Now it’s time we move on from Mizoram and get closer to another naturally beautiful state of NE India-Nagaland.It lies in the far-east of North East bordering with Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Manipur and International Borders with Myanmar.
The Capital of Nagaland is Kohima.It is known for its virgin beauty and the amazing views of the Naga Hills.The place holds historical importance as the site of the battle between the British and Japanese troops during the World War II.The main important and largest city of Nagaland is Dimapur which is also the commercial capital of Nagaland,all business flows in and out through Dimapur.
Dimapur and Kohima is very well connected by roads from Guwahati,By Rail from Guwahati to Dimapur and by air from Kolkata and Dibrugarh to Dimapur which has the only Airport of Nagaland.I insist tourist going from Guwahati to Nagaland take the roads as to enjoy the Natural and Exhilarating Views,I am sure you all will love it.
Here is the list of Main attractions of Nagaland:-
1.Naga Heritage Village:-Situated about 12 kilometers from Kohima at Kisima,the Naga Heritage Village offers a panorama of nature, cheerful and hospitality of people.The objective of the Heritage Village is to protect and preserve all ethnic cultural heritages by establishing a common management approach and comprehensive data base for perpetuation and maintenance for promotion of tourism. It also aims to uphold and sustain the distinct identity of dialects, customs and traditions of all the ethnic tribes of Nagaland.Hornbill Festival,an important Naga festival is held here in December every year.
2.Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary:-At a distance of 37 Km from Dimapur and 111 km from Kohima,this sanctuary is home to various animals including some rare species of birds. The sanctuary is a large collection of bird and is rich with varied wealth of flora & fauna.
3.Shilloi Lake:-The most prominent tourist attraction in the Phek district,Shilloi Lake is a beautiful,mesmerising water body shaped as a footprint.The enchanting location of the lake makes a visit to it worthwhile. Located on the lower slopes of the Patkai Range bordering Myanmar, the lake has an area of 0.25 to 0.30 sq. km.The depth of the lake is 4 metres.
4.Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak:-Japfu peak standing at a height of 3048 m above sea level is the second highest peak in Nagaland.This peak is situated at 15 km distance towards south of Kohima and is the main attraction for many trekking parties and enthusiasts.The Dzükou Valley is located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur.This valley is well known for its natural beauty,seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna.
5.Kohima War Cemetery:-Kohima has a large cemetery of 1,420 Allied war dead maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill which mark as a tribute to the soldiers died in the Battle of Kohima during Second World War.
6.Khonoma Village:-At a distance of around 20 kms know as the Green Village in India as the Naga People residing here don’t hurt or cut trees.With greenery and nice people all around this is a must visit for Nature Lover’s.
7.Kohima Museum:-The Kohima Museum was set up with an aim to provide the visitors a glimpse of the diverse tribal habitats and cultures.The museum houses some of the rarest artifacts belonging to the different tribes inhabiting the state.The sixteen tribal groups that make up the tribes of Nagaland are represented amongst the others.The clan motifs,colorful traditional dresses,dialect,practices and traditions are displayed at the museum.
8.Mount Tiyi:-Located in Wokha town,the mount,more clearly defined as a large hill,stands at 1969.91 meters above sea level.It is well known for its fabulous lushness,the colorful Rhododendron flowers and the robust variety of bird and plant species.
9.Doyang River:- Doyang River is one of the largest and most prominent rivers in Nagaland which flows through the Wokha district about 21 kilometers from the town. It is also known as the Dzu or Dzulu by the local tribes.
10.Totsu Wozhu Lake:-Located in the south of Phiru-Shaki area of Wokha this lake is much larger than other lakes and covers an area of one acre.Tourist visiting the lake can also find various hill fishes.
11.Langpangkong Range:-The Langpangkong caves are located in the Langpangkong mountain range of Nagaland.It is in the valley of Dikhu and Tzula rivers in the Mokokchung district of Nagaland.
12.Changkikong Range:-This is a parallel Range east of Japukong Range. Changki village was said to be founded by a man named Changki, and so the Range too was named after him as Changkikong.Located in Mokokchung district of Nagaland.
13.Ongpangkong:-It is the southernmost range forming an irregular boundary of the Ao area with that of the Lothas and Semas to the south and with the Sangtams to the east.It is called Ongpangkong as the land is higher and cooler than the other ranges. (Ongpang means higher).Located in Mokokchung district of Nagaland.
14.Kachari Ruins:-Kachari ruins are situated in Dimapur, the ancient Kachari capital. It is one of the important sites of megalithic culture. Most of the ruins appear to be contemporaneous with the Kachari civilization.
15.Triple Falls:-Located in Dimapur is another picturesque place that will catch your fancy is Triple Fall,the water cascades from a height of about 280 feet and forms a natural pool.The picture-perfect place is a treat to trekkers.The village is transformed as a tourist resort,you can rejuvenate your energies while relaxing amongst the salubrious surroundings.
16.Nagaland Science Centre:-Located in Dimapur,promotes the idea ‘discover science in action’ through its innovation and noble theme park.The science centre was started by the state government as an initiative to make science interesting,playful and informal. There are different galleries in the Nagaland Science Centre and each one of them have equipment based on themes.
17.Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary:-The Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary in Kiphire district is ideal for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts.The sanctuary is considered to be an abode for many wildlife animals such as leopards,tigers,wild buffaloes,hoolock gibbons and mithun. Hornbill,the most popular bird in Nagaland is also abundantly found in the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.It is easily accessible from Kohima and Dimapur by Road.
18.Veda Peak:-Also,known as Pak Koi,Veda Peak is the highest peak of the Mon district in Nagaland.Situated approximately 70 kilometres from the district headquarters,you will experience a picturesque view of the mountains and the rivers from Veda Peak which will surely mesmerize you.You can view the mighty Brahmaputra and the Chindwin rivers from the peak on a clear day.
Best time to visit Nagaland is between October to May and during this period you can also the popular festival of Nagaland ‘The Hornbill Festival’,Hornbill being the most admired bird of Nagaland.The festival is held in the month of December.
Before embarking on a journey to Nagaland, acquiring the entry permit is a must. Domestic tourists should obtain the Inner Line permit issued by the authorities mentioned below. Permit fee is INR 6 per applicant.Foreigners to register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival. However, the the citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh and China still need to apply for PAP/ RAP from Home Ministry to visit Nagaland.This is a temporary change in effect for one year.The RAP/PAP application process is included below for those tourists who may still be affected by the previous rules.For more information visit here.It is best to get the Permit from the Nagaland House in Delhi, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi(Ph: +91 11 23012296)
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