The state is often recognized as a cluster of as many as 23 tribal sects, each of them has a dynamic and vibrant lifestyle which defines one of India's finest sub cultures.
Nagaland has been an unexplored territory for travellers in the past with the limited information available. But the time has finally come to put this land in your bucket list. Go witness the vibrant Hornbill festival and the unending stretches of the Naga Hills.
For the ones who are curious to know about the experiences that are offered in the Northeastern state of India, here is a list of what to do when in Nagaland.
Trek To Dzoukou valley & Japfu peak
Dzoukou Valley is located on the borders of Manipur and Nagaland and is a spot which is popular amongst trekkers and adventure lovers.
At an altitude of 3,048 m the Jafpu peak in the valley offers breathtaking views of the entire valley. The Viswema village here is considered as the base camp, which is accessible from Dimapur.
The valley is home to so many beautiful meadows that are accompanied along with the Dzukou and Japfu rivers crisscrossing along a trail, which is an easy to moderate trek. The best time to go for the trek is from June to September.
Finding Wildlife At Intanki National Park
Situated in the Peren district of Nagaland, the Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several rare species of Hoolock Gibbon, Golden Langur, Palm Civtes, Tiger, Sloth Bear and much more.
The sanctuary is located a distance of 37 km from Dimapur and about 111 km from Kohima. The best time to visit this place is from November to February.
Witness The Hornbill Festival
The 10-day-long Hornbill festival is held every year in the month of December and is called as the festival of festivals, which gives the visitors an opportunity to experience the diverse Naga culture.
The heritage village of Kisama is the venue for the festival and the local people of all the tribal sects gather here, to exhibit the most beautiful show during December 1 to 10, every year.
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Visit The Longwa Village
Longwa is the largest town in the Mon district of Nagaland, the village's geographical position is an interesting factor for the travellers, who come to this village.
The international borders pass through the village chief's home. Half of his house is in India and the other half in Burma and the village itself is spread across the two countries.
The village is about 42 km away from the main Mon town and lies in the northernmost end of the state.
Take Part In The Aoling Festival
The Aoling festival is celebrated by the Konyak Nagas during the arrival of spring in the first week of April. The festival last for six days and the first day of the festival is considered as the Konyak New Year.
During this festival, the members of the tribe conduct rituals such as animal sacrifice, dances, feasts and cleanliness drives across the area.
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Tour The Diezephe Craft Village
An initiative by the Nagaland Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation, the Diezephe Craft Village, is yet another major site for one to visit, if you wish to learn more about the local craft of the region.
Located at a distance of 13 km from Dimapur, the village showcases some incredible craftsmanship of the local tribal community through its artworks, woodcarvings and bamboo artifacts.
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Experience Naga Lifestyle At Touphema
At a distance of 41 km from Kohima, the Touphema village gives you the opportunity to experience authentic Angami culture and lifestyle.
The place is a community run enterprise, which gives you the opportunity to know more about a new culture and social system along with the guidance of the locals.
From the traditional rice beer to bamboo cooked dishes, one can relish on the best of Naga cuisine while you are at Touphema.
Visit this heritage village during the traditional festival of Angami Sekrenyi, which is celebrated in the month of February and also from the months of October to May.
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Experience Mountain Biking In Kohima
A biking group named Native Station has introduced the trend of mountain biking in Nagaland. The group organizes several mountain biking events for professionals as well beginners.
The biking trials here are adrenaline filling experiences, which would take you through the Naga villages such as Sangtam, Angami and the bordering villages of Assam.