Our first day in Nagaland was used for an outing to Khonoma, a picturesque village an hour's drive from the capital Kohima. Khonoma, a village of the Angami tribe, was the cradle of the Naga national movement, and indeed this is where the Nagas made their last stand against the invading British in 1879.
Khonoma seen from a neighbouring hill. The village occupies a small hill and is completely dominated by green tin roofs.
A closer look at the village's green roofs. Notice also the ring made of square stones at the bottom of the hill. This is a gathering place for people in the village to have meetings or feasts.
Adding greatly to the charm of Khonoma is the fact that it is surrounded on three sides by rice terraces. Allegedly more than 30 types of rice are grown here, each suited for it's particularly type of soil and altitude. Maybe that explains the different colours of the terraces.
Some of the rice even seems to be under water.
A colourful wooden Naga relief.
A memorial to martyrs fighting for the cause of an Independant Naga homeland, a yet unfulfilled goal. This particular memorial covers the years from 1956-1992, so these must be people resisting central Indian rule over Nagaland. The flag on the top is Nagaland's unofficial national flag.
More houses in the peaceful village being hit by the last rays of the sun setting behind nearby hills.
Wild apples drying in the sun on one of the few non-slated roofs.
We got invited into the homes of one of the elderly ladies in the village. We were served rice beer and sat and talked by the fire. A very basic, but atmospheric home.
a view of the kitchen. Notice the plates on the wall. They have built-in legs meaning it can stand on the floor like a mini-table, letting you eat directly from it.
Susanna walking down a path to the lowest part of the village with her niece Alovi on her back.
Alovi safely resting in her aunt's arms.
An amazing Naga pavillion with a fantastic view near Khonoma. It is literally hanging over the edge.