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Wide valleys, rippling streams, majestic mountains, deep gorges, and a rich variety of flora and fauna make Nagaland unique. Nagaland’s turbulent history, song and dance, native crafts, costumes, jewellery and myths and legends are an intrinsic part of its traditions. The colorful people are talented musicians, singers and dancers. Nagaland, which is pre-dominantly a tribal state, is inhabited by 16 main tribes of the Tibeto-Burman group. Though they were animist by tradition, the influence of English missionaries led most of them to embrace Christianity. The life style of the modern Naga is still influenced by ancient tenets and this makes Naga society a well knit and cohesive unit. A very interesting traditional institution is the Morung, a men’s exclusive dormitory that is the focal point of the village.
The Nagas have a wonderful tradition of weaving. Hand woven Naga shawls are widely appreciated. Each tribe has distinguishing patterns and motifs and certain ceremonies are indicated in the weaving of these beautiful shawls.
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In this short tour of Nagaland one travels to the capital city of Kohima, Touphema and the green village of Khonoma.
Day 01 : Arrive Dimapur – Kohima
Day 02 : Kohima - Kisama - Khonoma - Kohima
Day 03 : Kohima – Touphema
Day 04 : Touphema - Dimapur
Day 05 : Dimapur - Depart
SOME ATTRACTIONS OF NAGALAND
Khonoma village claims to be the first Green village in India. Situated about 20 kms from Kohima the capital of Nagaland, a state in Northeastern part of India, Khonoma is an Angami Naga tribal village.
Touphema : Located 41 km from Kohima, the Tuophema Tourist Village is modeled around ethnic tourism and visitors are offered modern and hygienic accommodation in the traditional huts. People can experience the local tribal culture and try the rice beer and local food here.
Khonoma : Located 20 km west of Kohima, in west Angami country, Khonoma was a vanguard village of the Angami Nagas – a tribe known for its fierce resistance against British dominance during colonial period. Khonoma houses nature’s pristine beauty in the form of its alder trees, terraces carved out of its hilly slopes and the Khonoma Nature Conservation Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS). KNCTS conserves a large and rare variety of plants and animals within its 25 sq km area. Beautiful terraced rice fields in the valley below surrounded by hills is a sight to behold. Khonoma has adopted many green practices like banning cutting of trees for commercial purposes, reforestation, sustainable agricultural practices etc. to maintain the greenery and natural ecosystem of the surrounding areas.
The Angami tribe is dominant in the hills of Kohima district. There is a methodical neatness about the tribe which is reflected in the layout of their villages and fields as well. The Angamis were fierce warriors and were at the forefront among the tribes that offered stiff resistance against British colonial intrusion into their territories.
The main festival of the Angami Nagas is Sekrenyi Festival celebrated in the last week of February. It is a purification festival where villagers perform rituals to purify the bodies and souls of the villagers and the entire community to safeguard from evil spirits. It also marks initiation of young people to adulthood and is considered an "identity marker of the Angami". The fourth day of the festival marks the new year of the Angamis.
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