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Nagaland Tourism – The Scenic Valley of Kohima

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One of the most scenic places in North East India is the valley town of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. This untouched and unexplored place excites tourists to come here and roam the region.

Largely inhabited by the Angami tribe, this town also has people of other ethnicities living here. There is much to see and explore in this town as not much has been seen of this place.

Tourists who come feel a sense of adventure as they look forward to the surprises the tour here holds for them. Though much of it is unknown, there are a few places you should visit and enjoy when travelling to Kohima.

Dzukou Valley

The Dzukou Valley is a trekker's paradise that promises to mesmerize visitors with its beauty. Located at a height of 2,483 mt above the sea level, this place gives a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

The glistening mountain streams and the beautiful flowers here makes this place seem absolutely heavenly. Tourists coming here can relax in the arms of nature and enjoy the calmness of the place.

Dzukou Valley

Picturesque view of the valley.
Photo Courtesy: Mongyamba

Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism in Nagaland. Visitors coming here to be a part of the festival get a glimpse into the life, culture, traditions and heritage of the people living here.

The seven-day festival showcases the beauty of life here. The celebration includes many events like dance musicals, parades, sports, religious ceremonies to name a few.

The best part of this festival is the array of aromatic local cuisines that is made available for all. Tourists who come here have a great time enjoying these events and also digging into some of the mouth watering dishes.

Hornbill Festival
 

A tribal dance being performed.
Photo Courtesy: Homen Biswas

Kohima War Cemetery

The Kohima War Cemetry was established to pay tribute and honour the fallen heroes who laid their life to protect us.

The unique and touching factor about the War Cemetery is the writing etched on to the stone memorial at its entrance which reads as follows, ' When you go home, tell them of us and say; for your tomorrow we gave our today'.

This cemetery which is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission attracts tourists from all over the world. Tourists coming here can walk through the many tombs here and take some time out for the brave souls who sacrificed their life for our well-being.

Kohima War Cemetery
  

Pay homage to the fallen heroes.
Photo Courtesy: PP Yoonus

Kohima Zoo

The Kohima Zoo is built on a hill and has a natural habitat for all the wildlife living here. Tourists coming here will have to trek through the hill to see the various enclosures that house the animals and birds here.

The major attraction of the zoo is the Tragopan bird, an endangered species. Other animals that you get to see here include wild buffalo, Golden Langur, Asiatic Black Bear and many more.

It is a perfect place to head to with your family and spend a day among these amazing wild beasts.

Kohima Zoo
  

A bird spotted at the zoo.
Photo Courtesy: Paul Reynolds

How to Reach Kohima

By Air: Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland and is located 68 km from the town of Kohima. It is well-connected with Kolkata and Guwahati.

By Train: Dimapur also in Nagaland is a major railhead located about 75 km from Kohima. It is well-connected by daily trains from Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and other major cities in the country.

By Road: Kohima is well-connected to all major places in the North East including Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong and Dimapur. NH-39 serves as a major route to this place connecting it with Dimapur. This also links it to NH-37 which connects Kohima to Guwahati, located 345 km away.

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