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Kohima is the capital of Nagaland in north east India.

Kohima, The Capital of Nagaland.

Understand

Nagaland also known as the Switzerland of Asia is a breath-taking beautiful place. The people are very friendly and warm hearted.

Religion

Over 90% of the population are christians. There are different denominations like Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Assembly of God, Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Get in

By plane

  • Dimapur Airport. 74 km from Kohima and a 2 hour drive.

By train

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.

By car

  • National Highway 39 connects Kohima to Dimapur. The drive to Dimapur takes about 2 hours (74km).

By bus

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).

Get around

Walking is the best way to feel the pulse of the capital. 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.

  • Motorcycle ride - Kickstart Adventures- an adventure tourism firm, has pioneered motorcycle tours in Nagaland. This adventure motorbike tour covers not only popular places but also rural parts of Nagaland to experience first-hand of tribal cultures and traditions. Tours are conducted all round the year (season/off-season)

See

  • 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.
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Do

  • 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.

Learn

  • Handknitting 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 would be most helpful in doing so. Nagas are among the most helpful people towards visitors.

Work

The Main occupation is Agriculture and there is no big companies like call center/BPO IT companies etc. However there is the usual Govt jobs, banking sector, factories etc.

Buy

handicrafts, ethnic shawls, vests, artifacts from emporiums

Eat

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 (The world hottest chilli found only in Nagaland).

Budget

  • 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.
  • 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.

Mid-range

  • 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.

Splurge

Drink

Its a dry state but ask the waiters you will get everything from jack daniels to local zutho(rice beer)

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

  • 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, 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.

Splurge

Contact

Stay safe

There are no such tensions in Nagaland. The people are very friendly, but 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.

Cope

If you are visiting Kohima during winter make sure you carry warm clothings with you. The air is CHILLED COLD in the morning and after 2 pm.

Get out

  • Drive down to Dimapur. And fly out or catch a train from there.


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