An ideal family trip to the picturesque hills of Nagaland with a mix of nature walks, cultural interactions , and a village stay
- Best Season: October – May
- Region: Nagaland
- Duration: 9 days
- Activity: Family
- Grade: Easy
A mystical land fabled for its colourful tribes, Nagaland is a delight for those interested in culture. Albeit, equally alluring are its verdant mountains and cloud puffed valleys. In the mornings the landscape is made surreal by the powder clouds which descend into the valleys. The cool climate which braces the mountains throughout the year makes it an ideal place for families to visit.
Commence your Nagaland tour from Kaziranga National Park, exploring the world heritage site in open jeeps and on elephant back. On having your fill of the Rhinos drive up to Mokukchung, the cultural capital of the Ao Nagas. Visit various villages around Mokukchung, acquainting yourselve with the culture of the Ao tribe. Your journey continues to the little know village of Tuophema, stronghold of the Angami tribe. Khonoma, your final destination is the first green village in India. This Angami village, which has a very rich history, is also renowned for its community initiative for conserving forests.
- Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
- Visit villages of two different Naga tribes
- Learn about Naga culture
- Reside in a homestay in a picturesque village
- Enjoy verdant landscapes
Day 1: Guwahati to Kaziranga
Pickup from Guwhati airport and drive to Kaziranga. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 2: Kaziranga
Kaziranga has three main ranges where one can undertake jeep safari – The Central Range (Kohra), the Western Range (Baghori) and the Eastern Range (Agratoli).
Post breakfast go for a jeep safari in the Central range of the park with a good chance of seeing may herbivores. In the evening head out for a second jeep safari to the Western range which has a high density of Wild Buffalos, Rhinos and Swamp Deer. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 3: Kaziranga to Mokukchung
Wake up early in the morning to set out on elephant back for close up views of Rhinos. Post breakfast drive to Mokukkchung. O/n at a hotel in Mokukchung
This picturesque town is the headquarters of the Ao Nagas, surrounded by many villages. You will be visiting some of these villages to learn about the culture of the Ao people.
Day 4: Mokukchung
In the first half of the day visit the village of Mopungchuket considered the cleanest village in all of Nagaland. Meandering thorough the flower laden paths we walk to the tower of ‘Eteben’ where we learn the story of the local Romeo and Juliet. Walk down a bit further to appreciate the brilliant wood carvings by a local artist.
In the second half of the day we visit Ungma the largest village of the Ao NAgas. walking the narrow streets and bylanes of this village gives us a brilliant opportunity to interact with the locals and observe the vibrant lifestyle of the Ao community. O/n at a hotel in Mokukchung
Day 5: Mokukchung to Tuophema
Post breakfast drive to the Angami village of Tuophema. On the way visit some villages inhabited by Lotha and Rengma tribe. O/n in traditional cottages at Tuophema village.
Day 6: Tuophema to Kohima
In the morning walk around Tuophema village and visit the village museum. After breakfast drive to Kisama heritage village where traditional dormitories of all the sixteen tribes have been constructed. O/n at a hotel in Kohima
Day 7: Kohima
In the morning throw a head around the Kohima market, the most interesting one of its kind in the North East. From here proceed to the State museum to learn about the customs and traditions of the sixteen Naga tribes. O/n at a hotel in Kohima
Day 8: Kohima to Khonoma
Visit the World War II cemetery, built to comeorate all those who lost their lives in the epic 1944 battle of Kohima . From here drive to the picturesque village of Khonoma, the first green village in India.
Walk around the village learning about its glorious historic past. The village is also famous for highly skilled basket and shawl weavers with whom you will interact. In the evening walk around the forest area which is being conserved by the village. O/n at a Homestay in Khonoma
Day 9: Khonoma to Dimapur
After breakfast drop to Dimapur airport
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