One of the coolest things to do right now if you are looking to refresh your mind or just plain bored of the usual stuff on social media – is to go and visit a village and experience Mother Nature and her folks in the purest form. Having said that, there are tons of beautiful villages in every corner of Nagaland, in the Northeast region of India, and our local friends recommend visiting Longwa village in the district of Mon in Nagaland.
With just around 600 households, Longwa village promises to be a quiet getaway while also enriching you with their rich historical and natural offerings. It is said that there are only 7 Chief Anghs (a ruler; sole authority of a village) in Mon district and Longwa is one of them that proudly has a Chief. Here are some local information about the place, it’s people and their food.
This village shares borders with Burma and India
An interesting thing about Longwa is that, it is located on the borders of Myanmar and India. The Chief’s place also shares both the soil. This village holds a treasure trove of history where you shall see tons of war symbols in the form of brass skull necklaces and other such souvenirs in most of the houses which is an attestation to their war victory; used to exist in the earlier days.
Take a stroll and have a chat with the locals
Apart from the abundance of greenery and the scenic view, a stroll around the village is highly recommended. Whether you want to have your own reverie moment sitting by the vast landscape on a breezy evening, having a story told of the good old days by an elderly local or a little hobnobbing with the village folks by cruising around, serendipity will surely follow you.
A chat with the locals will give you a beautiful sense of their hospitality, and an insider view of their rich history through the stories of their great great ancestors; and the traditions that they follow even today. On a regular day, you will find the villagers mostly tending to their farms and go to church on Sunday mornings. The people are hardworking, simple, hospitable and warm-hearted.
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Do not miss the local food!
When in Longwa, do not miss to try out Taro curry – a dish made of colocasia roots, bamboo shoot and smoked pork; the famous sticky rice, local chutney and cooked bamboo sprouts. The people of Longwa, like most of the other Konyak villages and most parts of Nagaland, also live by strong red tea.
Best time to visit Longwa Village
Best time to travel to this village is during the first week of April during which the “Aoleang Festival” is celebrated; one of the most famous and celebrated festivals of the Konyak Nagas.
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