THE LAND OF THE NAGAS

naga_collage.jpg (33773 bytes) A unique programme taking people into an isolated area of India closed off to foreigners for many years.

The Land of Nagas

This is a tough programme covering areas of Nagaland not easily, or regularly visited by foreigners, India's Northern Eastern State. Clients booking on this programme should be aware of the fact the infrastructure and and amenities provided during the tour are very basic. Moreover, as there are several tribal areas being visited on this tour, clients should be sensitive to tribal sentimental values and traditions.

THE LAND OF NAGAS

angami_Warriors.jpg (17502 bytes)Nagaland was formed as the sixteenth state of the Indian Union on 01 December, 1963. It was earlier know as Naga Hills Tuensang Area. It is bounded by Assam in West, Arunachal Pradesh in the North and East, Burma in the East and Manipur in the South. Most of the state is hilly featuring three parallel mountain ranges. The state has severe topography with hill ranges breaking into ridges. The altitude of the state varies between 194 metres and 3840 metres.

The Nagas build their villages on hilltops and most of the 1112 villages within the state are located at a height of 1000 to 1200 metres above sea level.

The fourteen major Naga tribes within the state are the Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamnngan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchungur and Zeliang.

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Day 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Meet and assist upon arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel for overnight.

Day 02 DELHI-DIBRUGARH
After early breakfast, departure transfer to the airport to board the 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 03 DIBRUGARH-MON
After breakfast, depart by car to Mon (200 kms/11 hrs). The drive takes you through the picturesque tea gardens of Assam with a stop enroute to visit a Tea Plantation. Lunch will be provided en route.

After completing the formalities at Assam and Nagaland check-points, drive on to Mon stopping enroute stopping to meet local tribal people.

Mon, the home of the 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, gunpowder, head brushes, headgear, necklaces etc made by these artisans and craftsmen. It is an exciting experience to pay a visit an Angh’s house. Hereditary chiefs, known as Anghs, rule Konyaks and the institution of Anghship is only prevalent among the Konyaks. The most colorful festival of the Konyaks is Aoling and is celebrated during the first week of April, which is a magnificent spectacle. Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 04 MON
Breakfast at the Guest House. Full day excursion to Langmeing and Shangnyu (Konyak villages) including lunch.

Langmeing – one of the most interesting villages in the area with traditional Naga houses. You will see people with tattoos on their faces and body. A walk around the village is very interesting. The village has an old Morung with two log drums The Morung also have interesting artifacts. Langmeing is one of the very few villages that still have human skulls from the head hunting days.

Shangnyu - Ruled by the chief Angh, Shangnyu village is prominent in the Mon district. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 ft. in height and 12 ft. in breadth, believed to be 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. 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 05 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 presented to him as a gift by the British.

Longwa - is one of the biggest villages in the Mon district (the village has seven Morungs, seven deputy Anghs and one Chief Angh) and has many interesting sights. As the village straddles 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 up to Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh. A visit to this village is subject to granting permission by the Authorities).

Dinner and overnight at the Guest House.

Day 06 MON-TUENSANG
After an early breakfast at the Guest House, proceed by car (250 kms/11 hrs) to Tuensang enroute visiting Changlangshu and Monyakshu (Konyak villages).

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 07 IN TUENSANG
Breakfast at the Rest House

Full day excursion to Yakor & Sangphur (Yimchunger Villages) and Pansao (Khiamungan Village). Yakor & Sangpur are two typical Yimchunger Villages that are well worth a visit. Pansao village has a beautiful carving out of a single tree trunk. The villagers have wonderful legends associated with this tree trunk. The village belongs to the Khiamungan tribe.

Dinner and overnight at the Rest House.

Day 08 TUENSANG-MOKOKCHUNG
After breakfast at the Rest House, leave Tuensang for Mokokchung (115 kms/5 hrs) enroute visiting Chare Village (Sangtam).

Mokokchung is situated at an altitude of 1325 metres 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 is of scenic interest and has considerable potential for monsoon angling.

Afternoon excursion to Ungma and Longkhum villages.

