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Top 7 Places To Visit In Nagaland

Nagaland, the hilly region in the northeast of India, makes an amazing tourist destination with its majestic hills and breathtaking valleys. It blends perfectly with every tourist’s expectations – the serene atmosphere makes you unwind and relax; the exquisite landscapes and beautiful sunrise and sunsets elevate your spirits to a different plane; and the hilly region makes it a perfect place for adventurous activities like trekking, jungle camping and rock climbing. Enjoy oneness with nature or enjoy adrenaline flow in Nagaland, the dream destination. Here are the top 7 destinations in Nagaland.

1. Kohima

kohima
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Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, is one of the leading attractions in the state. Located at a height of 1500 m above sea level, Kohima has picturesque views to offer. Trekkers will love the place as there is enormous scope for trekking and camping. Here are the top destinations in Kohima.

  • Japfu Peak
  • Dzukou Valley
  • Shilloi Lake
  • State Museum
  • World War II Cemetery
  • Heritage Museum and Crafts Centre
  • Khonoma Village
  • Kisama Heritage Village
  • Kohima Zoo
  • Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kohima Cathedral

2. Dimapur

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Dimapur serves as the main entry point into Nagaland. This is also the commercial center of the state. While nature lovers are enthralled by the scenic landscape of the place, history lovers are attracted to the 10th century Kachari ruins found here. Given below are some of the leading destinations here.

  • Kachari Ruins
  • Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dimapur Zoological Park
  • Green Park
  • Rangapahar Reserve Forest
  • Diezephe Craft Village
  • Medziphema
  • Handloom and Handicrafts Emporium
  • Dimapur Ao Baptist Church

3. Mokokchung

mokokchung
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Mokokchung, considered the cultural and intellectual capital of Nagaland, is one of the most important districts in the state. Picturesque hills and the musical sounds of the streams running mesmerize you. This traditional land gets vibrant with activity during the festival seasons. Though most of the Aos, the tribes, have converted to Christianity, they retain the essence of their tribal features. Here are some leading destinations in Mokokchung.

  • Changkikong Range
  • Langpangkong Caves
  • Fusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves
  • Changtongya
  • Mokokchung Village
  • Longkhum Village
  • Longritzu Lenden Valley
  • Tangkum Marok Spring
  • Mokokchung District Museum
  • Mokokchung Park

4. Wokha

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To have an insight of rural life, you need to be at Wokha, the homeland to Lotha tribe. The land abounds in fruits like pineapples, oranges and plums and the best part of it is that they are grown using organic methods and hence free of pesticides. Nature lovers will love strolling along the paths that lead to the forests around. Here are some top destinations in Wokha.

  • Mount Tiyi
  • Tehurang Valley
  • Baghty Valley
  • Doyang River
  • Doyang Hydro Project
  • Totsu Cliff
  • Totsu Wozhu Lake
  • Liphanyan Governor’s Camp

5. Mon

mon
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Situated at 897.64 m altitude above sea level, Mon, is one of the most mystic places in Nagaland that boasts of rich tribal heritage. Its geographical location, being situated at the northeastern part of the state, adds to its mystic appeal. The place is nature lovers’ delight as the landscapes are spectacular. One of the best views is the Assam plains viewed from here. You would love visiting the following tourist attractions in Mon.

  • Veda Peak
  • Shangnyu Village
  • Naganimora
  • Chui Village
  • Longwa Village
  • Montelchino Italy

6. Phek

Rich in flora and fauna, Phek boasts of scenic landscapes. Considering the fact that evergreen forests occupy over 70% of Phek, you cannot expect anything short of stunning natural beauty right? Majestic mountains and picturesque lakes just take your breath away. Here are some top destinations in Phek.

  • Zanibu Peak
  • Dzudu Lake
  • Pfutsero
  • Peripheries of Pfutsero Town
  • Shilloi Lake
  • Lodiri / Rhododendron Trek
  • Khezakenoma Village
  • Chakesang Cultural Research Institute

7. Kiphire

Overlooking Mountain Sabarmati, the highest Peak in Nagaland, lies Kiphire, the small town of Kiphire district. Kiphire has some of the best awe-inspiring landscapes. To its east is Myanmar. Adventure seekers can have a whale of a time here indulging in trekking, canoeing and rafting. Here are the top destinations in Kiphire.

  • Saramati Peak
  • Caves of Salomi
  • Caves of Mimi
  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wawade Waterfall
  • Sukhayap Rock Cliff
  • Yingphi
  • Twin Stones
  • Siphi
  • Mihki – River of Salt

The mesmerizing beauty of Nagaland makes you want to return. I too hope to return soon and on my next visit, I intend to explore further. I would appreciate suggestions on more tourist destinations from those of you who had the opportunity of traveling to the land that has the best nature has to offer.

6 comments

  1. My family and I, are arriving at Dimapur on 23rd January, 2016, at around 1:00 pm. We will be staying in Nagaland till 26th of January, our return flight being scheduled at 1:00 pm.Could you kindly provide us with the guidance of how to effectively utilize our time in Nagaland. Which are the ideal places we can visit and enjoy in those two and half days?

    • Dimapur serves as the main entry point into Nagaland. This is also the commercial center of the state. While nature lovers are enthralled by the scenic landscape of the place, history lovers are attracted to the 10th century Kachari ruins found here. Given below are some of the leading destinations here.
      •Kachari Ruins
      •Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
      •Dimapur Zoological Park
      •Green Park
      •Rangapahar Reserve Forest
      •Diezephe Craft Village
      •Medziphema
      •Handloom and Handicrafts Emporium
      •Dimapur Ao Baptist Church

    • Dear Mam

      I hope you had organized your stay here, if not better book at Hotel Lake Shilloi as this hotel is good in providing modern lifestyle to which you can accommodate easily within your budget.This hotel is in Dimapur City, from here you have access to Taxi & Rail Route. Dimapur Market is good if you are looking for Clothes as its a good destination for a good Bargain.When it comes to sight seeing you would need to travel a Lot as from dimapur Taxi/bus station you will get a lot of yellow cabs sharing basis & hire to mokokchung & kohima.
      In two days time I would suggest you go to Kohima the Capital of Nagaland, whether is awesome & there you can visit a lot of places like war cemetery,handicrafts market,Old secretariat house etc.I would suggest if you have a local along with you it would be great if they can take you the max places in two days time.
      The weather places are very beautiful to which you need to time to explore,a visit to Kohima would be more fruitful as you can have a hint of local culture food & tribes.

  2. We, i.e., myself and my 5-6 friends, not than 7 persons in total wish to visit Mon and surrounding tribal villages for photography purpose. We are ameature photographers who love to capture landscape, people and life. We want to spend maximum 5 nights in that area. We will go from Kolkata. We invite you to prepare a schedule and inputs relating to routes, guide, car, staying and eating facilities therein. Every suggestion in this regard will be highly Appreciated.

  3. Visit North East . Kaziranga , Nagaland , Manipur , Mizram , & Tripura on November 2016 Or December 2016.

  4. We are 8 students planning for study tour in north-east India for 15 days Aasam and Manipur is fixed but we are confused about Arunachal Pradesh or Nagaland so can you please help us to clear our confusion.

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