Photo credits: Rupa and Razi Abdi
How to get there:
Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland with regular Air India Regional, IndiGo, and Air India flights operating from Dibrugarh, Delhi, and Kolkata. For international flights, you will have to reach Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. From Guwahati, and Kolkata, you can easily get overnight buses to reach Nagaland.
Dimapur railway station on the Lumding-Dibrugarh section in the only railway station in Nagaland.
Where to stay:
If you want to experience genuine Naga culture then home stays are the best. There are some good tour operators in Nagaland who will plan your trip and arrange your home stay accommodation based on your budget and interests. We used the services of Alder Tours & Travels who can be contacted at the following website:
Mr. Keja arranged our tour and our local guide for the entire trip was Mr. Asou Savino. Both these gentlemen were very helpful and made our tour a pleasant experience. Our driver Aviko and local guide Martin at Khonoma left us with pleasant memories.
When to travel:
The best months to visit Nagaland are between October and May, when the landscape wears a green carpet and the flowers are in full bloom.
A 21st century creation of Nagaland is the Hornbill festival, an event which is now getting known globally. During this festival, which takes place on the first week of December, the entire Naga culture is showcased in full splendor in the Kisama village of Kohima district.
My other articles on Nagaland on Tripoto:
- NAGALAND II: THE NAGA TRIBES- Our Own Game of Thrones
- NAGALAND III: The Mithun and the Hornbill - Motifs and Wood Craft of Nagaland
NAGALAND IV: The People of Nagaland-Proud and Honest
- NAGALAND V: Beyond the Hornbill Festival