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8 Reasons Why Indian Travellers Need to Stop Ignoring & Visit Kohima

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Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland that shares a border with Burma. HolidayIQ Travellers list down reasons to visit this quaint town.

8 Reasons Why Indian Travellers Need to Stop Ignoring & Visit Kohima:

  1. Kohima (Nagaland)

1. Kohima is the land of the Angami Naga tribe

Kohima is the land of the Angami Naga tribesource: wikimedia.org

The Angami Naga are basically hill people who thrive on cultivation and livestock-rearing, known for terraced wet-rice cultivation. The Angamis are one of the only two groups of Nagas out of the seventeen who practice wet-rice cultivation on terraces made on the hill slopes. Angamis were traditionally warriors. 

Bornav Raychaudhury : Tuophema village of the Angami tribe is located an hour away from Kohima on the Mokokchung road.

Budget Stay : Hotel Millenium
Mid-range Stay: Aradura Inn

2. Colourful Naga culture at the Hornbill festival

Colourful Naga culture at the Hornbill festivalsource: wikimedia.org

Also known as the festival of festivals, the 10 day long Hornbill festival is celebrated every year in the first week of December in Nagaland.The highlight of the festival is not just the performances by the tribal costumes, especially the headgear worn by performers, which is symbolic of the Hornbill bird. 

Rajaram Bidkikar : Hornbill festival is organised by Govt of Nagaland every year for 10 days from December 1st to 10th showcasing the rural and tribal culture of Nagaland with festivities ranging from tribal dances, war dances, harvest dance and marriage dance. They organize various competitions like chilli eating, log pulling, cart pulling and motor biking. 

Budget Stay : Sun View Lodge

3. Visit the war cemetery in Kohima

Visit the war cemetery in Kohimasource: wikimedia.org

Pay your homage to the brave soldiers that lost their lives during the Battle of Kohima in 1944 during the Second World War. The cemetery is set in peaceful surroundings with well-manicured grassland in which roses bloom in season. The cemetery also contain stone markers embedded with bronze plaques carrying the name of each soldier who died on the Kohima battlefield. 

Mayank Nagori : This was one of the few cemeteries I would venture into. Superbly maintained by the commonwealth foundation, this cemetery looks clean and well planned. The soldiers who gave up their lives in the World war are cremated here. This place once used to be the Deputy Commissioner's grounds. A must visit if you're in Kohima.

Mid-range Stay: Hotel Japfu Kohima

4. The mysticism of mount Tiyi

The mysticism of mount Tiyisource: allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

Mount Tiyi is located at a height of 1969.61 metres above sea level and offers beautiful view of the surroundings. It is believed that an orchard was seen at this site which could only be seen by a few lucky ones. However, rhododendrons can still be seen on the cliff. Tourists while visiting the cliff can also enjoy rock climbing. Visitors can also see the villages, hills and valleys from this cliff. Some of the tribal groups such as the Lothas, the Semas and the Aos believe that this cliff is a repository of their ancestors.

Budget Stay : Hotel Razhu Pru

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5. The Cathedral of Reconciliation

The Cathedral of Reconciliationsource: wikimedia.org

The Cathedral of Kohima is one of the biggest churches in North-east India, and hence, the main church of this diocese of Nagaland, India. The church is noted for its architecture which incorporates many elements of traditional Naga houses, including its facade which resembles that of a Naga house. The 16 feet high carved wood crucifix is one of Asia's largest crosses. 

Bornav Raychaudhury : The Reconciliation Cathedral is the biggest church of Eastern India. The modern architecture is admirable. Located on the Aradura Hilltop, it also offers a good panoramic view of Kohima. It is worth visiting on a Sunday during the mass. The religious frescoes are also equally impressive!

Mid-range Stay : Hotel Blue Bayou

6. The history of Kachari Ruins

The history of Kachari Ruinssource: holidayiq.com

Kachari Ruins has various monoliths that reflect the rituals of the fertility cult. The scattered pieces of bricks and blocks of stone are believed to be remains of reservoirs, embankments and temples. Belonging to the ancient Kachari Capital, these ruins reflect the megalithic culture.

Budget Stay : Tuophema Tourist Village

7. Experience Naga lifestyle in Touphema village

Experience Naga lifestyle in Touphema villagesource: sevendiary.com

Angami styled cottages accommodate tourists in Touphema Village. Touphema Village is one of the many noteworthy ancient heritage villages of Nagaland. Travellers can get an insight of the Naga social system along with culture and governance by visiting the village. Angami Sekrenyi is an annual festival, which is celebrated with great fervour in the village in the month of February. 

Bornav Raychaudhury : Tuophema village of the Angami tribe is located an hour away from Kohima on the Mokokchung road. The village has an artistic gateway displaying Naga art and motifs. The Tourist Village has cottages run by the villagers and is a good example of sustainable eco-tourism.

Budget Stay: Dimori Cove

8. Kohima Museum

Kohima Museumsource: wikimedia.org

Kohima Museum presents the display of diverse tribal habitats and cultures of Nagaland. This museum holds exhibit of the traditional dresses of the diverse tribes of Kohima, farm implements, gadgets for kitchen and beer mugs. Besides all these, it also displays carnelian, tourmaline and coral, which are the authentic precious stones

Bornav Raychaudhury : The World War II Museum is located within the Naga Heritage Village complex in Kisama, near Kohima. It is a well curated museum with numerous artifacts and illustrations on the Battle of Kohima and also on Indian National Army. The galleries are well maintained and very informative.

Mid-range Stay : The Heritage

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