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Nagaland

Nagaland

 

Home of over 16 Naga tribal, each with its own dialect, customs and habits, a common bond is their love of music, dance, pomp and pageantry. Nagaland was shrouded territory until recently, soaked with the mystery of the unknown, but no more, as the state emerges as an exciting, charming and exotic tourist destination. Nagaland is picture postcard pretty with its landscape of hills and valleys, rivers and streams and has an astounding variety of vegetation and animal life.


Nagaland is a land of fascinating folklore, with 16 tribes and sub- tribes who have their own languages and dialects. They are said head dress of coloured bamboos. The First building at the entrance of a typical Naga village is known as Morung or boy's dormitory . It is also used for storing the weapons and displaying trophies and prizes of war. The villages are generally situated on the hill tops and ridges protected by stone walls. The Nagas are wonderful musicians, singers and dancers, with a great sense of rhythm which dominates traditional and contemporary music.

 

Kohima
The State capital, Kohima is less than three hours drive from Dimapur. It is a hill station situated at an altitude of 1,495 m. above sea level, known the world over for halting the Japanese tide during the second World War.
This is lies in the valley between higher hills, alongside the immaculately kept war cemetery. The original Angami Kohima Village is set on a hill above which overlooks the Main Bazaar.

 

Khonoma 
A village having its unique story of courage and valour reflected in its surroundings. The terraced fields which produce 20 types of paddy at different elevations, present a beautiful view. The Khanoma gate relates the story of the British infiltration into Naga Hills. Khonoma village is built high on a spur but spreads down to its array of paddy terraces : 20 types of rice are reputedly grown in Khonoma, each suited to the specific elevation and soil condition of a particular block of fields. The pride of Khonoma is its ancient bastion approached through a traditional carved gate, up a flight of steep stone steps, and on to the highest point in the village.

 

Dzukou Valley
30 km from Kohima, one of the best trekking spots in the north-east region is situated at an altitude of 2,438.4 metres above sea level, behind Japfu peak. The entire valley is over-shadowed with a type of tough bamboo brush which makes the place appear like a mowed lawn. White and Yellow lilies and numerous other flowers adorn the valley in summers while rhododendrons ornament the hills surrounding the valley. 

 

Dimapur
Situated at an altitude of 195 meters above sea level, it is the gateway to Nagaland and the commercial centre of the State. Dimapur is the only airport in Nagaland. Dimapur is well-connected with the neighboring States by National Highway 39. In the heart of the town there is an old relic of the Kachari Kingdom which speaks about the once prosperous era. The relics, being preserved by the archaeological department, are only 1 km from the NST bus station and railway station. Among other places of interest for the tourist are Ruth's and Haralu emporia where one can see women weaving exquisite Naga shawls on traditional looms, and also make purchases of traditional handicrafts. An excursion can be made to Intanki wildlife sanctuary, 37 km from here.

 

Wokha
The sitting place for colourful shawls for men and women. A picturesque 58 km from Furkating Railway Station, Assam, Wokha is surrounded by a lot of eye-catching hilltop villages where one can see monoliths erected by rich ancestors. The Lothas are also famous for their colourful dances and folk songs. 'Tokhu Emong' and "Pikhuchak" are their principal festivals. Wokha district is covered with luxuriant vegetation and the best varieties of oranges and pineapples are grown here.

 

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