Hongphoi village
View from the homestay in Longwa
A fisherman in Majuli

ChaloHoppo to Mon and Majuli island

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It is a rare occasion when, in a span of a week, one gets to explore places and cultures which are so fragile and their existence is a race against time. The journey to the world’s largest river island and then exploring the remote world of the erstwhile headhunters of Nagaland, will be an experience to remember.

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    4/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Food and wine
  • Activity Level Challenging
    3/4
  • Group Size Medium Group
    5
All about ChaloHoppo to Mon and Majuli island.

Majuli island in Assam, the largest river island in the world may get submerged submerged forever due to the rapid erosion happening in the island, and then you visit the Konyak tribe in Nagaland, the last of the feared tattooed headhunters who are octogenarians, since the practice of headhunting and the consequent tattoos were abolished in the 1960s.
It so happens that these two cultures thrive in places of immense natural beauty and you get to see different terrains, different flora, while you are welcomed by the naturally hospitable Missing tribe and the Nagas!

To get some international perspective, here’s how The Lonely planet exudes Majuli’s charm, “The island is a relaxed, shimmering mat of glowing rice fields and water meadows bursting with hyacinth blossoms.” On the other hand this is what famous historian William Dalrymple writes about his visit to Mon,”By the time we had risen into the heights of the easternmost ranges of the Himalayas, the old men all wore elaborate body tattoos, while many had inserted antlers and tusks into their ears and noses. The young men carried shotguns slung on their backs as they rode around scowling on Enfield Bullet motorcycles. It felt properly wild, a real borderland..”

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. All accommodations on twin sharing basis.
  2. All transport costs ex- Ziro
  3. Airport transfers
  4. Ferry charges
  5. All permits and parking charges
  6. Breakfast
  7. One expert tour /route guide wherever necessary
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Airfare charges
  2. All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above
  3. Trekking shoes and clothing ( Any personal equipment)
  4. Any camera fees
  5. Hotel & driver tips (if any)
  6. Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  7. Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  8. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  9. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
  1. Day 1 (2nd October) Ferrying into Majuli

    After breakfast leave your campsite so you can start your journey to the charming island of Majuli. Let life slow down while you explore the Mishing villages of Majuli. The island, being a haven for vibrant Vaishnavite culture has a lot of activities that you may indulge in. Whether you choose to visit the famed mask-makers house or maybe experience the traditional hymns and dances in the Xatras(Traditional Schools of Vaishnavite culture), Majuli has a lot to offer. Check into your bamboo cottages that you will be staying in for a night.

  2. Day 2 (3rd October) Cycling around Majuli

    Wake up early in the morning and explore the island a little more. You can rent some cycles or scooters if you would like to explore the island on your own. Alternatively, you can go on a boat ride on the Brahmaputra with some of the fishermen.

  3. Day 3 (4th October) Enter the wild east

    Drive past the Assam border to enter the land of the Nagas, and not any Nagas, the Konyaks also known as the last of the tattooed headhunters. You will slowly leave the plains and tea gardens of Nagaland and head towards higher elevation on bumpy roads. A drive of approximately 4 hours passing huts and beautiful flowered boundaries of homes, you will enter Mon town. A sleepy town that shuts by 5 pm.

  4. Day 4 (5th October) A day with the author of “The Last Tattooed Headhunters”

    A further drive of 2 hours on absolutely terrible roads takes you to the village of Shiyong where you meet the author of “The last of the tattooed headhunters”and live in her working farmhouse overlooking a tea garden.
    Spend the evening with the host of the homestay and learn about the Konyaks and their tattoos.
    Wake up to a wholesome breakfast and breath in the fresh air of the tea estate. Along with the host take a walk through the village and spend time in a traditional kitchen while someone picks out some local rice beer for you. If you are a non vegetarian then the local food served by the host will be a delight. You can even try learning some recipies. Visit the nearby village of Wakching and explore ‘Murungs’

  5. Day 5 (6th October) A night at the border town of Longwa

    After breakfast leave get ready for another bumpy ride that’s worth the pain, as you visit the village of Longwa known for the unique geographical location of the village chief’s house. The house is split exactly in half between India and Burma. Take a walk through the King’s house and then pay a visit to the opium den where locals go about their daily routine of smoking opium sourced from Burma. The village gets more fascinating as you visit the gun makers house and understand the nuances of the gun culture in Nagaland. It doesn’t end here as now you have the option of buying some really cool craftwork from the blacksmith’s house. It’s a very special experience to buy an artist’s work from his workshop and that’s what Longwa offers.
    You can head back to your homestay for lunch, which is a delight in itself with a beautiful view of the Konyak hills from every room. Take some rest and head out for a walk to explore the border and village in general.

  6. Day 6 (7th October) Heading out of Nagaland

    Drive to simalguri and catch your train at 6 45 pm

  7. Day 7 (8th October) Fly out

    Reach Guwahati station by 5 am and fly out

Camping

Le Maison de anand

No Frenchmen running this property but the Mising man is a sweetheart who serves up some delicious traditional cuisine.

Konyak tea retreat
A tea estate in Nagaland, not Assam! Aren’t you curious already? There are only two rooms in the farmhouse and they are awesome.
Jellei’s homestay
In a place as remote as Longwa, getting somebody’s home to stay in, is a blessing. On top of that every room, though absolutely basic offers a stunning view of the Naga hills.


Teiphaa cottage
This is as luxurious as it gets in Mon. You have got a geyser, clean beds, homely food and a warm host.

The Stay includes

Le Maison de anand, Majuli

  • Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  • Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
  • Electricity
  • Dining room 
  • Hot water

 

Konyak tea retreat:

 

  • Attached bathrooms
  • Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  • Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
  • Parking on premises
  • Electricity
  • Common kitchen accessible to guests if they want to cook their own food 
  • Dining room and sitting area
  • Hot water

Jellei’s homestay

 

  • Attached bathrooms
  • Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  • Electricity
  • Balcony/ sit out area
  • Hot water

Teiphaa cottage, Mon

 

  • Attached bathrooms
  • Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  • Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
  • Parking on premises
  • Electricity
  • Dining room and lounge
  • Balcony/ sit out area
  • Hot water

 

 

 

 

 

The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.

Entry to the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland will require an inner line permit, which will be taken care of.

Extra nights can be booked based on availability. You can also visit our Custom trip section to plan a different trip.

Overall Rating
4/5
Nishant Sinha
Reviewed On 17/10/2017

Thank you for your valuable review!

RISHABH GOEL
Reviewed On 17/10/2017
5/5

Nagaland is a very untouched area in terms of tourism. Specially the northern part.. which is covered in this trip. The roads were really bad at the time I went. (Sept, 2017) but it was a very good adventure. So people who are really interested in learning about tribal culture and the culture of north eastern villages.. people who are ready for adventures rather than wanting luxury and a sense of surety of things.. its really good for them. accommodations were pretty comfortable.. the views were breathtaking.. Chalohoppo guys are really friendly and helpful and you will definitely have a good time travelling with them .

Rose Aloor
Reviewed On 23/06/2017
5/5

The beauty of our trip to NE was in the personlized selection of places to stay,away from the city to give us a feel of Meghalaya and Assam. We were constantly updated on authentic food and local markets . Each place we stayed at ,threw us a surprise by way of architecture and culture. This experience was possible only because of the care and personal involvement of the ChaloHoppo group. would reommend to see NE with ChaloHoppo rather than the bigger trip organizers

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