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Eco-friendly Hobbit Home in Nagaland’s green village becomes star tourist attraction

This eco-friendly home was made by Asakho Chase in Nagaland inspired by the Hobbits of the 'Lord of the Rings'

One look at the house and it reminds you of the Hobbits, the imaginary people, from the novels, like “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. Yet it is a real home which has been constructed by a man from Nagaland – a physical education teacher.

The teacher whose name is Asakho Chase has built this home in Khonoma in Nagaland, which is India’s first green village. A East Mojo report mentions that Chase initially wanted to construct a fantasy field hut but later he landed building a structure by hand which was inspired by hobbit home. In this endeavour he got help from friends and the internet.

It took Chase nearly two months to make this 10 by 14 feet home. In this, three days were spent in digging five feet of fresh soil. While the hobbit home’s front wall is built with alder wood, it stands apart because of its colourful and round-shaped door and window.

With Chase’s mother setting up a vegetable garden and planting flowers around the house, the home reflects a homely ambience.

What makes this house eco-friendly is that wood used for the foundation was cut from an alder tree which grows back in a period of five to six years while the leftover wood was used to make furniture like bookshelf and a table.

Initially built by Chase for his family, he has now opened it for visitors. Talking to Better India he said: “The interiors are very basic with a single room. It can accommodate around five to seven people. There is also a small kitchenette, a western-style bathroom and water and electricity facilities.”

Chase, who also doubles up as a football coach, insists that people who visit should act with responsibility. He told East Mojo: “I keep no dustbin here at my hobbit home. So, even in the days to come, I am planning that visitors who come here will have to take back the trash they bring. I am sceptical of people being critical about my decision but that’s how I want to do it. I think we should all be responsible travellers.”