An integral part of India’s legacy and heritage (Dharohar) are its cities, towns, and villages. History awaits at every corner of India, whether it is a lost legend, a well-preserved palace, or a village bazaar. Through our ‘Dharohar’ section we bring to you some of India’s treasured places.
This month we showcase Kohima, the capital of the Northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. Kohima is known for its serene, peaceful and untouched beauty, and has mesmerized people for generations. Kohima is a name derived from the original name Kewhima or Kewhira, which comes from the Kewhi flowers that are found all around in the mountains.
In the month of December, Nagaland celebrates the Hornbill Festival, the Festival of Festivals, which features the vibrant elements of tribal festivities and gives a glimpse of Naga life. The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colorful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of Nagaland’s ethnic groups. The Hornbill Festival provides a colorful medley of cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting and a series of competitions.
Among some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Kohima is the Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak. The Japfu Peak standing tall at 3048 meters is the second highest peak in Nagaland and provides the perfect vantage point for admiring the heavenly beauty of the Dzukou Valley. Dzukou valley is also known as the “Valley of Flowers of the east” and is quite a sight to behold, when in full bloom. Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak trek is an absolute must for all trekking enthusiasts. Another place to visit is the Kohima Museum which portrays the traditions and culture of the many tribes of Nagaland. Many unusual artifacts from various tribes in the area can be found at the museum, including a huge collection of traditional apparels, ancient jewelry, ancestral weapons, music instruments, carved gate posts, ceremonial musical instruments, sculptures of birds. Shilloi Lake, a beautiful foot shaped lake in the heart of Patkai range of Nagaland, is a very picturesque destination with verdant valleys surrounding it from all sides. Touphema Village, is another attractive Kohima tourist place, and allows one to explore and relax in the natural confines of picturesque beauty. The local community, in partnership with the Nagaland Tourism Department, created this village in the Naga style to exhibit Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage. Kohima Zoo, is home to many notable species of flora and animals, and is a popular tourist attraction in the Kohima district and attracts a huge number of visitors each year. Kohima Botanical Garden is another place worth visiting. Its flower-laden garden and immense beauty in and around can easily mesmerize anyone.
Kohima is well connected to other parts of the country. The nearest Domestic Airport is Dimapur Airport with daily flights to Kolkata and Guwahati. The nearest Railway station is located in Dimapur and is well connected to Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Jorhat and Dibrugarh. Kohima is well connected by road network to major cities of India.
Kohima is among the most beautiful places in Northeast India, and a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. This enthralling city dotted by lush hills, quaint, breathtaking landscapes, dense forests is sure a great travel destination.