NAGALAND

The undulating state of Nagaland is extremely charming and lovingly beautiful. It shares its borders with states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and international border with Myanmar.  It is one of the state which are known as seven sister states of India.  It is a mesmerizing Hill station inhabited by the sixteen naga tribes. Colourful life and culture are an integral part of Naga tribes of Nagaland. These 16 tribes are different and unique in their customs and traditions. The virgin terrains of the state are breathtakingly enchanting. The exquisitely scenic landscape, rich flora, fauna, rich traditional and cultural heritage, and serene ambience make Nagaland one of the most colourful states of India. Dotted with undulating mountains, thundering rivers, and lush green forests, it has lot to offer to adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. One can indulge in trekking, rock climbing, camping, and river rafting, angling and other exhilarating adventure activities. Its rich heritage clearly reflects in its culture, traditions, dances, festivals and cuisine.

 

 

General Information

·         Capital: Kohima is capital city of Nagaland and is 74km from Dimapur city.

·         Airport: Dimapur is having the airport for state.

·         Rail: Dimapur is having the railway station for state. The other nearest railway station are at Jorhat 136km and Guwhati 250km from Dimapur in Assam.

·        Shop: The people of Nagaland have a rich tradition of art and crafts. The beautifully hand woven tribal shawls of various tribes are speciality of Nagaland. Warm and colourful Naga shawls, hand woven shoulder bags, Tribal ornaments, decorative spears, tablemats, Baskets, woodcarvings and bamboo works products makes interesting souvenirs.

 

 

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Places of Tourism: 


 

Kohima

Dimapur

Mokokchung

Kiphire

Mon

 

 

Kohima: Cloaked in sheer beauty, Kohima is the capital town of Nagaland. Nature has blessed this town with lush green surroundings which is a treat to eyes and soul It also displaying the exotic tribal culture of the northeast.

  • War Cemetery: A symbolic memorial erected as citation for the supreme sacrifices made by the officers and men during the World War II. Each grave is supported by a bronze plaque with a moving epitaph -" When you go home / Tell them of us and say / For your tomorrow / We gave our today."

  • The Catholic Cathedral: The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill is a major landmark at Kohima. It is one of the biggest Cathedral in the whole North East as well as Largest in Asia and has a very amiable atmosphere for praying. This place is worth a visit, for its blend of endemic architecture.

  • Zoological Park: The zoo at Kohima is built on a lovely hill-slope. One will find a glimpse of the animal and bird kingdom of Nagaland in the Zoological Park at Kohima. One can see some rare species of animals and birds especially the rare golden langurs, Blythe's Tragopan.

  • State Museum: The State Museum treasures rare collection of articles of different tribes which speak about the history and traditions of the Nagas. there are historical artifacts, log drums, tools & implements, old Naga currencies, attire of warriors, dresses & costumes all preserved here. This museum provides a bird's eye view of the fifteen colourful tribes at close quarters.

  • Kohima Village (Bara Basti): It is believed to be the second largest and the most populous village in Asia. Its foundation was laid by the Angami tribe of Nagaland. The entrance of the village has a huge traditional wooden gate. Its carvings are dedicated to the theme – war. Kohima Village is an mixture of the past and present.

  • Japfu Peak: At 3048 meters above sea level, is the second highest peak in Nagaland. It makes for an exhilarating scaling and trekking experience. Watch the sun- paint fascinating pictures over the entire sky, as it travels slowly beyond the horizon. The trek from Japfü to Dzükou is off the beaten track experience where one can visit Naga Villages on the way  and get a taste of Naga culture.

  • Pulie Bazde Sanctuary: The Sanctuary lies close to Kohima and is located in a beautiful location surrounded by green hills and streams. The sanctuary is famous for the wide variety of birds. Tragopan Blythii and White-naped Yuhina are among the rare species of birds which can be seen here. It is a pleasurable sight to see these beautiful birds in their natural habitat.

  • The Market: Grocery shopping in Kohima is a treat; visit the wholesale market for the a visual feast of the Naga village women wearing their splendid tribal costumes and gathering to sell farm, field, forest and stream products.

