BATHUKAMMA: TELANGANA’S CULTURAL NICHE
bamboo floors, sparse furnishings and hot water by the bucket. You can also opt to stay at a Longwa guesthouse; the amenities are very basic or opt for a homestay in Longwa, specially at the Chief ’s house (cost INR 1000).
It is always better to take a guide for comfort and in-depth knowledge. You can contact Mr. Longshaw +918974390751 for guiding services.
Travel Tips: Present the King with a gift on arrival, a bottle of rum or whisky. Nagaland is dry so only home-brewed liqour is available. Ask the tribals politely if you can join in their hunting (with very old rifles and gunpowder!) or fishing (with electricity!). Shared 4WDS bounce painfully to Dimapur on an awful road (₹380, 12 hours, 3pm) and Sonari in Assam (₹90, 6am and 9am), where you can change for Jorhat. No public transport leaves Mon on the weekend. There’s an SBI ATM in town which rarely works. Everything shuts down after dark and few people speak English. Avoid stoned men. Don’t try the Bhut jalokia chilly. Combine your trip with the Aoling festival (April first week). Konyaks will perform in their tribal wear.
Tribal song and dance Villagers in traditional dress
Longwa village home
Konyaks’ tribal dance
Konyak children at night
A Konyak man in modern dress
Newly harvested rice drying
Tribal jewellery and opium pipes for sale outside the King’s house in Longwa
Christian church in Longwa is located in a vast field atop the ridge
Man with animal skulls