Moatsü Festival

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Moatsü Festival

Nagaland 8 Rating

07 Nights / 08 Days

30th April – 7th May

₹ none / person

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.

  • Visit Mokokchung the home to the Ao Nagas.
  • Village visits around Mokokchung
  • Witness Moastsu Festival 
  • Try some rice beer and taste some exquisite home cooked meals  
  • Visit the land of head hunters
  • Introduce yourself to some of the interesting stories of the region 
  • Fully escorted tour with local guides wherever necessary

Includes

  • Airport pick up & transfers in Air Conditioned Vehicles
  • All accommodation in double / twin share rooms
  • Meals inclusive as per request
  • Festival access with full local support
  • Permits for Nagaland

Not Includes

  • Air/train fare
  • Entry fees at monuments, museum, Leisure Park
  • Tips, drinks, laundry
  • Insurance, telephone charge
  • Camera fees, if any
  • Any other services which is not mentioned in the ‘includes column’

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.

Hotel Metsuben – Mokokchung

Theja Cottage – Mon  

Tea County – Dibrugarh | Heritage Tea Bungalow – Dibrugarh

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