The northeastern state of Nagaland came into existence as a state in 1963; before that the area was part of
Nagaland is known for its festivals most of which are based on the agricultural cycle. Moatsu festival of the Aos marks the end of sowing and is celebrated early in May. Sankarni Puja of the Zemis is also famous; it coincides with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri and lasts over a week. Naga tribes are also famous for their skills in basketry, weaving, woodcarving and bead work.
Kohima is the capital of Nagaland but Dimapur is the largest city and commercial centre of the state, well connected by air and rail. Dimapur was the capital of the ancient 13th-century Kachari kingdom. Kohima has a famous World War II cemetery and an interesting anthropological museum. The Barar Basti in Kohima is a traditional village with old houses and ceremonial gateways.
The Dzokou valley is replete with flowers from June to September and is a good place for rock climbing.
All foreign tourists to Nagaland require a Restricted Area Permit from the home ministry of India.
Popular destinations in Nagaland
"Mokokchung is rich in cultural heritage. Villages around mokokchung district follow age-old..."Kavitha , Kohima, 2 months ago
- Duncan Angami
- Lives in Kohima
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Once off limits to the world, there in the remote northeastern hills of India, lies mystic. Hills landscaped by primitive villages, some still untouched by modernization, this Molungyimsen village up on top of a steep mountain, is a must for die hard nature lovers. The hike is about 15 km, not for the weak at heart. For the first 6 km, it is a walk through the jungles, the next remaining hike up the village is where the challenge is. The angle of the hike almost 45 to 50 degrees, but once up the top, the feeling is exhilarating.More » « Less
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- Rosaline Ann
- Lives in Madurai
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Nagaland is a wonderful place to visit but one must keep in mind that there are no great activities happening here throughout the year but December is a special month for them when the Hornbill festival happens during the first two weeks. Life is pretty much very laid back and nobody's in a hurry!More » « Less
The war cemetery in Kohima and the Ao Baptist church in Dimapur are must visit places and if you have time then make a point to go to the local bamboo centre just outside Dimapur called Bambusa where you can get exquisite bamboo products and gift items and wonderful food at the restaurant in the same premises.
One thing to be warned of would definitely be the bad roads especially on the way to Kohima. On the whole, great stay and wonderful people and I felt like I was in a different world altogether.
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