Situated in the district of Peren, this little
village perched 1950 meters above the sea level, houses a unique
community where 20 percent of an animist population dictates the customs
and social rules of the majority Christians. A tourist village preserved
around the ethnic-tourism concept, Benreu is a living showcase of the
endangered culture of these highlanders.
With a dense wildlife sanctuary around it, the
visitors can literally embark upon his wild safari by staying
comfortably in the real animist village. If you are in Benreu, then do
not forget to have Kennie Nku, the local bread made from sticky rice and
prepared over a heated stone kiln.
Mt. PAUNA TOURIST VILLAGE
This village resort is an extension of Benreu village
(separated from it by about 300 meters) towards the south along the
Pauna mountain range. it has 8 double cottages with attached bathrooms
and fitted with running hot and cold water. these cottages are built
under trees of different varities, making the occupant feel close to
nature. The village has one Morung for the visitors and a three storied
restaurant - cum - dormitory.
This third highest peak in Nagaland stands
majestically along the Benreu range. it offers breathtaking views of
Rhododendrons, Orchids (besides other colorful flora), Mithuns, Birds
etc to the leisurely tourist, and treks along three escalating ranges
leading to the peak. For the more adventurous. these ranges are only
about 6 km away from the Benrue village and the ideal time for trekking
here is during the clear month of November.
Around Mt. Pauna and the villages, are numerous spots
containing articles of the past, both man made and natural. monoliths,
curiously shaped stones and rocks, water springs, Morungs and other
enclosures for social bonding are scattered around this area. The
villagers and their hospitability towards visitors are the star
attractions for the visitors, who can even pamper their taste buds with
the traditional F & B, besides witnessing the exotic traditions of the