Tourist Places in Nagaland

Right from their weird headdresses to their bizarre sense of wardrobe, from their excellent handloom to their queer taste in food, from their vibrant festivals to choice of trophies in the form of animals’ skull, Nagaland has always stood apart from all other states in India. A colorful land of impeccable culture and unprecedented traditions, this lesser-known state is certainly an enticing destination to explore. Little do we know that on each turn in Nagaland there is a surprise waiting for us; the unexpected influence of Hinduism, the indelible marks of Christianity and the legends that are known beyond Indian borders, makes Nagaland truly a fascinating land that needs to be explored So, once again we have taken up the job to intimate avid travelers like you about a land as mesmerizing as Nagaland.

Dimapur

Reckoned to be the entry point of the state, Dimapur officially welcomes you to Nagaland. It is a well-connected town that boasts excellent road conditions and scenic landscapes. The town offers ample opportunities to nature and history lovers. The 13th-century Kachari Ruins is amongst the most attractive places in Dimapur, while the ruins here are the evidence of Ahom invasion. For nature aficionados Dimapur opens a wide door and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Nichuguard Village, Kuki Dolong Village, Chumukedima, Seithekima Village and Medziphema are some of the places that are known for their spectacular landscape beauty. Quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of the city lives, these destinations in and around Dimapur are ideal for tourists. Dipper is one of the best places in Nagaland to witness the culture of various tribes like Angami, Lotha, Chakehsang, Sumi, Sangtam, Ao, Rengma Pouchury and Zeliang. Ruzaphema is a one-stop-shop in Dimapur for shopping; located about 5 km from Kohima, this place is famed for exhibiting some of the finest artifacts of Nagaland.

Dimapur is a colourful land that reflects authentic Nagaland. It is in fact the only place in the state with an airport. Apart from the above-mentioned attractions, Dimapur houses Zoological Park, Ao Baptist Church, Diezephe Craft Village, Nagaland Science Centre, Green Park, Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary and Shiv Mandir.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Kachari Ruins
  • Diezephe Craft Village
  • Rangapahar Reserve Forest / Zoological Park
  • Chumukedima Village
  • Dimapur Ao Baptist Church
  • Dipper
  • Nightguard
  • Kuki Dolong Village
  • Green Park
  • Nagaland Science Centre
  • Medziphema
  • Ruzaphema

How to Reach:

By Road: There are two National Highways that cross through Dimapur. NH 39 connects Kohima, Imphal, and Dimapur to the rest of the country, NH 36 connects Assam (Nagaon) with Dimapur. Regular state transport buses play on a daily basis on these National Highways and tourists can avail them to reach Kohima.

By Train: There are direct trains from Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and the other metropolitan cities to Dimapur.

By Air: Tourists can avail daily flights to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi from Dimapur Airport.

Kohima

The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is undoubtedly the most charming place to visit in Nagaland. Despite being a commercial hub, Kohima hasn’t lost its natural charms and remains one of the most charismatic destinations to see in the state. The blend of the ancient and the modern has painted this town in an interesting color and Kohima has become an indelible landmark for the state. The town offers plenty of scenic views; it also reminds one of the scenarios back in the time of the Second World War. Kohima offers an insight into the life of the Angami tribe who predominate this region. A perfect mélange of culture and history, Kohima is indeed a place to be. The Japfu Peak (3048m) and Puliebadze Peak have always been the famous attractions for tourists. On the other side, Tseminyu remains the interest of history lovers who can see delight ancient ruins, abandoned villages, broken pottery, and graveyards here. Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Bazaar, Kohima Zoo, Kohima State Museum, and Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow are other places of interest for the tourists.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzukou Valley
  • Japfu Peak
  • Pulebadze Peak
  • Kohima War Cemetery
  • Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow
  • Kohima State Museum
  • Kohima Zoo
  • Naga Bazar
  • Dzüleke
  • Tseminyu

How to Reach:

By Road: Kohima is connected to all major places in the North East including Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, and Dimapur. NH 39 is the main route to this place that connects it with Dimapur. NH 37 links Kohima to Guwahati.

By Train: Dimapur is the nearest railhead and is about 75 kilometers from Kohima. Daily trains for Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and other major cities in the country are available from here.

By Air: Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland and is located about 68 kilometers from Kohima. There are daily flights available for Kolkata and Guwahati from where tourists can board flights to other parts of the country.

