Drive to Nagaland On Your 5th Day In The Northeast IndiaNagaland is the crown jewel of India's tribal heritage and a shining testimony to North east India's whirling diversity. The drive from Ziro to Dimapur should take 10 hrs and will pass through Jorhat as well. Dimapur is an ideal base to cover most of the places to visit in Nagaland on this itinerary, and then continue on to Meghalaya in the next leg. Kohima, Nagaland's state capital is an hour and a half away from Dimapur.
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Tucked away behind the Japfu Range in Nagaland, the Dzuko or Dzukou Valley is just about 3 km from the city of Kohima. This is a place where tourists mostly come for trekking and other adventure sports. This is a charming flower valley where you will find blooming so many types of exotic wildflowers in all different colours. There are also waterfalls which increase the beauty of the place and are said to freeze during heavy winters. The place is at an altitude of about 2480 m above the sea level and are surrounded by other hills, caves and rocks. Apart from just trekking, this p;ace is rich in bio- diversity and thus is like paradise for photographers, nature and peace lovers alike. Camping is also a very good option here given the presence of rocky caves and geological formations. This place is absolutely adventure at its best and when in Nagaland, this should definitely be a priority in your itinerary list.
Kisama Heritage Village
This is a village and an open museum off the Imphal Road about 10 kilomteres from the Central part of Kohima. Here you will be able to experience the authentic living styles of the Nagas. The place is a Heritage Village since they have successfully preserved the joy of simple living of the tribals in one place. There are number of Naga traditional houses here along with some bachelor dormitories which are locally known as morungs. The most important fact about the Kisama Heritage Village is that the largest Naga Festiva, The Hornbill Festival is celebrated here. This is a week long festival which is celebrated every year from the 1st to 7th of December. Tourists come here to watch tribal people gather together and enjoying their singing, dancing and sports. Most of the people who come here are in their traditional warrior attires. The Kohima Rock Festival is also celebrated in this village.
Truly speaking nothing to see in Dimapur. One can find a list of places to see like Kacharia Ruins, the zoo, triple falls and the Rangapahar Reserve. Being a short distance from the airport we visited only the Kachari Ruins. There is no sign board, no information or any person to explain what this is. This stands as a neglected park. The story is obscure, but it goes like this, the Dimasa Kachari Kings played a game similar to that of chess and the ruins depict the game. The portions that remain identifiable looked like pawns in the game of chess. One will find two blocks of the game, one on the right and one on the left separated by some distance.
The capital city of Nagaland, this lies on the North- Eastern border of India sharing boundaries with the neighbouring country of Burma. Tucked in the Himalayan Ranges, Kohima is filled with natural beauty and a pleasant climate throughout the year. Unlike many parts of the state, Kohima is much developed and is not filled with tribal people who are still untouched by the modern civilization. There are museums and art galleries in Kohima and this is one of the most visited places in the whole state. There are a number of places for adventure sports and rustic beauty as well for nature and photography lovers. You can visit this city the whole year and find it equally beautiful everytime. The main occupation here is agriculture and this is also the maximum contributor towards the state's economy. Government and other jobs make for the rest of the population of this city. The city is at a height of about 1500 m above sea level.