Explore The Land Of The Nagas (14n/15d)

A visit to the land of the Nagas is a visit to a cultural centre of India

A visit to the land of the Nagas is a visit to a cultural centre of India

Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI
Meeting and assistance upon arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 DELHI – DIBRUGARH
After early breakfast, departure transfer to the airport to board flight to Dibrugarh. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon short visit to the banks of River Brahmaputra and the ferry ghat. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 DIBRUGARH – MON
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Mon (200 kms/11 hrs), the drive is through the picturesque tea gardens of Assam and stop en route to visit a Tea Garden. Packed lunch will be provided en route. After completing the formalities at Assam and Nagaland check-posts, drive on to Mon en route stopping to meet local tribals. Upon arrival in Mon, check-in at the Guest House. Mon, the home of Konyaks, is situated at an altitude of 897 metres above sea level. It is interesting to see the tattooed faces wearing feathered headgear and traditional dresses. Konyaks are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. Here you can find excellent wood carvings, daos (Matches), guns, gun powder, head brushes, headgear, necklaces etc. made by these artisans and craftsmen. a visit to an Angh’s house is an exciting experience. Hereditary chiefs know as Anghs rule Konyaks and the institution of Anghship are only prevalent among the Konyaks. The most colourful festival of the Konyaks is Aoling and is celebrated during the first week of April, which is a spectacle and worth watching. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 4  MON
Breakfast at the Guest House. Full day excursion to Langmeing and Shangnyu (Konyak villages) with packed lunch. Langmeing is of the most interesting villages in the area with traditional Naga houses. One can find old people with tattoos on their faces and body (some of them are barely clothed). A walk around the village is very interesting. The village has an old Morung with 2 log drums (the village boys can be requested to play the drum). The Morung also has interesting artifacts. Langmeing is one of the very few villages that still have human skulls from the ‘head hunting’ days. Shangnyu village is prominent in Mon district and is ruled by the chief Angh. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 ft. in height and 12 ft. in breadth – believed to have been constructed by heavenly angels. Carvings of human beings and other creatures are engraved on this monument. Memorial stones are also found in front of the Angh’s House. History records that good and friendly relationship existed between Shangnyu and the Ahom Kings. The Shangnyu Angh used to collect taxes from all the villages under his domain ranging from Sibsagar in Assam to Wanchos in Arunachal Pradesh. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 5 MON
Breakfast at the Guest House. Full day excursion to Shanghachingnyu and Longwa (Konyak villages) with packed lunch. Shanghachinanyu – is an interesting village and one of the very few villages that have human skulls (about 600 of them buried in the earth and covered by a slab of rock in front of the Angh’s house). The Chief Angh (now too old to carry out his duties and hence retired) boasts of having taken 10 of the heads himself. He also displays an old vest coat that was gifted to him by the British. A visit to the Angh’s house is very interesting. Longwa – is one of the biggest villages in Mon district (the village has 7 Morungs, 7 deputy Anghs and 01 Chief Angh) and has interesting sights to see. As the village straddles on the international boundary line, one half of the Angh’s house falls within the Indian Territory, whereas the other half lies under Myanmarese control. However, the Angh and the village council chairman control the whole village. Another interesting feature of this village is that the Angh of the village has 60 wives and his jurisdiction extends upto Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh. Visit to this village is subject to granting permission by the Authorities. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 6 MON – TUENSANG
After early breakfast at the Guest House, proceed by surface (250 kms/11 hrs) for Tuensang en route visiting Changlangshu and Monyakshu (Konyak villages) with packed lunch. Upon arrival check-in at the Rest House. Tuensang is situated at an altitude of 1371 metres above sea level and is the homeland of Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamungans, Sangtams, Semas and Phoms. These tribes have a rich cultural heritage and their dresses are very colourful. Their dances and songs are heartwarming. This area is known for its handicrafts and handloom products. Dinner and overnight at the Rest House.

Day 7  TUENSANG
Breakfast at the Rest House. Full day excursion to Yakor & Sangphur (Yimchunger Villages) and Pansao (Khiamungan Village) with packed lunch. Yakor & Sangpur are two typical Yimchunger Villages. The houses of the villagers is worth a visit. Pansao village has a beautiful carving out of a single tree trunk. It is interesting to hear from the villagers the legend associated with the tree trunk. The village belongs to he Khiamungan tribe. Dinner and overnight at the Rest House.

Day 8 TUENSANG – MOKOKCHUNG
After breakfast at the Rest House, leave Tuensang for Mokokchung (115 kms/5 hrs) en route visiting Chare Village (Sangtam). Chare is an interesting Sangtham village where one may come across triangular cages for imprisonment of drug addicts. The cages are made out of wood of a specific tree causing skin irritation. Drug addicts and other anti-social elements are locked up naked in the cage, as per the local customary Law. Upon arrival in Mokokchung, check-in at the Circuit House. Mokokchung, is situated at an altitude of 1325 mts above sea level. This picturesque town is the cultural centre of the Ao Nagas. The main festivals of the Aos are Moatsu Tsungremmong celebrated during the first week of May and August respectively. A white water river of Milak and Tzula are of scenic interest and has a lot of potential for monsoon angling. Afternoon excursion to Ungma and Longkhum villages.Ungma Village – is the oldest and biggest of all Ao villages. According to legend, the early Ao’s settled here after coming from Chungliyimti. This village is many centuries old and can be of great interest to people who have a desire to peep into Ao folklores, customs and traditions. The village has an old log-drum. One can visit a local Naga house and take pictures of people in their traditional dress and jewellery. Longkhum is a legendary village, situated at an altitude of 1846 metres above sea level. It is 17 kms west of Mokokchung. Visit the Mata Yimkong, the top of the hillock where once stood a fortress. Footprints preserved on a rock surface is an interesting feature in this village. According to legend, the foot imprints are of China and Tibetan – the Romeo and Juliet of the Aos. Dinner and overnight at the Circuit House.

