07 Nights / 08 Days
30th April – 7th May
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An Ao Naga tribal festival of Nagaland, seeking the blessings for a good harvest and also noted for a whole lot of dancing, singing and feasting in the farthest reaches of the eastern most state of India that requires an adept and adventurous soul to embark upon.
An overview of the tour
A 7 night of culture celebration at its best. Moatsu festival of the Ao Nagas, interaction with the erstwhile headhunting Konyak tribe of Nagaland and driving through some of the back roads of one of the eastern most state of India, this tour will be straight from an Indiana Jones movie.
Moatsü, a three-day post-sowing festival of Ao Naga tribe is celebrated in the month of May in Mokokchung - the cultural center of the Ao people and economically and politically the most important urban centre in Northern Nagaland. During the festival, the people from the Ao tribe seek the blessings of god for a good harvest. Best rice-beer is made and the best breed of pigs and cows are slaughtered for the feast. People heartily participate in eating, dancing, drinking and singing warrior songs to glorify the courage and gallantry of their heroes. Ao men and women dress in traditional attire and the women of the community serve wine and meat. The whole tribe encourages its young warriors to be bold and heroic and defend and protect themselves from enemies. Moatsü is also an occasion to strengthen their bonds of friendship with other Naga tribes. Delegates from neighboring villages are invited and gifts are exchanged to establish peace and harmony. The Aos consider their festival sacred and participation is compulsory.
From here we move further east into the interior tribal areas of the Khaimungan in Tuensang district to the land of the once upon a time fearless headhunters – the Chang and the Khiamungan Naga tribes.
Day 1 (30th Apr) Delhi – Jorhat – Mokokchung
Morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi airport for flight to Jorhat, Assam. On arrival, meet our representative at the airport. On arrival drive straight to Mokokchung and check into a Hotel/Lodge. Time permitting visit the local market nearby. Dinner and overnight
Day 2(01st May) Mokokchung
Today whole day in and around Mokokchung, visiting villages as the people celebrate the Moatsü festival. The celebrations begin after various activities such as repair and construction of houses by elder members of putu menden (village council), cleaning of tsubü (wells) and marriages in the spring season are completed.
Day 3 (2nd May) Mokokchung
Today whole day in and around Mokokcuhng, visiting more villages to witness people celebrate the Moatsü festival. Be a part of the festival as you find yourself in between the Nagas drinking, singing, and dancing to their folklore.
Day 4 (3rd May): Mokokchung – Mon
Today morning drive to Mon, home of the famous ‘Konyak’ Nagas through scenic landscape and steep mountain ranges and ridge with panoramic views. ‘Konyak’ are seen by everyone as the most backward of the sixteen Naga tribes. This on the other hand can also be perceived as the most traditional of the tribes. They have given up their head-hunting ways, but still lives in a very traditional lifestyle. Konyak are adept artisan and skilled craftsman; here you can find excellent woodcarving, doas (machete) guns, gunpowder, head brushes necklace etc. On arrival check into tented accommodation that have been set up especially for your stay. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 5 (4th May): Mon – tribal Villages
Commence an excursion to Longwa village perched dominantly on a ridge between India and Myanmar. Explore the village and make interactions with the villagers. This is where you would experience the opium smoking men and the skilled craftsmen making guns.
Day 6 (5th May): Mon
Visit more tribal villages namely Chui and the other Mon villages in and around the town. Overnight.
Day 7 (6th May): Mon – Dibrugarh
Today after breakfast you will be driven to Dibrugarh for your overnight stay. Dibrugarh is also known as the tea capital of India. Later check into a hotel. You can visit the local market, overnight.
Day 8 (7th May): Dibrugarh – Delhi/Kolkata
Transfer to Dibrugarh airport for your onward journey.
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