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How To Reach Mon
Mon is a far flung town located in the Mon district of Nagaland. It is located about 357 km from Kohima and 280 km from Dimapur. Mon is most famous for headhunting which was practiced here in ancient times. It is also referred to as “Land of Anghs” meaning the land ruled by kings. The Konyak and the Ao tribes constitute the entire population of Mon. As a town situated at one corner of the state it is important to see whether it is accessible to tourists. Here are the ways to reach Mon.
It goes without saying that Mon does not have an airport and the only airport in Nagaland is in Dimapur. The airports closest to Mon are however Jorhat Airport and Dibrugarh Airport located in Assam. They are located 154 km and 133 km respectively from Mon. To reach Mon tourists have to take a flight to any of these three airports and then take a bus or hire a cab. The airports are well connected with the northeastern states and major cities like Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi giving these remote areas the much-needed connectivity.
The closest railway station to Mon in Nagaland is in Dimapur located about 260 km the town and district. The nearest station however is in Jorhat in Assam, located 145 km from Mon. These railway stations have a fair number of trains running between the cities and Guwahati, Kolkata and other neighboring towns and cities. Tourists have to often take a connecting train to reach Jorhat or Dimapur. From here they have to take buses or cabs to reach Mon.
The absence of a station and airport makes road connectivity extremely important for Mon to survive and thrive. Roadways are the lifeline of the entire state. There are a number of national highways running through Nagaland that is extremely crucial for connecting remotely located towns and districts with major cities. Nagaland State Transport buses ply regularly on the roads connecting different areas. Cabs and private taxis can be hired to reach Mon.
Getting by in Mon
Mon is a small serene town and perfect for exploration on foot. Rental cars are also available for sightseeing and for traveling distant places. As Mon primarily is constituted of tribal villages there are not too many modes of local transportation. Buses are available for traveling outside the town to adjacent towns and districts.