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Nagaland Classic Cultural Tour


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Tour description

The mysterious stretch of land between Tibet and Burma, known in India as the “Seven Sisters”, is the wild north-east of India and was “terra incognita” until 1995. The region was isolated for a long time due to a lack of infrastructure, but also for political and strategic reasons, making it a black spot on the tourist map. Only recently has it become possible to visit these interesting areas of north-eastern India, albeit only in small “hand-picked” groups. The area is an ethnic patchwork: a total of over 500 tribes with different traditions, languages, cultures and a way of life at different levels of civilization settle here, all with a different ethnic origin than the rest of India.

Dive with us into this fascinating world of legends, myths and nature spirits.

You will need a pioneering spirit and empathy for our Nagaland tour, even if you are traveling in comfortable cars. In the capital Kohima, you will spend the night in a pretty, privately run lodge, otherwise mostly in very easy and rudimentary hotels and lodges. Those who are not put off by the lack of comfort will be rewarded with unforgettable encounters in an extraordinarily original and diverse tribal world. You will encounter several Naga tribes living in seclusion; Mon and Mokokchung in Nagaland are areas of India that are rarely visited. The Konyak tribe is one of the most traditional tribes in Nagaland. Although headhunting is a thing of the past, the Konyaks still preserve their cultural heritage with their traditional way of life. If you visit Nagaland in the first week of December, round off your tour with a visit to the famous Hornbill festival. Here, the diversity of Nagaland’s various tribes is celebrated with dancing, singing, drumming and traditional food.

We are happy to customize your tour to your needs.
Combine your tour with other destinations or activities. Contact us – we will be happy to help you.

Highlights

  • Gourmet day in the tea garden
  • Encounters with the Naga tribes Konyak (Anghs), Ao, Angami and Lotha
  • Visit remote Konyak villages and immerse yourself in their culture & lifestyle
  • Local, exotic markets
  • Visit the heritage village
  • Sightseeing of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland
  • Varied hilly and mountainous landscapes with small settlements and terraced fields

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Flight to Dibrugarh from Kolkata or Delhi.
  • Day 2 – 4: Onward journey to Mon to the Konyak (Anghs) tribe. We visit various remote villages (Langmean, Chui & Longwa) and gain deep insights into the way of life of the Konyak-Nagas. Among other things, we reach the border between India and Myanmar (Burma).
  • Day 5: Onward journey to the Ao-Naga tribe in the district of Mokokchung.
  • Day 6 – 8: Onward journey to the heartland of the Angami-Nagas; visit to the Lotha village of Wokha, an Angami village and the capital Kohima.
  • Day 9: Kohima – Dimapur. Onward flight from Dimapur to Kolkata or Delhi
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Best time to travel

Nagaland is best visited from February to April or in November and December (the Hornbill Festival takes place not far from Kohima in the first week of December). Please note: Accommodation in Nagaland during the Hornbill Festival is very limited and it is necessary to book at least three to four months in advance! The months of October to April are suitable for trekking trips.

Additional options

  • Hornbill Festival, in the first week of December, + 3 – 4 days: The now very popular Hornbill Festival takes place not far from Kohima and celebrates the traditional heritage of the 16 different Naga tribes of the state of Nagaland.
  • Villages of Hongphui & Wangla, + 1 day: Encounter the authentic tradition of the Konyak villagers here, largely untouched by modernity.
  • Sumi/Sema tribe, + 2 – 3 days: Encounters with the Sumi tribe. Visit to Sumi villages with traditional folk dance performance
  • Diverse Naga tribes, + 5 days. Meet the following tribes on this tour through remote areas: Ao, Chang, Khiamniungan, Yimchungers, Sangtam, Sumi, Pochury, Chakhechang.
  • Tribes of the Ao, Chang, Khiamungang and Yimchungers, Sangtam and Sumi, + 2 – 4 days: visit to the Ao village of Ungma and the Chang village of Tuensang.
  • Aoling festival in the first week of April, + 2 – 4 days: The Aoling festival is celebrated by the Konyak tribe in the Mon district, one of the most remote corners of north-east India. The festival is considered a New Year celebration and takes place after the sowing season. The festival is accompanied by wild drumming, folk and war dance.
  • Moatsu festival in the first week of May, + 2 – 4 days: Numerous traditional rituals take place during the Moatsu festival of the Ao-Nagas.
  • Sekrenyi Festival at the end of February, + 2 – 4 days: This festival of the Angami tribe is characterized by various purification ceremonies.
  • Trekking in the Dzukou Valley, + 3 – 4 days: This valley is particularly rich in biodiversity and numerous flowers adorn the banks of the river in the summer months, such as lilies, ehphorbias and hundreds of wildflower species. In spring, the rhododendrons in the surrounding mountains bloom in a blaze of color.
  • Nagaland cycle tour, approx. 8 days: The Mon district is suitable for pioneering cycle tours. Guests must bring their own bikes.
  • Assam (Kaziranga National Park), Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh: A tour to Nagaland can also be ideally combined with our travel modules “Assam“, “Meghalaya” or “Arunachal Pradesh“.