Day 1 Arrive Kolkata
Arrive in Kolkata. You will be met upon arrival by our representative who will
escort you to the hotel of your stay.
Check-in time is 12 noon.
Later in the afternoon enjoy half day tour Kolkata
Stay overnight in Kolkata
Day 2 Kolkata – Dimapur ( By Air) & drive to Kohima, Nagaland
Morning in time transfer to airport to board flight for Dimapur. Received at Dimapur airport and later drive to Kohima (80 kms / 02 hrs). Check
in at hotel for 02 nights.
Dimapur is the commercial hub of Nagaland. Dimapur, situated
on the banks of the Dhansiri river was once the capital of the Kachari Kingdom-
remains of the broken pieces of stone pillars and other stone carvings can
still be seen.
Kohima, situated in the south at
an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital
city of Nagaland. Kohima has the advantage of being centrally
located - being bounded by the state of Assam on the west, Wokha district
on the north, Zunheboto and Phek districts on the east and Manipur state
on the south.The Angami, Rengma and Zeliangrong communities
mainly inhabit Kohima District.
Stay overnight in Kohima.
Day 3 At Kohima , Nagaland
Today we visit 2nd World War Cemetery, where the famous Battle of Tennis Court took place, State Museum, Handloom and Handicraft Emporium, local market and Khonoma village inhabited by the western Angami tribe and is famous for its cleanliness measures.
Overnight at the hotel.
KOHIMA WORLD WAR-II CEMETERY : Overlooking
Kohima amidst scenic environs, the Kohima War Cemetery is a memorial in honor
of those officers and soldiers killed during the World War II. Formerly known
as Garrison Hill it is designed as a series of terraces with magnificent stone
steps, bearing testimony to one of the most stubborn, close and bloody fighting
in the whole of the Second World War.
On the 18 plots of the cemetery, there are 1421 slabs erected in memory of
soldiers who were killed in the battle of Kohima. The cemetery is maintained
by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Before leaving Kohima the British
erected a moving memorial in memory of their fallen comrades:
“When you go home, tell them of us, and say: ‘For
your tomorrow, we gave our today.’’
STATE MUSEUM: Located at Bayavü Hill, about
1½ km from the main town, it houses a rare collection of artifacts of
each Naga tribe. The State Museum also has authentic Naga precious stones on
display. Here one can see the most valued and expensive necklaces used by the
Nagas. They are an assortment of precious stones which include cornelian, tourmaline,
coral, core of xancus, ivory and other beads, brass and silver bells. Another
interesting display is the Naga Morung/hut models. One can make out that the
villages were located on hilltops. Perhaps it was to survey/watch the valley
below for approaching friends or foes. The variations in architecture among
the different tribes are just amazing. Musical instruments are also displayed.
The various instruments give an insight into how music formed an integral part
of Naga life. Log drum, Tati, a single stringed instrument, and other instruments
made of bamboo and buffalo horns are used during festivals and other social
gatherings. For the art lovers the state museum has an art gallery which houses
collections of paintings by different local artists. The themes vary from traditional
The State Emporium displays the finest collection of
tribal shawls, handbags, wood carvings, mekhalas, cane and bamboo handicrafts
and readymade garments of traditional weaves, designed to modern taste.
Village: Located 20 kms west of Kohima is Khonoma village.The village
referred to as “Khwünoria” by the residents is estimated to
be around 700 years old and is surrounded by hills that are as high as 9000
ft. It was here that the Naga warriors made their last stand against the British
in 1879. The Village is named after a plant locally known as “Khüno” that
grows in the area. The alder tree (Alnus Nepalensis) is found in abundance
in this region and Khonoma is famous for its management of jhum fields with
alder trees, which fixes nitrogen in the soil and checks soil erosion.
mission” Green Khonoma”, it has become the Model Village for eco-tourism.
The Village Council has made it mandatory for every household to have dustbins. Once
in a month, sanitation drive is carried out and the community’s garbage
is burnt. The ashes and the residue are then used as manure. The combination
of rich bio-diversity and stunning landscape makes Khonoma habitat an excellent
candidate for eco-tourism.
Stay overnight in Kohima
State Museum: Visiting Hours: Timings: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. (Closed on all
Holidays and Sunday of the week
- State Emporium remains closed on Sundays and Govt. Holidays.
Day 4 Kohima-Mokokchung, Nagaland
Today post breakfast drive to Mokokchung (160 kms/ 06 hrs). . Enroute we visit, Tuophema Village, Longsa village inhabited by Lotha tribe at Wokha, Tseminyu Village inhabited by Regma Tribe and Longkhum tribal village inhabited by the Ao Nagas.
Tseminyu Village: Tseminyu is the home to the Rengma tribe.
The whole countryside is located on gentle slopes without much difficult terrain
almost the whole area could be put to use for cultivation, so the main occupation
of this tribal people is agriculture and blacksmith. They practice both Jhum
and terrace cultivation. The houses are made up of bamboo and mud. The granary
is always out of the village. They are fond of rearing pig mainly for religious
and social occasions. “Ngada” is the main festival here which falls
in the month of November. A popular belief among the ancient Rengmas is that
the spirit of the death visits their graves and the homes of their relatives
once every year, particularly during this festival.
Longkhum: A vanguard village of the Ao’s in the days
of head hunting, Longkhum is strategically situated at an altitude of 1,846m.
