Nagas are identified as the fighters, the soldiers. This brave-heart community dwells in the moorlands of Northeast. The word ‘Naga’ is believed to have initiated from the Burmese word ‘Nagka’, which means people with pierced earlobes, or the Assamese Naga which means ‘naked’.
The village elders with tattooed warrior faces are visible in Hongphoi.Tuophema is a village of the Angami tribe, one of the largest tribal communities of Nagaland.Village of Aliba, where the Aos became the first Naga tribe.Mokokchung is one of the most important towns of Nagaland.Dzuleke (4hrs), another village of the Angami tribe.Dzuleke is a remote idyllic village surrounded by pine forests and streams. A community based ecotourism project exists and is run by the village council.Benreuis a village of Zeliangrong tribe. It is located at an elevation of 1900m at the base of Mt.Pauna where travelers can go on short hikes. Morung (dormitory) at Benreu is considered as the oldest structure in Nagaland.
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Zeliangrong tribe comprises of three clans namely Zeme, Liangme and Rongme. Few Zeliangrong tribesmen continue to practice their old beliefs and animist religion.The Konyaks can be easily recognized from the other Naga tribes for their tattooes earned from their head-hunting expeditions. Mon can be considered as one of the most remote regions of eastern India and is the home of the fierce head hunting Konyak Tribe, known for their tattooed faces, wood carving and gun-making skills.
Arrive at Dibrugarh, an important tea centre in Assam. Check-in at a standard city hotel or a comfortable clubhouse with modern amenities. Rest of the day will be free to explore the local markets in the town, see the nearby tea gardens, visit a shrine of Hinayana Buddhism or go on a stroll along the banks of Brahmaputra River and enjoy the sunset scene.
After breakfast, drive to Mon (7hrs) in the Patkai hills of northern Nagaland. Mon can be considered as one of the most remote regions of eastern India and is the home of the fierce head hunting Konyak Tribe, known for their tattooed faces, wood carving and gun-making skills. The Konyaks can be easily recognized from the other Naga tribes for their tattooes earned from their head-hunting expeditions, which stopped only in the 1960s. Your stay will be in a family run guesthouse with basic amenities.
After breakfast, travel to the remote eastern corner of India to Lungwa Village (2hrs), half of which falls in Myanmar. Visit the home of the Angh (village chieftain), whose house interestingly is divided by the border. Interact with the chief and other Konyak families to learn about their rich history and culture. See their local crafts and war trophies collected in the Morungs (dormitories), where young children were taught their traditions. The Morungs also have large log drums which are used to alert the villagers. One can also purchase beautiful tribal ornaments and interesting metal crafts souvenirs from the villagers. Explore the countryside, walk down their farms where they practice Jhum cultivation. Later, return to Mon by evening.
Visit few nearby Konyak villages such as Hongphoi, Wangla, and Old Mon. A good opportunity to observe the Konyak lifestyle, tribal arts and crafts. In Hongphoi, it is easy to see village elders with tattooed warrior faces. Visit the houses of the chiefs, which are decorated with skulls of wild buffaloes and other hunted animals. Elderly villagers with tattoos can be sometimes seen gathering at the chief’s house or making bamboo crafts in the Morungs nearby. An old world charm exists as the long-houses are very traditional, constructed in ancient Konyak way of using palm leaves roofing and jutted main pillars. Many villagers also continue to live their old traditional lifestyle.
Travel southwards to the town of Mokokchung (9hrs), which is one of the most important towns of Nagaland. Historically, Mokokchung was the first town established by the British in the Naga Hills, it is also the home of the Ao tribe, who are famous for their arts and folklore. After a long journey, rest in a clean and comfortable hotel for your night stay.
After breakfast, explore the nearby villages of Ao tribe. Visit Mopungchuket, famous for the story of Jina and Etiben, the Ao version of Romeo and Juliet. See the beautifully carved time pillar, which depicts the chronological history of the Ao tribe along with its tales of legends, battles and migrations. Visit the sacred lake nearby whererituals and sacrifices wereperformed before wars. See old churches, log drums, Dzukis (dormitories) and the cultural museum in the village which has an interesting collection of artifacts and rare photographs. Also visit the nearby village of Aliba, where the Aos became the first Naga tribe to be converted into Christianity by the Baptist Missionaries in 1872. After lunch, explore the villages of Longkhnum and Ungma, which is the largest village of the Ao people. One can still see elderly villagers with traditional tattoos. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Doyang dam below from Longkhnum village.
Travel towards Tuophema village (7hrs) near Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Tuophema is a village of the Angami tribe, one of the largest tribal communities of Nagaland. Explore the village and observe the lifestyle of the Angami people. Enjoy your rural stay at Tuophema Tourist Villagein traditional styled cottages decorated with wood-carvings and experience the ethnic cuisine of the Angami tribe prepared in the community kitchen.
Enjoy a day trip to Kohima (1hr) to see the various attractions, many of which are related to the historic Battle of Kohima in 1944. Visit the World War II Memorial located at the centre of Kohima, which was once the battle site. It is the main landmark of the town and commemorates the sacrifices of the British and Indian troops resisting Japanese invasion. Visit the Reconciliation Cathedral, the largest church in India. It is noted for its beautiful architecture, mural paintings and the view of the town from Aradura hill top. The State Museum is another interesting attraction which exhibits a rare collection of tribal artifacts of different tribes which portrays their history and indigenous culture. Also visit Kisama Heritage Village, venue of the famous Hornbill Festival. It also showcases Naga tribal architecture and has a World War II Museum within the complex. If time permits, visit Bara Basti, which was once the old settlement of Kohima.
After breakfast, proceed to Dzuleke (4hrs), another village of the Angami tribe. Dzuleke is a remote idyllic village surrounded by pine forests and streams. A community based ecotourism project exists and is run by the village council. On the way, visit Khonoma village, well known for its initiatives of forest conservation and ban on hunting. One can also see the historic spots where the natives fought against the British colonists. Rest of the day will be free at leisure to enjoy amidst the greenery of the Naga Hills. Your stay will be in a village homestay with basic amenities.
Go on a day trip to Benreu (2hrs), village of Zeliangrong tribe. It is located at an elevation of 1900m at the base of Mt.Pauna where travelers can go on short hikes. Explore the village and visit the Morung (dormitory) at Benreu, considered as the oldest structure in Nagaland. Zeliangrong tribe comprises of three clans namely Zeme, Liangme and Rongme. Few Zeliangrong tribesmen continue to practice their old beliefs and animist religion. One can also try the interesting bitter honey of Benreu, which is made from the hive Teliane bee and has medicinal properties. Return to Dzuleke by dusk.
Leave early morning to Dimapur airport (5hrs) for departure in the afternoon. End of tour.