The Kohima War Cemetary was built in remembrance of the British and Indian soldiers who gave up their lives during the Second World War against the Japanese. Also known as the ‘Battle of Kohima’, this battle was fought from 4th April to 22 June 1944. This is considered to be one of the fiercest battles fought in the east and in Nagaland too and is also known as the ‘Stalingrad of The East’.The victorious Japanese Army marched all the way from Myanmar to Manipur and then into Kohima. The Japanese were to march into mainland India, but were faced with strong resistance from the British.The Japanese purpose of invasion was to overthrow the British Raj. They would have got a shot at that, but the British with the help of Indians soldiers put up a resilient fight and after two months the Japanese were weakened and suffered one of the greatest defeats in history. The Japanese lost most of their men to diseases, exhaustion and hunger. Today the War Cemetery in Kohima is still maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery now sits on the Garrison Hill, one of the key battlegrounds. The cemetery is home to as many as 1,420 graves.
(Oct 14)The hotel was very near to the war cemetery and the city market. Take a stroll in the cemetery, the names and stories etched on stones will give you chills. I was beyond excited to visit the “keeda market” (insect market) where vendors sell everything from frogs, bamboo shoot, snails, worms, list is endless. I tried snails (yum) for the first time; a very strong taste and a halfplate was quite a lot, even for a foodie like me (fyi : Snails are aphrodisiac). Nagas are football frenzy, as apparent by the crowd cheers blaring from the stadium near the market where a tournament is hosted quite regularly. I ate some pork momos and gum rooti (a sweet bread like, made from rice flour and jaggery). Late night, I boarded the train to Jorhat.
Breathe in a slice of history at the 2nd world war cemetery. The Battle of Kohima in 1944 during the second world war was fought in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bunglow, near the tennis court. The battle of Kohima is therefore also called The Battle of Tennis Court. The Kohima War Cemetery is a memorial in honor of the deceased soldiers during this war.