P.C: Robert V. Ruggiero
Huddled in the eastern most tip of the country, Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh, is a land of verdant valleys and hills that sprawl throughout the area. A great destination for trekking enthusiasts, Khonsa is ensconced by the majestic Himalayas and is a host to a settlement of a few tribal communities. The home-like hospitality of the tribes with their rich culture and traditions is something that does not want to make you leave this place. Pulchritudinous landscape panoramas, peaceful surroundings, glistening rivulets flowing down the valley and the home-like tribal hospitality can amount to moments and memories you may hold on to and cherish for a lifetime. The guide to the best destinations in Khonsa will render some idea as to what's on offer.
How To Reach Khonsa:
By Air: The closest airport to Khonsa is the Chabua Airport located at Dibrugarh in Assam
which is at a distance of about 75 km from the town. Frequent cab services are available from the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Khonsa is located in Namrup, Assam, which lies at a distance of about 29 km from the town and is well connected to other parts of the country.
By Road: The Khonsa bus station connects the town to all the near-by major cities of other north-eastern states of the country via roadways.
Best Time To Visit Khonsa:
Khonsa has a pleasant climate all throughout the year; however, the winter months of November to February with a mild and comfortable temperature, remain a favourable time to visit the town with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C.
Places To Visit In Khonsa:
1. Kheti And Lajo Village
P.C: Ales Krivec
Visit the Kheti and the Lajo hamlets in Khonsa that offer a unique experience of cultural exploration. From the treasure trove of India's rich cultural reserve, the communities of these two villages are symbolic of the cultural traditions from the bygone era. There are dormitories laden with human skulls that were collected from headhunting. A community of headhunters with rich cultural traditions, resonates of the past and leads a simple life contented with the basic needs of their day-to-day living.
2. District Museum
P.C: Banni Fuentes
The District Museum in Khonsa makes for a must-visit when in town; it is a popular tourist destination for the tourists and the travellers alike. The museum boasts of a striking collection of various unique artefacts along with ruins of unusual sculptures and idols. It is said that in the year of 1956, these artefacts were brought to the museum. The museum houses four huge galleries boasting of weapons and other metal items representing the tribal communities of the land. Open from Monday to Friday, the museum is a history lover's Disneyland with collectables of historic significance to stucco figurines of metals.
3. Khonsa Museum
The Khonsa Museum gives you a close sneak-peek into the culture and lifestyle of the people of Khonsa. From exquisite traditional artefacts that reflect the tribal lifestyle to their weapons like swords and 'daos' are put to display here in the museum. Apart from that, the museum also boasts of the dexterously weaved vibrant handlooms of the artistic tribal communities. The extraordinary tribal artefacts lend a distinctive touch to the museum which makes it one-of-a-kind.