Nagaland, the land of the warm and hospitable Nagas, lies in a corner of the northeast, bordering Myanmar. Relatively new to tourism, the people are curious, warm, informal and open to visitors. Topographically, it is largely a hilly region with pleasant and salubrious climate throughout the year. Historically, the Nagas have always been brave warriors. Although most of them are now Christians, they still preserve the remnants of their early animist culture and ancient traditions. English and Hindi are widely spoken.
The intriguing world of the Nagas is soaked in ancient rituals and ceremonies. Their passion for music, dance and pagentry is legendary. All 16 officially recognized tribes of the state are different and unique in their customs and traditions, which are further translated into festivals that revolve around their agricultural cycle. Song and dance form the soul of these festivals, through which their oral history has been passed down the generations.
The historical hill resort of Kohima, also the state capital, nestles at a height of 1500 ft. and is one of the prettiest spots in the region. During World War II, rampaging Japanese troops were forced to halt here and retreat. Nature has been kind to the Nagas and their land. A focused approach to tourism helps in providing easy access to all kinds of travellers — tourists, researchers, backpackers, ecologists etc.
Since this little explored state is still developing, several places remain ‘unmarked,’ making them even more exclusive and fascinating to explore. Tourist lodges exist all over the state. What has really placed Nagaland on the tourist map is the fascinating tribal Hornbill Festival (first week of December), and the Moatsu Festival (first week of May). Nagaland is also well-suited for adventure sports.
State Capital: Kohima
Places of interest: Kohima Village, War Cemetery, State Museum, Catholic Cathedral, Zoological Park,
Around Kohima: Khonoma Village, Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS).
Airport: Dimapur (74 km)
Road: Connected by road
Official website: nagaland.gov.in