3rd Dec 2011: We had decided to skip the Hornbill Festival today and instead visit Khonoma an Angami-Naga village about 20Kms west of Kohima . We booked Binod's Maruti-Van Taxi for the day-trip and started out at 9-00AM.
We had the contact of a lady, named Ms Rovina, who runs a Homestay in Khonoma. Yesterday, we had called her and asked if she could arrange for a guide to take us on a tour of the village, as well as provide us vegetarian lunch. She had said Ok to both. And so we were all set for this day-trip.
We reached Khonoma's welcome sign at 10 AM and drove on the Parking Lot just below Khonoma Baptist Church at 10:00AM. Rovina said her Dad (R-dad) will be our Guide and is already walking down to the parking lot to meet us; being old with a walking stick will take 5 mins to reach. He arrived pretty soon and proved to be an excellent guide with 'historical' knowledge about Khonoma and its environs.
The newer stone gate of Khonoma - kept open permanently as too heavy to move daily!
Binod, our driver, too joins for the guided tour
The elderly white haired gentleman is 'R-Dad'. He first took us up the steps to the Ridge-top and there show us the Memorial (1879) and explained the landmarks and the layout of the village below, from that vantage point.
R-dad explains the memorial with names of British & Nagas who died fighting each other
Pumpkins on roof of a home in Khonoma Ladies weaving typical Naga color textile Mr Anguilo, at his home - he had won a national award for basket weaving Govt of India