Nagaland

Place of festivities wrapped in the beauty of mystic hills and valleys, Nagaland is a bizarre Northeastern state of India bordering Myanmar. The presence of a distinct culture, well-preserved history, and mesmerizing beauty makes it an enticing destination for an eventful holiday experience. Colorful costumes, lovely lakes, tangy treats, time-honored town, welcoming weather, delightful dance, and lyrical lullabies are everything that delineates this north-eastern destination.

 

History

 

On December 1, 1963, Nagaland was officially announced as 16th State of the Indian Union after achieving statehood. In 1964,  the government, elected democratically by the voters, took the official seats. 

 

Places to visit

Kohima

Originally named Kewhira, Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland. It is an eternal and pure bliss for nature-adorers who love being amidst breath-taking mountains and woodlands. One can also indulge in adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, and camping in this region. 

Tourist attractions: Kohima War Cemetery, Japfu Peak, Dzukou Valley, Kohima State Museum, Naga Heritage Village.

Time to visit: October to June

 

Dimapur

The largest & fastest developing city of Nagaland, Dimapur offers equal excitement to both nature and history enthusiasts with surreal natural ambiance and marvel at historically rich old ruins. The presence of the airport in the city welcomes travelers with Dhansiri River at one front and woody meadows at the other.

Tourist attractions: Kachari ruins, Diezephe Craft Village, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, Kuki Dolong Village.

Time to visit: October to June

 

Mokokchung

An important urban hub in Nagaland after Kohima and Dimapur, Mokochung is the downtown habitat to Ao Naga, land of festivals in sowing & harvesting seasons and a famous tourist destination to explore the District Museum, the Town main park, the largest & the oldest Unman village and the Ao village. 

Tourist attractions: Longkhum, Mokokchung Village and Park, Changtongya, Chuchuyimlang, Ungma village, Langpangkong. 

Time to visit: October to June

 

Mon

Haven to the Konyak Nagas, Mon greets tourists with exquisite and enticing glances of tattooed faces dressed in feathery loincloths to the complex terrain with hilly slopes.

In the whole state of Nagaland, Mon is considered to be the most fascinating and mystifying place because of its rich tribal heritage and uphill location. 

Tourist attractions: Chui Village, Longwa Village, Shangnyu Village, Veda Peak.

Time to visit: October to May

 

Benreu

Benreu is an unexplored village with 20% of its inhabitants being nature and animals. Perched at a height of 1950 meters and across Mount Pauna, Benreu is the third highest peak of Nagaland and habitat to the Zeliang tribe. It also has rains and clouds owing to its heightened location & it is an ideal destination to explore rural life and nature.

Tourist attractions: Mt.Pauna Tourist Village, Peren, Amongmong Festival, Yeshme Festival.

Time to visit: May to September

 

Meluri

 Meluri is one of the 5 blocks of Phek district, nestled in the rural zone of Nagaland setting out midway to Mt. Saramati of Kiphire district. This village is home to the Pochury tribe, known for its exceptional hunting skills. Apart from attractive rock formations, this place has supernaturally-empowered lakes and vantage points around Dzudu Lake to catch the glimpses of Mt. Everest and most of Nagaland. 

Tourist attractions: Dzudu Lake, Zanibu Peak, Shilloi Lake

Time to visit: May to September

 

Tuensang

Tuensang is the largest district and one of the fastest developing towns of Nagaland, fringed by Myanmar on its right. The district is blessed with colorful cultural heritage and traditional attire of the co-living tribes amidst the upholding surroundings that roll out red carpets for globetrotters to enjoy amusing dances and melodic & impassioned songs.

 

Tourist attractions: The Living Stone of Tuensang, Tsadang

Time to visit: March to May

 

Kiphire

 

Overlooking the highest peak in Nagaland- Saramati, Kiphire is a small, panoramic, and recently developed 9th district of Nagaland which was drawn out in 2004 from the Tuensang district. Sangtam, Yimchungrü and Sumi Naga tribes are habitants who nestled into the place hundred of years ago and have maintained the strong historical significance of the district. 

 

Tourist attractions: Saramati Peak, Cavers’ delight, Sukhayap or Lover’s Paradise, Wawade waterfall, Thanamir- apple village, Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary

Time to visit: May to September

 

Zunheboto

 

A placid hamlet, a land of combatants and heaven for endangered-birds watchers, Zunheboto is a beautiful district that will baptize you completely with the hueful traditions of Sumi, lenitive rhythms of the dance, trance-inducing music, and ecstatic well-preserved nature.

 

Tourist attractions: Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto, Keltomi Village, Ghosu Bird Sanctuary, Satoi Range.

Time to visit: May to September  

 

Delectable cuisines

 

  • Bamboo shoot
  • Axone(Fermented soybean)
  • Anishi
  • Fermented dry fish
  • Samathu

 

Must-try restaurants

 

  • Ethnic Table
  • Naga Ambrosian fiesta
  • Fifa Café
  • Foodies paradise
  • COZ Chill Out Zone 

 

Hotels for stay

 

Cheap

 

Hotel Saramati

Hotel Traveller

Hotel Green View

Hotel Kingfisher

Hotel Bravo

 

Budget

 

Niathu Resort

Hotel KF

Hotel Piyush Residency

Hotel Junglecity

Dhanshree Resort

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