Explore Nagaland
Nagaland
Treasure trove of culture in Northeast

Nagaland is a state in northeast India, bordering Myanmar. This mountainous state is home to lofty mountains surrounded by picturesque views which make different levels of trekking a soulful escapade. With unique attire, vibrant festival celebrations and distinct food choices, Nagaland is indeed one of a kind. It's home to diverse indigenous tribes which have rich cultural heritage and unprecedented traditions worth exploring. 


Popular cities: 

  • Kohima

  • Dimapur

  • Wokha

  • Mokokchung

Climate
Nagaland has a wet-dry climate. The best time to visit the state is between March and June during the summer season.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Warm
  • April — Warm
  • May — Hot
  • June — Hot
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Kohima is famous for its exquisite environment and untouched nature. A land of folklore while being a commercial hub as well, Kohima is endowed with dense forests, quaint hills and vibrant landscapes. Dimapur boasts picturesque landscapes and excellent road conditions. It is a well-connected town that offers a plethora of opportunities to nature and history lovers. Villages around Dimapur such as Nichuguard, Kuki Dolong, Seithekima and Chumukedima are known for their splendid landscape beauty. To witness the culture of various tribes you must visit Diphupar. Ruzaphema exhibits some of the finest artifacts of Nagaland.
History & Heritage
The Kohima War Cemetery commemorates the brace soldiers who were martyred in World War II. This memorial tells the yesteryear tales worth knowing. The best way to reach the memorial is by trekking through thick forests with pleasant surroundings. Naga Heritage Village, located in Kohima, is a testament of the rich traditions and culture of the Nagas. It preserves the authentic ethnicities of the Naga tribes in its true form. To witness the vibrant culture of the region, visit this village during the Hornbill Festival held every December as the uniqueness of the 16 Naga tribes are exquisitely exhibited. Tuophema is also worth a visit to enjoy an authentic experience of the Naga Culture. Kachari ruins, located in Dimapur, are the evidence of Ahom invasion. This series of mushroom domed pillars houses the mysterious remnants which are believed to be erected during the 13th century. The ruins and monoliths surrounded by unkempt vegetation will definitely impress art lovers and history buffs. Caves at Poilwa Village is one of the most offbeat destinations to explore in Nagaland. The caves hold immense historical value and are very important for the people of Nagaland. G H Damant Tomb, Living Stones of Tuensang and Khonoma Fort are other famous historical sites in Nagaland.
Museums
The Nagaland State Museum exhibits precious artifacts, jewelry, inscriptions, musical instruments, and traditional dresses, all of which speak volumes of the rich history and culture of the state.
Nature & Adventure
Japfu is the second-highest peak in Nagaland. Perched at a whopping height of 3084 meters above sea level, Japfu Peak is perfect for adventure seekers. Trekking to the top would be a memorable experience as the trails are dotted with beautiful rhododendrons and a variety of flora and fauna. It also offers spellbinding vistas of the lush green Dzukou Valley. Veda Peak, also known as Pak Koi, is the highest peak of Mon district. The picturesque tourist attraction offers breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, waterfalls, River Chadwin, River Brahmaputra and the amazing Konyak Countryside. The beauty of this region is indescribable making it arguably the best place to visit in Nagaland. Mount Tiyi in Wokha district offers breathtaking views of River Doyang and surrounding hamlets. To satisfy your adrenaline rush, trek to the top of this majestic mountain to enjoy some unforgettable vistas. Doyang River, also known as Dzulu or Dzu, is the largest river in Nagaland. With enchanting flora and fauna, this river makes for a beautiful picnic spot and rejuvenation. Phek is dotted with rich flora, lakes, rivers and other water bodies. It's one the best places in Nagaland to experience solace in the lap of nature. You can indulge in activities like hiking, trekking and birdwatching. The district also houses Khezhakeno, a heritage village, which can be visited for a cultural trip. For an offbeat destination, visit the Langpangkong