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The ravines flow here
As the slowzy cat
There lived the tiny people
Drinks water from its lap........

.... ...And lying in the lap of Tirap region of South-East Arunachal pradesh, its a home for the four footed like the White Gibbon Monkey, Panda, Musk Deer and the wild Cat(Tiger).

Flashback :
Once the most hostile terrain for the messengers of the Good news, today welcomes people from world over with open arms. Today it has growing community of Catholics.

An apt place for all those who love adventure among the wild. The vegetation of Khonsa has all - tigers, leopards, jackals, wild boars, bears, barking deer and numerous species of rodents. Nothing much of a historical this small village welcomes you with a nature and excitement lover point of view. If you are one such person, this place is for you.

Fast Facts:
Language : Assamese, Hindi, Nocte, Wancho and English
Temperature : Winter - Around 10Deg C
Summer - 15Deg C to 20 Deg C
Clothings: Cottons in the summer and Warm Woollen clothes in Winter
Best Time to Visit : Otober to Mid December and Ferurary to Mid April

*Kako-Khoam(split walk), Sakchin Tham( arm grip) and Jaam( wrestling ) are the local Sports which are commonly played.

Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park
Around 131 kms from Khonsa this famous National Park has the rarest of species like the spotted leopard and the gill s making their adobe. Its a must watch for those visiting Khonsa.

Kheti and Lajo Village
Kheti and Lajo Village
These two silent village make a awesome combination with their old age traditions and culture. A true picture of the Old India - its worth visiting them.

Khonsa Girls
Khonsa at its best

  • Khonsa Museum : You have all of it here traditional tribal artifacts, bamboo and cane work and colorful hand looms. Beginning from the good old days to the present days; all are there to provide an insight to the culture of Khonsa.

Where and Why

Its a tiny township in a valley which is surrounded by Himalayas; something you realize the moment one arrives here. Away from the shopping malls and pools, it takes out all the hidden artistry in you. Here you will get to see all the those things which you would have thiught of suitable to a hill station - The lush greenery, the beauty of the wild and the mountanic scenery. Also there are those beautiful exotic orchids one would run for. Its a whole new experience.

The Circuit House, is supposed to be the best place out here to settle down. If you book a room here, you will find the staff dressed in white colors with their beautiful hats welcoming . And what better could have been than a cup of hot Assamese tea as welcome drink. Soon after the breakfast head to see the town.

Small little people involved in their chores - getting water from deep streams and cooking food on the firewood could be seen all the way to Khonsa Museum. Although not very attractive from the outside, it has inside charms of a whole set of an era gone by the way of display of artifacts and colorful hand looms.

After taking a round of the Museum head for the Kheti and Lajo Village, inhabited by Nocte and Wanchoo Tribes. Here you will find a picture of the life of days gone by. Simple people contented with their old ways of living like getting water from the streams down below and cooking food over firewood can be seen here. Although they didn't know much of English or Hindi, you can take a number of photographs with them.

Head for Namdapha National Park(131 km). Have your lunch at the The Forest Lodge in the National Park and then set afoot for a face to face with the wild animals. Keep your cameras ready to take photographs of the Hornbill, Hoolock Gibbon, Clouded leopard, Snow Leopard, Bengal Florican and the wood duck. As the sun was setting by we went back past the Nodehing River which flows at one side of the Park. (Take a short break by sitting by the side of the river enjoying the music of the flowing water).

  • Take extra clothings especially in monsoon season or winter season.
  • This place dosen't have any shopping malls and theatres. Its a purely nature bound place. Keep this in mind before deciding upon this place.
  • The food served will mainly be simple food; both veg and non veg. Khonsa dosen't serve you any of the cuisines.
  • You need to take a permit from Govt. of India for visiting Khonsa. For the permit and other necessities, contact us.
  • Book a hotel in advance and try to take a guided tour if on a individal tour. Or ask your travel to book a hotel for you in advance.

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