The Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow is one of the most prominent places for tourists visiting Kohima. This served as a residence of the administrative head of the Naga Hills District from colonial times until Nagaland gained statehood. The building is an architectural beauty encompassing the best of British and Naga architecture. Situated in the heart of the city close to the Kohima War Cemetery, its beautiful gardens add to the beauty of the bungalow.
This bungalow witnessed one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and was completely razed to the ground before being rebuilt again after the war. Known as the Battle of Tennis Court fought in the bungalow’s tennis court, it was one of the turning points of the war in Southeast Asia. It was here in the premises of this bungalow, specifically the tennis court, that about 9500 Allied and Japanese soldiers lost their lives during the battle.