic matter.  The largest of these is over 40 square km, over 10% of the lake's surface area! 

Berhampur Stadium, Odisha

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Largest Image of a Human Foot

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In this remarkable video by Eureka Apta, you'll get a bird's eye view of a spectacular display of the power of aerial imaging.  In it, a drone was used to film a large crowd of people assembled into what is believed to be the largest ever image of a human foot.  It was filmed in the Sports Stadium of Berhampur in the state of Odisha in eastern India.  While we don't know if this was an officially certified record, it would be hard to imagine that it's not - that is a VERY big foot! 

India's Andaman Archipelago

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India's Andaman Islands


India's Andaman Islands actually lie far off the east coast of India, between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.  The islands are part of an archipelago, some of which is controlled by India and some by Myanmar.  The islands are home to a culturally distinctive ethnic group called the Andamanese.  In this video, contributor Pixeldo gives us an aerial tour of this tropical paradise, whose beaches regularly appear on authoritative lists of the best beaches in Asia.  

North Sikkim

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North Sikkim In November

Tapas GHosh

Sikhim is India's smallest state but one of its most fascinating.  It touches only one other Indian state (West Bengal), while most of its borders are with the neighboring countries of Bhutan, China (Tibet), and Nepal.  North Sikhim, which is a district which covers the northern half of the state, is even more removed; it touches no other Indian territory.  Sparsely populated and deep in the Himalayas, it offers some spectacular scenery, as you will see in this drone video from Tapas Ghosh.  

Kalapathar, Little Andaman

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Kalapathar - Little Andaman - India


India's Andaman Islands are one of the up-and-coming beach destinations in Asia.  They lie well off the mainland in the Bay of Bengal, closer geographically to several Southeast Asian nations than to the rest of India.  Some of the best beaches can be found on Little Andaman, the fourth largest of the group, which lies towards the southern end of the archipelago.  In this drone video by PixelDo, you'll get a bird's eye view of Kalapathar, one of the beaches on Little Andaman.  

Sivasagar: District Capital in Assam

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Our City


Aerial_Nomad brings us this beautiful drone video of his home city in eastern India, Sivasagar.  It's a district capital in the state of Assam, one of the so-called Seven Sisters states that lie east of a narrow corridor connecting them to the main body of India and which have been heavily influenced by cultures of the surrounding countries such as Bhutan and Myanmar.  Sivasagar has a rich history; in the 18th century it was capital of the Kingdom of Ahom, an important power in the region for centuries.   

Pagoda in Arunachal Pradesh

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Golden Pagoda Monastery


Contributor Aerial_Nomad created this fascinating drone video of as well known Buddhist temple in the East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.  It's called the Golden Pagoda of Namsai, and it was completed in 2010.  It's located in the Nasai District of the state, the northeasternmost of the 29 which make up India.  The Golden Pagoda is the site of the Kathina festival, which is celebrated at the end of the rainy season and which originated in what is now Bangladesh.  

Baliyatra Festival in Odisha

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Baliyatra in Motion

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Contributor Eureka Apta combined drone and ground camera footage to record a religious celebration in the city of Cuttack in eastern India.  The festival is called Bali Jatra, and it's held throughout the state of Odisha to commemorate the ancient Sadhaba mariners' trips to Bali and Java.  The mariners were part of a very old seafaring tradition in Odisha and were critical to the transmission of both the Buddhist and Hindu religions into the expanses of Southeast Asia.  

Root Bridges in Meghalaya

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NONGRIAT - Indian village with root bridges

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Contributor and drone pilot prtzy created this aerial video of a serene scene in eastern India.  It's an area around the village of Nongriat, which is known for the root bridges you'll see in the video.  It lies in the state of Meghalaya, one of the so-called Seven Sisters state of northeastern India, which are connected to the rest of a country by a narrow corridor.  Meghalaya lies just to the southeast of the corner, its northern border being the Brahmaputra River and its southern border with Bangladesh.  


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Rural Bengal