Nagaland Tribal Tour
Destinations: Dibrugarh in Assam, Sivasagar, Mon, Mokokchung, Kohima, Kaziranga NP, Guwahati
Durations: 11 Nights/12 Days
Best time to visit: October end to May 1st.
Info: The undulating state of Nagaland is extremely charming. A home of near about 16 tribes the state has much more to explore. Tribe and clan traditions and loyalties play an important part in the life of Nagas. Weaving is a traditional art handed down through generations in Nagaland. Each of the tribe has its own unique designs and colours, producing shawl, shoulder bags, decorative spears, table mats, wood carvings, and bamboo works. War dances and other dances belonging to distinctive Naga tribes are a major art of form in Nagaland.
Day 1: Dibrugarh Airport to hotel in Sivasagar (Assam)
Our tour representative will welcome you at the Dibrugarh Airport and transfer to Hotel in Sivasagar. Afternoon, if time permits visit , the Central 33 mtr high Shivadol Mandir (temple), the tallest Shiva Temple in India, situated on the bank of Big Sivasagar Pond.
Overnight in Sivasagar.
Day 2: Around Sivasagar
This day we will have sight seeing in Sivasagar. Our attractions will be:
- Excursion trip to Charaidew, 28 kms, the first capital of Ahom dynasty. Attractions: The Maidams (similar to Pyramids) of the Ahom Kings and queens. Then back to Sivasagar.
- Kareng Ghar, this brick palace is a unique four storey structure shaped like a sharpened, stepped pyramid. Dating from 1752 it’s the last remnant of the Ahom Capital that preceded Sivasagar
- Talatal Ghar, it was the defence head quarter.
- Ranghar, its a unique amphitheatre built during 1744-50.
- Joy dol (temple) and Joysagar pukhuri (Largest pond in the World)
- Ranghar (first Amphitheatre in Asia), Tolatol Ghar, Kareng Ghar etc. Overnight in Sivasagar.
Day 3: Sivasagar to Mon (Assam to Nagaland, 5 hours drive apprx)
Morning post Breakfast move to Mon in Nagaland. When reaching Mon, we are in the heart of the Konyak tribal area. Remaining time is at Mon.
Overnight at Mon.
Day 4: Mon-Chui-Longwa-Mon
Full day explore Mon including Chui and Longwa villages.
Here former head-hunters with their tattood faces and big horns in their ears can still be admired. Mon is the land of the Konyaks, offers the best opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. They are famous for their craftsmanship in making woodcarvings, necklaces etc. The Mon landscape has the densest landscape in Nagaland, and the plains of Assam can be delightfully viewed from high up in the hills.
The district’s largest village, Longwa, is situated right on the Myanmar (Burma) border. Konyaks are still ruled by heredetary chiefs known as Anghs. The Angh (king) of Longwa commands about 50 villages from both the side. Overnight in Mon.
Day 5: Mon to Mokokchung (7 hours)
Morning move to Mokokchung, the home of AO tribe of Nagaland, is situated at an altitude of 1325 metres above the sea level. Mokokchung town is the third most important urban hub in Nagaland. They are famous for their colourful dances.
On arrival overnight in Tourist lodge or village resort.
Day 6: Explore Mokokchung
Explore Mokokchung. Visit Mopungchuket, perhaps the best kept village in Nagaland. Often referred to as Ao heartland, you can absorb yourself in tribal culture here. Every house opens onto a well tended garden, and the people are accustomed to visitors and welcome a chat. Also visit Longkham village. The villagers are very friendly in nature and they feel proud to showcase their rich handicrafts and handlooms to the visitors. Overnight in Mokokchung.
Day 7: Mokokchung to Touphema (5 hours)
Post breakfast move to Touphema. En route visit Lotha tribe near Wokha. Reach Touphema by afternoon and on arrival check into neatly appointed huts built in the traditional Angami Naga style, the Angami tribes are, incidentally, the main tribe of this area. Evening enjoy an Angami naga dance and also ethnic food with rice beer.
Overnight in Touphema village.
Day 8: Touphema to Kohima (1 ½ hours)
Till lunch move around Touphema and post lunch move to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland located at an altitude of 1,444 meters. Those who’re interested in history will find a visit to the Kohima War Cemetery worthwhile. This cemetery is a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives pushing back the Japanese army during World War II. The bodies of around 1,100 British and 330 Indian soldiers are buried there.
Overnight in Kohima.
Day 9: At Kohima-Khonoma-Kohima
Whole day explore Kohima city and Khonoma village. Visit Species market in Kohima. Then move to Khonoma,it is an Angami Tribal village located 20 kms from Kohima. Here the Angami Nagas fought a fierce battle against the British, who came in an expedition to these Naga hills in 1879. The inhabitants of Khonoma place a lot of emphasis on wildlife conservation and have established The Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary. Then back to Kohima and have a local sight seeing with World War II cemetery.
Overnight in Kohima.
Day 10: Kohima to Kaziranga National Park (Nagaland to Assam, 6 hours )
Post breakfast move to Kaziranga National Park. By late afternoon, check in hotel and overnight in Kaziranga.
Day 11: At Kaziranga National Park
Early morning Elephant back safari and post lunch Jeep safari. Evening back to Camp and overnight.
Day 12: Kaziranga to Guwahati Airport ( 6 hours)
Move to Guwahati Airport with packed breakfast to catch afternoon flight for onward journey.