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Trip to a Lesser Known Nagaland

Kohima, Nagaland, India.

Description

Starting from Kohima, the modern-day capital of  Nagaland, driving up to the picturesque town of Mokokchung, home to the Ao Nagas and the epicentre of the American Baptism movement to ultimately reaching the wild east where the last surviving tattooed headhunters live.


Places covered

  • Jakhama village, Mokokchung, Longkhum, Ungma, Mopuchunget, Mon, Hongphoi village, Simalguri, Guwahati

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    A night at the terraced campsite in Jakhama village!
    You begin the trip from Dimapur, crossing bumpy roads, wondering if the misery will ever end and is this journey going to be worth it. But after this hiccup, tonight will be about meeting other campers from across the world, uniting over the fire and having a myriad of conversations over some tasty organic food. You will be witnessing the last day of the Hornbill festival, experiencing the various food stalls, the giant bonfire and the festive atmosphere. The winters are quite chilly and the only time you will leave the fire is when its time for you to sleep. If you get a decent spot around the bonfire, you may be able to spot a couple of satellites and planets between the stars.
    Overnight at Camp Yedikha|

    Day 2:
    Mokokchung - The quiet hill town with a rich history

    Your exploration of Nagaland begins today, as you set out for Mokokchung, the most stylish town in Nagaland, as described by a local college going boy in Kohima. You will probably find his statement to be true, once you enter the beautiful town perched at 4600 feet, and see the local youth dressed to stun! You will have to wait for 6 hours as we cross the Wokha district to reach Mokokchung.
    Today, you should enjoy the drive, the food stoppage at Wokha district, thereby trying the cuisine of another tribe, an evening walk in Mokokchung town and a good night’s sleep. For tomorrow we start our day early and head out to explore two to three villages. Mokokchung is known as the cultural capital of Nagaland, so you have lots of look forward to.
    Drive time:6 hours
    Distance covered: 150 km
    Overnight at A beautiful homestay with a view|

    Day 3:
    Longkhum, Ungma and Mopuchunget
    The Ao Nagas are considered the most advanced of all the Naga tribes, considering they were one of the first to get educated and had a crucial role to play in spreading the American Baptism movement that swept Nagaland. Three prime villages of significance that you will be visiting today, based on how you feel after visiting one of them would be – Longkhum, Ungma and Mopungchuket. Each village has its own significance like Longkhum – the Vanguard village at 6056 feet, Ungma – the second largest village in Nagaland and Mopunchunget – where folk tales of the Nagas live.
    At the end of today’s tour which will include a bit of driving and walking around, you should get a sound sleep since tomorrow, is going to be a long day.
    Overnight at A beautiful homestay with a view|

    Day 4:
    Mon town - Entering the wild east
    Followed by an early breakfast the drive to Mon town begins. If you look carefully at the map of Nagaland, it will give you an idea of how we are exiting Nagaland from Mokokchung and entering this district via Assam. This circumnavigation due to lack of motorable roads connecting the two districts makes the drive really long. Thankfully only 4 of the 8 hours are roads that are cringe-worthy. Drive past the Assam border to enter the land of the Nagas, and not any Nagas, the Konyaks, also known as the last of the tattooed headhunters. You will slowly leave the plains and tea gardens of Assam and head towards higher elevation on bumpy roads. The drive slowly starts to give you the feeling that you are entering a different zone, something unknown. Thatched huts and flowering plants serving as boundaries of homes will welcome you into Nagaland. The clouds should be right up there with you. But you have to understand that this will be one of the bumpiest rides of your life and hence prepare accordingly. Check into your comfortable stay for the night after trying some local food.
    Drive time: 8 hours
    Overnight in cottages overlooking Mon town.|

