A Glimpse of Nagaland The Land of Headhunter
From War Cemetery to Dzuko Valley to Japfu Peak – a sojourn laced with mesmerizing culture, emotion and enchantment
Nagaland is truly an amalgamation of various tribes! The Kohima Museum portrays the traditions and culture of the many tribes of the state. The museum holds many unique artifacts related to different tribes of the region. All of 16 tribal groups are a part of Nagaland and all of them are represented here. The clan motifs, colorful traditional dresses, dialect, practices and traditions are displayed at the museum.
The zoo houses the State bird, the rare Tragopan bird, and the state animal, the wild buffalo. The zoo is created on a hill and the hill has been beautifully used to provide natural landscapes for the animals. The golden langurs and the Blythe?s tragopan are the biggest attractions of the zoo. A section of the zoo has been turned into a special area for kids with a play zone and fun facts about the animals.
The city of Kohima has had a really violent past and now, the city is making up for it. This cathedral too stands out in the city, providing a beacon of hope and peace. The Japanese had contributed to the making of this church after the Battle of Kohima so as to offer prayers in the memory of their loved ones. This is the largest cathedral in all of Asia and is also an amazingly beautiful piece of architecture.
This valley lies at a height of nearly 1500m above sea level! During the winter and spring season (Actober to March), this valley is paradise. It turns into a beautiful mixture of red and white with? Rhododendron, lilies and wild flowers in their full bloom. The valley is 25km from Kohima. The ride from Kohima to Dzukou is exquisite and breathtaking at every turn.
Kohima War Cemetery
This is, perhaps, one place in Kohima you wouldn?t want to miss at all. This beautiful site is dedicated to the 10,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion during the World War-II. The cemetery is well kept with lush green, mowed lawns and well groomed flowers. The epitaph on the cemetery wall reads ? When you go home, tell them of us and say that for their tomorrow, we gave our today? On the 18 plots of the cemetery, there are 1421 slabs erected in memory of soldiers who were killed in the battle of Kohima. The soldiers were from UK, Japan, East and West Africa and Burma.
The second highest peak of Nagaland, this 3048m (above sea level) mountain is one of the biggest attractions for many trekking enthusiasts. This peak has been used for trekking for a long time and hence there are many fixed paths depending on the weather and as per convenience. The view from the top of the peak is astounding. The snow clad Himalayas give a panoramic view with the lush green surroundings and lakes glittering like emeralds. The giant Rhododendron tree, found in the range of mountains, has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records with the 11th largest girth. The view from this peak is scenic, picturesque and incredibly beautiful.
Ntangki Wildlife Sanctuary
Located 35km from Dimapur, this sanctuary is said to be home to a whole variety of Animals such as Elephants, wild buffalos, the rare Hoolok gibbon, sloth bear, barking deer black storks and a lot more! The National Park takes pride in its 200km square natural yet protected habitat. This park came into the limelight after a tiff with PETA which said that living conditions for the animals is quite poor. Since that episode, the park is very well maintained and is a lovely family place.
Located about 40 km from the capital city of Kohima is the Touphema Village. It is a cultural village where you get to know the traditional life of the Nagas in an intimate manner. You get to stay in quaint huts, enjoy bonfire dinners, cultural dances and more.
This is the home of the native tribe of Nagaland, the Ao Naga tribe. About 150km from Kohima and at an altitude of nearly 1400m above sea level, Mokokchung is considered to be the ?capital? of the Nagas. The Ao warriors are beautifully dressed in black and red with hand woven shawls and wrist bands with small attachments signifying various victories. In the months of March and August, the tribe comes alive to celebrate the harvesting festivals. Visiting this area gives a deep insight into the lives and livings of the Nagas. The village is self dependent and is self. A variety of handicrafts, made by the local women, are available.