Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, is a beautiful city on a hill which will mesmerize you with a lot of things unique and quintessential in its own colorful and beautiful ways. There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Kohima which are full of historical importance and represents the vibrant and rich cultural heritage of the Nagas. From discovering the ethnic cultural heritage to an exciting trek to explore the natural abundance, these top places to visit in Kohima will simply amuse you in a lot many ways an eager and adventurous tourist could ever imagine.
Places to visit in Kohima
Naga Heritage Village, Kisama
The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama is located about 12km from Kohima and hosts the biggest annual Hornbill Festival in December every year. The main attraction is the beautiful morungs (Naga boy’s dormitories) constructed with the tribal architecture designs of each of the Naga tribes.
Dzukou Valley is famous for its breathtaking view of bountiful natural beauty full of beautiful flowers, orchids, rolling hills, and meandering streams. Also known as the valley of flowers, it is a trekker’s delight and believed to be one of the best trekking circuits in India.
Tuophema Tourist Village
Tuophema Tourist Village is located in Tuophema which is about 41kms from Kohima. This is an ethnic tourist village with traditional huts and kitchens in an ethnic setting with modern facilities available at disposal where tourists get to enjoy the ethnic Naga culture with the best local brew and food on the menu.
Khonoma Green Village
Khonoma is located about 20kms from Kohima and known for its pristine natural beauty. Considered a virgin territory bedecked with tall alder trees and beautiful terraces carved out of hill slopes, this place is a delight for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, and animal watchers. The Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary is an ecological paradise.
Tseminyu town, located 50km from Kohima, is the ancient migration route of Naga tribes heading northwards on the lookout for new settlements and is of great historical and archaeological importance. Home of the Rengma Nagas, the town is full of ancient Naga heritage in the form of abandoned villages, broken pottery, age-old graveyards and gravestones.
Dzulekie is located about 40km from Kohima at a height of 2133.6m. The hilly terrain with lush green sub-tropical forests are simply enchanting and the gorges and streams add a tinge of mysticism. It is also home of the magnificent Mithun, the Naga Bison and a rare species of the rainbow trout.
Japfu Peak at an elevation of 3048m above sea level is the second highest peak in Nagaland. Located at 15km from Kohima, this peak is a scenic paradise with enchanting view of the sunrise and the surrounding hills including parts of the beautiful Dzukou Valley. The world’s tallest Rhododendron tree is found in the Japfu range.