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Mon

Mon is the land of the captivating Konyak Naga.  Konyaks are known for their tattooed faces, blackened teeth and headhunting prowess, the last thankfully being in the past.  When they appear in the markets to sell their agricultural produce, the Konyaks cut an impressive figure among the uninitiated.  The village head, Angh, enjoys considerable power over his people – his house is a reflection of tribal power and glory and flashes both human and animal skulls alike on the porch.

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Longwa village

The ‘trans-boundary village’ of Longwa is an interesting sight to behold – it straddles the international boundary of India and Myanmar; one half of the house of the powerful Angh falls within India whereas the other half lies in Myanmar. Although some village youths serve under the Myanmarese army, the village itself is governed by the Angh and the Village Council Chairman.  There are both Indian and Myanmarese schools in this village.  In the past, the Angh had sixty wives and his jurisdiction extended up to Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh.

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Shangnyu

Ruled by the chief Angh, Shangnyu is a prominent village in Mon.  A massive wood carving originally placed at the entrance of the Angh’s house is believed to have been constructed by two brothers with the help of a spirit during the metallic age.  This carving is now preserved in a museum facing the Angh’s house.  Some stone monoliths are also seen in front of the Angh’s ‘palace’.

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Veda Peak

This is the highest peak in Mon district. Located almost 70 km from district headquarters, this peak gives a clear and absolutely stunning view of the Brahmaputra river and Chindwin river (which runs through Burma) when the skies are clear. Another attraction at Veda peak is the famous waterfall. This area is considered one of the best locations in the district. Winter is the best time to visit Veda when the weather is the best with an average temperature to make your visit an enjoyable and comfortable one. The snowcapped hilly ranges are an added treat during this season.

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Shangphan Wildlife Sanctuary

Some of the forests in Mon are Shingphan forest, Wanching forest, Tiru forest, Zangkhum forest, Shawot and Chen forests, Yei, Monyakshu, Pessao, Yongkao and Tobu forests. These forests are rich in timber. The rare Blue Vanda, White Orchids, Foxtail, Wild Lilies, Maples etc. are found in the mountainous region of the District. There are varieties of medicinal herbs, edible plants, shrubs, and plants etc., which are of great botanical value. Elephant, Tigers, Spotted Leopards, Jungle Cats, Mithuns, Hornbills, Partridge fowls, the rare Tragopan, Barking Deer, Mountain Goats, Wild Boars, Bears are found in the forest of the Mon District.

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