About 41kms away from Kohima, Tuophema is a tourist village, home to the Angami tribe built around an ethnic model of tourism. The attractive tourist complex is positioned on a hillock that overlooks the village, with the hills providing a dramatic 360-degree backdrop. The village offers traditionally styled thatched huts, traditional artefacts, jewellery, clothing and souvenir museum and authentic Naga delicacies and is idle to soak the culture of this fascinating land. Certainly a great place to experience unique Naga culture
Tuophema offers a unique glimpse of a different kind of rural life which most of the world are unfamiliar with. You will be welcomed by the traditional welcome gate dominated by a large tree called the War Head Tree, where enemy heads were once hung as war trophies.
One of the most attractive point of Tuophema Village is, The Sekrenyi festival of the Angami tribes is a major attraction of this village. There are guides to show visitors around the village, and excellent cultural programs in the evenings. Another fascinating festival is dzuseva or ‘touching the sleeping water’, in which men don two new shawls (the black mhoushu and the white lohe) and sprinkle water on themselves; this is said to wash away their misfortunes. Rituals involving rice beer, which clinch the interests of fascinated tourists who can enjoy some of the inebriating drink with the locals as part of the feast.
Visit Tuophema Village and lost yourself in its peaceful retreat, mountain and valley vistas, cultural and educational programmes, a local museum, and guided walks through the village and stay with them. The Touphema tourist village offers great delight to its visitors.
KISAMA HERITAGE VILLAGE
Naga Heritage Village, also known as Kisama Heritage Village is located about 10kms from Kohima. It is the place where the famous’ Hornbill Festival’ took place. The nomenclature of KISAMA is derived from two villages namely, Kigwema (KI) and Phesama(SA) and MA which means Village.
During the festivities of Hornbill Festival, the Heritage Village serves as a healthy sign, vision and encouragement for uniting the various tribes of Nagaland to showcase their rich cultural heritage and tradition under the aegis of “Hornbill Festival” in one platform where one could have a glimpse and experience into the Heritage Village, Kisama.
The place is wrapped in breathtaking scenic views at the foothills of the lustrous and evergreen hills on the borderline of this village. It aims to uphold and sustain the distinct identity of dialects, customs and traditions of all the ethnic tribes of Nagaland. This open-air museum can be visited daily from morning until evening and consists of a cluster of sixteen houses of each tribe created in the indigenous typical architectural designs and concepts with significance. The tribal house is also called “Morung or Youth Dormitory”. The Heritage Complex also houses a World War II Museum, Bamboo Heritage Hall, Bamboo Pavilion, Horti-Scape, and Stadium for Live concerts, Naga Idol, Fashion Shows, etc.
During the festivities of Hornbill Festival, the Heritage Village, the various tribes of Nagaland unite to showcase their rich cultural heritage and tradition.
During the Hornbill Festival, there are several campsites available there near the Naga Heritage Village. But there several Homestays available inside the tourist village. Come, Visit this land and lost in the traditions and customs of Naga People.