24 hours in Kohima, Nagaland

Author: TourGenie
Date: 2022-12-14

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If you could only spend a day in Nagaland, then spend it in Kohima, Nagaland’s capital city. It’s the perfect place to experience the diverse ethnic cultures and history of the state in just a day.


Kohima is the second largest city of Nagaland and stands atop a hill range, giving you panoramic vistas of the surrounding hills and mountains. What makes Kohima historically significant is that it was once the battleground for Japanese troops and British and Indian forces during World War II. The Battle of Kohima was voted to be “Britain’s Greatest battle.” 

Among the 16 ethnic groups of Nagaland, Kohima is mainly inhabited by the Angami Nagas. 


Here’s a 1-day itinerary of the places to see in 24 hours. We’ve kept it simple but you can always add or subtract the number of things to do depending on the pace you want to follow. 


World War II Cemetery: This beautiful war memorial is dedicated to the soldiers of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces who died in WWII. The cemetery is set on a well-manicured lawn with 2 concrete structures engraved with a cross at both ends. 

World War II Cemetery World War II Cemetery

Kohima Cathedral Church: This is yet another war-related feature built to honour this time the Japanese soldiers who died in WWII on the wishes of the Japanese people who also largely funded its construction. Its architecture incorporates many elements of traditional Naga houses. The church’s 16-foot-high wooden crucifix is one of Asia's largest crosses. 

Kohima Cathedral Church

Kohima Cathedral Church

Nagaland State Museum: Housing rare artefacts of the 16 major tribes of Nagaland, the National State Museum gives an insight into the rich history, culture, and lives of the Naga tribes. You can find tribal attires, sculptures, jewellery, and weaponry among other interesting displays.