Peren is the traditional home of the Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes. Mt.Pauna, the third highest peak in Nagaland stands majestically along the Benreu range. It offers breathtaking views (of rhododendrons, orchids, mithuns, birds etc) and treks along three escalating ranges leading to the peak. These ranges are about 6 km away from the Benreu village – ideal time for trekking is during the clear month of November.
Around Mt. Pauna and the villages, are numerous spots containing articles of the past, both man-made and natural. Monoliths, curiously shaped stones and rocks, water springs, Morungs and other enclosures for traditional social bonding are scattered around this area. The hospitality of the villagers is the star attraction for visitors, who can pamper their taste buds with traditional F & B, besides being witness to the striking traditions of the people.
Situated in the district of Peren, this little village perched at 1950m houses a unique community where 20 per cent of an animist population dictates the customs and social rules of the majority Christians. Now a tourist village, Benreu is a living showcase of the endangered culture of these highlanders. With a dense wildlife sanctuary around it, a visitor can embark upon a jungle safari by staying comfortably in this authentic animist village. If you are in Benreu, then do not forget to have Kennie Nku, the local bread made from sticky rice and prepared over a heated stone kiln.
Mt. Pauna Tourist village
This village resort is an extension of Benreu village (separated from it by about 300m) towards the south along the Pauna mountain range. It has 8 double bedded cottages (built under trees of different varieties) with attached bathrooms fitted with running hot and cold water. The village has one Morung for the visitors and a three storied restaurant–cum–dormitory.