Welcome to Northern Nagaland
The most unspoiled part of the state, Northern Nagaland is rugged and divinely beautiful country. Antiquity thrives here in tribal villages composed of thatched longhouses, many of whose inhabitants continue to live a hunting and farming lifestyle. The most accessible villages are the Konyak settlements around Mon (where traditional houses abound). Some villages still have morungs (community hall-dormitories) and religious relics from pre-Christian times. Village elders may wear tribal costume, and Konyaks of all ages carry the fearsome-looking dao (a machete originally used for headhunting) as a standard accessory.
Visiting a Naga village without a local guide is hopelessly unproductive. You’d also do well to have your own sturdy vehicle, as there’s virtually no public transport and roads are atrocious.