Kohima is the capital of Nagaland in north east India.
Kohima, The Capital of Nagaland.
Nagaland also known as the Switzerland of Asia is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The people are very friendly and warm-hearted.
Over 90% of the population are Christians. There are different denominations like Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Assembly of God and Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
- Dimapur Airport. 74 km from Kohima and a 2 hour drive.
Kohima is not connected by train. Dimapur, on the Guwahati-Dibrugarh is the closest railway station with direct rail connections to Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Chennai.
- National Highway 39 connects Kohima to Dimapur. The drive to Dimapur takes about 2 hours (74km).
From Dimapur, You can get a cab which costs Rs.220 per person as of June 2013!
By bus Kohima is connected to Imphal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Tinsukia and other major cities of North Eastern India. The bus journey from Kohima to Dimapur is 2.5 to 4 hours (depending on the bus).
Walking is the best way to feel the pulse of the capital. Since Kohima is on a hill ridge, you almost always travel up or down. Public Bus Transport is cheap and frequency is good to get around main town. Otherwise, there are Taxis available with minimum charge 80 INR.
You can always go for a picnic/trekking in the forest. There are rivers where you can picnic and the forest are really beautiful. You can find different varieties of orchids which you will never find anywhere else in the world. Whether it is during winter or spring the sight of the forest is breathtaking.
- Kohima Zoo. You can see the rare Tragopan bird, which is also the state bird of Nagaland. And the Mithun, the state animal.
- Kohima Museum. Some rare Naga artifacts.
- Catholic Church on Aradhurah Hill, near the Little Flower School. This is the biggest church of it's kind in the pre-dominantly Christian region north-eastern region of India. The view of the town from this church is outstanding.
- Bara Basti. Supposedly the second largest village in Asia. See the traditional Angami way of life.
- Naga Bazaar. You can find nearly anything that is living and moving here on sale. Nagas have a wide-ranging cuisine encompassing the entire spectrum of living things.
- Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, the largest church in Asia.
- The Deputy Commissioners Bungalow. For over a month, Japanese troops battled British and Indian troops at this small bungalow in Kohima. The battle, known as the Battle of the Tennis Court, was the turning point in the fight against Japan and the bungalow still stands in this state capital. The Tennis Courts are now a part of the Kohima War Cemetery.
- Kohima War Cemetery on Garrison Hill. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.
- Trek to the beautiful Dzukuo Valley. You will never forget it your entire life. Its a valley at the top of the mountains. What is amazing is that you will find Rivers and waterfalls in this valley which is situated at the top of the mountains. You need to carry your own fooding and lodgings for your stay there. Make sure you carry very warm clothings for your stay there as this place is really very cold. If you start at 6AM you will be reaching the valley around 4PM if you are a really good trekker.
- Trek to the top of Japfu peak, the 2nd highest in Nagaland. And also Pulebadze Peak overlooking the suburb of Jotsoma. The views from atop these peaks are out of the world.
- Annual Hornbill Festival. edit The first week of December. The week long festival showcases a melancge of native cultures as well as modern pop cultures. It is organized at a village called Kisama near Kohima.
- Hand knitting from the famous Naga shawls from Naga women. One can find many women knitting these shawls in their verandahs. Just ask them to teach you and they will be most helpful in doing so. Nagans are among the most helpful people towards visitors.
The main occupation is agriculture and there are no big companies like call center/BPO IT companies etc. However there is the usual govt. jobs, banking sector, factories etc.
handicrafts, ethnic shawls, vests, artifacts from emporiums
People in Nagaland have a very westernised way of eating. Pork, beef, mutton, chicken and also lots of jungle animals are eaten. People are 100 percent non-vegetarian.
Try the local rice beer (preferably home brewed) called zouthou, and if you love pork you should definitely try pork cooked with (fermented) bamboo shoot in naga style and if you love spicy food you should try the naga chutney made with (hot/spicy) green chillies and not to forget the spicy beef pickle made with Rajha Mircha(an exceptionally hot chilli pepper).
- Ozone Cafe. Great food, relaxed environment and free WIFI. edit
- Tashi Delek, (on the Main Road in town centre, south of NST. 1st floor). Tibetian (Momo, Chowmein, ...) and endemic food items that attract lots of youngsters for lunch. Mains from ₹50. edit
- Rendezvou, (on the Main Road in town centre, in a hotel with the same name). Local, Tibetian, and Indian dishes that will make you come back - though you might have to share the enormous servings. Can be spicy at times. Mains from ₹50. edit
- Dream Cafe, (beneath UCO bank near the War Cemetary roundabout). 10:00AM-5:30PM, closed on Sundays. Some of the best coffee (₹30) in Nagaland which unfortunately isn't saying much. Good pizza - given the distance to Italy - with lots of juicy cheese. Fairly priced collection of fruit mocktails. Free WiFi & views over the hills. Mains from ₹100. edit
Its a dry state but ask the waiters and you will get everything from Jack Daniels to local zutho (rice beer).
- Aurora Hotel, (Less than 50 m from the bus stand). Clean rooms, good food, highly friendly and helpfull staff. Rooms are quite small but once you have viewed the other hotels you will stop. Double 900r per night with tv and wifi (nov 2014). edit
- Razhu Pru Guest House, on Mission road, across fromt the Baptist College, a few hundred meters uphill from central Kohima. Lovely old "heritage hotel" with cozy rooms, some brighter or roomier than others. Garden. Power goes off a lot, but that is the case all over Kohina. From Rs 1800 incl. breakfast.
- Hotel Japfu Ashok at P.R. Hills. It is a dull three star hotel, the facilities are good and the staff friendly. From Rs 1500 (Feb. 2012)
- Nearby and downmarket at the 'BOC' bus stand and market ,are the budget Holiday Inn (from Rs 700) and the Grandeur next door (from Rs 1000), basic and scruffy, but survivable in the Indian manner. City buses (Rs 5) runs to the centre during daylight hours.
- Aradura Inn is 3 or 4 kms outside the city, close to the RC cathedral on Aradura Hill. Pine woods, great view, very cozy and quiet. Only practical if you have a car. A few tiny shops nearby, but no restaurants. Call ahead or no one may be there.
"100" is the national police number. Call on this number if you feel you are in danger and you will surely given some help.
There are no tensions in Nagaland. The people are very friendly, but be advised not to make enemies with anyone. There are rumours that this place is not safe at all, however once you visit this place you'll know that the people there are really friendly, broadminded and helpful.
Remember that Kohima has no nightlife at all and city completely sleeps after dark. Hence, it is advisable to keep activity in the day time only.
If you are visiting Kohima during winter make sure you carry warm clothings with you. The air is COLD in the morning and after 2 pm.
- Drive down to Dimapur, and fly out or catch a train from there.