Mon is the land of the captivating Konyak Nagas, whose culture and traditions are an attraction by themselves for the visitors. The forefathers of the Konyak believed that they were direct descentdents of Noah, for they have biblical names like Mosa, Kaisa Aron and so on. It is also believed that they crossed the historic gate known as Alemkaphan which is interpreted in Konyak as the gate of the sun. The rulers of the villages still use the word Wang (Angh) for themselves, meaning ‘the beginning of everything’. The Angh still enjoys considerable power over his people, acting as an autocrat and a democrat. His house is a demonstration of tribal power and glory, flashing both human and animal skulls on the porch. The Konyaks are known for their tattooed faces, blackened teeth and head hunting prowess, the last thankfully being in the past. When they come out to the markets to sell their agricultural produce, the Konyaks cut an impressive figure among the uninitiated.
Longwa is one of the biggest villages in Mon district and an intersecting sight to behold, since it straddles the international boundary line between India and Myanmar; one half of the powerful Angh’s house falls within the Indian territory, whereas the other half lies under Myanmarese control. Although the borders are shared and some youths of the village serve under the Myanmarese army, the village is governed by the Angh and the Village Council Chairman the Angh had 60 wives and his jurisdiction extends upto Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh (another Indian state). There are both Indian and Myanmarese schools in this village. The department of Tourism has constructed a three room tourist accommodation that is run by the church authorities.
Ruled by the chief Angh, Shangnyu village is one of the prominent villages in Mon district. A huge and unique piece of 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 the spirit during the metallic Age. This mammoth carving is now preserved in a museum facing the Angh’s house. Some stone monoliths are also seen infront of the Angh’s palace.
Veda, the highest peak in Mon, is approximately 70 km east of the district headquarters. From the top of this peak can be seen a clear view of both the Brahmatputre (India) and the Chindwin (Myanmar) rivers on a clear day. There is also a waterfall in the confines of this peak. Historicaly, Veda peak was the place where the British soldiers first set up their camp and also planted the first opium plant in the land of the Konyak Naga.