Mokukchung

Reckoned to be the most beautiful and lively district in Nagaland, Mokukchung is the home of the Ao tribe. Known for its hospitality, rich traditions, and festivals, Mokukchung is gradually becoming a hotspot for tourism in Nagaland. It is often said that one of its destinations named Longkhum is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Its hillocks are adorned with Rhododendron and its pristine environment is worth falling in love with. Longkhum is also known for its ethnic handloom and handicraft and a sect called Limapur that practice animist religion. Uma is yet another destination of interest in the Mokokchung district that is believed to be the first place founded by the Ao tribe when they entered Nagaland from Chungliyimti. Uma is considered to be a living museum of the Ao tribe. You may also be interested in visiting Chuchuyimlang, which is a tourist village and is often referred to as festival village. This village is known for the celebration of festivals of Ao Nagas like the Moatsu festival (celebrated in the month of May). Other than these places, visitors would also like to check out Mokokchung District Museum, Changtongya, and Mokukchung Park.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Changtongya
  • Mokokchung Park
  • Mokokchung Village
  • Longkhum
  • Enigma
  • Chuchuyimlang

How to Reach:

By Road: Mokokchung is well connected by road. National Highway 61 runs from Kohima to Amguri via Wokha, Mokokchung, Changtongya, and Tuli. Nagaland State Transport buses run regularly from Mokokchung to Kohima, which is at a distance of 162 kilometers. Shared taxis are also available on this route.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Mokokchung is Mariani (85kms) in Assam. Many trains operate from Mariani to Dibrugarh. One can avail of buses and taxis from the Mariani railway station to Mokokchung.

By Air: The nearest airports to Mokokchung are in Dimapur (located at a distance of 212 kilometers) and Jorhat (located at a distance of 105 kilometers). There are daily flights from Guwahati or Kolkata.

Mon

The land of Konyak Nagas, Mon is an interesting land to visit in Nagaland. Famed for warriors with tattoos on the face, headhunting prowess, and blackened teeth people, Mon is a fascinating place to be in Nagaland. The Konyaks call themselves the descendants of Noah and practice agriculture; it is believed that they have the finest harvest in the state. Around Mon, a traveler can have a number of interesting encounters, for instance, if you happen to be in Longwa (the biggest village in Mon district), which shares a border of Myanmar, you can actually have the opportunity to have half of your body in India and another half in Myanmar. The chief’s house, where the chief resides with his 60 wives, is also a major attraction in Longwa. A large number of trophies made of animals’ skull in the residence is some unforgettable sight. Shangyu Village and its famed wooden carving, Veda Peak and Chui Village are some of the other attractions on Mon. If you visit Mon in the month of April, you have a good opportunity to witness the lively harvest festival of Konyak Nagas called Aoleang Monyu Festival. It is a weeklong festival that is celebrated with offering sacrifice and hosting large feasts.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Longwa Village
  • Veda Peak
  • Chui Village (Basti)
  • Shangyu Village

How to Reach:

By Road: Mon can be reached via Sonari by bus. Sonari is at a distance of about 65kms from Mon. Buses also ply from Simulguri but there are no direct services from Simulguri to Mon. One has to first reach Naginimora and then board another bus from here to Mon.

By Train: Lake railway station en route to Sivasagar in Assam is one of the nearest railways stations to Mon. The other important railhead is Guwahati from where one has to take the road for the remaining journey. One can also reach Dimapur by train and then continue by road to reach Mon.

By Air: The nearest airports to Mon are Jorhat (157 kilometers), Dimapur (296 kilometers) and Guwahati (479 kilometers). From all three places, one can get conveyance in the form of state transport buses and tourist taxis.

Wokha

Wokha is nature’s spectacular gift to Nagaland. Dotted with colorful orchards, carpeted with multi-hued flowers and fringed by hills and river, Wokha is a nature lovers’ paradise. About 4 hours drive from Kohima, this district is the perfect place to bask and see the glory of nature. A tourist village above Riphyim is a major attraction in the Wokha district, this place is known to offer splendid views of a dam on Dalyan River. The tourist lodge at Riphyim also makes a great place to visit as it renders an uncluttered view from the window of its every room. Wokha is the land of the Lotha tribe and one has a wonderful opportunity here to interact with the tribal people and see their traditional art and craft. Apart from this, Mount Tiyi, Liphanyan Governor’s Camp, Water Pool, Totsu Cliff, Tehurang Valley, Baghty Valley, and Vankhosung town are the places that may interest travelers in Wokha. The Lothas celebrate a post-harvest festival called Tokhu Among Festival in the month of November. It is believed, this 9 days festival is the best time to visit Wokha.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Doyang Hydro Project
  • Lithuanian Governor’s camp
  • Mount Type
  • Doyang River
  • Water Pool
  • Tatsu Cliff
  • Vankhosung

How to Reach:

By Road: The town is connected with NH-39 that leads to Dimapur. Another way to reach here is to first travel to Kohima, which is 75 kilometers from this place and then take a taxi to Wokha. Nagaland State Transport buses and shuttle services are also easily available from Kohima and Dimapur.

