A destination blessed with the abundance of mother nature, Nagaland is located in India’s farthest east side. Home to sixteen Naga Tribes and each offering visitors an opportunity to indulge in the rich diversity of their own distinct cultures, heritage, traditions and folklore that have continued over centuries. A land of the once fabled head hunters now a land of joyous celebrations, world renowned festivals, music, adventure and truly an explorer’s delight!
Famous as Craft Village, Diezephe is home to most skilled weavers and craftsmen who create wonders through their traditional art. The local Tenyimei community is known for their excellent craftsmanship, with deft woodcarving, bamboo and cane work and other forms of handloom and handicrafts products.
Located in Diezephe which is also called by the enviable name of The Craft Village of Nagaland, the homestay was created over a decade ago by Exotic Echo in 2014 with the challenging mission to revive and promote the vanishing tradition of Backstrap or Loin Loom Weaving. Now it holds a very special place in Nagaland’s rich textile weaving heritage. It has blossomed into a thriving space, a meeting ground for travelers and tourists alike. It is a warm invitation to come and live as one, in an authentic Naga village and share the experience of daily life with the primary inhabitants, the Tenyimei community, who are the talented textile weavers of Diezephe.
What started out as a single bamboo hut on stilts has now grown into a well -knit housing complex with one bungalow style Machaan hut, 3 cottages, 6 bamboo rooms, and 10 camping tents. The entire complex can accommodate up to 60 guests. Staying true to the concept of “experience” the accommodation is basic with no frill, but well managed, clean and functional. All rooms and cottages have attached en-suite restrooms where water is stored in buckets and drums as in the local houses.
You will be hosted by the gentle and genial Sonnie Kath. A true free spirit, the ever smiling Sonnie believes in ensuring that every visitor gets a genuine experience of Nagaland’s natural beauty, rich tradition and warm hospitality. She is the one who will share stories with you, suggest an outing, recommend a dish, discuss recipes and even give you fashion tips. A great companion and a woman who is respected and adored in Diezephe and across Nagaland you meet her once and she becomes a friend who you want to visit again and again!
Indulging in true Naga culture would mean eating Naga food served on fresh, clean banana leaves while sitting cross legged on the floor. The cuisine available is a mix of traditional Naga fare which is mostly rice, smoked meat or fish. Boiled vegetables, tender bamboo shoots, soups, beans mix, all accompanied with spicy chili sauces are a daily staple. Hinkejvu and Akibiyeare are must try vegetable dishes. Zutho is the famous rice beer from Nagaland and is worth a try for its frothy head and distinct flavor.
You can witness the magic of the weavers as they create the vibrant Naga Shawl, apparels, bags, cushion covers and other traditional handicrafts. More importantly you could also try your hand at a Loin Loom!
There are a multitude of options to choose from in and around Nagaland like trekking, camping, angling, bird watching, wild life sanctuaries. Attractions in Assam and Arunachal are also a short drive away from Diezephe. Biodiversity trails to Nagaland, Majuli and Kaziranga on special requests can also be arranged with prior intimation.
Tent: 500/- pp
Bamboo Long Room: 1000/- pp
Mud Bamboo Cottage: 1200/- pp
Machan Hut: 1400/- pp
Food: 1000/- pp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning n Evening Tea)
Note: These tariffs does not apply during Durga Puja and New Year holidays
Upto 8 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)
Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.
Triple Falls • Kachari Ruins • Nagaland Science Center • Zoological Park • Rangapahar Reserve Forest• Stone Park• Khekiho Memorial Park
Medziphema (46km) • Kohima (89km) • Dzukou Valley (106km) • Peren (73km) • Wokha (146km) • Mokukchung (235km) • Meluri (247km) • Longleng (267km) • Mon (290km) • Kiphire (332km)
Although, Diezephe is remotely located, still it’s well connected with roadways and buses. Auto rickshaw and taxis are available easily from Dimapur which is just 13 km from Diezephe.
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