Places to visit:

Kohima City
Located at a height of 1495 m is Kohima, the state capital. A pretty town it is endearingly unspoiled, tranquil and immersed in history. The World War II Memorial, listing the brave Nagas who laid down their lives, is the biggest attraction here. The State Museum showcases in dioramas, some of the most fascinating aspects of Naga tribal life in all its variety and wealth of tradition. Housed here is ancestral weaponry, carved gateposts, status pillars that record Feasts of Merit and traditional Naga costumes and jewellery. Open: 10amto3pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.
The picturesque Kohima War Cemetery, a symbolic memorial commemorating the memories of the officers and men who sacrificed their lives (regardless of race, nationality or religion) during World War II is a must-visit. Well-maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and steeped in tranquility, it is embellished by two tall crosses against the backdrop of seasonal roses and lush grass. The gentle hill where the cemetery is located is embellished by stone markers with shining bronze plaques, each one commemorating the name of the men who sacrificed their lives.
For a slice of local colour, head for the local bazar that springs up near the supermarket. Village women in their bright, tribal costumes sell farm produce, fish, rice, mushrooms, fruit and other local delicacies.
Kohima Village, called Barra Basti (Big Village), is where Kohima began, according to Naga legend. Said to be the second biggest village in Asia, it has one of the finest ceremonial gates, common to all Naga villages. The beautiful carvings of warriors and guns, and the symbol of prosperity, the mithun. heighten the importance of the Naga gateway.

Khonoma Village
The picturesque village of Khonoma (20 km) offers delightful views of Nagaland's natural beauty and ecological diversity. En route look out for the memorial stones erected to commemorate Feasts of Merit, and the intricate system of bamboo pipes, which carry water for long distances. The unique variety of soil conditions and elevations of its fields have resulted in about 20 different types of rice being grown here.
Passing through the traditional carved ceremonial gate, steep stone steps lead you to the highest point in the village. Here, the Naga warriors made their last stand against the British in 1879. A simple white pillar commemorates G H Damant, Maj. C R Cock, Lt. H H Forbes and Sub. Maj. Nurbir Sai who died fighting the Nagas in Khonoma.

Dimapur, Nagaland's gateway town, is an important trade and commercial centre, located on NH 39. It used to be the capital of the old Kacheri rulers and one can still see the medieval remains of this ancient kingdom in the heart of the old town.
The Archaeological Department protects the relics, contemporaries of the neighbouring Ahom Kingdom. Stop by at the Ruth's and Haralu emporia where one can see women weaving exquisite Naga shawls on traditional looms. You can also pick up some traditional handicrafts here.

Mokokchung (160 km) is one of the great centres of Ao Naga tradition. The prowess of the Ao warriors is reflected in gorgeous red and black shawls with the white decorated band that signified their victory over their enemies. The two main festivals celebrated here are connected with sowing, Moatsu in early May, and harvesting, Tsungremmong in August. The highlight of Tsungremmong is the tug-of-war between the men's and women's teams.

The Wokha region is home to the Lotha tribe. Hilltop villages studded with monoliths (Longsu) erected by rich ancestors depicting their high status surround it. The Lothas are known for their colourful dances and folk songs. The women wear the 'Opvuram', the prestigious social shawl and the men the Longpensu. Wokha district is reputed for its Sema game dance excellent oranges and pineapples.

Phek is the district headquarter and home of the Chakhesang (a combination of three tribes : 'Cha' of Chekru, 'Khe' of Khezhe and 'Sang' of Sangtam). The culture and customs of the Chakhesang is very different from other Nagas. Phek is famous for its colourful Tsukhenyie festival which takes place in March-April. Blythe Tragopan pheasants are found in abundance here as are exotic varieties of orchids.
The Semas live in homes strung along a cluster of hillocks in Zunheboto (150 km). The martial race among the Naga tribes is renowned for their dazzling war dance, folk songs, and ceremonial war dresses. Tulunits one of the most important festivals observed in the second week of July every year.   

The home of Konyaks, is situated at an altitude of 897 Mts. above sea level. It is interesting to see the tattooed faces wearing feathered headgear and traditional dresses. Konyaks are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. One can find excellent wood carvings, daos (matches), guns, gun powder, head brushes, headgear, necklaces etc. made by these artisans and craftsmen. It is an exciting experience to visit an Angh’s house. Hereditary chiefs known as Anghs rule the Konyaks and the institution of Anghship is prevalent only among the Konyaks.

The village straddles the international boundary line, falls within the Indian Territory and the other half lies in Myanmar. However the whole village is controlled by the Angh and the village council chairman.
Lady Hydari Park
A popular charming tourist draw, the adjacent mini zoo is an added attraction.

A vanguard village of the Aos in the days of headhunting is strategically situated at an altitude of 1846 meters. The people of this village are hard working and one can find exquisite handicrafts and handloom items in this village. On a clear day, on can view the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal and beyond and also the industrial smoke bellowing from the industries in Assam. The Aos have a belief that Longkhum is the resting place of the spirit of dead on their onward journey to paradise. As the local legend goes- a single visit to Longkhum is not enough……… for you have to return to the village again to collect your soulm, which had stayed behind on your first visit.

The land of Chekhesnag Naga. This beautiful town is situated at an altitude of 2134 Mts above sea level and is the highest altitude in Nagaland.

Sharing borderlines with Myanmar in the east, Assam in its western and northern periphery, the Tirap district of NEFA in Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast and Manipur in the south, Nagaland's blue-hued mountains and emerald expanses comprise an intriguing world of ancient rituals and a proud people. This verdant homeland of the Nagas was formally inaugurated as the state of Nagaland in 1963, the 16th State of the Indian Union.
Tiger, leopard, elephant, sambar, wild buffalo and bear people its deep jungles while its vast expanses of paddy fields, fed by an elaborate indigenous irrigation system, are a veritable feast for the eyes. Known for its salubrious climate, Nagaland has considerable rainfall during the monsoons that run from June to September.
Spread over an area of 16,527 sq km, its population resides mainly in the rural area. Kohima, its capital, Dimapur and Mokokchung are its most important towns. Nagas have evolved into a generic term for many tribal communities in the North East. Of the 32 such tribes, 16 major and numerous sub-tribes spread over Nagaland's seven districts; primary amongst them are the Angamis, the Sema, Konyak, Aos and the Rengmas, each with their own distinct culture and lifestyle.
Though they were animist by tradition, almost 98% of the population embraced Christianity under the influence of English missionaries. The Nagas were also exposed to western culture when the English recruited them as a labour corps to serve in France during the Second World War. They were highly commended for their loyalty and bravery.
Naga society is a well-knit and cohesive unit living by ancient tenets that play an important role in contemporary life. One of its interesting features is the tradition of the Morung, a dormitory exclusively for men, which is the focal point of the village.

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