Caves which belong to the mountain range of Langpangkong in Mokokchung. These caves have great historical significance. Though it doesn't have aesthetic value, its sheltering characteristic will surely interest you. You can trek up to the caves to make your exploration even more adventurous. Triple Falls, located in Dimapur, are three beautiful streams cascades falling from a height of 280 ft into a glistening pool to make the entire view splendid. Besides sightseeing you can also indulge in trekking here. Dzukou Valley, Totsu Cliff, Saramati Peak, Naga Hills, Mount Paona, Zanibu Peak and Dikhu River are some of the other exquisite places in Nagaland worth exploring for their natural beauty and adventurous activities.
Lakes
Dzudu Lake, situated on Mount Zanibu near Thuvopisumi village, offers a tranquil experience with its shimmering waters and mystical forests. The lake is a perfect spot for photography and bird-watching. Shilloi Lake, situated in Meluri, is a beautiful sight to behold. Set amidst the backdrop of the magnificent Matkai Range, this lake offers indescribable calmness. You might also spot some exotic species of birds that flock this region.
Wildlife
Rangapahar Reserve Forest is one of the famous places in Dimapur, Nagaland. It shelters different types of animals such as deer, chitals, bear and wild goat, among others. You'll also find different plants and bird species. Ghosu Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers as it houses a wide range of avifauna. Few of the commonly spotted birds are little Bunting, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Grey-Hooded Warbler, Oriental Magpie Robin, Cuckoo and many others. Nagaland Zoological Park is home to fascinating flora and fauna of northeast India. This park is perfect for bird watchers as it has almost 500 bird species including aquatic birds. Ntanki Wildlife Sanctuary houses exotic wildlife species such as wild dogs, sloth bears, barking deer, flying squirrels and many more. The sanctuary is covered in semi-tropical trees and thick greenery. You can indulge in adventurous activities such as hiking, camping, trekking and mountain climbing.
Places of Worship
Ao Baptist Church, Kalibari Temple, Cathedral of Kohima, Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto are some of the famous places of worship in Nagaland. You can take up a pilgrimage tour to Molungkimong Baptist Church and Molungyimsen Christian heritage village.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
A major chunk of Nagaland can be covered in 7 to 10 days. Starting your trip in Kohima, spend a day or two exploring the war memorial, Lukie Badze Peak, Japfu Peak, markets and cultural sites. From here make a short day trip to Phek to rejuvenate amidst bountiful nature. Spend two days in Dimapur in order to explore a maximum of its attractions including Kachari Ruins, Triple Waterfalls, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, etc. Many of the districts are well-connected with Dimapur. Moving upwards spend a day or two exploring the beautiful Mount Tiyi, Totsu Cliff and Doyang River in Wokha. If you want more adventure then trek to the Langpangkong Caves in Mokokchung. Also, you can take up the trek to Saramati Peak in Kiphire district that passes through scenic Rhododendron forest. You then take up a one day cultural tour to Changsangmongko in Tuensang and also visit the Living Stones while you are here. To end your trip on a good note, spend a day or two in Mon and indulge in trekking, birdwatching, hiking and photography at the picturesque Veda Peak.
Cuisine
  • Cuisine of Nagaland is known for its variety and simplicity. Some main ingredients of Nagaland food include Bamboo shoot, Anishi, Fermented dry fish and Axone. Some dishes such as Samathu, Aikibeye, Akini Chokibo, Galho, Pork Curry, and Hinkejvu are a must-try.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Nagaland can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 160 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Tribal Culture
  • Hills
  • Peaks
  • Valleys
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Caves
Areas to Visit
  • Kohima and Dimapur for nature and adventure
  • Naga Heritage Village for tribal traditions and cultural activities
  • Tuensang for ethnic and cultural variety
  • Mt. Saramati, Mt Japfu, Mt. Pauna, Mt. Tiyi & Veda Peak for trekking

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