Longkhum is a village located in the south-west corner of Mokokchung District, Nagaland and alike a canvas with vivid landscape photography. Tourists enjoy sightseeing of the lush green forest of the Naga Hills, including the undulating hills around from this spot. If you are a nature and adventure lover, the bushes of Rhododendrens, Longlangba (stone bridge), Mongu Ki (cave on a cliff (eagle’s nest) would woo you for sure. This small village is renowned for its handiworks and handloom items. You can find authentic Nagaland’s indigenous items in this village. Longkhum celebrates the festivals of Moatsu and Tsungremmong during the 1st week May and August respectively with great verve and joy! It enjoys a majestic hill view of its surrounding mountain ranges. You can relish a day trip at this village that allures with its beautiful scenic surroundings, which are perfect for landscape photography and capturing the ravishing Naga Hills. Reach the highest point in the village Jubilee Tower to get the gasping view of the entire village.
One of the most popular places to visit while you’re in Longkhum Village, is Mata Yimkong. It is a beautiful hilltop where once a fortress stood guard. There is also the Jubilee Tower which is the highest point in Longkhum. You can catch glimpses of fertile farms and undulating ranch lands with a backdrop of the mountain ranges. You can pay a visit to the ‘Memorial Site of Imkongmeren’ – one of the earliest Naga freedom fighter. Down the rock formations you can trek upto ‘Longlangba’ where you can see the footprints of Ediben and Jina, the adored love birds of the Ao tribe. You can also catch the pinnacle view of the Doyang River. Don’t forget to meet the locals and their sumptuous home-made rice beer or locally known as Mejemtsu.
This village is located around 17 to 20 kms from main Mokokchung City; you can take shared cabs from Mokokchung Sumo Counter by 6.30 am. The tickets would cost Rs 450 per person and it’s better to pre-book your cab or you can also take a bus from Mariani to this village to reach directly.
From Mokokchung City, you can also avail local city cabs that take you to the serene village along the picturesque roads.
The best time to visit Longkhum during the winters when the view is filled with winter flora and fauna.