Nagaland

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

TRIBAL VILLAGE WALKHORNBILL FESTIVALBIRD WATCHINGMOUNTAIN BIKING

Designed as a nature and cultural exploration for gaining insight into Naga lifestyles and agricultural practices, it offers living with local community, and interaction at tribal habitat of Angami, Lotha, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungans, Sumi, Chang, phom and Konyak tribes. The tour starts from Dimapur and takes us to Khonoma village, to start our south West to North East motoring traverse through Nagaland to Mon.

You can also take a chance to peep into local agricultural methods. 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. Also visit the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS), managed by the Village 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. Kohima the capital city, located at an altitude of 1444 m, has an amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions of 15 major tribes. The state museum provides an over view of tribal lifestyles, The handloom and handicraft emporium 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. The rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna., are on view at the Zoological Park.

Take a local tour visiting local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. Later visit the Second World War Cemetry and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. Also visit the handicraft emporium.

Designed to combine the Hornbill festival with a village tribal tour, this tour enables you to experience the essence of Nagaland. Enjoy Tribal dances , song, and food, See the habitat of all the Naga tribes and more for two days.

Also tour Kohima and explore the fascinating local bazaar, and the handicraft emporium. Visit the the Second world war cemetery and the historical tennis court; where the Japanese invasion of India was halted in a bloody battle during The Second World War. Thereafter; for 5 days explore the Angami tribal villages of Khonoma, , Secuma, Mezoma and Toupehma, gaining insight into Naga lifestyles and agricultural practices, and exploring the countryside. Stay with local community, and interact with the locals. The Tour can be adjusted to allow more days for the hornbill festival.

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. Kohima hosts the Hornbill festival in the first week 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.

When to go: The Samthar Seasonal cycle
This tour is designed as a mountain biking exploration of tribal habitat of Zailangrong, Kuki, Angami, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungans, Sumi, Chang, phom and Konyak tribes. Nagaland offers one of the best mountain biking routes in North East India. Moderate elevation, not very steep, comparatively less traffic, good mountain scenery, hospitable people and ancient tribal culture. The tour starts from Dimapur and takes us to Peren to start our south West to North East cycling traverse through Nagaland to Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam. Some short treks and driving sections are included. The tour is fully supported with back up vehicle.