Nagaland’s Mon district is full of diversity and uniqueness and Longwa village is just one of the best examples of it with the largest acres of encompassing area. The unique thing about Longwa is that the inhabitants of the village have dual citizenship- one of India and the other of Myanmar. There are around twenty seven Konyak villages on the Myanmar side. The village lies in the district of Mon and is 42 km away from the main Mon town. It has a lot of interesting sightseeing spots as well. Another interesting fact about this village is that the Indo-Myanmar border passes from this village dividing the chief’s house into two halves, one of which is in India and the other half is in Myanmar. The chief is also called as Angh and he has 60 wives and rule more than 70 villages. The villagers don’t need a visa to move around the border and roam freely. Even, some families have their kitchen in Myanmar and bedroom in India. Some young residents of this village are enrolled in the Myanmarese Army as well. Longwa is quiet and serene place with hospitable Naga people.
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The village itself is one of the best places to visit in the North-east with such unique and interesting facts. It is abundant with scenic beauty like the Doyang River, Nagaland science centre, Hong Kong Market, Shilloi Lake and many more tourist attractions to see. Just nearby lie the camps of an Assam Rifles (AR) company and some miles away from the village, on a hill, there is a pillar, indicating the international border and ‘154 BP 1971-72’ is inscribed on it.
The local tribe Konyaks had been the headhunters, and collectors of enemy skulls. The core people of the tribe still have brass skull necklaces at home that are symbols showing that they have taken these heads during the battle. The basic belief behind this was that head hunting can boost crop fertility. However, the rise of Christianity in the region completely stopped this tradition of headhunting in the 1960s. This village is a key zone to get opium in Nagaland.
This Konyak village now has better transport connectivity as The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnels have repaired the narrow uphill road pretty well for a smooth drive.
Once you reach the village of Mon Nagaland availing Nagaland State Transport Corporation buses, you can take rental cars to reach Longwa.
Best Time to Visit
In between the months of October and March, Longwa village can offer you the best. The weather is very pleasant during those months and will also help you enjoy the sightseeing without any problem. During that time, Nagaland Tourism is also at its peak owing to many festivals and fairs.