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Nagaland People

One of most thickly forested north eastern states along with Arunachal Pradesh; Nagaland displays a fusion of the ancient with the modern. This is evident in the younger generation's attire of modern jeans and T shirts vying for attention along with traditional red and black shawls and sarongs with spear motifs embroidered in them. Kohima the state capital and a hill station is where the Japanese were stopped while advancing during World War II. It has a large well looked after graveyard for those killed during the war and is well worth a visit. The War cemetery as it is known is a vast undulating slope of green decked with beautiful roses. The most prominent landmark in Kohima is the red-roofed Catholic Cathedral built upon a hill. We also visit the Supermarket with its narrow alleys lined with shops all kinds of merchandise and handicrafts. There's a lot to see and do in Nagaland where you'll find tribal cultures at their colourful best and you'll find the eco-tourist village of Tuophema rather more than insightful as it showcases the Angami tribe's famous week long festival of Sekkrenyi held during February.

41 Kms away a really enchanting place with is lovely small traditional cottages and beautiful views . Dimapur 74 Kms from Kohima is where both the airport and airport are located; it is also the most important commercial centre in the state. Here stand some ancient monoliths from the times of the 13 th century Kachari Kingdom. It's also a great place for shopping and you can get traditional Naga shawls in thick cotton besides delicately woven bamboo and cane ware. From Kohima there are numerous excursions to fascinating spots like the Barra Basti known as Kohima village where you see an elaborate carved gateway with carvings of weapons and warriors; a traditional Naga house with large curved horns of the Mithun a mammal of the bovine family and an enormous granary for grains to be stored. Visit the Khonoma village with its beautifully terraced fields growing paddy; walk around the 70 Square kilometres Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary set up in 1998 to protect endangered bird and wild life. Climb up to the Japfu peak at 3048 metres 15 Kms south of Kohima and watch exhilarating sunrises; this range also is home to the tallest Rhododendron tree in the world (130 feet with a girth of 11 feet); thirty kilometres south is the enchanting Dzukou valley with its deep green hills sustaining numerous mountain streams and a profusion of herbs and shrubs. Here grow an astounding variety of flowers and plants and the place is rich in bio-diversity. This is also a place that will delight the trekker with its innumerable trails affording spectacular views. Mokokchung at an altitude of 1325 metres is another charming town also the headquarters of the Ao tribe of Nagas. Town Park above the town affords great views of the entire town.

Choose from our pre-planned itinerary or ask us to make one for you .

The Virtual Nagaland Tour - 9 Nts / 10 Days

Day 1: On arrival the Kolkata airport you are met by our representative and taken to your pre-reserved hotel. We take you an afternoon tour of this famous city once the capital of British India. We visit the Victoria memorial built in 1921 standing proudly at the southern end of the lush green Maidan then explore the Indian Museum the largest in the country with its exhaustive collections relating to archaeology, geology, anthropology and zoology. In the evening return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 2: We drive you to the airport from where you catch the morning 10 am flight to Dimapur. You are met on arrival at around 12:05 and then escorted to Kohima 74 Kms east, a journey of about 3 hours. On arrival at Kohima we check into a pre-reserved hotel by tea time. In the evening we visit the interesting Nagaland Emporium to get a glimpse at Nagaland's fine handicrafts culture and take a stroll around the local bazaar. Later we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: After breakfast we visit the Vishwema and Kigwema Village , home of the Angami Naga Tribe. After lunch we drive over to the fascinating Tuophema Tourist Village 41 Kms from Kohima where we check in for the night. This delightful place is a genuine Angami village situated next to a "tourist village" built by the locals, with a small museum displaying Naga artifacts, jewellery and clothing. We stay in one of twelve comfortable Naga huts with hot showers. In the evening you are treated to traditional Naga folk music and dance.

Day 4: After breakfast we drive through the picturesque countryside 160 Kms toward Mokokchung at 1325m / 4346ft, the main village of the Ao Tribe. En-route we stop briefly at Wokha and Longsa villages' home to another interesting tribe the Lotha. We also visit the Ao village of Longkhim. After reaching Mokokchung we check into the Circuit House and then visit a village house the Rock memorial, and other local sites. In the evening we return to the Circuit House for our night stay.

Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast we visit the Mopungchukit village which is the permanent Mission Centre of the Ao Baptists. Stroll around the village viewing the typical Naga lifestyle. After lunch the day is free to just stroll around or relax in your comfortable room

Day 6: Drive 158 Kms north from Mokokchung to the charming small town of Mon. Inhabited by the Konyak Tribe namely Thendu meaning Tattooed face, the landscape comprises of thickly forested hills and has a moderate climate throughout the year. Mon is the district headquarters and we stay in the basic but comfortable Tourist Lodge or the Circuit House. The surrounding area is full of exotic flora and fauna besides a number of rivulets and historical remains of the Second World War.

Day 7: We spend the day exploring delightful villages around Mon. 8 Kms from here we stop over at Chui village known for its unique architecture and a medieval lifestyle; the Langmeing village where you can still view head hunting trophies and attractive dwellings constructed in traditional style and then return to Mon for the night.

Day 8: Today we drive to Kohima 368 Kms away and an entire day's journey through the pleasant landscape of central Nagaland with breathtaking views all around. On reaching Kohima we check into your pre-reserved hotel.

Day 9: It's your last day in Nagaland. Today we drive 5 Kms to Ruzaphem a a vibrant colourful bazaar offering an amazing range of shawls, bags, decorative spears, wood carvings, bamboo baskets and other tribal handicrafts that are exquisite and unique in style. We also visit the legendary and immaculately maintained Kohima War Memorial , a memorial to the allied forces who gave their lives defending Kohima in April 1944; the Catholic Cathedral atop Aradurah   Hill   and the largest church in the northeast housing the largest cross in the country; the Nagaland State Museum displaying a wealth of traditional artefacts, jewellery and other interesting curios of Naga culture. We return to the hotel in time for dinner and an overnight stay. Aradurah   Hill 

Day 10: After an early breakfast we drive to the Dimapur airport. Your flight to Kolkata leaves Dimapur at 12:25 and reaches Kolkata at 2:25 pm . Our representative meets you at Kolkata airport and escorts you to your pre-reserved hotel. After a farewell dinner we wish you all the best for your next destination. (If required, we will gladly arrange all transportation to your next desired destination if intimated before the tour.)

Domestic tourists visiting Nagaland require to obtain Inner Line Permits issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur; Deputy Commissioner, Kohima and Mokokchung; Deputy Resident Commissioner at Nagaland House in Calcutta and Delhi; and Assistant Resident Commissioner, Shillong.

Domestic tourists are charged a minimal permit fee of about Rs. 5/- from each applicant..

ll foreign tourists require a Restricted Area Permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, South Block, New Delhi. The Office of the State Resident Commissioner in New Delhi (Ph: 011-3012296) is also helpful.

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