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Mehdi Sweinstiger

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8 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

Welcome to the North-eastern magic

Are you 'young at heart'? Are you a 'non vegetarian'? Do you like partying?

Welcome to Kohima if you have all the three questions answered 'yes'.

The small town on the hills which has more than everything that you need everyday. The hills are magnificent and green. The climate is so soothing. The night sky is absolutely clear with millions of stars that makes one wonder. The small restaurants have a variety of non vegetarian food in their menu which I bet you will not see anywhere else in the world. So, if you are a little adventurous with food, you have just hit the jackpot here.

Well, doesn't mean the vegetarians will starve here. Pretty good and authentic vegetarian food is also available on the menu. Piece of advice- 'if you are in Nagaland, eat like the Nagas'.

Kohima is a dream place for the young at heart folks who love 'head banging' in 'rock concerts'. Welcome to the 'Hornbill Festival' in Kohima and you can absolutely go gaga and sinful here. And then, go to the cathedral the next morning and feel the goodness of God. Don't forget to visit the local shops to pick up souvenir. And do pay homage to the lost heroes of the world wars in the war cemetery before you go.

Tips: Take a cab from Dimapur railway station/ airport to Kohima and back. It's cheap and comfortable. Be friendly with the locals and they will give it back to you in magnitude over and above you could imagine.

Eat and party like the Nagas (Angami tribe in Kohima). Visit during Christmas and new year.

You just can't miss the Hornbill festival in December. Make friends with the tribes and the foreign tourists, dance and eat and drink with them. Believe me, you would never have thought it's possible in India. Welcome to the "north-eastern magic".

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Suman Singh

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9 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

Soul Sister - I left my heart to her

After Shillong, Cherapunji and Kaziranga, Dimapur seemed like a bad idea. Though it reminded me of Delhi in terms of heat, dust and cleanliness (read uncleanliness). We entered Kohima with minimum expectations. The rough (bumpy would be an understatement) ride from Dimapur to Kohima also helped keep our resolve (not to expect much from this visit). Reaching there after sunset (which happens a couple of hours earlier than in the northern part of the country) was another advantage as we could wait for the disaster to happen till next morning. What happened next was simply unbelievable, much beyond our expectations. We instantly fell in love. Not only with our Homestay Rajhu Pru but with Kohima. And this love will remain for life. Though it may seem like any other hill station, Kohima has a distinct charm about itself. People are very friendly and hospitable, perhaps the only place in the country where you can find extremely polite policemen.

Kohima may be visited any time of the year as per your heart's wish. December 1st to 7th is when the Annual Horn bill festival takes place. This is the time when the Naga Heritage Village at Kisama comes alive. One gets a chance to experience and enjoy the Naga lifestyle and culture, food, music and tradition. Besides the usual showcasing of Naga dance, music, art, ethnic foods, handlooms and handicrafts, many other interesting contests and activities are also organized during the festival. Other must visit places are the Catholic Church, The War Cemetery - wherein lie in peace around 1400 valiant soldiers who gave away their lives.

Japfu Peak is an ideal trek for travellers looking for some adventure. It is a 4-5 hours walk (one way) depending on your physical fitness. For best experience it is recommended that you be prepared to spend the night in one of the caves there, among the wilderness and come back next morning. Tuophema Village and Dzukou Valley may also be visited if you have time at hand. Nagaland State Museum can be skipped. Instead, it would be great fun to visit the local market and see a vast variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian stuff (including silk worm, insects, frogs and rats) on display. Though 100% of Naga population is non-vegetarian, the fresh veggies found in abundance should not surprise you as the Nagas perfect the art of balancing. Strict vegetarians need not worry about food, there's plenty. Dishes with bamboo shoots are a must try and the Naga Mircha if you are ready to take the heat. Naga Shawls and the traditional jewellery could be an attraction for those who love to shop. Every tribe has a distinct weaving style. Go ahead and take your pick but be ready to bargain.

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Kohima Overview

The capital city of the north-eastern state of Nagaland, Kohima is a scenic town with breath taking natural beauty. It is located in the Kohima district and is at the southern part of the state at an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level. Connect by the National Highway 39, Kohima is at a distance of 74 km from Dimapur which is another important town in Nagaland. Kohima is at a distance of 145 km from the Imphal and around 339 km from Guwahati which is the gateway city to the north-east.

Known earlier as Thigoma, Kohima got its name from the wild flowering plant called Kew Hi which is found in the mountains of Nagaland. The original inhabitants of the place were the Angami Nagas and the Rengma tribes, but in recent times people from other parts of the region and country have come and settled here.

Kohima is known for its virgin beauty and the amazing views of the Naga Hills. The place holds historical importance as the site of the battle between the British and Japanese troops during the World War II. There is a War Cemetery which has a memorial in honour of all the brave soldiers who have laid down their lives during World War II. The cemetery is beautifully maintained, and is adorned by two crucifix and stone markers with the names of the brave soldiers.

The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill is a beautiful and important cathedral in the town. It is one of the most well known and the largest cathedrals in the north eastern part of the country. The Nagaland State Museum houses a range of artefacts, sculptures, statues, jewellery, etc which present the culture and lifestyle of the Naga tribes. The Zoological Park located in a picturesque hill slope is another site worth visiting in Kohima.

There are also quite a few scenic places that tourists can visit in and around Kohima. The Kohima Village, locally known as the Barra Basti epitomises the Naga tribal way of life and has a beautiful ceremonial gate which is peculiar to all Naga villages. About 15 km from Kohima is the Japhu Peak which is the second highest peak in Nagaland. The Dzukou Valley and the Dzulekie stream near Kohima are known for their natural beauty.

Kohima has a moderate subtropical climate and remains fairly comfortable throughout the year. However during the peak of winter, it does get quite chilly. The best time to visit Kohima is during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is comfortable and the place looks beautiful all around.