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BEST TIME TO VISIT

March to May/Oct to Dec

Overview

NAGALAND-Located on the Indo- Mayanmar border, It is a land of picture post card landscapes, lush and verdant flora, peopled by 15 major tribes, who have hundreds of years of tradition as warriors and head hunters.The British came into contact with the Nagas in 1832, and effective administration was established in 1881. Christian missionaries were able to convert almost the entire population to Christianity, from their earlier animist practices.

    

Inaugurated as a state only in 1963, Nagaland was considered remote, and full of hazards. The state is now easily accessible. The Nagas are a fun loving and deeply religious people, having a tradition of handicrafts, folklore, dances and music. Here traditional folk songs, eulogizing ancestors, and brave deeds, poetic love songs, gospel songs and modern pop tunes go hand in hand. For a people known to be head hunters in the past, they are remarkably warm-hearted and hospitable. The salubrious climate, is an added attraction, for a year-round holiday, except perhaps for the monsoons.

Nagaland is fast modernizing – but the Nagas still retain their tribal culture and values. Most towns have concrete buildings and the traditional Nagaland is only in the villages. However do not expect to see people in the tribal costumes, in everyday life. These fabulous costumes are worn on festivals and other special occasions.

Nagaland is reached by road from Guwahati, Shillong, Jorhart, Dibrugarh, and Kaziranga or directly by air to Dimapur airport. The rail head is at Mariani ( near Jorhat). The main attractions for visitors are:-

Jekhema Village is located near Kohima near the Hornbill Village. This is one of the most primitive village of Konyak tribes.

They have Stone Morang or Youth Committee Hall. This is an interesting village to visit to get the idea of the Naga Life Style.

Dzulekie Valley located 40 Kms from Kohima at elevation of 2133 m has a river flowing through deep gorge, with rainbow trout. It is surrounded by green hills, waterfalls, and grazing domesticated bison.
Japfu Peak rising to 3048 m is only 15 kms from Kohima and offers trekking option with panoramic views.

 

Dzokou Valley at an elevation of 2483 m, located 30 kms from Kohima, offers unadulterated nature. Easy trek to see dwarf bamboos, mountain streams, wildflowers, Rhododendrons, and other flora.

Places to visit in Nagaland

Kohima & Surroundings Villages:

Kohima the capital city is located at an altitude of 1444 m, It is the headquarters of 15 major tribes, with amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions.

 Villages in Nagaland are much better, clean & organised than Kohima Town. It is actually a hub. It is a central place for most of the villages. Kohima Town is an a mixture of past and present.

Places to visit are:-

State Museum is a “must see” for an over view of tribal lifestyles. War Cemetery is a symbolic memorial to the sacrifices made by soldiers from many nations who halted the Japanese invasion of India at Kohima in the Second World War.

Gurttel Handloom and Handicraft outlet has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern tastes.

Kohima Cathedral reflects traditional architectural style in a modern building set in nature.

Zoological Park houses the rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna.

Local Market is amazing.

 Kohima hosts the famous Hornbill festival in the first 10 days of December at the heritage village of Kisama. The festival comprises an array of activities encompassing Naga culture- Song, dance, cusine, habitat, handicrafts, and more.
The range of mountains on which Kohima is located offers opportunities to explore the lovely mountain countryside of Nagaland and its traditional villages.

Which villages to visit ?

It depends upon the time you have. All villages are fascinating. We offer you a choice of tours ranging from 5 days to 27 days, covering village homestays, cultural exchange, hiking, handicrafts, unusual meals, mountain biking and the enchanting Hornbill festival.

Khonoma –the historical Angami- Naga village was the site of two major British- Angami siege battles in 1847 and 1879. Built on a defensible ridge with its houses hugging each other at various levels connected by stone walkways and steps connecting its maze-like internal paths with the remnants of fort like fortifications at vantage points; it has atmosphere and character.

 

Khonoma is now known as The Green Village. You have a chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, which regenerates the soil due to nitrogen fixing element in the roots. The terraces grow over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

  

Further afield is the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary. This is part of the green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals

 

People of Khonoma has stopped hunting to promote bird watching tourism. 300 species of birds are found in Khonoma.

It is an experience to take a village walk to get the feel of this hill top village and view the surrounding valleys with its terraced fields tumbling down to the mountain streams. Listen to the story of the British siege battles. Visit village craft persons. We will also witness indigenous games and meet people.

