Longwa, Nagaland, India

Cultural Village The haggard hill town of Mon merely serves as an access point for the many Konyak villages in the area. There’s an SBI ATM in town which rarely works.

Of the numerous tribal villages in the area, the most popular is Longwa, about 35km from Mon, where the headman’s longhouse spectacularly straddles the India–Myanmar border and contains a fascinating range of weapons, dinosaur-like totems and a WWII metal aircraft seat salvaged from debris scattered in nearby jungles. You can spend some time at a local house here and several tattooed former headhunters can be photographed for a fairly standard ₹100 fee. Tribal jewellery, carved masks and other collectibles (₹200 to ₹1000) can also be bought from many households. In the high season, the village charges a per person entry fee of ₹200.

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