Kohima Tourism

Kohima is famous for

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Jayendra singh Panwar3.9/5

19 reviews

Kohima: Beautiful landscape,Friendly people

Nagaland is a land locked hilly state in the Northeast of India. The state is surrounded by Myanmar in the west and other three sides by Manipur, Assam and Raunchily Pradesh. There are 17 main tribes in Nagaland which have now been converted to Christianity. Kohima is the capital of Nagaland with a polulation of around 1. 2 lakh but the largest city and hub of all commercial activities is Dimapur which is well connected by air and rail links with rest of the country and serves as gateway to the state. We (I and wife) reached Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, by road from Imphal on 29th November 2017 afternoon. The distance between Imphal and Kohima is just 140 km but because of poor road condition it took about six hours to travel this distance. Private taxis are very expensive charging around 7500 to 8000 rupees for one way travel. Another cheaper option is to travel by Tata winger vehicles charging anything between Rs 500 to 700 per person.

The best time to visit Kohima is from December 1 to 10 when the now famous Hornbill Festival is on. There are 17 different tribes in Nagaland and this festival showcases the culture, cuisine and lifestyles of all these tribes at one place in this festival. This is also the time when hotel tariff in Kohima touches the roof and finding a room on arrival is just not possible. One has to book at least three to four months in advance. We visited the Naga Heritage village, the venue of festival on 30th November when preparations for the mega event were in full swing. Other must visit places in Kohima are Second World War Cemetery, Naga Market and Nagaland State Museum. If time permits Khonoma Model Village, Kingwema Angami village and Japfu peak may also be visited. Most people travelling to Nagaland have apprehensions about food but all good hotels in Kohima where you are likely to stay serve Indian, local and continental foods. For anybody wanting to dine outside JAT restaurant near Jail colony offers a range of Punjabi/ tandoori delicacies. The local Naga cuisine may not suit many people and also to be on the safer side street food may be avoided. Travelers are also advised to drink the bottled water only. Pineapple grows here in abundance which is most juicy and succulent in the month of October. When we reached there the season was almost over so the taste was not that good. Kohima is cold during winters therefore visitors must carry appropriate woolens to avoid inconvenience. The entire market except some eateries remains closed on all Sundays. Nagaland is a beautiful place and to my mind quite safe to travel but travel during monsoon should be avoided.

An Inner line permit is required to enter Nagaland. One can get it at Dimapur or from the offices of Deputy Commissioner Nagaland at a few selected places.

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Nishant mishra

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An unexplored place

Must visit local villages around. Experience their culture. Khonoma should be visited. Try shopping pretty cheap regular stuff at Hong Kong Bazaar at Dimapur. While in Kohima, shop for the local culture specific things, e. G ., tribal earrings, clothings, bamboo items.

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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.