Missed the Hornbill festival ? Don't worry, there is a lot to see in Nagaland besides the Hornbill Festival : the quiet pace of their green villages, their ingenious self-sustaining life style, their beautiful art and culture integrated seamlessly into their daily lives and homes, delicious cuisine... all this and more in this mystical and beautiful hill state of Nagaland. Tucked away in the far north-eastern corner of India, Nagaland has a dissected landscape dominated by crumpled mountain ranges. This surreal terrain of towering peaks and deep gorges is interspersed with dense patches of vibrant semi-evergreen rain forests of breathtaking beauty and is populated by people who are proud and strong.
We hired Alder Tours and Travels for a week's trip to Nagaland and asked them to come up with an itinerary to suit our interests.
What are your interests ? Which aspect of Nagland would you like to see ?, Mr. Keja our tour operator asked us. 'A bit of everything', we responded, 'culture, wildlife, cuisine, the village life...'
Mr. Keja did not disappoint and came up with the following itinerary:
Day 1| Mar-04 : Dimapur - Benreu (97 Kms/3-4 hrs)
We were met by Asou Savino, our local guide for the entire tour, at Dimapur airport, from here after lunch drove to Benreu village for overnight stay.
After dinner and rice beer around a bonfire we spent the night at Benreu Community Cottage.