Zunheboto - The Land On Top Of the Hills

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Zunheboto, located in central Nagaland is situated at a height of about 1800 meters above sea level. Its neighbouring districts are Mokokchung, lying in the east and Wokha lying in the west. Zunheboto is also the name of the district. The term, Zunheboto can be split into two words: Zunhebo and To. While Zunhebo is the name of a flowering shrub having white leaves and sponge-like ears containing sweet juice and 'To' to mean 'On top of the hills'. Zunheboto is a Sumi word.

People & Culture

Zunheboto is inhabited by the Sumi tribe. The Sumis are considered to be a warrior tribe having expertise in the martial arts. Sumis have elaborate song and dance rituals and adorn colourful attires during festivals. Their ceremonial war dresses are a sight worth seeing. Tuluni is one the most important festival of the Sumis celebrated in mid-July every year. Ahuna is another important festival celebrated by the Sumis in Zunheboto.

Sightseeing in Zunheboto

Zunheboto is famous for its bird sanctuary and its vast forest cover. Apart from them, the Nagaland University’s campus is also located in Zunheboto in the villages of Lumami in the sub division of Akuluto. Zunheboto is the only town of the district and most of the people here live in the villages. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the people here.

There are three rivers that trespass Zunheboto, namely, Tizu, Doyang and the Tsutha. Zunheboto is the sixth largest urban centre of Nagaland. The other five are Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha and Tuensang.

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