This is a story of my yet another quest in search of eternal peace and a place to converse with nature. Being a Bengali I have grown up watching the city of joy transform itself from a usual sluggish to an active one. The happiness in the hearts of the people seems to paint the horizon, the air and the whole city with its colors. This is just one side of the transformation, the other is the practical side, where each household empties its population on to the streets which are already preoccupied by mandaps causing immense traffic and chaos. And only to add to this pandemonium the speakers scream their chords out!! Being a sucker of solitude and tranquility, I left the city on the very initial day of puja...phew!!!
This is my first attempt to explore the northeastern part of India. To avoid tourists thronging hot spots, I selected Nagaland as my choice. Not much information is actually available about places to visit in Nagaland. One should visit this place purely for trekking purpose otherwise perceiving the beauty that this place has to offer would be rather difficult. Since this time I had my mother as my company, I had to be careful about the places I chose to visit. This was a relaxed family trip, no adventures attached! ;) 3 days spent here is only a part of the extended trip which I shall detail in another post.
We took a flight to Dimapur from Kolkata. This place is the commercial hub of Nagaland. It is a town mostly, the roads are lined by small buildings and open selling of meat (pork) is a common sight. From the airport you can book a cab to Kohima which is 74 kms from Dimapur. It will charge you around 2k. Other options include travelling upto the bus stop and getting a shared cab for 250/- per person.