Kohima Tourism

Kohima Tourism

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  • State: Nagaland
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Kohima
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.

Kohima is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Dimapur and Jorhat.

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Ts bhambrah

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  • Ts bhambrah
  • Lives in Digboi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Must visit during hornbill festival."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2016
Visit during Hornbill Festival is enjoyable. You have the opportunity to witness fold dance of tribes of 14 districts of Nagaland.
In addition to Festival at Kisama Heritage Village, concert/ dance competition / Miss Naga Land event was worth seeing.
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Kuku kohli

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"Nagaland_I love you"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2016
Initially we were 3 friends who had agreed to visit nagaland but 2 backed out at the last moment citing safety concerns. Thus began the maiden solo journey. I reached kohima at about 4. 30 p. M. It was almost dark and the hilly town presented ghastly deserted look but by the first ray of sun by next morning at about 4 a. M the two was bustling with activity. Hill station bursting with pollution, traffic chaos notwithstanding, it is worth visit for a day at the most for war cemetery and state museum. However an enchanting life time experience awaits should one intend to browse life 50 years back. To be with the tribals in nearby villages like Khonoma, tuophema will give you glimpses of naga hospitality. Terraced **** fields, clean air certainly a big bonus. If beef, dogs meat, various types of insects ruled the markets in kohima, it were gum rice and pineapples which ruled the villages. If you want to visit far flung area Mokukchang lt is advisable to have a 20 minutes helicoter ride from Dimapur. Cost Rs. 1500 only. If possible plan visit in the first week of December to enjoy Hornbill festival. Certainly nagaland is safe to visit
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Phanindra  Vsr

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"Kohima war memorial"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2016
On 19-nov-16 visited the kohima war memorial at kohima. It was the cemetry of 1420 soldiers who died in the second world war. It was the battle ground and situated in the heart of the city. And also consists a memorial of 920 hindhu and sikh soldiers.
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Anshul taran

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Beautiful City, Offbeat Tourists place, Nature's Delight."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2016
Well this city has its own uniqueness, own identity, own history.
Kohima as well as whole of Nagaland's history has been influenced by World War 2.
I have travelled to Dimapur by flight from Kolkata. Dimapur is a commercial city of Nagaland, then by Dimapur, I have hired a shared car, which costs me around 500 (it can be less) and driver directly drop at my Hotel Pine View.
I have explore the local market, which is not that big but I like it, though the things were bit expensive.
Next day I travelled to "Khonoma Village" which is approx 20kms far from kohima, this village also has history related to WW2. I had hired the local guide here, who was a young boy, pursuing IAS career and just returned here from Delhi after completion of his coaching. He explains about the local things, local important places which were used during the war by the villagers and with the help of him I was also able to interect with the locals. One of the lady also offered me some special dish which is almost same like the "Puri" which we eat. In the same day I also visited the famous "Kisama Village" which is known for hosting the annual Hornbill Festival, its a good place where all the decorated "Murung" (a type of hut, where elders sits with young people of community and share their experience and history) situated.
Final day I visited the War cemetry, which is main tourists attraction and WW2 main place and The Cathedral Church.
There is no need of Inner Line Permit mentioned by some persons, I think it was needed before couple of years.
People are good, atmosphere is good, language problem is not there.
Weather was awesome. People can be found chewing "Pan" everywhere, even the girls.
Markets open early around 7-8am and also closes early around 6pm, so you will not be able to roam in the night. I again take the share taxi from kohima to Dimapur airport, and this time it costs me only 240rs.
It is good place to travel, however not a regular tourists type place, little bit offbeat, not much tourists points. But go here to experience the far off part of India, because experiencing the local culture is what the travelling is all about.
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Sanjay kumar srivastava

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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 1, 2016
I was there for one day business review. Hotels are good. Town is really difficult to move around as traffic jam is more. Place is totally on hill. Fog comes on the face at few places if it rains. Hotels are not very costly. You can eat at Rs. 500 very good food at best hotel. People are very cooperative. Army people will be moving around very often. Entering the city is scary as sink area is mark at many places due to land slide. Road journey from Dimapur to Kohima is around two hours.
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Mayank Nagori

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"In the Land of Angamese and Nagamese"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2015
Kohima is the capital of Nagaland. Many people don't know this fact, so I had to mention that first. People here carry themselves really well. Right from the drivers to the cooks, everybody is smart here. This is not like those conventional hill stations flooded with couples on their honeymoons, so it's a place for the backpackers.

A friend of mine and I reached here by a sharing taxi from Dimapur. These taxi's are generally big cars which take you places at a decent price. So yeah, its a perfect choice for budget travellers.

The Dzukou valley trek is a must visit if you're an offbeat traveller. Kohima also offers a range of sightseeing points, a few of which are : Kohima war cemetery, the second world war tank, the village which hosts the Hornbill festival. This place is about 20 km from the main city, but it's a must visit according to me.

If you are to visit Kohima, make sure you take the Inner Line Permit from the Nagaland house at Guwahati.

The best time to visit Kohima would be in the month of December when the annual hornbill festival takes place. Off season, July would be a favourable time as you could see some great flowers in the Dzukou Valley.

Kohima also provides a lot of shopping avenues, both traditional and western. You could visit Raja market, which is at a walkable distance from the cemetery. *Don't forget to bargain* (I would suggest to about the half price that the seller claims.

Also, this state is a must visit for non-vegetarians, for the choice in food they get.

ALSO, DONT FORGET to try "Bhut Jolokia" or the ghost pepper as it was claimed to be the world's hottest chilli and is endemic to Nagaland.

The vegetable markets here are really well arranged and you could do a whole lot of fresh gourmet shopping.

Everywhere, you'd see people spitting paan, please try it too. Lol, it feels good.

Best way to reach:

Take a train from Guwahati to Dimapur. Outside the railway station is a government taxi stand with yellow cabs outside it. The fare would be 220/- per person. You will reach Kohima in 3 hours from there. There are also bus services to and fro Guwahati from Kohima directly. DO NOT FORGET THE INNER LINE PERMIT.
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Rajaram Bidkikar

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"A nice experience to enjoy travelling to a distant land"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2015
Hornbill festival is organised by Govt of Nagaland every year for 10 days from December 1st to 10th showcasing the rural and tribal culture of Nagaland with festivities ranging from tribal dances, war dances, harvest dance and marriage dance.

They organize various competition like chilli eating, log puling, cart pulling and motor biking. It is a 10 day enjoyment along with visit to the neighbouring villages.

There are many places to see around like the 2nd world war cemetery, the cathedral, the local bazaar and the night bazaar. I travelled all the way from Hyderabad (South India). I travelled from Hyderabad to Gauhati by flight and from Gauhati to Dimapur by train and from Dimapur to Kohima by Taxi.

Kohima is a beautiful hill station with friendly people. The food is both continental and Indian. During the festival there is night street bazaar comprising of shopping and eatery. Stay at hotel is within budget ranging from Rs. 1000 to 1500 per day during the festival. Overall a nice experience to enjoy travelling to a distant land.
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Mehdi Sweinstiger

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"Welcome to the North-eastern magic"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2015
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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"An excellent trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014
Going to Kohima, the capital city of nagaland is itself exciting. Reaching Kohima requires to travel from dimapur by either private or shared taxi, which is around 70 kms. Travelling by road from Dimapur to Kohima through hilly, grassy area is exciting. Vising war cemetery, cathedral is really awesome and horn bill festival which is unique festival of nagaland tribe is excellent that takes place in the 1st week of December every year.
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Suman Singh

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"Soul Sister - I left my heart to her"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2014
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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