BATHUKAMMA: TE­LAN­GANA’S CUL­TURAL NICHE

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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).

Guide ser­vices:

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

An­cient war­riors

Chris­tian church in Longwa is lo­cated in a vast field atop the ridge

Head­hunter tro­phies

Man with an­i­mal skulls

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