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Duration :
10 Nights / 11 Days

Country :
India

Cities :
Nagaland, Assam

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Description

There are different stories regarding the origin of the Nagas, they vary according to the version of the Kheza-Kenoma legend, believed by the Angamis, Sema, Rengamas and the Lothas. A village possessing a large Stone Slab which had magical properties it is believed that paddy (rice) spread on it to be dried doubled in quantity by evening. The three sons of the couple who owned the stone used it by the rotation. One day a quarrel broke out between the sons as to whose turn it was. Their parents, fearing blood-shed among the sons, set fire to the stone which then  cracked. It is believed that the spirit in the stone went to heaven and the stone lost its miraculous property. The three sons left their parents and went in different directions and became the forefathers of the Angami, Sema, and the Lotha tribes. For a long period the Nagas were unknown to the outer world, and indeed often lived in separate villages with little contact between them and the outside world.


Places To See

Kolkata, Kachari Kingdom, The Angami, Rengma and Zeliangrong communities, 2nd World War Cemetery, Mokokchung , Tuophema Village, Longsa village , Lotha tribe at Wokha, Tseminyu Village inhabited by Regma Tribe and Longkhum tribal village inhabited by the Ao Nagas.

Day 1 Arrive Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata. You will be met upon arrival by our representative who will escort you to the hotel of your stay.

Check-in time is 12 noon.

Later in the afternoon enjoy half day tour Kolkata

Stay overnight in Kolkata


Day 2 Kolkata – Dimapur ( By Air) & drive to Kohima, Nagaland

Morning in time transfer to airport to board flight for Dimapur.  Received at Dimapur airport and later drive to Kohima (80 kms / 02 hrs). Check in at hotel for 02 nights.

Dimapur is the commercial hub of Nagaland. Dimapur, situated on the banks of the Dhansiri river was once the capital of the Kachari Kingdom- remains of the broken pieces of stone pillars and other stone carvings can still be seen.
        
Kohima, situated in the south at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital city of Nagaland.  Kohima  has  the  advantage  of  being  centrally located - being bounded by the state of Assam on the west, Wokha district on the north, Zunheboto and Phek districts on the east and Manipur state on the south.The Angami, Rengma and Zeliangrong communities mainly inhabit Kohima District.

Stay overnight in Kohima.


Day 3 At Kohima , Nagaland

Today we visit 2nd World War Cemetery, where the famous Battle of Tennis Court took place, State Museum, Handloom and Handicraft Emporium, local market and Khonoma village inhabited by the western Angami tribe and is famous for its cleanliness measures. Overnight at the hotel.

KOHIMA WORLD WAR-II CEMETERY : Overlooking Kohima amidst scenic environs, the Kohima War Cemetery is a memorial in honor of those officers and soldiers killed during the World War II. Formerly known as Garrison Hill it is designed as a series of terraces with magnificent stone steps, bearing testimony to one of the most stubborn, close and bloody fighting in the whole of the Second World War.
On the 18 plots of the cemetery, there are 1421 slabs erected in memory of soldiers who were killed in the battle of Kohima. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Before leaving Kohima the British erected a moving memorial in memory of their fallen comrades:
 “When you go home, tell them of us, and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’’
STATE MUSEUM:  Located at Bayavü Hill, about 1½ km from the main town, it houses a rare collection of artifacts of each Naga tribe. The State Museum also has authentic Naga precious stones on display. Here one can see the most valued and expensive necklaces used by the Nagas. They are an assortment of precious stones which include cornelian, tourmaline, coral, core of xancus, ivory and other beads, brass and silver bells. Another interesting display is the Naga Morung/hut models. One can make out that the villages were located on hilltops. Perhaps it was to survey/watch the valley below for approaching friends or foes. The variations in architecture among the different tribes are just amazing. Musical instruments are also displayed. The various instruments give an insight into how music formed an integral part of Naga life. Log drum, Tati, a single stringed instrument, and other instruments made of bamboo and buffalo horns are used during festivals and other social gatherings. For the art lovers the state museum has an art gallery which houses collections of paintings by different local artists. The themes vary from traditional to modern.
The State Emporium displays the finest collection of tribal shawls, handbags, wood carvings, mekhalas, cane and bamboo handicrafts and readymade garments of traditional weaves, designed to modern taste.
           Khonoma Village: Located 20 kms west of Kohima is Khonoma village.The village referred to as “Khwünoria” by the residents is estimated to be around 700 years old and is surrounded by hills that are as high as 9000 ft. It was here that the Naga warriors made their last stand against the British in 1879. The Village is named after a plant locally known as “Khüno” that grows in the area. The alder tree (Alnus Nepalensis) is found in abundance in this region and Khonoma is famous for its management of jhum fields with alder trees, which fixes nitrogen in the soil and checks soil erosion.
            With its mission” Green Khonoma”, it has become the Model Village for eco-tourism. The Village Council has made it mandatory for every household to have dustbins.  Once in a month, sanitation drive is carried out and the community’s garbage is burnt. The ashes and the residue are then used as manure. The combination of rich bio-diversity and stunning landscape makes Khonoma habitat an excellent candidate for eco-tourism.
Stay overnight in Kohima
Note:

