Nagaland is in the north east of India.
There are 16 different tribes in Nagaland: 1.Angami 2.Ao 3.Chakhesang 4.Chang 5.Kachari 6.Khiamniungan 7.Konyak 8.Kuki 9.Lotha 10.Phom 11.Pochury 12.Rengma 13.Sangtam 14.Sumi 15.Yimchunger 16.Zeliangrong
All foreign nationals need to get a Restricted Area Permit before arriving in Nagaland. Permits are available from Indian consular offices abroad, as well as from the Ministry of Home Affairs, South Block, New Delhi; Resident Commisioners' Houses in Guwahati (Assam) and Shillong (Meghalaya). Indian nationals wishing to visit Nagaland must get an Inner Line Permit from the Nagaland House in Delhi and Kolkata. However, an Indian visa and Foreign Registration papers suffice instead of an ILP for foreigners since the last year.
Kohima, the state capital, houses the largest crucifix in Asia.
Touphema Tourist Village
Situated on a gentle hillock with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys at a distance of 41 km north of Nagaland capital Kohima, the Tuophema tourist village offers exquisite traditional Naga life in the lap of nature.
As part of the Naga hospitality, tourists are also offered local dishes with home made rice beer. A recently refurbished Museum inside the village offers an extensive ethnographic collection including wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts traditional artifacts, jewellery ans archaeological finds.
"I have enjoyed it so much. It is a completely new experience and it is very impressive and very moving. Its a traditional culture still strong and still active. Most impressive, very moving," says Allan Wilson, a Scot tourist..
The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.
The state of Nagaland still supports a tribal culture and here at the Hornbill Festival, in the state capital Kohima, this is celebrated with a series of performances and demonstrations.
The festival sees each tribal Hoho (the leading body of each tribe) construct a Morung (boys dormitory), where the values of life are traditionally imparted. In these modern-day Morung, the tribes depict their original lifestyles as accurately as possible. Although they don't have the original totem poles or carvings, the ceremony still serves to give an authentic idea of the traditions of the tribes.
Traditional arts are also featured, with paintings, wood carvings and sculptures by modern Naga artists on display. Naga troupes sing folk songs, perform traditional dances and play indigenous games and sports.
In the evenings a programme of music concerts, catering for all tastes, ensure that the festive spirit continues through the night.
Dzukou Valley Situated at an altitude of 2438.4 metres above sea-level, behind the Japfu Peak, it is 30 Km to the south of Kohima. The entire valley is overshadowed with a type of tough bamboo brush to make the place appear like a mown lawn. The serpentine stream that flows through Dzukou becomes frozen during winter. In summer, wild herbs sprout along the river banks. Lilies in white and yellow and a hundred of other specias of flowers in varied colour adorn the valley in summer. Rhododendrons in white and other colours ornament the hills surrounding the vale. This is one of the best trekking spots in the North-Eastern Region. A base camp for Trekkers' is being constructed on the way from the Jakhama route.
From June to September, the entire valley is covered with a carpet of wild flowers. Here, you are completely at peace with nature. The valley is surrounded by hills, natural caves & rocks and is thus, ideal for camping.