Nagaland, the hilly region in the northeast of India, makes an amazing tourist destination with its majestic hills and breathtaking valleys. It blends perfectly with every tourist’s expectations – the serene atmosphere makes you unwind and relax; the exquisite landscapes and beautiful sunrise and sunsets elevate your spirits to a different plane; and the hilly region makes it a perfect place for adventurous activities like trekking, jungle camping and rock climbing. Enjoy oneness with nature or enjoy adrenaline flow in Nagaland, the dream destination. Here are the top 7 destinations in Nagaland.
Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, is one of the leading attractions in the state. Located at a height of 1500 m above sea level, Kohima has picturesque views to offer. Trekkers will love the place as there is enormous scope for trekking and camping.
Dimapur serves as the main entry point into Nagaland. This is also the commercial center of the state. While nature lovers are enthralled by the scenic landscape of the place, history lovers are attracted to the 10th century Kachari ruins found here. Given below are some of the leading destinations here.
Kachari Ruins, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, Dimapur Zoological Park, Green Park, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Diezephe Craft Village, Medziphema, Handloom and Handicrafts Emporium, Dimapur Ao Baptist Church.
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Mokokchung, considered the cultural and intellectual capital of Nagaland, is one of the most important districts in the state. Picturesque hills and the musical sounds of the streams running mesmerize you. This traditional land gets vibrant with activity during the festival seasons. Though most of the Aos, the tribes, have converted to Christianity, they retain the essence of their tribal features. Here are some leading destinations in Mokokchung.
Changkikong Range, Langpangkong Caves, Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves, Changtongya, Mokokchung Village, Longkhum Village, Longritzu Lenden Valley, Tangkum Marok Spring, Mokokchung District Museum, Mokokchung Park.
To have an insight of rural life, you need to be at Wokha, the homeland to Lotha tribe. The land abounds in fruits like pineapples, oranges and plums and the best part of it is that they are grown using organic methods and hence free of pesticides. Nature lovers will love strolling along the paths that lead to the forests around. Here are some top destinations in Wokha.
Mount Tiyi, Tehurang Valley, Baghty Valley, Doyang River, Doyang Hydro Project, Totsu Cliff, Totsu Wozhu Lake, Liphanyan Governor’s Camp.
Situated at 897.64 m altitude above sea level, Mon, is one of the most mystic places in Nagaland that boasts of rich tribal heritage. Its geographical location, being situated at the northeastern part of the state, adds to its mystic appeal. The place is nature lovers’ delight as the landscapes are spectacular. One of the best views is the Assam plains viewed from here. You would love visiting the following tourist attractions in Mon.
Veda Peak, Shangnyu Village, Naganimora, Chui Village, Longwa Village, Montelchino Italy.
Shilloi Lake Phek, Nagaland
Rich in flora and fauna, Phek boasts of scenic landscapes. Considering the fact that evergreen forests occupy over 70% of Phek, you cannot expect anything short of stunning natural beauty right? Majestic mountains and picturesque lakes just take your breath away. Here are some top destinations in Phek.
Zanibu Peak, Dzudu Lake, Pfutsero, Peripheries of Pfutsero Town, Shilloi Lake, Lodiri / Rhododendron Trek, Khezakenoma Village, Chakesang Cultural Research Institute.
Overlooking Mountain Sabarmati, the highest Peak in Nagaland, lies Kiphire, the small town of Kiphire district. Kiphire has some of the best awe-inspiring landscapes. To its east is Myanmar. Adventure seekers can have a whale of a time here indulging in trekking, canoeing and rafting. Here are the top destinations in Kiphire.
Saramati Peak, Caves of Salomi, Caves of Mimi, Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Wawade Waterfall, Sukhayap Rock Cliff, Yingphi, Twin Stones, Siphi, Mihki – River of Salt.
The mesmerizing beauty of Nagaland makes you want to return. I too hope to return soon and on my next visit, I intend to explore further. I would appreciate suggestions on more tourist destinations from those of you who had the opportunity of traveling to the land that has the best nature has to offer.
Khonoma Gate is one of the important Nagaland attractions. The Khonoma Gate speaks volumes about the British intrusion in the villages of the Naga tribes of the region. Situated at a short distance of just 20 km from the capital of Nagaland, Kohima, the small village of Khonoma bears relics to the rich cultural heritage and traditional legacy of the state.
During the ancient times the local indigenous population of the village of Khonoma extended protection to the neighboring villages from the Englishmen who regularly raided the villages. Known for their courage, the local villagers of Khonoma village often fought with the intruders to save their life and property.
Endowed with natural scenic beauty, Khonoma village draws several tourists who are enthralled and enchanted with the captivating sight of the place. The luxuriant green fields and salubrious weather relieves the tourists from the stress and strains of daily mundane life.
The Khonoma Gate portrays the strong endeavor of the local citizens to save their life and property from the foreign intruders. The tiny village of Khonoma is famous for producing twenty different kinds of paddy which is the staple food of the local indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland.
Khonoma is easily accessible from Kohima by well maintained roads of Nagaland. Most of the tourists who visit the place are awed by the old glory and grandeur which is reflected in the various places of tourist attraction of Khonoma.
Nagaland Museums are working consistently to preserve the rich culture of the region. There are various types of museums such as fine arts, history, craft, ethnology, science and technology, children's museums etc. But the museum of Nagaland fall in the category of ethnology.
Nagaland is inhabited by 16 main tribes. Some of the tribes that live in Nagaland are the Kukis, the Kacharis, the Changs, the Angamis, the Aos,the Sumis, the Konyaks, the Chakhesangs, the Lothas, the Pochurys etc. All these tribes have their unique culture, tradition, customs,costumes etc which is exhibited in the museums of Nagaland.