  • State Emporium remains closed on Sundays and Govt. Holidays. 
State Museum: Visiting Hours: Timings: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. (Closed on all Holidays and Sunday of the week)


Day 4 Kohima-Mokokchung, Nagaland

Today post breakfast drive to Mokokchung (160 kms/ 06 hrs). . Enroute we visit, Tuophema Village, Longsa village inhabited by Lotha tribe at Wokha, Tseminyu Village inhabited by Regma Tribe and Longkhum tribal village inhabited by the Ao Nagas.
Tseminyu Village: Tseminyu is the home to the Rengma tribe. The whole countryside is located on gentle slopes without much difficult terrain almost the whole area could be put to use for cultivation, so the main occupation of this tribal people is agriculture and blacksmith. They practice both Jhum and terrace cultivation. The houses are made up of bamboo and mud. The granary is always out of the village. They are fond of rearing pig mainly for religious and social occasions. “Ngada” is the main festival here which falls in the month of November. A popular belief among the ancient Rengmas is that the spirit of the death visits their graves and the homes of their relatives once every year, particularly during this festival.     
Longkhum: A vanguard village of the Ao’s in the days of head hunting, Longkhum is strategically situated at an altitude of 1,846m. The people of the village are hard working and the exquisite handcraft and handloom items are renowned for miles around. On a clear day it is possible to see the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal and beyond. The Ao’s have a belief that Longkhum is the resting place of the spirits of the dead on their onward journey to paradise. Local legend goes that a single visit to Longkhum is not enough and that the dead have to return to the village again to collect their souls.

Stay overnight atl Mokokchung.


Day 5 Mokokchung – Jorhat, Assam

Post breakfast drive to Jorhat (110 kms/ 4 hrs) and check in at the hotel. Enroute we visit Ungma, Mopungchuket and Chuchuyimlang tribal villages inhabited by the Ao Nagas. Evening at leisure.
Ungma: This is the oldest and the largest of all the Ao villages and the second largest village in Nagaland, next only to Bara Basti of Kohima. It occupies a unique position in the history of the Ao Nagas, for it is said that the whole Ao tribe founded this village when they first entered the land from their ancestral Home at Chungliyimti (now within the Sangtam Naga Territory). The rich Ao culture and tradition is jealously guarded and practiced by the villagers even today and the place is considered to be a living museum of the traditions of the tribe.
CHUCHUYIMLANG : It  is the village of festivals for the Ao Nagas. The Moatsu festival, based on community bonding, takes place here from the first of May till the third. During this period, the villagers expressed their friendship towards villagers by exchanging gifts etc. The tourist village established there is a showcase of this spirit of the villagers in the most natural and uncontaminated manner.
 Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town. They were planted in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices which include developing of new clones and saplings.

Stay overnight at Jorhat.


