Label : Must Visit
Tags : Village
Timings : Day time
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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A town belonging to the 'Angami Naga' ethnic group of Nagaland, Khonoma Village is a one-of-its-kind project in the country. Located about 20 km from the state capital of Kohima, Khonoma village is a Green Village, where all forms of hunting have been abolished for a more sustainable ecosystem. It is testament to the will power of the tribal groups of Nagaland to protect and conserve their natural habitat. The resident Naga tribes here are traditionally dependent on nature for their food and have strong hunting practices. However, they have given up on their centuries old heritage for a more sustainable way of life with nature.
An ambitious project of converting a whole tribal village into an eco-friendly, conservation based village certainly also yields fantastic views. Nesteled at the base of the mountains of Nagaland you would pass through misty valleys, gently sloping hillocks, terraced farms, and an air of a strong bond with nature. The village not only resisted the colonial invasion back in the 1800's but it also put a formidable defense against the Timber merchants in the early 2000's, eventually causing them to retreat!
Air: Nearest air head is at Dimapur which is well connected by flights with Kolkata and Guwahati. Kohima is about 74 km from Dimapur and can be reached by hiring a taxi or catching a state bus for Kohima.
Rail: Nearest rail head is at Dimapur which is connected to other major cities of North-East and the country. From Dimapur one can easily hire a cab or take a bus till Kohima.
Road: Kohima is connected to Dimapur by NH 39 which provides it connectivity to other parts of the country. From Kohima you can easily take a shared Tata Sumo or a taxi till Khonoma Village which is just 20 km from the capital city.