Nagaland, also known as the ‘Land of Warriors’, is home to dewy hills, picturesque landscapes, and the vibrant Naga tribes. The natural beauty, combined with a lively tribal culture, makes it one of the most desirable travel destinations on India’s tourism circuit. Here are some places in Nagaland that you must visit:
Nagaland Zoological Park, Dimapur
The Nagaland Zoological Park was inaugurated in 2008 with the mission to develop and inculcate a sense of empathy towards the flora and fauna of the region. The low-lying area of the park is an ideal topography for aquatic birds. There are nearly 500 bird species in the region, which include Partridges, Parrotbill, Laughingthrush, Nuthatch, and Fulvetta. Nagaland has perfect weather from October to March, so you can visit this park during that time and enjoy the pleasant and refreshing breeze.
Nagaland State Museum, Kohima
Given the vibrant heritage and culture of Nagaland, tourists should visit the Kohima State Museum to get a more in-depth insight into the history and culture of the tribes. Established in 1970, the museum owns rare artifacts belonging to all 16 tribes of Nagaland. From tribal attires and armaments to jewelry and statues, the exhibits of the museum leave visitors fascinated. The museum also houses a rare collection of precious stones like carnelian and tourmaline, along with brass artifacts and silver bells. So, add this place to your list now!
The War Cemetery
Set amidst pleasant surroundings, the war cemetery was built in April 1944 to honor the brave soldiers of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces, who lost their lives during the Second World War. The cemetery is situated on Garrison Hill and extends a gorgeous panoramic view of Kohima. The war cemetery has almost 1,420 graves and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. A visit to the cemetery leaves tourists amazed and fascinated by the brave tales of the martyrs who now rest here.
Japfu Peak, Kohima
One of the most challenging treks in Nagaland is the climb to the Japfu Peak, which is about 15 km from Kohima. Standing at an altitude of 3,048 m, the peak is Nagaland’s second-highest and attracts trekkers and adventure lovers to its thrilling tracks. The trail of this mountain is a demanding one and requires you to walk through dense shrubs and a rocky path. Not only this, but the Japfu peak is also renowned for being home of the tallest rhododendron tree in the world. So, once you manage to reach the top, don’t forget to enjoy the splendid panoramic views of Kohima and its neighboring areas.
Dzukou Valley, Kohima
Perched at the height of 2,450 m, the serene and scenic Dzuko Valley or the valley of flowers is situated right behind Japfu Peak. Offering one of the most panoramic landscapes in the country, the valley is famous for its exciting and challenging trekking circuits. It is also known for its spectacular beauty and rich flora. In the summer season, the valley blooms with lilies, aconitums, euphorbias, and other species of ornamental plants. So, the next time you need to refresh your mind and soul, don’t forget to book your ticket to Nagaland!
Kachari Ruins, Dimapur
The Kachari Ruins of Dimapur date back to their existence in the 10th century and today stand as an embodiment of historical tourism in the state. The ruins are a group of mushroom-shaped pillars built by the Kachari Kingdom. Though the pillars have lost most of their beauty because of gradual crumbling, those who wish to explore the past era of Nagaland can still find a reason to pay a visit.
Doyang river is one of the largest and most prominent rivers of Nagaland, which flows from the Wokha district. This wondrous river is the primary source of water for the people of the community; it also makes the nearby land extremely fertile for farming. So, this is the best place to unwind yourself in nature’s lap and experience serenity.
Located at a distance of 50 km from Kohima, Tseminyu is one of Nagaland’s most beautiful heritage destinations. The town possesses a rich past that is evidenced by the ancient sites of these abandoned villages. This place of primeval beauty enchants visitors with its fascinating flora & fauna, hills, and valleys.
Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over a vast area of 200 sq. km, the Intanki National Park houses exotic beings such as sloth bears, Hoolock gibbons, elephants, tigers, leopards, barking deer, and wild dogs, and flying squirrels. It is surrounded by thick rainforests and also teams with flora, and some of the popular varieties are mahogany, bamboo, rattan, palms, etc.
Naga Heritage Village
The Naga Heritage Village, also known as Kisama Heritage Village, is a testament to the Nagas’ rich culture and tradition. The objective of the formation of this village was to shield the essence of the ethnicities of the Naga tribes. So, if you are an art lover or a history buff, visit this colorful village during the Hornbill Festival organized every December and experience the uniqueness of the 16 Naga tribes.
Nagaland promises to enchant art lovers and history fanatics on its cultural tour. It is also the kindness of the people of Nagaland that will flood you with positivity and make you want to visit the place again and again! Book your trip with HI Tours and experience a spectacular holiday in Nagaland.