Tuensang is the district headquarters of the largest and eastern-most district of Nagaland. It is popular for its handicrafts as well as handloom. The people here can be seen adorned in their traditional Naga dresses that have caught the fancy of fashionistas the world over. The rich red colour, the intricate art work, the exclusive jewellery, can all be easily found in the markets of Tuensang.
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A day out hunting for these rare and exclusive tribal handicrafts can be among the most fulfilling experiences of the trip to Tuensang. Tourists can also visit other places in Tuensang like Longtrok, Kiphire and Pungro.
Tuensang is also known as mini-Nagaland as several tribes co-exist here, adding to the rich cultural flavour of the place. Vibrant people, ethnic customs and rituals, colourful attires, many dances and folksongs all make Tuensang an exotic location. The Changs, Sangtams, Yimchungers and Khiamniungans are the oldest tribes of Tuensang. Apart from these tribes, the Sumi Nagas also inhibit a part of the town.
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The tribe of Chang is believed to be the first settlers of Changsangmongko, a must visit place in Tuensang. There is a raised platform in the village called Mullang. Mullang is believed to be built by the Chang ancestors, representing development and prosperity of its people. It is also commonly said in folklore that the Mullang was transformed into a public court during the evolution of the world. The place was used to settle village issues. Visitors can come here to enjoy the beauty of the village, and also interact with the tribes who are known to dish out not only good food but also great stories!
Living Stones of Tuensang
If you want to know about the legends of the Nagas, the village of Longtrok is a must see attraction in Tuensang. Longtrok literally translates to 'six stones' as there you will come across six stones or the Sangtams, which the Nagas believe to be the personification of their ancient Holy Gods who gave birth to other stones which moved to different places. Today this is popularly known as the 'Living Stones' of Tuensang. The place is located 57 km from the town of Tuensang. Here, you will also come across the roots of the Ao tribe, one of the largest Naga tribes who have walked these mountains for generations.
How to Reach Tuensang
By Air: The nearest well connected airport to Tuensang is at Dimapur which is located at a distance of 268km. It is well connected to other major cities. The other nearby airports to Tuensang are in Jorhat located at a distance of 187 kilometres. Lilabari and Dibrugarh airports are located at a distance of 183 km respectively.
By Train: The Amguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Tuensang located at a distance of 65 km. Mariani railway station is also close by.
By Road: The NH-155 connects Tuensang to Dimapur and is the lifeline of the town. Taxis, buses all reach Tuensang from Dimapur via this national highway. You can reach Dimapur and then proceed towards Tuensang on road. Similarly, after reaching Mariani or Amguri too you will have to take the road to reach Tuensang.