By Train: The nearest railway station for Wokha is Dimapur Railway Station. It is located at a distance of 130 km and connected by trains to New Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and other important places in the country.

By Air: Wokha has no airport; the nearest airport is at Dimapur, which is situated at a distance of 162kms. One can avail daily flights from Kolkata and Guwahati to this airport.

Dzukou Valley

Blessed with an absolutely mesmerizing beauty, Dzukou Valley (2438m) is situated at a distance of about 30kms from the state capital, Kohima. Gorgeous Dzukou valley is a trekker’s delight and is reckoned to be the best trekking circuit in the country. Dzukou Valley to Nagaland is what Valley of Flowers is to Uttarakhand. An unexplored and pristine land replete with a sizeable number of multi-hued flowers, this valley is certainly a must-visit place in Nagaland. Offering breathtaking vistas, Dzukou is dotted with many ravines and streams. The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is spring when the entire valley blossoms with flowers and looks heavenly; however, winter is also a good time to be here as at this time of the year one can witness a deserted yet magnificent view of the valley.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Khonoma
  • Japfu Peak

How to Reach:

The nearest railhead from Dzukou Valley is Dimapur. From here one has to travel to Kohima by bus/taxi and from there to Viswema Village of Zakhama. The trek for Dzukou Valley begins from Viswema Village. It takes at least 2 days to reach here.

Tuophema Village

A tourist village, situated about 41kms away from Kohima, Tuophema is built around the ethnic model of tourism. The village offers traditionally styled thatched huts, traditional artifacts, jewelry, clothing and souvenir museum, and authentic Naga delicacies. This place gives an opportunity to soak the color of Nagas and learn more about the culture of this fascinating land. The Angami Sekrenyi festival celebrated between the 25th and 27th of February each year is a major attraction of this village.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzulekie
  • Ruzaphema
  • Intake Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khonoma Village

How to Reach:

Kohima is at a distance of 24kms from Touphema Village. One can book a cab or take shared taxis from Kohima to reach Touphema Village.

Khonoma Green Village

Khonoma Green Village is the result of responsible Naga tribes. Situated at a distance of about 20kms from Kohima, Khonoma Green Village is one of its kinds in India. The village is the home of the Angami tribe who have given up hunting and only practice agriculture (jhum or shift agriculture) to make a living. The houses in Khonoma are made using natural means and it is a way of Angami to show concern for the conservation of natural resources. In this green village, baskets are woven and handloom work is carried on along with agriculture. Khonoma is undoubtedly an inspiring place that takes us one step closer to nature and urges us to take initiatives to conserve and protect our natural environment. The energy of this place is something that everyone must experience.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Dzulekie
  • Ruzaphema
  • Intake Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khonoma Village

How to Reach:

Khonoma Village is situated at NH 61; it is 20 km from Kohima and can be reached by hiring a cab/taxi. Private and State Transport Buses also ply to this place from Kohima at regular intervals.

Bureau

An epitome of untouched beauty, Benreu is a village located in the Peren district of Nagaland. This beautiful village tucked on a ridge signifies ethnic tourism in Nagaland. Remaining unexplored, this village is a wonderful gateway to a quiet and peaceful holiday amidst immaculate nature. The simple village life and their day-to-day activities are a major attraction here apart from the breathtaking landscape of the place. Bernie can be considered as a cultural paradise that shows many colors of Naga’s lifestyle and culture.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Peren
  • Mt. Pauna Tourist Village

How to Reach:

The nearest railhead and airport from Benreu are in Dimapur (115kms). One has to first reach Peren from Dimapur by cab/taxi/bus and from there board another bus or hire a cab to Benreu Village.

Meluri

Snuggled amidst green rolling hills, Mercuri is a part of the Phek district of Nagaland. This small village is situated halfway on the important route to Mt. Saramati in Kiphire district. Mercuri is the land of the Pochury tribe, who are known for their excellent hunting skills. For a traveler in Meluri, the major attraction is the interesting rock formations. Mercuri is also known for its two lakes namely, Dzudu and Shilloi. These lakes are believed to have supernatural powers and were avoided by a human for a very long time; however, with the passage of time, one of the two lakes (Shilloi Lake) has become a popular tourist place and is used for angling. The Zanzibar Peak located around Dzudu Lake is a good place to visit as this place offers a vantage point from where one can get the view of a large part of Nagaland and Mt.Everest.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Phek
  • Dudu Lake/ Zanibu Peak
  • Shiller Lake

How to Reach:

The nearest airport of Meluri is Dimapur (98kms). From Dimapur, one has to hire a cab. There are three railheads that are in proximity to Meluri, namely Dimapur (104kms), Rangapahar CRS (104kms) and Dibrugarh Town (225kms). To reach Meluri from these destinations one has to book a cab/taxi.

