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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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Visitor Information
  • Famous For: Tribes, Nature, Hornbill Festival.
  • Major Attractions: Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valley
  • Nearby Place: Dimapur
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

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.

  • Air
Dimapur Airport in Dimapur about 2 hours 21 mins (68.1 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Dimapur railway station (DMV) about 2 hours away (68 kms), is the closest railway station. Kohima is not connected directly through any kind of railway line.
  • Road
NH2 and NH 29 are the national highways passing through Kohima. Buses run from almost all major cities of neighbouring north eastern states like Guwahati, Imphal etc.

Places To Visit:

Japfu PeakDzukou ValleyShilloi Lake
State MuseumWorld War II Cemetery

2. Dimapur

dimapur
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Visitor Information
  • Famous For: Nature,
  • Major Attractions: Dimapur Jain Temple and The Kachari Ruins.
  • Nearby Place: Kohima.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 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.

  • Air
Dimapur Airport in the city is connected to all major metro cities of India like Delhi, Chennai and even to other major northeastern cities like Guwahati. is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Dimapur railway station (DMV) is the closest railway station. It is connected to major cities through Guwahati railway line.
  • Road
Buses run from almost all major cities of neighbouring north eastern states like Guwahati, Imphal etc to Dimapur but it is recommended to hire a cab for convenience.

Places To Visit:

Chumukedima VillageDimapur Jain TempleThe Kachari Ruins
Diezephe Craft VillageSumi Town Baptist ChurchNagaland Zoological Park

3. Mokokchung

Visitor Information
  • Famous For: Hills, Culture, Tribes.
  • Major Attractions: Changkikong Range and Mokokchung Village.
  • Nearby Places: Jorhat, Mon, Wokha.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

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.

  • Air
Jorhat Airport in Jorhat, Assam about 4 hours 22 min (136.1 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Jorhat Town railway station (JTTN) about 4 hours away (136.1 km), is the closest railway station. It is connected to the majority of North Eastern States through Guwahati.
  • Road
NH2 and NH 715 are the national highways passing through Mokokchung. Buses run from almost all major cities of neighbouring north eastern states like Guwahati, Imphal etc.

Places To Visit:

Changkikong RangeLangpangkong CavesFusen Kei and Mongzu Ki Caves
ChangtongyaMokokchung Village

4. Wokha

wokha-town
Photo by Abs odyuo, CC BY-SA 4.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous For: Hills, Flora, Fauna.
  • Major Attraction: Mount Tiyi.
  • Nearby Places: Kohima, Mokokchung.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

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.

  • Air
Dimapur Airport in Dimapur about 4 hrs 32 min (124 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Dimapur railway station (DMV) about 4 hrs 32 min (124 km) away, is the closest railway station. Wokha is not connected directly through any kind of railway line.
  • Road
NH2 is national highway passing through Wokha. Buses run from almost all major cities of neighbouring north eastern states like Guwahati, Imphal etc.

Places To Visit:

Mount TiyiTehurang ValleyBaghty Valley
Doyang RiverDoyang Hydro Project

5. Mon

mon
Photo by Jim Ankan Deka, CC BY-SA 3.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous For: Hills, Nature.
  • Major Attractions: Veda Peak, Shangnyu Village.
  • Nearby Place: Mokokchung.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

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.

  • Air
Jorhat Airport in Jorhat, Assam about 5 h 52 min (150 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Jorhat Town railway station (JTTN) about 5 h 52 min (150 km) away is the closest railway station. It is connected to the majority of North Eastern States through Guwahati.
  • Road
NH 702 is the national highways passing through Mon. Buses run from almost all major cities of neighbouring north eastern states like Guwahati, Imphal etc.

Places To Visit:

Veda PeakShangnyu VillageNaganimora
Chui VillageLongwa Village

6. Phek

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Forests, Hills
  • Major Attractions: Zanibu Peak, Dzudu Lake
  • Nearby Place: Kohima.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

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.

  • Air
Dimapur Airport in Dimapur about 7 h 10 min (168 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Dimapur railway station (DMV) about 7 h 10 min (168 km) away, is the closest railway station. Phek is not connected directly through any kind of railway line.
  • Road
Phek does not have a good bus connectivity and the best option will be to take a cab to reach here.

Places To Visit:

Zanibu PeakDzudu LakePfutsero
Peripheries of Pfutsero TownShilloi Lake

7. Kiphire

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Hills, Adventure, Landscapes.
  • Major Attraction: Saramati Peak.
  • Nearby Places: Kohima, Mokokchung.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

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.

  • Air
Dimapur Airport in Dimapur about 10 hrs 39 min (313 km) away via road is the closest airport. Take a cab from the airport to the city.
  • Rail
Dimapur railway station (DMV) about 10 hrs 39 min (313 km) away, is the closest railway station. Wokha is not connected directly through any kind of railway line.
  • Road
Buses to Kiphire mainly run from Dimapur and Kohima at regular intervals. You can even take a cab from Kohima or Dimapur to reach Kiphire.

Places To Visit:

Saramati PeakCaves of SalomiCaves of Mimi
Fakim Wildlife SanctuaryWawade Waterfall

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.

7 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.

    • For photography purpose the first place will be Dzukhou valley. Its worth the 3 hours long trekking. Paradise! Google it. You wont regret. 🙂

  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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