ChaloHoppo to Meet the Headhunters of Nagaland!
Live your dream of living past in present. From conversing with the last surviving face tattooed hunters to buying the dying unique Konyak handicrafts. From sipping tea in the green mountains of India to sunbathing in the Burmese hills. Welcome to the land of Anghs, the Wild East!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
A trip to visit the Headhunters of Nagaland? A trip to meet the last surviving face tattooed Headhunting King? A trip to stay in the border village of Longwa? A trip to visit the house that is divided between India and Myanmar (Burma)?
We got all your answers covered in this trip to the Wild East!
It’s time to head to the remote villages in Nagaland to live history all over again. Meet the most unique and lesser-known Konyak tribe of Nagaland known for their fierce practice of hunting human heads in the past. Capture and take notes of the rare tattoo art still visible on their wrinkled skin. Shop the rarest Konyak handicrafts from the makers in these distant villages.
Spend your days embracing the breathtaking views of Eastern ranges and evenings around a bonfire with fluff balls around.
Cosy beds, delicious authentic meals and warm hosts, need anything else?
- All accommodations on twin sharing basis.
- Transport from Dibrugarh airport and back with Fuel.
- All permits(including Inner Line Permits) and parking charges.
- English speaking guides in Hongphoi and Longwa.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days except Day 1.
- Driver’s accommodation and Meals.
- Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
- Airfare charges
- All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
- Trekking shoes and clothing (Any personal equipment)
- Any camera fees
- Hotel & driver tips if any, since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
- Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
- Tips to be given to the Konyak king aka Angh and other locals if required
- 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.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
Enter the Wild East!
Land in Dibrugarh and hop on your ride! Drive past the paddy fields of Assam and make your way to the high ranges of Nagaland. The drive won’t be very comfortable on, once you hit the rough roads of Nagaland. It will take you at least 5 hours to reach Mon Town.
Reach Mon Town and settle in your comfortable cottages. Grab a cup of lal cha and admire the view your balconies have to present. Enjoy your last meal of the day and rest your aching backs on the cosy beds.
Highlights of the day:
Stay- Mon Town.
Drive Time- 5 hours.
Distance covered- 130 km.
Meals Included- Authentic Naga dinner, as per your meal preference.
Pick Up Time- 2:30 pm from Dibrugarh Airport.
PS: Please book a flight which lands in Dibrugarh before 2:30 pm. Also, please carry your Inner Line Permits with you. (You will need them once you enter Nagaland)
A day to meet the Headhunting King
Wake up early to greet the lovely dogs at the property! Grab your usual cup of hot lal cha and pack up. Today we meet the last surviving face tattooed King of Konyaks!
We head to Hongphoi village, an hour drive from your stay in Mon Town. The roads are not the best of shape, prepare for a bumpy ride. The village will be your first experience of going back to the old days of Nagaland. The thatch roof houses with open space for kids to play and elders to soak the sun gives a glimpse of the past. Head to the King’s (Angh) den where all the face tattooed headhunters sit by the fire.
Enter in and sip on undoubtedly the most bitter welcome tea you can come across. Converse with the King or his acquaintances, to know more about their past. Make the King look dashing in your pictures and you might get paan, from his special betel nut case.
After you are done living this chapter of the past, we head further east to the distant village of Longwa. After having lunch on the way board in for 2-hour journey on the road. The roads might disappoint you but the view from your windows won’t!
Reach your homestay, one of the cosiest in the circuit and feel home in the traditional kitchen around the fire. Your host family is not the usual and stands out with their warm hospitality. Apart from the couple greet the two adopted sons (fluffy mountain dogs). After an authentic dinner, get wrap yourselves in the warm blanket.
Highlights of the day:
Drive Time- 5 hours.
Distance covered- 67 km.
Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per your meal preference.
PS: 1. The nights in Longwa are windy and cold.
- There will be a professional guide to translate your conversations with the headhunters.
A day in the border village of Longwa!
Wake up early to a day packed with unique experiences. To start off, grab your breakfast and digest the fact that Myanmar (Burma) starts just beyond the road across! Hike up to the bordering stone and head further into Burma. Behold the view of the clouds passing over the neverending mountains of Burma.
Make your way back to the talented Brass maker and Gunmakers of Longwa. Learn about the dying art and pick up a few rare Konyak antics as souvenirs. Come back to your homestay for lunch and walk to the King’s house.
