Dzukou Valley in The Northeast is a Fine Example of Raw, Untouched Natural Beauty
Located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, Dzukou Valley – the land of flowers – is nothing short of a visual treat to the soul. The picture-perfect valley is located at an altitude of 2,452 meters and is surrounded by the mighty Japfu hills making it an ideal place for trekking. The main flora found in the valley is the tough bamboo brush but the highlight of this valley is the countless seasonal flowers that bloom every summer. The valley is home to two icy cold rivers – Dzukou and Japhu – that flow crossing each other’s path and add to the overall beauty of the place.
The best time to travel to this rather offbeat destination is from October to May. However, it’s also ideal to visit here during the monsoons, from the months of June to September, as the rains make the valley appear the freshest then. You can expect colourful, fresh, seasonal flowers such as lilies, aconitum, euphorbia and multi-coloured rhododendrons spread across the valley displaying their beauty around that time.
If you’re one for adventure, then don’t miss the chance of going on a trek here. One way to do it through Jakhama Village; it is the closest to the valley – being at a distance of less than 30km south of the capital city Kohima, where travellers are permitted entry to the valley by receiving a visiting card from The Trekkers Point. Essentially, it’s a six or more hours of long hike to reach the top and the journey into the misty mountain is as exotic and surreal as the valley itself. There are a number of sheds made out of wood with tin roof so that you can rest at regular intervals on your way to the valley. Infact, they’re well-equipped to support an overnight rest if needed.
The valley has many natural caves as well and if you’re a bit of an adventurer, you can carry your own tents or sleeping bag to camp under a cave. In the morning, you will experience the most beautiful sunrise that lights up the whole landscape, giving you the most gorgeous panoramic view of the valley ever. You can also opt to stay at the guest house in the valley. There are two stay options: dormitory and private depending on your budget and interests. You can choose to cook your own meals, and if not, then there’s flavourful, authentic yet simple meals available as well.
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