Nagaland

Capital
Kohima
Population
1.4 million
Area
16 579 km²
Languages
Nagamese, Angami, Ao, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sangtam, Hindi, English

Best time to visit
November to March
Climate (°C)
Mar to June - Pleasant
July to September - Warm, humid, monsoon
October to February - Chilly to Cold

About

One of the smallest states in India, Nagaland, situated in the north eastern corner of the country, became a state in 1963. Nagaland is bordered by Assam in the west, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam on the North and Manipur in the South, and shares an international border with Myanmar on the East. The Naga Hills run through the state, which has Saramati as its highest peak at a height of 12,600 ft.

The state got 7 districts, with 16 tribes and subtribes. The Nagas, inhabitants of Nagaland, are said to belong to the Indo-Mongoloid stock, a race whose presence was first noted ten centuries before Christ, at the time of the compilation of the Vedas. Nagaland is today, one of only 3 states in India, with a Christian majority.

It is a land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth. Here, music is an integral part of life. By nature Nagas are lovers of fun and frolic and here life is one long festival. The Nagas with their joie de vivre, dance and songs are a part and parcel of all their festivities.

NB!
An entry permit is required

How to get here

Air
Dimapur (74 km from Kohima)
Dimapur - Kolkata Indian Airlines flights.

Rail
No trains run here.

Bus
Kohima can be reached by bus from Dimapur.

Places to visit

Kohima - Ruzaphema - Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary - Dimapur - Wokha - Mokokchung - Tuensang - Mokokchung - Zunheboto

.: Kohima
It is the capital of Nagaland. At an altitude of 1444 m, Kohima is a beautiful town with Panoramic views.

By nature Nagas are lovers of fun and frolic and here life is one long festival.

.: Ruzaphema
A place ideally suited for leisure and recreation with its colourful bazaars and a wide range of tribal handicrafts which are exquisite in their style, not to mention the uniqueness of each of them.

.: Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 37 km from Dimapur, this sanctuary has some rare species of birds.

.: Dimapur
Situated at an altitude of 195 metres above sea-level is the gateway of Nagaland. This flourishing town is also the commercial centre of the State. Dimapur is the main rail-head in Nagaland. Dimapur is the only airport in Nagaland.

.: Wokha
80 km from Kohima, this district is the home of the Lotha tribe of the Nagas. The colourful dances & folk songs of the Lothas are well known. The main festivals of the Lothas are ‘Tokhu Emong’ & ‘ Pikhuchak’.

.: Mokokchung
Located 162 km. from Kohima with an altitude of 1325 m Mokokchung is the capital of the traditions & culture of the Ao tribe of the Nagas. The two main festivals celebrated here are connected with cultivation. ‘Moatsu’, related to sowing, is celebrated in early May, & ‘Tsungrem Mong’, the harvesting festival is celebrated in the month of August.

.: Zunheboto
150 km. from Kohima, Zunheboto, is the home of the Semas, the martial race among the Nagas. The Semas are renowned for their colourful war dance & folk songs and their ceremonial war dresses. ‘Tuluni’ celebrated in the second week of July, is an important festival of the Semas.



 
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