Excursions:

  • Khonoma Village (20km): The picturesque village offers a vista of Nagaland’s natural splendor and ecological diversity. Khonoma village is known for its valor. This village boosts terracing cultivation and conservation of ecology which includes rare flora and fauna including Blyth’s Tragopan, and endangered species of animal.

  • Dzukou Valley (30km): Beautiful flowers seem to be the trademark of the heavenly Dzukou Valley.The entire valley is covered with a carpet of wild flowers. The beautiful streams passing through the Dzukou Valley dramatically change into ice during extreme winter .One is at completely at peace with nature. It shelters endangered species of Indian Elephant, Leopard, Asiatic Black Bear and Tragopan. The valley boasts of beautiful hills, streams, natural caves and rocks which makes it an ideal place for camping.

  • Mao in Manipur (32km): Koubru is one of the pious mountains of Manipur. A three hundred years old temple of Lord Koubru Mahadeva is situated in the foot hills of "Awang asuppa yoimyai khunda ahanba mountain

  • Dzulekie (40km): This is an enchanting place near Kohima, where domesticated bisons roam freely in pastoral ambience. The surrounding green hills and little waterfalls thrown in, add to the pleasure to being in this cool getaway.

  • Touphema Village (41km): On the way to Wokha, it is a Tourist Village, developed and maintained by the village community. This village performs the “Sekrenyi” the purification festival of the Angami tribe and is celebrated every year during the month of February.

  • Pfustsero (70km): It is also the coldest and highest town in the state. It comes under Phek District of Nagaland. Phek Town is 145km from Kohima.

    • Pfustero or Glory Peak is popularly known for the view that it provides.  From here one can clearly view the highest mountain in the world - Mt. Everest in the West and the highest mountain in Nagaland – Mt. Saramati in the East. 

    • There are many waterfalls or caves in and around Pfutsero town

    • Lodiri (Rhododendron Trek):  This one small mountain range with full of rhododendron flowers is an ideal place for the trekkers and nature lovers.

    • Others Places: Zuketsa town, Loho lake, Tchudoubo (legendary stone at Tsupfume village), Golden peak at Chizami Village, Thetsumi village, Mesulumi village, Khezakenoma village, Zhavame village can be approcahed by making Pfutsero the base camp.

    • Shilloi Lake:  Also known as the Lachem Lake, it lies on the lower slopes of the hills running along the Myanmar border in Phek district of Nagaland. Spread over 0.25 to 0.30 sq. km, the lake has the shape of a footprint. It’s 300km from Kohima.

  • Dimapur (74km): The ancient capital of 13th century Kachari rulers, Dimapur in Nagaland is an importanat commercial town of Nagaland. It is the gateway to Nagaland and is famous for its handicrafts.

  • Wokha (80km): This beautiful district is dotted with several ridges and hills which offer great views of the surroundings. Its inhabited by the Lotha tribe. Its famous for its Pineapples and Oranges. Mount Totsu Situated at an altitude of 1250 m is an ideal place for rock climbing.

  • Mokokchung (80km): Mokokchung is a major cultural centre of the Ao Nagas.  One can visit Tribal Villages, caves and museum. It is 80km ahead of Wokha.

  • Zunheboto Via Chazouba (150km): Zunheboto is the home of the Sumis. Sumis are considered to be the Martial tribe among the Nagas. They have their colourful dance and songs. 

    • Ghosu Bird Sanctuary: It is solely maintained by the village community. More than twenty species of endangered birds are found here. Tourist can have a wonderful view of s migratory birds.

    • Satoi range: The virgin forest with pristine beauty, is the natural habitat of rare birds. Rare rhododendrons also adorn the hills. It is an ideal place for Trekking.

    • Mokokchugun (70km): Mokokchung is a major cultural centre of the Ao Nagas.  One can visit Tribal Villages, caves and museum.

  • Imphal in Manipur (147km): Imphal in Manipur with the landscape of green-blue hills, lush fields and low clouds is like an exquisite painting. The glorious past of this tiny valley clearly reflects in its ancient palaces and beautiful temples. It is a home to the endangered Brow-antlered Deer called the Sangai.

  • Jorhat (200km) was the capital of Ahom Kings, with its renowned cultural heritage. It is the city nestled in the tea gardens dotted around sprawling in and around the city.