Kiphire

Kiphire can be reckoned as an awe-inspiring district in Nagaland. Offering resplendent landscape views to visitors, Kiphire is also an ideal place for adventure enthusiasts as they can indulge in activities like trekking, rafting, and canoeing. In Kiphire lies the highest peak of Nagaland called Saramati (3841m), where a trekker can enjoy a 3-day trek that passes through a beautiful Rhododendron forest. Kiphire is dotted with scenic villages like Pungro, Salumi, and Mimi. Amongst which, Mimi and Salumi are believed to be virgin lands. These villages house a number of caves and waterfalls that further add to the charm of this already gorgeous destination. The caves to the east of Pungro town; caves at Mimi Village; waterfall lying between Mimi and Khonga village; the Salt River Mihki; Kisatong Village and Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary are the places of interest in Kiphire.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Saramati Peak
  • Pungro Town
  • Salomi Village
  • Mimi Village
  • Sukhyap or Lover’s Paradise
  • Wade
  • Miki- the river of salt
  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary

How to Reach:

By Road: Kiphire is well connected by National Highway 155. The national highway connects Kiphire to Kohima, Meluri, Dimapur, and Mokochung. State transport buses and private taxis are regularly available for Kiphire from all major destinations in Nagaland. The state highway also connects Tuensang to Kiphire and Mercuri.

By Train: Dimapur is the only railway station in Nagaland. To reach Kiphire, you need to reach Dimapur first and then take the road to reach Kiphire. From Dimapur to Kiphire, regular buses and private tourist vehicles are available.

By Air: Dimapur airport is the nearest airport for Kiphire. Tourists can take a flight to Dimapur first and then travel by road.

Tuensang

Tuensang is the eastern-most district of Nagaland and is the homeland of the Chang Nagas. Although Chang is the predominant tribe here, Tuensang is famed as the place where many tribes live together. This co-existence has resulted in a flavorsome blend of culture and tradition in this district. Tuensang is also popular for its handloom, handicrafts, artworks, and jewelry. It is, in fact, one of the best places to go souvenir shopping in Nagaland. Changsangmonko and Chilise, Chunglimiyti and Tsadang Village offer several legends that are quite interesting to hear; these villages also make some of the most interesting places to see in Tuensang.

Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places:

  • Changsangmonko & Chile
  • The Living Stones of Tuensang
  • Trading

How to Reach:

By Road: The National Highway 155 connects Tuensang to Dimapur. Cabs and buses are available between the two destinations. You can first reach Dimapur and then proceed towards Tuensang by road. Similarly, after reaching Mariani or Amguri in Assam you can take the road that leads to Tuensang.

By Train: The Amguri Railway Station is the nearest railway head to Tuensang. Mariani railway station is also close by. You can also travel to Dimapur by train and then reach Tuensang by road. Taxis and state buses are available from these stations.

By Air: The nearest airport to Tuensang is Dimapur. From Dimapur, other modes of transportation are available. The other nearby airport to Tuensang is in Jorhat (187 kilometers).

Longleng

Longleng is known for its adventurous 32km road that is often taken by thrill-seekers. Longleng is the home of Phom Nagas, who are considered exceptionally skilled in pottery, bamboo work, and spinning. The market place in Longleng is a major attraction, which still today maintains its old charm. The Phones are also known for preserving their traditions and culture by the means of their festivals and artifacts and the best time to visit Longleng is during the festive season. The main festival celebrated here is called Monyu, which marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of summers. It is a six-day festival that displays the best of Longleng culture. Apart from festivity, a tourist would be interested in spending time amidst the quiet and beautiful landscape of Longleng. The Dikhu River is a prominent tourist attraction, on whose sandy beaches many like to bask and have picnics.

How to Reach:

By Road: National Highway 61 connects Longleng to Changtongya. There is a number of buses and private taxis available from Changtongya.

By Train: The nearest railway is at Dimapur. Major trains from Guwahati, Kolkata reach Dimapur. From Dimapur, there are regular Nagaland state transport buses to reach Mokokchung, near Longleng. One has to change one’s bus at Mokokchung.

By Air: Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland, so, if one has to reach Longleng by air, one should board a flight to Dimapur and then take a road trip from there. It takes about 12 hours to road reach Longleng from Dimapur via Imphal.