Nagaland Tourism

Nagaland Tourism

About Nagaland


The northeastern state of Nagaland came into existence as a state in 1963; before that the area was part of Assam. Nagaland shares its borders with Myanmar and the Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Most of the region of the state is mountainous. The highest peak is Saramati at 3840m, in Twensand district. The main rivers are Barak, Doyang, Dhiku and Chinwin. Nagaland is inhabited by 16 major tribes, which have their distinct festivals, language and dress. Primary among these are the Angamis, Sernas, Aos, Konyaks and Rengmas. Though animist by tradition, almost 96% of the population has embraced Christianity due to the presence of missionaries since British colonial times.


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. Jafpu Peak, 3048m high, is a trekking destination. The Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary is close to Dimapur and noted for many animal and bird species including the hoolock gibbon and sloth bear.


All foreign tourists to Nagaland require a Restricted Area Permit from the home ministry of India.


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Nagaland Traveller Reviews

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Parvin Kumar

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  • Parvin Kumar
  • Lives in Bahadurgarh
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Nagaland-Best journey"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2015
I have gone to visit Nagaland for a weekend. It was too adventurous and the mountains were dangerous. But we all enjoyed it too much. We have visited Dimapur, Farukting, Kohima, Moon and some other districts. We travelled for 7 hours to stay our hotel. The hotel was very beautiful and service was also good. But food was disappointing because veg food was not available there. But the journey was surprising at all.
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Preeti Hiremath

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  • Preeti Hiremath
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Visit during Aoling Festival, its insight"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2015
Visit to Nagaland during Aoling Festival gives an insight into tribal fest, their life style. This is celebrated by Konyak tribe who were head hunters!! Don't get scared they are no more into this practice. Their festive, dressing, dancing and singing were unusual. Ever heard of international border passing through village chieftain 's house. It is India Myanmar border in Longwa. Beautiful misty mountains, tea estates tattooed faces, away from city hustle bassle. It was one of the best breaks I had.
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Duncan Angami

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  • Duncan Angami
  • Lives in Kohima
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Perfect for a hard core hiker up the remote mountain village"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2015
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.
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Rosaline Ann

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  • Rosaline Ann
  • Lives in Madurai
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"Wonderful place and lovely people"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2014
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!

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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