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Dimapur: The ancient capital of 13th century Kachari rulers, Dimapur in Nagaland is an important commercial town of Nagaland. It is the gateway to Nagaland and is famous for its handicrafts.

  • Ruins of the Kachari Kingdom: The ruins belonging to the ancient Kachari Kingdom fascinate many tourists coming to Nagaland. The ruins of the monoliths, temples, embankments and tanks belonging to the 13th century can be seen here.

  • Triple Falls: This mesmerising waterfall is located in the Seithekima village of Dimapur. It is a three tier waterfall steeped in beauty. It is an ideal place for people inclined towards trekking.

  • Chumukedima: Holding great historic importance, Chumukedima was once the first headquarters of the then Naga Hills District of Assam state during the British Raj. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourist Village atop a hill in Chumukedima. This village offers a bird's eye view of Dimapur

  • Ruzaphema: A place ideally suited for leisure and recreation with its colorful bazaars and a plethora of tribal handicrafts that are exclusive in their style, and unusually beautiful in their own way.

  • Nagaland Handloom and Handicrafts: While in Nagaland, one should not forget to visit the centre were you can buy the beautifully woven Naga Shawls and Handicraft items.

Excursions:

  • Governor's Camp (43km): Overlooking the beautiful Doyang river in Dimapur, the Governer's Camp offers great opportunities for Picnics, rafting, camping and angling.

  • Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary (37km): It is a shelter to various animals including some rare species of birds. The sanctuary boasts of having rich and varied treasure of flora & fauna . Sanctuary is a home of many endangered species of wildlife. Is the habitat of Hoolock Baboon, the only gibbon found in India. The sanctuary also has a sizeable number of tuskers, tigers, mithun, Sambhar, wild dog and sloth bear.

  • Peren (84km): This tourist village is abound with ethnicity and traditions. The famous attractions of area are:  

    • Benrue Village: This tourist village There is a wildlife sanctuary around this village where a wide variety of wildlife can be spotted. The people here make a special bread called Kennie Nku which can be tried out when you you visit the village

    • Mt. Pauna Tourist Village: Situated along the Pauna mountain range, Mt. Pauna Tourist Village resort is an extension of Benrue village. This tourist village boasts of beautiful cottages built under the trees.

    • Mount Pauna: Mount Pauna is the third highest peak in Nagaland offering panoramic views of nature. It also offers  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

  • Kohima (74km): Cloaked in sheer beauty, Kohima is the capital town of Nagaland. Nature has blessed this town with lush green surroundings which is a treat to eyes and soul. It also displays the exotic tribal culture of the northeast.

  • Jorhat in Assam (126km): Jorhat was the capital of Ahom Kings, with its renowned cultural heritage. It is the city nestled in the tea gardens dotted around sprawling in and around the city.

  • Dibrugarh in Assam (310km):  It is the largest tea exporting town in India. Nestled on the banks of the river Brahmaputra. Dibrugarh is aptly called the 'Tea City of India'. It has scenic beauty with wildlife. The town and its nearby places are a home to Oil and Timber industries.

  • Imphal in Manipur (338km): Imphal in Manipur with the landscape of green-blue hills, lush fields and low clouds is like an exquisite painting. The glorious past of this tiny valley clearly reflects in its ancient palaces and beautiful temples. It is a home to the endangered Brow-antlered Deer called the Sangai.

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Mokokchung: It is 160km from Kohima and is 80km ahead of Wokha. Mokokchung is a major cultural centre of the Ao Nagas. 

  • Mokokchung District Museum: The museum display exhibits various artifacts of AO Naga tribe such as swords, shield, shawl, clothing, traditional jewelry, accessories and more.

  • Tribal Villages: Longkhum Village for its beauty, Ungma Village is oldest and largest of all Ao villages, Chuchuyimlang Village is village of festival for Ao Nagas to explore Naga Tribal culture.

  • Caves: Langpangkong, Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki

  • River Milak and Tula which flows through the region offers scenic interest and have a lot of potential for monsoon angling.

  • Zunheboto (70km): Zunheboto is the home of the Sumis. Sumis are considered to be the Martial tribe among the Nagas. They have their colourful dance and songs.  

