The homestay is built in a traditional northeastern fashion with wood and the kitchen has a marked rustic feel. Maize hangs above the fire wood heating the rice bowl. The food is always cooking as the fire wood requires more time.
The room is well spaced out and can accommodate two people easily. You will be welcomed by the chickens that Yarlis has lovingly named. The homestay is very close to Theresa’s home that means you'll have a lot of children visiting your homestay. Yarlis’s homestay also has a dog that is a bit shy in the beginning but eventually he warms up to you.
1. The Wah-iasih view point located in Phlongingkhaw Village is less than a kilometer from the homestay and has landscape views of the mountains that the guests can go on one of the evenings.
2. Niriang village is located approximately 6 kilometers from the homestay and a short trek uphill leads you to a point overlooking the distant identifiable view of the Umngot river.
3. Guests can go watch the locals as they farm and learn more about the up keeping of the farm. Rice, potato, maize are some of the common things grown in the farm.
4. Nartiang is one of the world’s oldest Monolith’s located 30 kilometers from the homestay.
5. Fine clay pottery is practiced widely by the local communities in Tyrshang village and Larnai village.
6. Ummulong market is located approximately 13 kilometers from the homestay and is a traditional market where one can find the local handicrafts and clothes along with locally sourced materials.
7. Syntu- ksiar is one of the memorials with a good view.
8. About 35 kilometers from the homestay is the Indigenous fish sanctuary.
9. Moopun waterfalls located approximately 50 kilometers from the homestay.
10. On the way to Dawki you can spend some time at the Krang- suri waterfalls.
11. 15- 25 kilometers from the homestay, you can find locals practicing Organic agriculture on a stretch of paddy fields in the Sung valley.
12. 1.5 kilometers from the homestay is the Madur Village- On the way to the homestay you will pass through one of the oldest ruins and settlement of the old kingdom.13. River Umngot- The river is a clear water.
WHAT TO EAT:
All the vegetables are locally grown in the hosts backyard with varieties such as Cabbage, Cauliflower, Garlic, Sweet potato, Mustard, Ginger, Pumpkin, Radish, they grow different kinds of beans and Carrots too. The way of cooking is very subtle to taste as they avoid using ‘masalas’ and cook their food with as little spices as possible. They believe that spices only add to the taste and not to one’s health.
One of the common dishes are cooked with Radish leaf. ‘Sla muli’ is a dish made with white sesame seeds and radish that has a pungent smell and a distinct taste .The meal prep happens in the kitchen by the fire where slow paced cooking is catalyzed by beautiful conversations.
Their cooking style is quite unique compared to the standard recipes that are followed in the suburbs.
Yarlis can take you to the church every Sunday where you get to experience the community meetings that are so well organized and have equal participation from every community member. You will be able to see the coordination between all the people in the most smooth possible manner. You can visit the market with Yarlis where you can see how the farmers bring in their harvest in hopes to sell it and make sufficient amounts of money to survive for the next few weeks.
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ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Yarlis is the host and she has two sons along with a baby. She lives here alone and takes care of the entire household on her own. Back in the day she was a very active farmer and tended to the farmland with all the dedication in the world. That dedication and focus can be seen in the way she farms even now in her backyard.
She speaks softly and is a woman of few words. Wrinkles mark her face from various points and you might think she is too old but do not be too quick to judge. Yarlis is still a child at heart and once she opens up you will be in fits. Her sense of humor drives people’s energy in Muroh Village.
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