Nagaland has scenic spots for both adventurers and non-adventurers
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Dimapur, August 3 (EMN): Nature and culture lovers can find everything in Nagaland fascinating as it is blessed with both in abundance. A hill station with good green cover, the state is rich in biodiversity with abundant flora and fauna, and people are proud of its rich cultural heritage.
With an area of 16,579 km² and a population of 1,980,602 (according to the 2011 India census), the state is home to 17 major tribes and sub-tribes with distinct customs, languages and dress. If the Hornbill Festival, an annual event celebrated from December 1 to 10ehas become the biggest crowd puller and tourist attraction over the years, each of the communities in the state has its own traditional festivals, hence the nickname “Land of Parties”.
Although it is difficult to list tourist destinations, as the topography is similar throughout the state, some places have become hotspots for local visitors and those from out of state. But for adventurers, it won’t be like spending time with villagers and getting close to relatively untouched nature in rural areas. Nagaland offers both – for adventurers and non-adventurers.
Here are the top 10 tourist places/destinations (in no particular order) to visit in Nagaland:
- Dimapur: The city may be more of a transit point and trade hub for the state of Nagaland than a tourist destination, but it has some cool spots like the ‘Kachari Ruins’, which date back to the 13th century. Other places one can visit include Diezephe Craft Village, Green Park, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Nagaland Zoological Park, North East Zone Cultural Centre, Handloom and Handicrafts Emporium and Agri Expo. It is the only place in the state with air and rail connectivity.
2. Kohima: As the state capital, Kohima houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly), the Secretariat, and several other major government facilities. It has a beautiful landscape with a mix of modern and village look. Apart from popular sites like World War II Cemetery and Kohima Cathedral, there are several sightseeing spots like Kisama Heritage Village, Khonoma Green Village, Japfu Peak, Tuophema Tourist Village, etc. in the district.
3. Dzukou Valley: This scenic valley is located at an altitude of 2,438.4 meters and about 30 km south of Kohima. A delight for hikers, the valley is home to endemic lilies and several other flora and fauna. It attracts most visitors during the blooming season, from June to September.
4. Doyang: Located in Wokha district, Doyang is a major tourist attraction with a beautiful landscape. It is home to the state’s well-known hydroelectric project and the Amur falcon graces its skies between October and November each year in their thousands. It is a great place for people who love camping, boating and angling.
5. Khezhakeno Village: It is a historical village in Phek district known as the first settlement site of the Naga ancestral ancestor, the “Koza”. A flat stone called Tso Tawo (Spirit Stone), which ancestors believed generates a double fold if a basket of paddy is sun-dried on the stone slab, also located in the village.
6. Mount Saramati: With a height of 3,826m, Mount Saramati, located near Thanamir village in Kiphire district, is the highest peak in Nagaland. It is an important peak in Southeast Asia with a variety of flora and fauna.
7. International Trade Center (ITC): Meluri sub-division in Phek district is home to Shilloi Lake (Lütsam village), associated with many legends. The sub-division also has international trade centers at Phokhungri and Avankhung, where many Myanmar Nagas can be seen shopping.
8. Mokokchung: The birthplace of the Ao Naga, the district has popular tourist spots like Mopungchuket, which was declared a “rural tourism village” by the Nagaland government in 2007, for its historical, mythological and cultural assets; and the village of Longkhum, believed to be the resting place of the spirit of a deceased person before their journey to heaven.
9. Mon: The district has several villages that have remnants of World War II and rock inscriptions. Shangnyu is an important village where the house of Angh is located, which is said to be over 500 years old. Longwa is another interesting village, where Angh’s house is located half in India, half in Myanmar, but the administration is under the head of the village. Besides the beautiful scenery, visitors can visit Shangphan Wildlife Sanctuary, Veda Peak and Chalsoise Village where human skulls belonging to the headhunting era are exhibited in a place called Waloo.
10. Noklak: Officially inaugurated as a new district in January 2021, Noklak is blessed with a fascinating landscape and a rich cultural heritage. Indo-Burma border pillar 146 is located in the International Trade Center (ITC) Dan, the last village in the district. Other places of interest include Pangsha, a historic village that houses the Village Guards Museum; the village of Chipur, known for its intricate cave system and intimidating cliff that adventurers can explore; and the scenic landscape of Choklangan village which is located between king khulia mountain, kenking and king enshao.