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.