Whenever a nature loving traveler wants to get away from the hush of the fast city life, Kohima a divine location which is spectacularly spread across the north-eastern region of India definitely passes his mind. Being the capital of Nagaland, this cozy place with lush green canopy provides breathtaking vision of the encompassing lofty peaks. This glamorous paradise is mostly populated by the courageous Naga tribes, who are greatly praised for their fearless and heroic attitude.
Zoological-park, Cathedral, Dzukou Valley, World War II Cemetery, Japfu peak and Tseminyu are the top attractions of this place.
Besides being a nature lovers’ paradise this place also has a great historic significance. This site witnessed the bloodiest World War II which took place between the British and Japanese in 1944. A cemetery has been constructed in memory of the brave soldiers who gave up their lives in this fierce battle.
This city which is culturally alive and popular for its handicrafts, shawls, tribal dances and their vibrant dresses and ornaments should not be missed for anything. Kohima is a veritable cornucopia of Nature's bounty; a lavish feast that's sure to fill up your senses.
PLACES TO VISIT
Zoological Park : This zoo is tactfully designed and brilliantly constructed on a hill-slope. Rare species of birds, bisons, golden langurs and blythe's tragopan can be seen here.
The Catholic Cathedral : This cathedral is a great structure of immense architectural excellence and stands tall on the Aradura hill as one of the most important places of tourist attraction. This is also one of the biggest cathedrals of the North-East.
World War II Cemetery : Kohima witnessed the bloodiest World War II which took place between the British and Japanese in 1944. A cemetery has been constructed in memory of the brave soldiers who gave up their lives in this fierce battle.
Museum : The museum houses large collection of the vessels, articles and weapons used by the Nagas.
Dzukou Valley : Kohima proffers incredible sceneries of nature with lush, verdant landscapes and Dzukou valley is one such beauty. This scenic locale is about 30 kms from Kohima and sits at an altitude of 2438.4 mts above the sea level. This site offers gorgeous viewpoints and colorful spread of flowers permit travelers to take pleasure in natural world at its best.
Tuophema Tourist Village : Travel from Kohima to Tuophema tourist village is a half an hour drive and Angami Sekrenyi is the prime festival which is celebrated with great joy where the main village well is cleansed and is followed by singing and dancing. This village is declared as an Ancient Heritage Village by the government. Bamboo baked fish and rice beer are some of the famous delicacies of this place.
Japfu Peak : This lofty peak is about 16kms from Kohima and is perched at an elevation of 3048 mts above the sea level. This peak experiences the first sunrise and sunset in the region and the joy of witnessing it should be enjoyed personally and surpasses verbal explanation. This place is a trekkers delight. The tallest Rhododendron tree (120 feet), which has made an entry into the Guinness Book of world records can be found here.
Khonoma Green Village : This is a famous green village which is known for cultivating 40 different varieties of rice on the hill slopes and was under the hands of the British rulers. This place lies about 20 kms away from Kohima and houses Tragopan Sanctuary to protect Blyth's Tragopan which is facing the threat of extinction. Good number of home stays available here at affordable price provide “Home away from home” feeling to the visitors. In homestay, the visitor gets an opportunity to interact with their hosts and get first hand information about the place, tradition, local cuisine and culture.
Tseminyu : This place arouses the interest of the people interested in archeology and has remnants of old pots, graves and articles used by the ancient people.
Kisama Heritage Village
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Dimapur has the nearest airport. Guwahati and Imphal are well connected by flights.
By Rail : Dimapur is also the nearest railhead.
By Bus : Many state and private buses and taxis connect Kohima to Dimapur & Guwahati.