Dzukou valley is definately one of the most beautiful, out of the few places I have been to. It is situated at an altitude of 2452m above sea level at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur. The mesmerizing view of the valley is a treat for your eyes with beautiful flora and fauna. Wow. What a feeling!!
Also a great place for trekking enthusiasts.
After reaching Dimapur one can easily get reserved or shared taxis to Kohima, capital city of Nagaland . We were charged Rs. 300 per person in shared taxi. We left from Dimapur at 9 am towards Kohima , but we were very unfortunate as the highway was closed , I think due to maintenance work and we had to take an off-roading detour , which definitely cost us more hours.. we reached Kohima around 1pm. We bought some drinks and food to energize us on our trek. You can start the trek from two entry points , one at viswema village and the other at zakhama. I heard that zakhama trek is a bit short but difficult than the route from viswema. As this was my first trek and none of us in the group were experienced trekkers we chose to start from viswema . And the good thing in the viswema route is that the car can drop us some few KM's uphill which will also shorted our trek distance and had to walk less. The car took us till the last vehicle dropping point, we got down, took our rucksacks and started the trek. The time was around 3:00pm. I knew that first KM's of the trek we had to climb uphill . At first when I started I just regretted. I was totally out of breadth. My legs were pumped and I felt very hard to walk. My heart was beating out of my chest and I could hear it. Never done trekking before. I also had a big bagpack, my friends were also damn tired but we knew we can and we will do it, so we carried on. One thing was on my mind to complete the uphill trek before evening, as it was already getting dark and from what I heard after reaching up then we have to just keep on walking on a narrow path for few hours but no climbing and it is plain. We took short breaks but finally we completed the uphill and reached the top. We reached the top at around 5pm. It was almost dark and foggy. Stopped and drank some water and a red bull.. clicked some pics and resumed with our trek . After that it was just endless walking on the plains but the road was narrow and slippery as it was also raining. So we were very careful. It was also pretty cold then and continuous wind blowing. The view was so beautiful that it all was worth it. Very natural trek it is, walking amidst the nature , I was humming all my fav songs and just kept walking. Slowly it was very dark. Couldnt see anything. My friend and I were the last ones to reach. We had our torches and we were following the trails . Not a sound except the howling winds. Far away could see a light, the rest house.. and after seeing the light it kind of sparkled our spirits and our desire to reach soon. Our friends had already reached the rest house.. it was very cold till then , the time was about 7pm. Finally reached the rest house at around 7:20pm. There were two dormitories. It was very dark in the outside. Couldnt see anything without the torch. It was very cold too, we just rushed into one dormitory. It was empty ,only our group.. the floors were bitter cold.. all our clothes and shoes were wet due to the rain.. we quickly changed our clothes. The caretakers of the rest house can provide you blanket , sleeping mat, pillow for very minimal charges. We took two blankets each.. we also had our sleeping bag , it was so cold. but finally we were happy that we could complete our trek with no difficulty.. we opened a bottle of rum and there the party began. Thankfully some local group had a guitar , I politely asked them if they could lend for some time. They willingly gave us the guitar for some time.. we played some great classics , everyone sang and everyone was very happy and drunk ofcourse.
The time was about 9:30pm. We ordered dal , rice for dinner which was RS. 200 per plate , I don't remember very well though. We were lucky that there was dry fish in the kitchen and they shared with us. Everyone had their dinner very well as everyone was hungry and tired. We then laid the sleeping mats and slept off.. it was very very cold but we had a comfortable sleep.