The most talked about ’house’ of the East, which lies exactly on the border of India and Myanmar. The King’s house in Longwa will give you a picture to cherish for ages.
Head back to the breathtaking view of the sun setting behind the alluring mountains of Longwa. Sit by the bonfire in the kitchen and reflect back on the memories of the day.
Trek Time- 1 hour.
Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per your meal preference.
PS: You don’t need any passport or visa to step into Burma.
Yesterday was a bit too hectic, take your time to get out of the bed. Sit for hours to the view from your windows and we are sure won’t complain.
Take your breakfast and leave this memorable village by 10 am. Watch the mountains turn into open paddy fields and the rocky roads into smooth ones. It will be a long day of travel and you should reach your luxurious stay for the night by 7 pm.
Treat your sore muscles to the comfort of the heritage stay around tea estates in Dibrugarh.
Drive Time- 7 hours.
Distance covered- 145 km.
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per your meal preference.
See You Again!
There can’t be anything unusual on this day apart from you leaving for the airport. Unless you miss your flight!
See you again!
PS The property is half an hour away from the airport, please book your return flights accordingly.
Drive Time- 30 minutes.
Distance covered- 15 km.
Probably the best property in Mon Town. Apart from a cosy cottage and a good view from your balconies, you will have open space to run around with the friendly dog host.
This homestay in Longwa is not your normal homestay. Two dogs along with the lovely couple are the best hosts you can ever imagine in these Naga hills. An always warm traditional kitchen and possibly the best view of Naga hills from every room! Need to say more?
Homestay by the Tea Garden:
A cosy homestay by the tea garden in Assam, a wish fulfilled! This one has fancy designed rooms with a beautiful view of tea garden form your balcony.
30 Days prior to arrival: 50% refund
15 Days prior to arrival: 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund
What type of bag to carry?
Carry a 60L backpack for your travels. Though there is no trekking involved but it is a good bet whenever you travel.
Along with it a small 10 L bag which can fit essentials while you are roaming in the village.
– Basic toiletries and allergy medications and tissue rolls (if you need)
– Head lamps/ Torches with batteries
– Quick dry towels
– Band aids
ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar card (to be sent on mail upon confirming the trip to [email protected])
Other things that you may bring along :
Sun tan lotion.
Playing cards and small board games,in case you don’t feel sleepy at night.
We will have to pick up and drop facility to and from the Dibrugarh airport once you share the arrival time of your flight.
Avoid plastic: Please avoid buying mineral water. It is a major cause of pollution in the delicate eco system. Remember to take back whatever you bring along.
Service: Though we will try our best to give you great service, please understand we won’t be able to give you hot towels, bed tea and the like.
Please understand that you will be visiting far off villages which have still not exposed completely to the modern lifestyle. Please carry clothes accordingly.
A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.
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 Nagaland will require an inner line permit for domestic travellers. Foreigners visiting Nagaland have to register themselves at the nearest police station. The package includes this permit.
Extra nights can be booked based on availability. You can also visit our Custom trip section to plan a different trip.
The sources of such warnings should be checked and speaking from the perspective of locals living in the region we can say that though some parts of Northeast India do have cases of groups clashing against government forces from time to time, it doesn’t affect a tourist as long as the route is chosen wisely and hours of commute are decided smartly, much like travelling in any other part of the world.
If you have seen warnings in the advisory pages of governments, then we would like to remind you that governments (of different countries)will always take precaution and not be in sync with the real situation. Northeast India is absolutely safe with warm and welcoming locals. You should have no issues even going to the most interior places. As with any other tribal dominated region, respect the local culture and don’t hurt their sentiments, and you will have a great time in a beautiful place.
Because so less is known about the region in general, it may be a wise idea to get in touch with some travel experts before you plan your trip.
The roads in Nagaland are terrible. To describe the condition of the roads it would be fair to say that there is just a symbolic presence of a road amidst potholes. But in the recent times, the roads have improved in this region. To say the least, it all depends on Monsoon!
Of course! We would suggest you to get your best gears to click the intriguing Konyaks. We would request you to understand that while you click you need to maintain the basic etiquette of asking for their permission.
Please note that clicking the Konyaks doesn’t come for free here. Since the tourism has boomed in the region, the tribals ask for a token in return.
Konyaks are the rare tribal left in this world who used to practice hunting human heads in the past. Apart from this they also catch your attention withe their intriguing tattoos on face and chest; making them the Last surviving Face Tattooed Tribe.