5 awesome things to do in the sequestered Nagaland!
Nagaland, located in North-East India is one of the most beautiful states in the country. This pristine state has retained its scenic charm and culture over the years. There are 16 different tribes in Nagaland, each unique in character and with their own distinct customs, languages and attire. Nagaland is largely mountainous with salubrious climate. Nagaland has a lot to offer to travelers. Here are 5 amazing things you must do when you visit Nagaland!
1. Go trekking: As Nagaland is mostly mountainous, trekking should certainly be a part of your things to do list here. The Dzükou Valley trek is a popular one here. Others places that you can trek to are: Veda Peak, Japfu Peak, Saramati Peak (a part of which falls in Myanmar). A carpet of wildflowers can be found on most of these paths, which are visually delightful! Satoi Range is another unspoiled location, and a nature lover’s paradise.
2. Lose yourself among the falls and the streams: Triple Falls, located in the Seithekima Village at a height of 280 ft, is a lovely 3-tiered waterfall, which merges into a natural pool. This cascading waterfall has quite a soothing effect on the mind. Dzulekie Stream is a cute and attractive picnic spot in Nagaland. Flowing from a narrow gorge, the stream seeps underground in some places. Surrounded by hills, the place looks like a stunning painting!
3. Into the wild: If you love the wild, a visit to the sanctuary in Nagaland is a must. The Ntangki National Park (Intanki) and Kohima Zoo are popular zoological parks here. Ntangki National Park inhabits the rare hoolock gibbon, golden langur, hornbill, palm civets, black stork, tiger, white-breasted kingfisher, monitor lizard, python and sloth bear. The biggest attraction in Kohima Zoo is the Tragopan bird, which is Nagaland’s state bird and an endangered species.
4. Venture to the past: Like every place in India, Nagaland too has a history to tell. You can see history unfold at several places. The War Cemetery in Kohima was built in remembrance of the British and Indian soldiers who gave up their lives during the Second World War against the Japanese. The Cemetery has some really popular epitaphs. The Kachari Ruins in Dimapur are yet another historical site, which date back to the 10th Century. The Kachari Ruins are a series of mushroom domed pillars. One can also witness the culture of Nagaland by visiting the Kohima Museum.
5. Unique Villages: The Kisama Heritage Village, Diezephe Craft Village, Touphema Tourist Village are some villages that one must certainly visit when in Nagaland. The Kisama village is a heritage and cultural complex and the best place to know about the culture of Nagaland. The Diezephe Craft Village is home to excellent weavers and craftsmen. Excellent wood carvings and bamboo and cane handicrafts can be seen here. And apart from seeing the finished products, one can also witness what goes into the making of the product. Touphema Tourist Village is situated on a gentle hillock with panoramic views of the surroundings. One can taste local food and homemade rice beer here.
While these are the things that you certainly mustn’t miss in Nagaland, we must add that there are many more that you can indulge in. For the adventure seekers, mountain biking is a must. The shopaholics must visit the Naga Bazaar. And last but not the least interesting is a visit to Mount Tiyi, which has supernatural legends associated with it.