Kiphire is one of the small towns of Nagaland that is located in an exotic location overlooking the Saramati Mountain, the highest mountain peak of Nagaland. Kiphire is also the name of a newly-formed district that was carved out of the Tuensang district in 2004. It is the ninth district of Nagaland. The Tuensang district bounds the Kiphire district in the north, Phek district is on the west while the Kiphire district shares an international border with Myanmar in the east. Kiphire is 239 kilometres from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
Kiphire is home to a few Naga tribes, namely, Yimchungers, Khiamniungan, Phom, Sangtams and Sumis. According to folklore, the Yimchungers originated from the nearby place called Kemephu near the Waphur village.
Kiphire & Saramati, an enthralling combination
Any traveller would delight in the picturesque surrounding of Kiphire overlooking the Saramati Mountain which is 3841 meters above sea level and is the highest peak of Nagaland. The mountain stays snow-clad throughout the winters, adding to the exotic beauty of the place. The town of Kiphire overlooks the mountain and many would say that Saramati guards the small, picturesque town.
Sightseeing in Kiphire
The popular places to visit near Kiphire include the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, the caves of Salomi and Mimi. The ‘Lover’s Paradise’, the Sukhayap Rock Cliff is also a popular tourist destination. While visiting Simi village near Kiphire, tourists can also enjoy the cascading water of the Wawade Waterfall and check out the Twin Stones which are also known as the Competing Stones. A glimpse of an old Sangtam tribal village can be experienced in Siphi or Sangphure where an old monolith called Ningthsalong is famously installed.
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The best time to visit Kiphire is between October and March.