The Jewel of Nagaland
Standing at an elevation of 1500 meters, Kohima is the capital of Nagaland and has a famous history background due to being the battlefield between India and Japan during World War 2. Apart from this, Kohima is one of the most beautiful untouched scenic places of Northeast. Originally called as Kewhima because of the Kewhi flowers grown here in the mountainside, it was later renamed by British and came to be known as Kohima. Kohima offers the tourist a basketful of picturesque views with tearing clouds, misty wind, and sharp peaks. The most important place to visit in Kohima would be the War Cemetery, which is partly funded by the Japanese government. The second highest peak of Nagaland, Mt Japhu is located near Kohima which attracts a horde of adventurers for trekking and bird watching. Together with all this, the city offers a museum, zoo, a sanctuary, mesmerizing valleys, and self-governed tribe villages etc. for a tourist to explore. October to May is said to be the best time to visit Kohima, the best would be to plan the trip during December to enjoy the famous Hornbill Festival held here. It is also advisable to obtain an Inner Line Permit before visiting Kohima since it falls under the Protected Area’s Act.
The Naga community are a hospitable bunch, especially in Kohima where you can see the blend of every tribe and experience their warmth and get a glimpse of their rich and vibrant culture. Each tribe in Nagaland has their own ceremonial attires and rituals to celebrate their festivals, usually, most of the attires are adorned with bird features, elephant’s teeth, multicolored spears, and dyed goat’s hair. Kohima was once inhabited by the largest Naga tribe known as the Angami tribe. The hornbill festival celebrated here in the month of December for 10 days is the best place to see the history and culture of Nagaland. Around 16 tribes of the state take part in it to showcase their culture and folk dances. A tourist can enjoy the colorful display of crafts, sports, food and folk dances along with literature fest, Global Film Fest, Vintage car Rally etc.
Top things do in Kohima
How to reach
Kohima is well connected through Rail, Road, and Air services. Although being a Restricted Area, the domestic tourist has to mandatorily obtain the Inner Line Permit from the Deputy Resident Commissioner Offices of Nagaland. One can get the permit from Nagaland Houses in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Dimapur, Kohima, and Mokokchung.
How to Reach by Flight
Kohima doesn’t have any Airport of its own, the nearest Airport is in Dimapur which is just 42 km away. The Dimapur domestic Airport is connected with all major cities of the country. Another close airport for Kohima will be Imphal at a distance of 145 km.
How to Reach by Train
The Dimapur Railway Station is the nearest station for Kohima at a distance of 74 km. The railway Station receives regular trains from Guwahati and Kolkata.
How to Reach by Bus
The Nagaland State Transport Bus Services and few Private AC, Non AC and Deluxe Buses are available from Guwahati in Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland to Kohima regularly.
How to Reach by Road
Kohima is connected from Guwahati via National Highway 27 and takes about 10 hours to finish the 340 km journey, whereas from Dimapur it’s only a 3 hours road trip. Kohima is also connected from Imphal via NH 39 with a distance of 145 km. The roads are well maintained and have beautiful scenic landscapes to view.
How to travel within
You don't have to worry while traveling within Kohima. An abundance of Auto Rickshaws, Hired Taxis, and Rental Cabs are available for your services. Also, you can move around on foot to explore the beauty of the town.
The Nagaland cuisine is like the local people, filled with warmth and richness of heritage. Most Nagas are Non-Vegetarian and love their meat and fishes, making some mouthwatering delicacies for their Naga Cuisine. Delicacies made of Pork, Beef, Mutton, and Chicken along with Bamboo shoots, Ginger and the world famous Naga King Chilly can be found in the local restaurants for you to taste. The more adventurers can try some wild animal meat and other few ingredients and dishes that might seem a bit foreign on the eyes. Locally brewed Rice Beer is sold in abundance any other type of liquor is banned since it’s a dry state.
- Flaming Wok
- Fifa Café
- Chingtsuong Restaurant
- Dream Café
- The Inroad Café
Day 1: Landing in Dimapur Airport, hire a cab to Kohima, which is a journey of 3 hrs approx. sit back and enjoy the picturesque breathtaking landscapes found on either side of the road. The lush green lands and the fresh pollution free air will immediately refresh you and get the feel for you to forget the polluted city clouds. Finally reaching the town get checked in the hotel and get freshen up and start your trip by visiting Kohima Cathedral and Museum. Finish your first day by shopping in the local shops and eating cuisines of your choice.
Day 2: Hire a cab that will take you to Dzuko Valley and Japfu Peak and the different viewpoints surrounding in the area, each one has its unique feature to explore, spend your evening in Kohima War Cemetery exploring the hill and landscapes filled with slabs which will you live your heart filled with respect towards our fallen heroes that. Forgetting the outside world, step into another world of Naga Architecture and Culture heritage at the village of Mokokchung and Tuophema. The tradition and lifestyle will show you the interesting heritage of a unique culture. Enjoy your day capturing every moment of this marvelous journey. Get back before evening to check out and start your trip back home.