Nagaland: India’s Marlboro Country

As a tourist destination the biggest advantage that Nagaland enjoys is that tourism is still not commercialized

By: Subhasish Chakraborty

A team of Anthropologists from a Paris based NGO was scheduled to visit the Northeastern state of Nagaland. They were on the lookout for a French-speaking guide and made a request to a Kolkata travel management company with whom I was working. Since I knew the language as well as the geography of Nagaland, I was entrusted with the overall responsibility of the tour.

After the team’s arrival at Calcutta and one full day of sightseeing in the City-of-Joy we departed for Dimapur by an Alliance Airlines flight from Kolkata. At Dimapur airport we were received by representatives of the Touphema Tourist Village, which was to be our base for our weeklong sojourn in Nagaland. From Dimapur the Touphema Tourist Village is around 100 Kms. and the drive was beautiful.

At the village we were given a traditional Nagamese welcome. The Touphema Tourist Village is a destination in itself and showcases the very best of Nagaland’s tribal hospitality.

We had chosen this village so as to appreciate the tribal nuances of the people of Nagaland.  In the villages of Nagaland, hutments are not merely meant to provide shelter. They signify social status, relevant adjustments to local climatic conditions, judicious use of locally available materials and the age-old cultural traditions all of which are interwoven in a fine blend.

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