Day 6 Jorhat-Mon, Nagaland

After breakfast drive to Mon (140 kms/ 05 hrs) and check in at Paramount Guest House for 02 nights. Afternoon visit Chui Village inhabited by Konyak tribe and local market. Overnight at the guest house.       

Mon– situated at an altitude of 897 metres above sea level, Mon is the home of the Konyak Nagas. Hereditary chiefs known as Anghs (Chief) rule the Konyak and the institutions of Anghship prevail only to the Konyak Naga tribe. It is interesting to see tattooed faces, wearing featured head gears and war traditional dresses. They are known for excellent wood carving, handicraft and blacksmither.

Chui village situated about 8kms away is known for preserving of much of its old world charm. One can see the mansion belonging to the Angh which stores hundreds of skull of animal stag fetched from hunting period. We also plenty of houses which are in traditional Knyak style with palm leaf roofing and the main pillars jutting out. The front side of their houses are decorated with horns of the buffalo.

Stay overnight at Mon (Basic guest house)


Day 7 Mon, Nagaland

This morning drive to Longwa village which is a 57 kms / 02 hrs drive, One of the biggest villages in Mon district, the village straddles the international boundary between India and Myanmar with half of the Angh’s houses falling within India and the remainder in Burma. Enroute we visit Tang Village. Also visit Shengha Chingnyu Village. Later in the afternoon return to Mon.

Stay overnight at Mon ( Basic guest house)


Day 8 Mon-Dibrugarh, Assam

Post breakfast visit Mon Village and later drive to Dibrugarh (160 kms / 06 hrs). Check in at  Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow. Evening enjoy a cultural programme (Bihu) performed by an ethnic dance troupe on the bungalow lawn. Overnight at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow.

Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution.

When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name – Chang bungalows. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out!

Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all- irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

Stay overnight at Dibrugarh.


Day 9 Dibrugarh- Tai Phake village- Dibrugarh

Today post breakfast we visit Tai Phakial village (60 kms/ 90 mins) - an ethnic village whose kith and kin date back to the Ahom period. The villagers still maintain their age-old culture - a village worth exploring. Also visit the incredible Bell’s Temple. Later return back to Dibrugarh. Overnight at Mancotta / Chowkidinghee Chang Bungalow.

Namphake Village is the largest of the Tai-Phake villages in Assam, boasting 70 odd families, which trace their ancestry to the great Tai race. The village folk speak a dialect similar to the language in Thailand and still follow the traditional customs and dress code of the great Tai race. The hamlet is also home to the Namphake Buddhist Monastery, one of the oldest and most respected Buddhist Monasteries in Assam. They are Buddhist in religion. They have their own separate scripts and has also preserved in a few manuscripts, which are mainly religious scriptures. These manuscripts are written in Tai-scripts, which are preserved in their village Vihars.
        
The story behind how this Bells’ Temple was born goes back to about 50 – 60 years, where a man had a dream where he was told to tie a thread around the tree. On doing this, his wish was fulfilled. One night he again dreamt that as a thanks giving he should hang a bell on the tree. So he did just that. Today, one can see thousands and thousands of bells of different sizes hung around the tree. The banyan tree is right in the middle of the temple, a huge tree, with a band of red thread around it. 

Stay overnight at Dibrugarh.


Day 10 Dibrugarh - Kolkata ( By Air)

Today morning in time transfer to Dibrugarh airport to board flight for Kolkata. On arrival Transfer to hotel.

Check in hotel. Day free for independent activities. Overnight stay at Kolkata


Day 11 Leave Kolkata

In time transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destinations.


Place   Hotel
Kolkata   Hyatt Regency , Kolkata
Kohima   Orchid / Millenium
Mokokchung   Hotel Whispering Winds
Majuli/ Jorhat   Welcome Heritage/ Thengal Manor
Mon   Guest house
Dibrugarh   Saramati 

Bed and Breakfast On Full Board except in Kolkata
Donations to the tribal villages, a part of our CSR initiative
Domestic Air Tickets
Transport by Private air-conditioned SUV
All entrances fess to the monuments of visit, park entry tickets
Services of English speaking accompanied guide