Na­ga­land

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35. MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING AT MOKOKCHUNG

The Trail Hounds Bik­ing Club ( 0091-940-267

9388, trail­houndsmkg.wixsite.com/thcc), based in Mokokchung, 120km from Ko­hima, or­gan­ises a moun­tain-bik­ing fes­ti­val ev­ery De­cem­ber, in which riders from sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­tries take part. The three-day event has cross-coun­try and down­hill bik­ing trails, and fol­lows a rugged, ar­du­ous moun­tain path. It’s also held at the same time as the Hornbill Fes­ti­val, so you can mix cul­ture with ad­ven­ture for a com­plete Na­ga­land hol­i­day.

36. STAY­ING AT A NAGA HEAD­HUNTER’S HOME

The Konyaks of Na­ga­land are among the world’s last head­hunt­ing tribes and a stay amid these colour­ful peo­ple pro­vides a glimpse into their fas­ci­nat­ing past. From Dima­pur, you will have to travel for the bet­ter part of a day to reach a Konyak vil­lage in the Mon dis­trict, but it’s all part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Lis­ten to “hunt­ing” sto­ries from your host, eat lo­cal food and go for hikes in the nearby tea gar­dens – a truly im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

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