Day 9 MOKOKCHUNG
Breakfast at the Circuit House. Later full day excursion to Mongsenyimti, Langpangkong and Molung Villages with packed lunch. Mongsenyimti village has 02 beautiful log drums. Here you will find old ladies with tattoo marks (faded) on their chins. Langpangkong Village – History speaks of an Ahom King, who fled his capital (Sibsagar in Assam) due to court intrigues and rivalries and had taken refuge in the Langpangkong range, along with Dikhu and Tzula rivers. The cave where he took shelter still remains.  Molung village has the distinction for having the American Baptist mission being established in Naga hills in 1872 and the earliest mission building is still intact and preserved. Dinner and overnight at the Circuit House.

Day 10 MOKOKCHUNG – ZHUNEBOTO
After breakfast at the Circuit House, leave for Zhuneboto (80 kms/4 hrs) en route visiting Lotisami (Sema Village) with packed lunch. Lotisami is a Sema village and is interesting for the attractive traditional dress of the tribe. Bamboos filled with water is a unique feature found in most of the houses used as a fire extinguishing measure. Upon arrival at Zhuneboto check-in at the Rest House. Zunehboto, situated at an altitude of 1874 metres above sea level, is the home of Semas. The town is spread out on clusters of Hillocks. Semas are considered to be the Martial Tribe among the Nagas. They have their colourful dances and songs. Their ceremonial war outfits are worth seeing. Tuluni is one of their important festivals. It is observed in the second week of July. Evening is kept aside for a specially organized Sema Cultural Programme. Dinner and Overnight at the Rest House.

Day 11 ZHUNEBOTO – PFUTSERO
After breakfast depart by surface to Pfutsero (200 kms/10 hrs) en route visiting Satakha and Khukiye with packed lunch. Satakha/Khukive – witness a cultural programme of war dances by men and performance of weaving and winnowing by women in their traditional dresses. The stones and pillars near Chesezumi Village on the Chazouba road bear testimony to the existence of head hunting among the villagers in the ancient days. Upon arrival at Pfutsero, check-in at the Guest House. Pfutsero – situated at an altitude of 2134 metres above sea level, is a beautiful township and is the coldest town in Nagaland. This is also the home of the Chakhesangs. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 12 PFUTSERO – PHEK – PFUTSERO
Breakfast at the Guest House. Later full day excursion to Phek en route visiting Chakesang villages with packed lunch. Phek – some of the most colourful species of orchids are found here. This area is habitat of the world famous Blythe’s Tragopan, a pheasant of Nagaland. Chakhesang culture and customs are quite different from other Naga hill tribes. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 13  PFUTSERO – KOHIMA
After breakfast at the Guest House, depart by surface to Kohima en route visiting Pfutseromi village (Chakhesang). Pfutseromi – An old and very interesting village. The front walls of several houses are made of carved wooden planks. The village still practises its old Naga customs parallel with the Christian culture. It has an interesting history associated with it. The houses of the 2 priests (Pagans) have dead birds hanging from the roof at the entrance. Continue your drive and upon arrival in Kohima, check-in at the hotel. Kohima, the state capital and a hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,495 metres above the sea level. It is a beautiful town presenting wide panoramic views and is the home of the Angamis. After lunch, proceed for a short Angami cultural show at Bara Basti followed by local rice beer. Later visit the War cemetery and the museum.
Kohima Village (Bara Basti) is one of the biggest and most populous villages in Asia. As you enter the village a large traditional wooden gate with the scimitar of horns and buffalo head pointing towards the bravery and valour of the Angamis, greets you. Naga stones erected in front of the houses are memorial symbols of the grand feasts arranged by their great ancestors. War Cemetery is a symbolic memorial raised as citation for the supreme sacrifices made by the officers and men during the World War II. A bronze plaque with a suitable epitaph supports each grave. The state museum treasures are collection of articles of different tribes, which speak about the history, the traditions of Nagas. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 KOHIMA – DIMAPUR – CALCUTTA – DELHI
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by surface to Dimapur (74 kms/2 hours) and upon arrival visit the Kachari Ruins. Dimapur, situated at an altitude of 195 metres above sea level, is a fast developing town. It is also the commercial centre of the state. The ancient Kachari capital of Dimapur is one of the important sites of megalithic culture. Most of the ruins appear to be contemporaries with the Kachari civilization, established before the Ahom invasion in the 13th century A.D. These are evidence of a touch of Hindu influence on most of them, though these are predominantly non Aryan, with elaborate rituals and the cult of fertility. Later departure transfer to the Dimapur airport to board flight for Calcutta (flight operates only on Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun). Remain in transit at the Calcutta airport to board flight for Delhi. Assistance on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to a Hotel for wash and change and dinner. Later departure transfer to the airport to board flight back home.

Day 15 DEPART DELHI
Today is free until your departure transfer for your flight home

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