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Nishant mishra

1 review

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.

Anshul taran4.3/5

27 reviews

Beautiful City, Offbeat Tourists place, Nature's Delight.

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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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.