Touphema Village is one of the noteworthy ancient Heritage village of Nagaland situated on a hillock surrounded by lush green valley.
To head into the state and see peoples’ lives, livelihoods and lifestyles up close is a novel experience. Touphema Tourist Village, set up as a community effort by the people of Tuophema, offers just that. Self-funded, organized and designed. It offers a unique glimpse into rural life of a different kind than most Indians would be familiar with.
This village of the Angami tribe (one of the 16 tribes in Nagaland), has emerged as a “Green Village”, setting itself as an example to be followed by the rest of Nagaland, when it comes to protecting its ecological heritage.
Faced with widespread deforestation, the environmentally-conscious people of the village decided to put a total ban on logging and hunting in 1998, a first of this kind in Nagaland. The villagers also are to conserve an endangered pheasant of the state, and rich flora and fauna resources. The village believes in community driven eco-tourism, and hosts tourists, showcasing its rich natural and cultural heritage, offering home stays.
It is one of the best place to visit (in terms of Culture/Tradition of Konyak Tribes) in Northeast India. The serene and quiet ambience of Longwa will embrace you once you are there. The most intriguing fact of this village is that the Indo-Myanmar border passes from the Village. On top of that, the border passes through village chief’s house, dividing it into two halves, one that falls in India and the other in Myanmar. Even though the village lies in two countries, the entire village is ruled by the chief. The villagers have a dual citizenship.