  

One can take a nature & culture walk. The village is well known for fallow management of its Alder trees. See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. growing over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

There are many Homestay facilities one can spend the evening joining your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

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Benrew with altitude 1950 m, located close to Khonoma village, in Peren District, is nestled on the ridge leading to Mt Pauna – the third highest mountain in Nagaland, is the home of Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes. The drive from Khonoma is beautiful but on the approach of the village road narrows and most part were gravel road but stable.

   

Visitors can stay at the community run tourist village in traditional huts, and enjoy nature’s untouched beauty, age-old charm and simplicity . Traditional tribal morung, (Boys dormitory), and houses decorated with hunting trophies can be seen. The village is organised and very clean. every where baskets are kept for the garbage and has a community system to dispose them. The village overlooks a beautiful valley and dominated my Mt. Paula on the above.

  

A day trek to the 2460 meters high Mt. Pauna – regarded as a nature museum, is rewarding. You can expect to see wildlife, birds, herbal plants,, and flora.

Benrew is surrounded by dense forest area with many partridges and other birds and mammals.

   

Few homestay are very neat, clean and interested in Tourism. Tourism Department has Govt. Cottages but they are not well looked after.

Tour Details: 

03 days Itinerary arriving from Khonoma is good enough to spend around Benrew. 

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MON, located 357 Kms from Kohima on the Indo- Mayanmar border, it is better approached from Dibrugarh in Assam. Home of the distinctive Konyak tribe who are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. You can visit the Mayanmar border areas, and see wood carvings, making of machetes (called daos), hand made guns, gun powder, necklaces and more.

 

The forefathers of Konyak believed that they are direct descendent from Noah, for they have names like Mosa, Kaisa, Aron and so on.

The Konyaks are known for tattooed faces, blackened teeth and head hunting prowess in the past.

To reach Mon village one must travel through Tuophema- Wokha -Mokokchung-Chuchuyimlang & Longleng.

Wokha Town is the habitat of the Lotha tribe and is located 80 Kms from Kohima

Mokokchung town is the cultural centre of the Ao tribe. It is 160 Kms from Kohima.

Chuchuyimlang Village celebrates the Moatsu festival from 1-3 May every year.. Dances, singing, indigenous games and tribal chants, exchange of gifts of friendship with neighbouring villages are part of the celebrations. A traditional tourist village provides accommodation.

If you intend to visit only Mon, on extension of Assam -Majuli Tour, one can visit Mon from Jorhat in Assam.

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Touphema community tourist village is located 41 Kms from Kohima offers stay in traditional Angami tribal huts set up as a village cluster for tourist. There is opportunity to explore surrounding villages, and witness traditional tribal song and dance. The village hosts the Sekrenyi festival (Phouanyi) held from 25-27 Feb every year.

Longkhum Village: renowned for its head hunters in the past is 17 kms away. It offers homestays.
Ungma Village is a centuries old Ao tribal Village worth visiting for peep in to folklore, customs and traditions.
Mopunchuket and Impur are twin villages and centre of Ao Baptist Mission is involved in reviving traditional Ao culture. Home stays are available

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ZUNHABOTO: Located 150 kms from Kohima and 70 Kms from Mokokchung, Zonubotu is the home of the Sumi Nagas- are known for their colourful war dance and folk songs. A very hardy and strong race, the Sumis can also be dubbed as the pioneers of the Naga Martial arts.

Satoi Range with its virgin forests, and Rhododendrons is ideal for nature exploration

Ghosu bird sanctuary is an example of community preservation. Maintained by the village community. The sanctuary is home to 20 species of endangered birds and migratory birds.

  

TUENSANG located 269 Kms from Kohima a varity of tribes- Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamungans, Sangtams, Sema and Phomn have a rich cultural heritage, colourful attire and heart warming song and dance. Saramati Peak, 3841 meters- the highest peak of Nagaland is located in the district. Two days of trekking from Pungro village is required to reach the peak. Longtrok village offers lovely panoramic views.

PHEK, 145 Kms for Kohima,  is the center of Chakasang tribal culture. Home of colourful orchids and the rare Blythe’s Tragopan, Pfutsero, is the coldest township in Nagaland located at 2133 meters elevation. Believed to be the originating place for the southern tribes of Nagaland.

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