Nagaland Tour and Hornbill festival

Mon - Dibrugarh - Longwa Village - Mokokchung - Kohima - Dimapur
6 Nights / 7 Days
Tucked away in the far north-east of India, wedged between the borders of Bhutan, Burma and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s newest and least-known state. Before the region was elevated to statehood in 1986, Arunachal Pradesh, along with Assam, Nagaland and 4 other states was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). Except for occasional forays by administrators and anthropologists during the time of the British, nothing much was known about this area for most of the 20th century. The isolation of the North East Frontier Agency was legally safeguarded by India's own government; before laws permitting limited tourism were passed in 1995, even Indian citizens were not allowed to visit.

The North East Frontier Agency lands never belonged to ancient India. They were, and still are, inhabited by Mongoloid and Mon-Khmer austere stock, far removed from Aryan-Dravidian blood of the mainstream. The people here are animists (except the area of Tawang where they accepted Buddhism); in the Highlands, wild Burmese tribes enthusiastically practiced indiscriminate headhunting until as late as the fifties. To the north, Mongoloid tribals, bare-bodied in breech-clouts, today are still encountering “civilization".

Nagaland is almost entirely inhabited by 16 groups of Tibeto-Burmese tribes. Among them are Angamis, Aos, Konyaks, Kukis, Lothas, Semas and Wanchus.

The Nagas, who were once head hunters, have been known for their fierceness and the regular raids they made on Assam and Burma. The warring tribes believed that since the enemy’s animated soul, waha, was to be found at the nape of the neck, it could only be set free once beheaded. However, since the spritual soul, mio, resided in the head and brought good fortune, enemy heads (and those of dead comrades) were prized as they could add to a community’s own store of dead ancestors.

The hilltop villages are protected by stone walls. The morung, a meeting house, acts as a boy’s dormitory, and is used for storing weapons and once displayed the prizes of war i.e. the enemy heads. The huge sacred drum, which stands by each morung is hallowed out tree trunk carved to resemble a buffalo head.

Package Itinerary

DAY 1 : Mon - Dibrugarh (By surface approx. 240 Kms/07 Hrs)

Early morning start your drive from Mon for 7 to 8 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state. Visit the very first village at Phuktong village. It has two great Morungs (men's dormitories). Also visit Angh's (chief's) residence. On arrival, check in to the Typical Naga house or Kalsa Resort.

DAY 2 : Longwa Village

You get full day to witness the colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past. Visit Longwa Village, one of the biggest villages in Mon district, it is an interesting sight to see. As the village straddles an international boundary line, one half of the Angh's house falls within Indian territory, whereas the other half lies under Myanmarese control. However, the whole village is controlled by the Angh and the village Council Chairman. Another interesting feature of this village is that the Angh of the village has 60 wives and this jurisdiction extends up to Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh. Also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm leaves roofing and the main pillars jutting out.

DAY 3 : Full days visit to Langmeing, Chaoha villages

Langmeing, one of the most interesting villages in the area, and has traditional Naga houses. One can find old people with tattoos on their faces and body (some of them with barely any clothes). A walk around the village is very amusing. The village has an old Morung with 2 log drums (the village boys can be requested to play the drum). The Morung also has fascinating artifacts. Langmeing is one of the very few villages that still have human skulls from the 'head hunting' days.

DAY 4 : Mon - Mokokchung (180kms/06-07 hrs approx.)

After an early breakfast drive to Mokokchung, a picturesque town which is the cultural center of the Ao tribes. The Ao Nagas is famous for their colorful dances. Enroute visit Chuchyimlang Village, also known as friendship village & Mopunchyukit Village to visit the oldest church in North East India. Continue drive to Mokokchung (35 kms/45 mins) and transfer to hotel or tourist lodge.

DAY 5 : Mokokchung - Kohima (180kms/6 hrs approx.)

After an early breakfast, Drive to Kohima enroute visit wakha village, lotha tribe. Overnight at hotel / local house.

DAY 6 : Hornbill Festival

Visit Hornbill Festival

DAY 7 : Kohima to Dimapur (75km / 2 hrs) drive airport fly to Kolkatta / Delhi by connected flight

Drive airport and fly to Kolkatta / Delhi by connected flight

Inclusions and Exclusions

Prices Include:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in double occupancy (single occupancy attracts a 15% supplement)
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner)
  • Drinking water
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transportation by SUV (Innova or Xylo)
  • Inner Line Permit/Protected Area Permit (for Arunachal Pradesh only)
  • Rafting/Camel/Elephant Safari charges
  • Porters and mules during trek
  • Entry fee to all parks/monuments/folk dances
  • English-speaking tour guide

Prices Do Not Include:

  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours or extra meals ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Prices include"
  • Tips, insurance, laundry, phone calls, medication, visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, aerated)
  • Connecting flights, trains or other conveyance
  • 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.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Prices valid from 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2018.
  • Prices valid for minimum 2 and maximum 4 pax traveling together in one vehicle.
  • 50% non-refundable and non-transferrable advance payment to be deposited at the time of booking confirmation with balance due in cash on arrival.
  • November to March Pangong Lake Journey will be done in one-day excursion.
  • In April and October heaters will be provided in accommodation and vehicle free of charge.
  • Our itineraries are conceived for adult travelers above the age of 15. Due to the remote geographical location of our tours, none is suitable for pregnant guests.

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About the Guide

"I'm a woman entrepreneur from Austria and run a resort in Goa, India. I have rarely followed the crowd, have always lived curiously and am unafraid to travel alone. But when the time came for me to explore India, I wanted someone else to put together a fascinating itinerary and look after the logistics for me so that I could totally let my hair down and have fun.

It was a huge stroke of good fortune that I found out about Sange Tsering - The Holiday Scout. Highly knowledgeable about the natural, historical and cultural treasures of Northeast India, well organized and committed to customer satisfaction in his approach, Sange is more than a qualified travel guide.

Given his contagious enthusiasm for discovery, Sange encouraged me to try everything and what started out as a tour quickly became a glorious pursuit of new life experiences which we found and swallowed whole for eleven straight days! Northeast India is a truly mesmerizing region, and I will surely return to travel with The Holiday Scout - the guide makes all the difference."

Erika | Austria | Solo Traveller

How to Book this Package?

To secure a booking for your tour, we ask that you pay a 50% deposit in advance with the balance due in cash on arrival.

For deposit within India, please use IFSC/NEFT - see bank details given on this page.

For deposit outside India, please use SWIFT remittance - see bank details given on this page.

Please note that should you decide to cancel your booking for whatever reason, your deposit will not be refunded or made transferable. The same holds true in case of no-show.

Bank account details
Account Holder: M/S HOLIDAY SCOUT
Account Number: 34892756900
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Bomdila
IFSC Code: SBIN0001394
Purpose: Tour Advance
Remarks: Please apply the funds to account 34892756900 which is maintained at your Bomdila Branch in Arunachal Pradesh
City: Bomdila
District: West Kameng
State: Arunachal Pradesh
Address: Near Govt Higher Secondary School,
Bomdila, West Kameng District,
Arunachal Pradesh - 790001