I got to know about this homestay from a friend of mine and some google blogs where they couldn’t stop praising the host of the homestay. I became kind of curious to find out what's so special about Dawn homestay and soon found out once we reached the place.
Kigwema can act as your base camp for the trek to both Dzukou valley and Japfu peak. There are a handful of homestays available here. Unless you go during the peak season (winter/hornbill festival), you should be able to easily find rooms. I would highly recommend Akieno's homestay for their unbelievable hospitality. The heritage village, Kisama, which is also the site for Hornbill festival, is a short hike away from here. The heritage complex, showcasing the different tribes of Nagaland, their architecture and customs, is open all around the year, even when the festival is not on. There is also a museum (closed on Sundays) and a park inside the village.
After two days of continuous struggle with the dreadful traffic congestion in Kohima, I moved away from the city and decidedly spent a few nights in Kigwema, and it only turned out to be a great idea. Dominated by the Angami tribe, Kigwema offers beautiful views to the adjoining valleys with the many gilded paddy-fields being visible at a distance. Beautiful campsites and traditional homestays in Kigwema, over the commercial guest-houses (the only option in Kohima) moreover add to the charm.Despite getting more and more exposed to tourism every year, practices of traditional lifestyle of the Angami people are still preserved by the villagers in Kigwema. Few traditional houses with engraved folk art and decorated village gateways still remain intact. The majority of local residents can be found relying on agriculture and conventional money-making techniques. Unlike Kohima, Kigwema promises a deeper insight of rural Nagaland.