Phek is a landlocked district in the state of Nagaland. It is bounded by Myanmar in the east, Zunheboto and Tuensang districts of Nagaland in the north, Manipur state in the south and Kohima District of Nagaland in the west.
The district of Phek covers a geographical area of 2026 sq km. About 70% of the region is covered with dense forest and is known to be rich in flora and fauna. The highest mountain range of Phek is Zanibu, which is 800 ft above sea level.
Phek District was separated from Kohima on 21st December 1973. This district derived its name from the word 'Phekrekedze' which means ‘a watch tower’. This region is mostly inhabited by tribal population, where Chakhesang and Pochury form the majority of the population like in other regions of Nagaland.
Phek is known for its rich culture and tradition. The folk songs and dances are very popular. This place is famous for expert craftsmen who excel in making baskets, pots, sculptures and furniture. People of Phek earn their livelihood from horticulture, fishery, weaving, wood carving and products made of bamboo. Some of the main festivals of Phek are Khuthonye, Thurinye, Turhinye, Ngunye, Tukhanye and Sukhrunye.
The main tourist attractions of Phek are the Shilloi Lake and the Khezhakeno tourist village. Shilloi Lake is spread over 0.25 to 0.30 sq. km and has the shape of a footprint. In Khezhakeno village a slab of stone is placed, which is believed to have multiplied paddy miraculously when spread over it for drying. This stone is still preserved by the people of that village.
Phek is well connected by road, rail and by air. Buses are available from some of the towns and are the cheapest option. The nearest railway station is Dimapur, which is 86 km from Phek. The Dimapur airport caters to domestic flights from Guwahati, Kolkata, Imphal and Dibrugarh.
The best time to visit Phek is from the month of October to the month of April.
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