Best Places to visit in Nagaland
Whether it's heritage villages or wildlife sanctuaries, Nagaland offers endless exploration opportunities. Nestled in the lush and verdant subtropical and subalpine climate of Nagaland, the region is home to an abundance of wild flora and fauna, as well as medicinal plants. Located in the northeastern part of India, Nagaland is a beautiful destination that has some popular tourist attractions. There's a fresh scent in the air, a calming yet buzzing sound of wild cicadas, and beautiful ranchlands with white fluffy clouds hovering above.
Colorful Naga Culture at Hornbill Festival
Hornbill festival is celebrated every year in December and is known as 'the festival of festivals. Under one roof, the festival features a variety of cultural performances. For someone who enjoys learning about different cultures, it's the perfect place to be.
74km northwest of Kohima, the main gateway to the state, is the bustling Dimapur, which many find disappointing, as it feels much like a typical Indian town. Though don't be put off by this, Nagaland has a lot more to offer than Dimapur would suggest. Nagaland is almost inextricably linked with the rest of the Northeast, including Assam and Manipur, by air, road, and train through this town. On the riverside edge of town are the Kachari ruins, fertility symbols dating back to the thirteenth-century Kachari kingdom.
Dimapur is a 3-hour drive away, but if you need to get there quickly, you can take a 30-minute helicopter flight instead. Kohima is a haven for nature lovers. Nagaland's capital city is home to the Naga tribes of Angami, Rengma, Kuki, and Zelian. Explore the religious monuments, museums, and colorful villages. Other attractions such as the War Cemetery, Cathedral, and Zoo are also worth visiting. For those who wish to enjoy nature to its fullest, the Dzukou Valley is an ideal place to go on a trek in the spring. With its beautiful blooms in different colors, the valley smells divine. Every first week of December, the Hornbill Festival is held here as well
Saramati peak in Nagaland's highest peak, Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Caves at Salomi and Mimi, and Sukhayap, also known as "Lover's Paradise", are some of its amazing attractions. There are also Wawade Falls, Twin Stones, and Mikhi, known as the river of salt.
In 1879, the Angami warriors made their last stand against the British in Khonoma. A rare animist village celebrates Sekrenyi (Purification of the Soul) in late February. Renowned as a ‘‘green village’’ where tradition is carefully preserved, Khonoma is surrounded by magnificent swirls of rice terraces irrigated by a complex system of bamboo water pipes. Several homes around Khonoma offer homestays.
In the extreme northeast of Nagaland, 70 km southeast of Sibsagar in Assam, MON is the regional capital of the Konyak tribe, mainly attractive as a base to visit surrounding villages. Be on the lookout for older Konyaks with elaborate and iconic facial tattoos and goat-horn earrings.
To mark the start of the new year, the Konyaks celebrate the six-day spring Aoling festival in all their finery. Shangnyu is a small Naga village 23km northeast of Mon, where the Sangh's (chief's) home is packed with horns and animal skulls; the village also has a small museum. Longwa is another interesting Konyak Naga village whose chief's home, Nowano IV's, lies across the India-Myanmar border. Locals say that their chief "rules from Myanmar and sleeps in India", where his bedroom is located. From Longwa, you can trek to the nearby villages of Phuka, Weting, and Nyanyu.
The Moatsu Festival is held in this city every year during the first week of May. In Chuchuyimlang, a village on a hilltop, the Ao tribe hosts the festival. Heavenly views can be seen from here.
Nagaland is a great destination for adventure seekers who wish to explore nature at its finest. There are virgin terrains and wild blossoms that make it a delightful experience. One must obtain special permission from the State to enter. Foreigners must acquire a Restricted Area Permit before entering certain territories.
Tuensang, located 115 km east of Mokokchung, occupies a region inhabited by six different tribes - the Phom, Khiamniungan, Chang, Yimchunger, and Sangtam. From here it's a two-day drive to Thanamir, then a two-day trek between tribal villages to Mount Saramati, Nagaland's highest peak (3826m) near the Burmese border. Kiphire offers basic accommodation en route. Before leaving, check with your tour operator about the security situation.
The breathtaking view of the valleys, exquisite green landscape, and rustic terrain makes Nagaland a dream destination.