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Nagaland Magalaya and Assam Tour

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, peopled 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, are still today 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.

  • Day 1: Arrived from Kolkatta / Delhi

    • Arrived from kolkatta / Delhi Drive to Sivasager 100km 3 hrs drive over / night hotel Bramaputra Ashok Enroute visit Tea Gurden
  • Day 2: Sibsager - Mon [Nagaland] (By surface approx. 180km 06Hrs)

    • Early morning start your drive to Mon for 6 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state. Visit 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 3: Longwa Village

    • 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 his 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 4: Mokokchung (180 kms/06-07hrs approx.)

    • After an early breakfast drive to Mokokchung, a picturesque town which is the cultural center of the Ao tribes. The AoNagas 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/tourist lodge.
  • Day 5: Mokokchung - Kohima (180kms/6 hrs approx.)

    • After an early breakfast, drive to kohimaenroute visit wakha village lotha tribe over/night/ hotel
  • Day 6: Kohima (the capital of Nagaland)

    • After having breakfast, visit to Kohima (the capital of Nagaland). Sightseeing tour of Kohima excursion to Khonoma located 20 KMS away from Kohima in the west. Khonoma is village of Angami tribes having the customs of courage &valour. In the history it is written that Khonoma village protected numerous villages in its previous good time. The gate of the village speaks the British access's story at the hills of Naga. Also visit War Cemetery a memorial of the soldiers during World War II. Take a tour of the Museum which has rare article's collection of various tribal communities of Nagaland that tells the Naga's tradition & history. Pay a short visit to local tribal market. If time permits visit Kigwema village also known as Kepfiizha and have lunch at Dimori Cove Guesthouse. You may visit Angami Tribal village at Jakhama and a Village Resort at Touphema this is operated by the community of AngamiNagas. Later enjoy the cultural appearance done by the folks of village. Stay overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 7: Kohima to Kaziranga

    • Kohima to Kaziranga 230km 7 hrs drive over/ night hotel Afternoon visit a Tea Garden.
  • Day 8: Kaziranga to Shillong 280km 7hrs drive

    • Wake up early amidst the chirping of birds and take the Elephant safari through the Central Range. Observe at close quarters the famous Indian One -horned Rhino. After breakfast encounter the famous one horned Rhino by jeep safari through the eastern range. Afternoon driver to Shillong over/night / hotel
  • Day 9: Magalaya around 200km 8 hrs drive

    • Early breakfast visit Local market and Smit which is the seat of Khasi Royalty and tradition and drive to Shillong Peak to get a breath taking view of ShillongCity. Then drive to Cherrapunjee and experience the roar of Nohkalikai waterfalls. Visit the famous limestone caves of Mawsmai. View the largest Rock KhohRamhah, Children Play in the Thangkhrang Park and stand over a Waterfall-Dain Thelen falls. Late evening drive back to shilling. Overnight stay at Guwahati
  • Day 10: Guwahati to Delhi / Kokatta early breakfast drive to Airport enroute

    • Guwahati to Delhi / Kokatta early breakfast drive to Airport enroute visit kamakahya temple in gawahati the kamakhaya temple is shakti temple situated on the nilachal hill in western part of gawahati city in Assam , India its is the main temple in complex of individual dedicated to different from of the mother goddess that included bhubaneshwari bangalamukhi .chinnamasta.taraetcits is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and tantric worshippers Its used be of human sacrifices in past, now a day only animal sacrifice are conducted after visit Drive to Airport and fly to Kolkatta/ Delhi by connected flight.
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