16 579 km²
Nagamese, Angami, Ao, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sangtam, Hindi,
time to visit
November to March
Mar to June - Pleasant
July to September - Warm, humid, monsoon
October to February - Chilly to Cold
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.
An entry permit is required
How to get here
Dimapur (74 km from Kohima)
Dimapur - Kolkata Indian Airlines flights.
No trains run here.
Kohima can be reached by bus from Dimapur.
Places to visit
Kohima - Ruzaphema - Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dimapur - Wokha - Mokokchung - Tuensang - Mokokchung - Zunheboto
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.
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.
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
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’ & ‘
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.
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