The people of the village are hard working and the exquisite handcraft and
handloom items are renowned for miles around. On a clear day it is possible
to see the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal and beyond. The Ao’s have a
belief that Longkhum is the resting place of the spirits of the dead on their
onward journey to paradise. Local legend goes that a single visit to Longkhum
is not enough and that the dead have to return to the village again to collect
Stay overnight atl Mokokchung
Day 5 Mokokchung – Jorhat, Assam
Post breakfast drive to Jorhat (110 kms/ 4 hrs) and check in at the hotel. Enroute we visit Ungma, Mopungchuket and Chuchuyimlang tribal villages inhabited by the Ao Nagas. Evening at leisure.
This is the oldest and the largest of all the Ao villages and the second largest
village in Nagaland, next only to Bara Basti of Kohima. It occupies a unique
position in the history of the Ao Nagas, for it is said that the whole Ao tribe
founded this village when they first entered the land from their ancestral
Home at Chungliyimti (now within the Sangtam Naga Territory). The rich Ao culture
and tradition is jealously guarded and practiced by the villagers even today
and the place is considered to be a living museum of the traditions of the
CHUCHUYIMLANG : It is the village of festivals for the
Ao Nagas. The Moatsu festival, based on community bonding, takes place here
from the first of May till the third. During this period, the villagers expressed
their friendship towards villagers by exchanging gifts etc. The tourist village
established there is a showcase of this spirit of the villagers in the most
natural and uncontaminated manner.
Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region.
It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli
Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town. They were planted
in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at
Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better
plantation practices which include developing of new clones and saplings.
Stay overnight at Jorhat.
Day 6 Jorhat-Mon, Nagaland
After breakfast drive to Mon (140 kms/ 05 hrs) and check in at Paramount Guest House for 02 nights. Afternoon visit Chui Village inhabited by Konyak tribe and local market. Overnight at the guest house.
Mon– situated at an altitude of 897 metres above sea
level, Mon is the home of the Konyak Nagas. Hereditary chiefs known as Anghs
(Chief) rule the Konyak and the institutions of Anghship prevail only to the
Konyak Naga tribe. It is interesting to see tattooed faces, wearing featured
head gears and war traditional dresses. They are known for excellent wood carving,
handicraft and blacksmither.
Chui village situated about 8kms away is known for preserving
of much of its old world charm. One can see the mansion belonging to the Angh
which stores hundreds of skull of animal stag fetched from hunting period.
We also plenty of houses which are in traditional Knyak style with palm leaf
roofing and the main pillars jutting out. The front side of their houses are
decorated with horns of the buffalo.
Stay overnight at Mon
(Basic guest house)
Day 7 Mon, Nagaland
This morning drive to Longwa village which is a 57 kms / 02 hrs drive, One of the biggest villages in Mon district,
the village straddles the international boundary between India and Myanmar
with half of the Angh’s houses falling within India and the remainder
in Burma. Enroute we visit Tang Village. Also visit Shengha
Chingnyu Village. Later in the afternoon return to Mon.
Stay overnight at Mon
( Basic guest house)
Day 8 Mon-Dibrugarh, Assam
Post breakfast visit Mon Village and later drive to Dibrugarh (160 kms / 06 hrs). Check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow. Evening enjoy a cultural programme (Bihu) performed by an ethnic dance troupe on the bungalow lawn. Overnight at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee
Heritage Chang Bungalow.
Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of
Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came
through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their
Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town
of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling
a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens
while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts
and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution.
When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century
they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant
as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main
features of these buildings has given rise to their name – Chang
bungalows. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and
the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze
to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out!
Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people
of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances
of India. Except Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk
dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed
by young men and women reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life
during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love
and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all- irrespective of caste,
creed and religion.
Stay overnight at Dibrugarh.
Day 9 Dibrugarh- Tai Phake village- Dibrugarh
Today post breakfast we visit Tai Phakial village (60 kms/ 90 mins) - an ethnic village whose kith and kin date back to the Ahom period. The villagers
still maintain their age-old culture - a village worth exploring. Also visit
the incredible Bell’s Temple. Later return back to Dibrugarh.
Overnight at Mancotta / Chowkidinghee Chang Bungalow.
Namphake Village is the largest of the Tai-Phake villages
in Assam, boasting 70 odd families, which trace their ancestry to the great
Tai race. The village folk speak a dialect similar to the language in Thailand
and still follow the traditional customs and dress code of the great Tai race.
The hamlet is also home to the Namphake Buddhist Monastery, one of the oldest
and most respected Buddhist Monasteries in Assam. They are Buddhist in religion.
They have their own separate scripts and has also preserved in a few manuscripts,
which are mainly religious scriptures. These manuscripts are written in Tai-scripts,
which are preserved in their village Vihars.
The story behind how this Bells’ Temple was born goes
back to about 50 – 60 years, where a man had a dream where he was told
to tie a thread around the tree. On doing this, his wish was fulfilled. One
night he again dreamt that as a thanks giving he should hang a bell on the
tree. So he did just that. Today, one can see thousands and thousands of bells
of different sizes hung around the tree. The banyan tree is right in the middle
of the temple, a huge tree, with a band of red thread around it.
Stay overnight at Dibrugarh.
Day 10 Dibrugarh - Kolkata ( By Air)
Today morning in time transfer to Dibrugarh airport to board flight for Kolkata. On arrival Transfer to hotel.
Check in hotel. Day free for independent activities. Overnight stay at Kolkata
Day 11 Leave Kolkata
In time transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destinations.