Embark on a captivating journey of discovery through Nagaland. Spectacular landscapes and tribal villages abound in India’s remote and contiguous north-eastern state. Experience a life far removed from our own, where you will embrace the unknown to create memories that last a lifetime. You will live alongside the locals and find the opportunity to slow down, live in the moment and ‘just be’. You will find deep roots within the community and a sense of kinship that is extended to all visitors. Spend the night at India’s first Green Village – Khonoma, hike through to the legendary Dzukou Valley, learn to pound rice into wine, traditional cooking and much, much more!
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|Day 1||Dimapur / Kiruphema||Local Market, Blacksmiths, Local Craftsmen||Village Homestay|
|Day 2||Kiruphema / Secunoma / Mezoma / Khonoma||Nature, Megalith Culture, First Green Village, Terraced fields||Village Homestay|
|Day 3||Khonoma||Ceremonial gates, forts, morung, age-group houses, cairn circles, local craftsmen, weavers., Small village trek and Picnic Lunch||Village Homestay|
|Day 4||Khonoma / Kohima||Schools, Local markets with various species of eatable insects and vegetables, 2nd WW cemetery, Cathedral, Mini museum with artefacts of 2nd WW.||Hotel Eastgate/ Similar|
|Day 5||Kohima / Puliebadze / Kohima||Hiking to Mt Puliebadze||Hotel Eastgate/ Similar|
|Day 6||Kohima / Dimapur||Connect flight for your onward journey|
Welcoming you to Nagaland. Today you meet your Guide at Dimapur Airport and then surface transfer to Kiruphema. As you drive on, you will notice that you are entering the hilly area and the temperature also slowly retreats and becomes cooler compared to Dimapur. On reaching Kiruphema check in to your homestay, get introduced to your host who will lead you to your room, freshen up and have a cup of tea. Later on you participate in blacksmithing with some local craftsmen. Undeniably you are to experience the purest form of hospitality and innocence of the tribal in this exonerate village. Enjoy the local dinner and retire for the evening.
A new day, a new adventure awaits… As you wake up in this beautiful village, your host has prepared your breakfast, starting the day’s adventure by exploring Asia’s first Green village “Khonoma”. Enlightened with the stories of warriors and the struggles of the Angamis against the British Army, as you come across ceremonial gates, forts, morung, age-group houses, you will also meet local craftsmen who make cane basket and women weavers and interact with the friendly villagers. Drive to the buffer zone KNCTS (Khonoma Nature Conservation & Tragopan Sanctuary) for a Picnic lunch and get a chance to see the Mithun (State animal of Nagaland), hear birds’ chirping, breathing thin clean air!
Or you have the option to have lunch at your homestay and Post lunch take a “Nature Walk” you may take a slow leisure walk towards the organic farming area, collect wildly grown organic vegetables and herbal plants, Get to see how the people of Khonoma practice one of the most sustainable way of doing jhum cultivation with Alder trees! On arriving to your homestay, You may join your host in cooking dinner with your collection of vegetables!
Today you have the option to go and experience some local routine – go and fetch drinking water, carry fire-wood or prepare food for the cattle OR After leisure breakfast we shall visit a school meeting and interacting with the shy students! Its time to bid goodbye to this alluring Village and head on to the next destination with loads on adventures ahead. Drive to Kohima, the state Capital. On arrival check into your Hotel. Today you shall be visiting local market and you will get to know the food habits of Nagas, you get to see various eatable insects and worms, mushroom, vegetables, seasonal grown and wild fruits all sold in the local market. Later on you visit some places of importance like Second World War Cemetery, State Museum and the Cathedral. To deepen your knowledge about the War history, you shall meet an old man who owns a mini private museum who has good collection of artifacts of the battle of Kohima during the 2nd World War that took place in the year 1944. Time for a good lunch and later you are driving for about an hour to Kigwema village (15 kms) which is an ancestral village to many Angami Naga villages. It happened to be a village of refuge for the Japanese
soldiers during the 2nd World War at the Battle of Kohima. You shall be exploring the village taking a village walk visiting the community who still lives in traditional houses, visit schools, part take in pounding rice in the traditional way!
Later drive back to Kohima for overnight stay.
After a sound sleep, get freshen up and have the healthy breakfast prepared at your Hotel. Today you shall be hiking to Mt Puliebadze with packed lunch. Mt Puliebadze is a legendary peak named after Pulie, a man who got lost in the forest after killing a giant serpent and is believed to have been taken by the spirits. This peak is also called 7522 hill during the British time and was used by the Japanese as a strategic point during the Battle of Kohima in 1944. The hike take about an hour for leisure/slow hikers, the trail is moderate and doable by all adventurous minded people. Lunch on the peak which offers a great view overlooking Kohima town and the surrounding villages. Hiking back till the trekking point, meet your car and drive back to Kohima. Evening you are driving to Kisama village, the venue of the Famous Hornbill Festival. Visiting Kisama will enable you to get some idea of the different tribes of Nagaland. Drive back to Kohima for overnight.