Dimapur is the ancient capital of Dimasa Kachari tribal rulers who existed before thirteenth century AD and is now the largest city of Nagaland. It is also known as the ‘gateway of Nagaland’ and Dimapur in Naga means the ‘the city near a great river’. The unmarred splendour and the spotless exquisiteness are worthwhile. The place is blessed with heavenly beauty but few places, unlike the rest surely deserve a special mention. Here are the top 5 places to visit in Dimapur:
1. Chumukedima Village
Chumukedima Village is 8.2 km away from Sumi Town Baptist church and comprises of several waterfalls shedding crystal clear water. It is the district headquarters of Dimapur and is a census town. The village gives a panoramic view of the exotic city of Dimapur. This namesake village is a rapid growing urban hub of Nagaland. This village is at an almost 10 kilometres distance from Silchar railway station and 24 kilometres away from the headquarters of Dimapur. Local language of the village is English, which comes as a huge relief for foreign tourists. It experiences average temperatures and climate with a few storms during the monsoon period.
2. The Kachari Ruins
The Kachari Ruins are a group of ancient monoliths and contain remnants of the Kachari kingdom’s structure. It houses myriad temples, reservoirs and tanks and was named as the ‘Brick City’ by European scholars. It was the kingdom of Dimasa Kachari rulers during the medieval era and is a major tourist attraction now. This historic edifice houses the excavated tanks of the royalty and is an apt place for photo fanatics and history lovers. The territory was constructed near the sacred Mahu River and the Naga hills. The kingdom emphasizes on the cult of fertility.
3. Diezephe Craft Village
Diezephe is a crafts village with no entry fees and is open year round with no holidays at all. Weavers and craftsmen have been residing in this serene village since generations, making it a tremendously popular destination for its bamboo and cane works. It is 13 kilometres away from the city of Dimapur and is run by Nagaland craftworks and handlooms development and Nagaland government. This village is an ultimate spot to shop for friends and family members alike while simultaneously doing away with the typical souvenir shops.
4. Sumi Town Baptist Church
Sumi Town Baptist Church is located almost a kilometre away from the city of Dimapur. “The Children Music Festival” that it organizes is a huge hit among the locals and the visitors who feel lost in this divine place with mystic aura. It is built beautifully for worshipping Lord Jesus Christ. This church is one of the most sacred and religious places of Dimapur, Nagaland.
5. Nagaland Zoological Park
Nagaland zoological park is 6 kilometres away from the township and is spread in a total area of 176 hectares. It is extremely rich in flora and fauna. This park is also a home to the aquatic birds and is open on all weekdays except Monday. The entry fee is also very reasonable. It is an appropriate location for recreational activities and acts as a Conservation Centre for the entire North India with a vast multitude of birds, reptiles, mammals, medicinal herbs and trees.
The zoological park is the abode of various birds of the Himalayan region like Partridges, Parrotbill, Laughingthrush, Fulvetta and Nuttatch. There are almost 500 species of birds alone in the region. The park is mostly covered with Evergreen forests with traces of temperate forests in bits and pieces. This affluent biodiversity is the pride of Nagaland and Dimapur alike.
The path that leads to Dimapur tears the fields apart in such a way that every broken piece appears magnificent in its own way. This place will make you ponder that sometimes lazing on the grass on a summer afternoon and listening to the murmur of water, or watching clouds float by is by no means, a waste of time.
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