    Day 5:
    Hongphoi village - meeting the last face tattooed king of the Konyaks
    Today you meet the last surviving face tattooed headhunter Angh, i.e. the chief or the king of a Konyak village. Usually, he is found sitting in his kitchen drinking dearly bitter black tea with other old men, all of whom wear tattoos on their wrinkled skin. The king or his men don’t really speak English but a conversation can be facilitated with the help of the local guide cum translator. Don’t forget to ’pay’ your regards to the Angh.
    A further drive of 2 hours in the opposite direction will take you to the final destination of this journey – the village of Longwa known for the unique geographical location of the village chief’s house and infamous for opium abuse.
    The house is split exactly in half between India and Burma. Take a walk through the King’s house and then pay a visit to the opium den where locals go about their daily routine of smoking opium sourced from Burma. The village gets more fascinating as you visit the gun maker’s house and understand the nuances of the gun culture in Nagaland. It doesn’t end here as now you have the option of buying some really cool craftwork from the blacksmith’s house(if he’s home). It’s a very special experience to buy an artist’s work from his workshop and that’s what Longwa offers.
    You can head back to your homestay for lunch, which is a delight in itself with a beautiful view of the Konyak hills from every room. Take some rest and head out for a walk to explore the border and village in general.
    Drive time from Mon to Hongphoi 1.5 hours one way.
    Drive time from Hongphoi to Longwa: 3.5 hours
    Overnight in a homestay overlooking the hills of Longwa village
    We will spend some time picking up handloom and handicraft products from the local market Mon. The Konyaks make some amazing products and this is a great way of supporting the local community as well as have a fascinating shopping experience.|

    Day 6:
    A day in Longwa exploring the unique border village!
    The activities and visits mentioned in the itinerary in the previous day can be clubbed today as well. The pacing of the same will happen based on how you feel.
    But first you can experience a beautiful sunrise in the village and if you are an early riser, a hike up to the India Burma border pillar no 155 will give you a bird’s eye view of the village. Ignore the men with rifles patrolling the pillar(if any) and the border and focus on the clouds below you. Rest of the day you can spend as you like, walking and hiking.
    This day has been added on request and feedback from travellers who wished they had an extra day in this border village doing nothing but just soak in the beauty of the place.
    Overnight in a homestay overlooking the hills of Longwa village.|

    Day 7:
    A night in the train reflecting on the trip!
    Today it is time to bid goodbye to your hosts and to Nagaland. You drive out by 10 am. This train ride will be an equally exciting and important part of the trip. Let’s just leave it to the day when you board the train.
    Total drive time from Longwa to Simalguri(railway station) will be 5.5 hours|

    Day 8:
    Flying out of Northeast India!
    The train chugs into Guwahati early in the morning. Board your flight with memories for a lifetime.
    Any flight after 10 am can be booked.|

    Day 9:
    Please Note
    Arrival and Departure timings, flights and suggestions.
    Arrival:
    Fly into Guwahati (GAU)on the 9th of December 2019. Book any flight that lands by 8 30 pm.
    Then take the daily overnight Nagaland express- train no.15603 that departs from Guwahati railway station at 11: 30 pm. Reservations are easily available on this train as long as you are booking at least 2 weeks in advance.
    Departure:
    Fly out of Guwahati on the 17th of December any time after 10 am. Your overnight train from Simalguri station should reach Guwahati latest by 7 am.

Inclusion

  • All accommodations on a twin sharing basis in tents, homestays and guesthouses
    Transport from Dimapur station/Airport in the morning (Day 1) to Simalguri Railway station in Assam on the last day of the tour.
    AC 2 tier train tickets from Simalguri station to Guwahati on 16th December
    All permits(including Inner  Line Permits) and parking charges
    All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (except the ones specifically mentioned in the exclusions)
    English speaking local guides in Mon, Mokokchung and Longwa
    A Chalohoppo guy as the tour leader
    Entry fee to monuments etc, if any

Exclusion

  • Airfare charges
    Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 and Day 3
    All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
    Any camera fees
    Hotel & driver tips (if any)
    Tips to be paid while visiting villages, if any
    Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
    Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
    Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.

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