  • Wokha (80km): This beautiful district is dotted with several ridges and hills which offer great views of the surroundings. Its inhabited by the Lotha tribe. Its famous for its Pineapples and Oranges. Mount Totsu Situated at an altitude of 1250 m is an ideal place for rock climbing.

  • Longleng (70km): Nature has showered abundant natural beauty on the Longleng. One come across several rural markets where several organic agricultural products are available. The rich culture of the Phom Nagas beautifully reflects in their festivals and musical instruments like log drums

  • Tuensang (115km): Tuesang a beautiful town in Tuesang district which is enveloped with sheer natural beauty. The views of its hills, ridges, gorges and valleys fill the heart of onlookers with joy. This district is mainly inhabited by the five Naga tribes namely Chang, Sangtam, Khiamniungan, Yimchunger, Phom and a part of Sumi

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Kiphire: Kiphire is 254km from Kohima and is the newly formed ninth district of Nagaland which was carved out of Tuensang District. It’s a hot tourist spot.  

  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary: Its located very close to the Myanmar border. The Sanctuary is covered with hills, valleys, ridges and gorges. A variety of animals and birds are found here. The animals include Tiger, Panther, Barking Deer, Jungle Cat, Hoolock gibbons, Himalayan Bear, Sambar, Wild Boar, Bison and Slender Loris. The  birds include Indian Horn Bill, Grey Pheasant, Doves, Jungle Fowl, etc

  • Saramati Peak: Saramati is the highest peak in Nagaland and also the highest mountain of the non-Himalayan mountains of India. It is the loftiest mountain in this region and the mountain is ideally suited for trekking

  • Cave at Salomi:  When one travels towards east from Pungro Town a big cave can be seen nearby Salomi Village. The cave has attractive scenery and the speciality about the cave is the multipoint entry and exit.

  • Cave at Mimi:  About an hour walking from Mimi Village, the beauty of natural cave has a great attraction for any visitor. Wild animals take their shelters at these caves. There are four caves measuring 300 to 400fts and some measure 200 to 300fts.

  • Sukhayap (lovers Paradise):  Northward of the Mimi village has a cliff (rock) where even wild animals do not exist. Shelters for wild animals are not possible, because of the steep nature of the cliff. Only men can hardly climb up with the help of ladder for site seeing and can even shelter there.

  • Wawade Waterfalls: This beautiful and breathtaking waterfall lies between Mimi Village and Khonga Village. It takes one and half-hour from Mimi village to reach the place. The other three waterfalls some 100fts lies at this place.

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Mon: Mon is 357 km from Kohima (via Dimapur), 280 km from Dimapur and 275 km from Kohima via Mokokchung. Mon  district is one of the main attractions of Nagaland. It houses the Konyak tribe of the state. Konyaks are excellent craftsmen and artisans. Here one can visit:

  • Longwa Village: This is a unique village inhabited by the Konyaks tribe of Nagaland. Half of the village is located in India and the other half in Mayanmar. The villagers enjoy dual citizenships

  • Shangnyu Village: This is a home to the Konyak Naga tribe. It boasts of a huge wooden structure which is 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth. It is believed that it was built by the heavenly angels. It has been meticulously carved with amazing pictures of human beings and other living beings.

  • Veda Peak (70km): It is the highest peak of the district. Here one can get great views of the beautiful rivers – Brahmaputra and Chindwin. There is a waterfall on the precincts of this peak and this area is also considered as one of the best locations in the whole of Konyak countryside.

  • Naganimora: It offers the tourists with a scope to explore their inherent sporting zeal and sportsman spirit through the various adventure sports of the region. Blessed with natural beauty, Naganimora attracts several tourists who are thrilled with the bewitching sight.

  • Tuensang (150km): Tuesang a beautiful town in Tuesang district which is enveloped with sheer natural beauty. The views of its hills, ridges, gorges and valleys fill the heart of onlookers with joy. This district is mainly inhabited by the five Naga tribes namely Chang, Sangtam, Khiamniungan, Yimchunger, Phom and a part of Sumi.

  • Dibrugarh in Assam (180km): It is the largest tea exporting town in India. Nestled on the banks of the river Brahmaputra. Dibrugarh is aptly called the 'Tea City of India'. It has scenic beauty with wildlife. The town and its nearby places are a home to Oil and Timber industries

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