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"A land ruled by the Nagas"

Kohima Tourism

Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland, which is one of the seven sister states of India. ‘Kohima’ is the anglicized name given by the British, the original name being 'Kewhira' derived from the Kewhi flowers found in the region. Famous for its ethereal environment and untouched beauty, it is a land of folklore passed down through the ages. Situated at a height of 1500 metres above the sea level, it is endowed with quaint hills, emerald forests and a picturesque landscape. It is the go-to place for all you adventure enthusiasts as it is ideal for trekking, camping and hiking.

Kohima was built by the British and is home to the Naga and Kulkis tribe who can amaze one with their independence and a mystical and colourful culture that surrounds them. Kohima finds its place in history as the site of an intense fight with the Japanese, a part of a 64 day long battle during the World War II. One of the most popular sits here include the Commonwealth War Cemetery which homes thousands of soldiers of the World War II. Other than that, the city has a lot more to offer to its visitors - a museum, zoo, sanctuary, valleys, self governing villages and much more.

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History of Kohima

Kohima was initially inhabited by the Angami Naga tribes, one of the largest of its kind. In around 1840, the British started the incursions to take on the territory which was met by stringent resistance by the freedom loving Nagas, who had never been conquered by any empire before. For this fact, the British took around four decades to capture the comparatively tiny territory. Kohima was the first seat of British modern administration as the headquarters of Naga Hills District in 1879. It has also been etched in history for the infamous Battle of Kohima during the Burma Campaign in 1944 at the time of World War 2. It was a 64-day long war with the Japanese who eventually lost to the allies. Afterwards, post-independence, when Nagaland became a full-fledged state in 1963, Kohima was made its official capital.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kohima

Kohima fosters both traditional Nagaland cuisines as well as a number of options for Continental and Chinese food and flattering choices for vegetarians as well. The local cuisine is dominated by spicy, colourful, delicious and a bit adventurous non-vegetarian preparations.
The state has a somewhat westernized eating style. Pork, beef, mutton, chicken and also lots of jungle animals are eaten here. Delicacies prepared with bamboo shoots, ginger, Naga King chilly are also found. Also, Nagaland is a dry state and hence you won't easily find beers and other alcoholic drinks. However, locally brewed Rice beer is available at places.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - You should start your trip by visiting the State Museum to know about the Naga Culture. Then you can visit Bara Basti and appreciate the traditional architecture of the village. Afterwards, you can visit Cathedral of Reconciliation. Then you can spend the evening at Dzulekie having a picnic.
Day 2 - Start your day by visiting the beautiful place Dzukou Valley and enjoy the exotic view of nature. Then you can visit the Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also visit Japfu Peak. You can try the Black Dog’s meat at Naga Bazar. You can buy souvenirs at Ruzaphema.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Characterised by beautiful peaks, misty winds, tearing clouds, rivers flowing through it, and abundance of flora and fauna.

What's Not So Great?

People already living in hilly areas like Himachal or Dehradun will not find anything outstanding here.

For Whom?

The place is for a family vacation and also for couples. Elders and kids both can enjoy this place. This is an ideal place for a vacation for people living in nearby metro cities.

How To Reach Kohima

Dimapur is the closest Airport as well as Railway station. It is a 2 hours drive from Kohima. Kohima is also connected to nearby cities like Imphal, Dimapur, Guwahati, etc. by the bus service.

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Shashwat Kant 1 year ago
- If you are visiting Kohima during winter make sure you carry warm clothings with you. The air is freezing cold in the morning.
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