NE/ 23 : 14 days Tribal tour

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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. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam. Some short hikes are included.

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Day 01 : Dimapur to Khonoma

Arrival at Dimapur Airport. Met by guide/ escort. Drive to Kohima (74km/ 2hrs 30mins). Continue to Khonoma Angami Tribal Village 16 Kms. Overnight village homestay.

Day 02 : Khonoma- Village Exploration Nature Culture walk

 

After breakfast explore the village and take a Nature Culture walk with picnic lunch.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.
In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

Day 03 : Khonoma – Kohima

After breakfast drive back to Kohima ( 41 Kms in 1.30 hrs)
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.

Drive to Khingwema Village on the outskirts of Kohima town for lunch at Demori Cove – a local hospitality complex.After lunch, continue 04 kms to the gate of Jekhema village. Take the 02-03 hrs long village walk to gain further insight into Angami Naga Lifestyles.

Drive back to overnight at homestay in Pherima, on the outskirts of Kohima./ or hotel at Kohima

Day 04 : Khonoma – Kohima – Touphema Village

 

After breakfast drive to Touphema village (57kms 2.30 hrs drive). This is a village resort managed by the village community.After lunch take a tour of both the old Touphema village and the new. Visit the village museum and we go on a nature walk through the forest. Return by dusk. In the evening enjoy traditional folk songs and dancing followed by dinner.

Day 05 : Tuophema – Wokha – Riphim village

  

We shall drive to Wokha the headquarter of the Lotha Naga. On the way we shallstop at Tseminyu village (Rengma Nagas), and Tsunglikha village where we can understand basic differences between the tribes. Next explore LongsaVillage (Lotha Naga).Continue drive to Riphim village. In the evening we take part in a cultural program .Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.

Day 06 : Riphim Explore surrounding villages

Walking cum driving exploration of Riphim village Old Riphim village, Old and New Chungsu village, and Doyang hydro project. There are countless trails that thread through the surrounding forest. Some lead to seasonal farms, and others are woodcutter trails that don’t lead to any particular destination at all. The viewpoint up and away from the tourist lodge, provides a spectacular view of a dam on the Doyan River.In the evening a get together with the villagers. Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.

Day 07 : Riphim – Mopungchuket ( 140 Kms in 4-5 hrs)

Drive 107 Kms to reach Mokukchung – the cultural centre of the Ao Nagas., Enroute visit) Longkhim Village (Ao Tribe). Continue 35 Kms to Mopungchuket Ao Village. Close by is Impur Village; the headquaters of the Ao Baptist Missiom, which is attempting to revive the ancient Ao culture. Check in at the Nagaland Tourism Longrangtenem Resort with cottages built to resemble typical Naga Morung. . Indigenous cuisine is offered, and interested visitors can even try cooking their own meals. Several home stays are also available.

Day 08 : Mopungchuket & surroundings

Explore Mopungchuket. This ia a large well organized village. People are accustomed to visitors and welcome a chat. Cultural programs are held in an amphitheater overlooking the lake. Option of taking a village walk along interconnected village trails to the surrounding villages of Impur, Sungratsu, and Longjan.
Return to Mopungchuket for overnight.

Day 09 : Mopungchuket – Tuensang

Drive 107 Kms to reach Tuensang (1371 mt.) home of the Chang Nagas. Enroute visit Longkhim Village (Sangtam Tribe) and some tribal houses.

Day 10 : Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house.
Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, retains some of its traditional heritage.
It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 11 : Mon : exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 12 : Mon : Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border.It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute.At Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India.

The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 13 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Drive Mon to Dibrugarh in 6-7 hrs ( transit Halt). Overnight hotel or Tea Bungalow.

Day 14 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.

TOUR ENDS.

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