●How the opportunity arrived ?
--》 Dzukou is just few miles away from where we study, ie, Jorhat Town in Assam, so all we did was wait for a pleasant weekend and catch the train to Dimapur. To reach Dzukou, one must go via Dimapur. The nearest train station and airport are at Dimapur city. From Dimapur you can get zonal taxis to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, from where Dzukou is just a 45 minute drive. The taxi stand is just beside the Dimapur Railway Station.
●Permissions needed to visit the Dzukou Valley ?
--》Visitors from the Indian mainland require an inner line permit to visit Nagaland, which maybe obtained from the Nagaland House in Kolkata, Guwahati or Dimapur. Foreign visitors need to register themselves at a local state government office in either Dimapur or Kohima.
●How did we travel to Dzukou?
--》Although it’s possible to get to the valley from Manipur, the main approach is from Nagaland. There are no amenities on the Manipur side, the trekking trail is much more arduous, and roads to the valley are also in poor condition. We therefore approached “Jungleflit”, a travel startup based in North-east, to map us out a customised itinerary for the whole trip. After reaching Kohima, it is preferable to halt for the day. The valley can be approached from two towns: Jakhama and Viswema. Jakhama (spelled Zakhama on Google Maps) is about 20 kilometers from Kohima, and Viswema about 25 kms. There are Sumos and Yellow vans in the city to get to both this places. There are few hotels in the city to spend the night but prices are on the higher side than rest of the mainland cities. The Jungleflit team had arranged for us the pickup from Kohima and we got to spend the night at their campsite at Zakhama Village where they cooked us a sumptuous Naga meal.