Ungma Village – is the oldest and biggest Ao Villages. According to legend, the early Ao’s settled after coming from Chungliyimti. This village is many centuries old and can be of great interest to people who have a desire to delve into Ao Folklores, customs and traditions. The village has an old log-drum. You 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 09 IN MOKOKCHUNG
Breakfast at the Circuit House. Full day excursion to Mongsenyimti, Langpangkong and Molung Villages. Mongsenyimti village has two beautiful log drums. Old ladies with tattoo marks on their chins can still be found here.

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 first American Baptist mission established in the Naga hills in 1872. This building 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) enroute visiting Lotisami (Sema Village).

Lotisami is a Sema village and is interesting for the attractive traditional dress of the tribe. Bamboo filled with water is a unique feature found in most of the houses, as a fire extinguishing measure. Zunehboto, situated at an altitude of 1874 metres above sea level, is the home of Semas. The town is spread out on the clusters of hillocks. Semas are considered to be the Martial Tribe among the Nagas. They have their colourful dances and songs. Their ceremonial war dresses are worth seeing. Tuluni is one of their important festivals. It is observed in the second week of July.

Evening specially organized Sema Cultural Programme. Dinner and Overnight at the Rest House.

Day 11 ZHUNEBOTO-PFUTSERO
After breakfast depart by car to Pfutsero (200 kms/10 hrs) en route visiting Satakha and Khukiye.

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. 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. Full day excursion to Phek enroute visiting Chakesang villages.

Phek – some of the most colourful species of orchids are found here. This area is the 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, depart by car to Kohima enroute visiting Pfutseromi village (Chakhesang).

Pfutseromi - An old and very interesting village. The front wall of several houses are made of carved wooden planks. The village still practices its old Naga Customs in parallel with the Christian culture. It has an interesting history associated with it. The houses of the two priests (Pagans) have dead birds hanging from the roof at the entrance

Kohima, the state capital and a hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,495 metres above sea level. It is a beautiful town presenting wide panoramic views and is the home of the Angamis.

After lunch, there will be 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.

The Kohima War Ccemetery:
It offers a space for a quiet moment of a contemplative stroll with friends or family. This is a symbolic memorial raised as a citation/or the supreme human sacrifices made by the officers and men of the allied forces, to halt the tide of the Japanese onslaught during the Second World War. This was their last post. The cemetery is beautifully and meticulously maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The heart moving epitaphs, engraved on bronze plaques by their loved ones, is worth the time spent on reading. As you depart the writings on the cenotaph is bound to echo in your inner mind for a long while : "WHEN YOU GO HOME TELL THEM OF US AND SAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY" A bronze plaque with a suitable epitaph supports each grave. The state museum treasures are a 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, depart by car 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. There is 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.

Late departure transfer to the Dimapur airport to board your flight to Delhi.

Assistance on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to a specialty restaurant for Dinner. Later departure transfer to the airport to board flight back home.


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TOUR COST

Price on application

The above cost includes:

  • Meeting & assistance on arrival/departure.
  • Transfers from railway station/airport to hotels & vice versa by air-conditioned car/van/mini coach in Delhi & non-airconditioned jeeps at all places
  • Hotel accommodation on sharing basis in hotels/Guest Houses mentioned or similar, in a double or a twin bedded room on Full board basis as per the itinerary for a total number of 14 nights inclusive of all applicable taxes currently in force. While attached bath is available in accommodations at Delhi & Dibrugarh, the same cannot be guaranteed for accommodation in Nagaland, except at Kohima.
  • Check-in & check-out time at all hotels is 12 noon unless otherwise specified
  • Sightseeing and village visits as per the itinerary with locally appointed English-speaking guide
  • Inter-city transportation as per the itinerary using non air-conditioned jeeps as per the itinerary
  • Restricted area permit fees

The rates include only the services listed above and those mentioned in the itinerary. The rates do not include any visa charges, airport taxes on departure and items of personal nature such as meals other than specified, cost of telephone calls, table drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities etc.

 

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    Example of local cloth

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