This story is all about me and my friends who went to
explore the unseen passages of the famous Dzukou Valley and many other interesting
spots in Kohima, Nagaland. We were looking forward to uncovering the exciting
localities that collectively make Kohima one of the most popular tourist
destinations in northeast India.
Trek to Dzukou Valley
Our trip began from Guwahati to Kohima
After reaching Kohima, we drove to Vishwema
From Vishwema Village we trekked to Dzukou Valley
The expansive and verdant hill slopes, the soothing
presence of pure white clouds, and the shining mountain tops turn Dzukou Valley
into a dreamy trekking route. Dzukou Valley is situated at the bottom of a huge
crater of an extinct volcano and is one of the popular trekking routes in
The riveting landscape of Nagaland
The trekking route that takes us to the Valley left us
speechless. Witnessing the massive hillocks hidden under a thick layer of lush
forests and the serene view of light blue water going through the middle of the
Valley was the best experience of my life.
It took nearly 3 hours to cover the trek. We had to
walk amidst the thick bamboo trees and dense forest land. Once you go through
the trail, you understand why it is known as the best trek route in
A meandering river cutting through the hills
Once we reached Japfu Peak, the second tallest peak in
Nagaland situated at the height of 3048 meters, we got a breathtaking view of
the valley of flowers. The valley is also layered with diverse species of
plants. We spent some time on top of the hill, soaking in the beauty of nature.
The paradisiacal hills of Dzukou Valley
After visiting Dzukou Valley, we decided to explore
other interesting spots in Kohima. Here are the places we visited:
Now, most of you might know that Nagaland is a perfect
blend of different tribes. The Kohima Museum is about those tribes. It depicts
the traditions, culture, and lifestyle of these tribes. The museum has
interesting artifacts that belong to the tribes of the region. I was quite
amused after looking at those artifacts. The motifs, traditional dresses,
dialect, practices, and traditions are all shown at the museum. After visiting
this museum, I was mesmerised by the diversity of Nagaland
The next spot that we went to was Shilloi Lake. What's
unique about this water body is its shape which looks like a human foot located
in the center of the Patkai range of Nagaland. Surrounded by a valley from all
sides, Shilloi Lake is a treat to the eyes. The picturesque view it offers is
beyond imagination. What might actually amuse you is the fact that the locals
actually believe that the spirit of a holy child prevails in the bottom of the
lake. This is the reason nobody practices fishing or any other activity in this
lake. If you ever happen to travel to Nagaland, make sure to plan a visit to
this exquisite beauty.
The last one is the famous Touphema Village. This was the
last day of our tour, and we had very little time on our hands to see this
village. This village was actually constructed by the local community by
collaborating with the Tourism Department of Nagaland. This village was planned
and exclusively created as a tribute to the rich cultural diversity of
Nagaland. Tourists like us can come here and witness the lifestyle and the
history of the people living here. You will come across huts that are built in
You can even choose to spend the night in this
village. However, due to less time, we couldn't stay there. But we would have
loved to do that as well. You even get bathroom facilities there. Make sure to
book your hut in advance.
This village was a perfect spot for us to escape from
the hustle and bustle of city life. Also, even if you are an adventure lover, this
tourist spot will not disappoint you either.
We also got to encounter some activities like the
traditional Naga performances in the village. The performers perform different
local dance forms and folk tales. Talking about food, I was totally taken away
by the authentic Naga cuisine. Dry pork, bamboo steamed fish, and smoked pork
stew were some of the dishes we tried.
This was one of the most special adventures for me. It
gave me the chance to relax and chill within nature. For all the trekkers, adventure fanatics, and photography
lovers, this ultimate trek will be totally worth your time, energy, and money.
Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Instead, you will thank me later. Have
a look at this magical valley; you'll be absolutely blown away by its beauty.