Kohima offers Stunning panoramas that will have you hooked on the capital city of Nagaland.
Kohima is the picturesque state capital of Nagaland, located at the southern tip of the state it overlooks a gorgeous valley and has amazing views over the rugged Naga hills, almost completely unexplored by the tribal life and untouched land call of the wild.
The natural wealth of Nagaland becomes increasingly apparent in the areas within and around Kohima. A typically pretty hill station, Kohima offers visitors stunning panoramas of unspoiled and attractive sites. It is sheltered on the eastern front by the mighty Himalayan range. Noted for its serene environment and unhurried way of life Kohima makes a great, relaxing, and unpolluted environment for people wanting to take some time out of the smog and clear their lungs.
The Nagas and Kikis coexist in the area. Both tribes have been successful in protecting their culture and identity. Exhibiting fierce independence these self-governing tribes are extremely warm and welcoming. It is great to experience these tribes firsthand where you can come face to face with their joyful nature, amazing traditional costumes, and their accessories.
A stunning array of green provides cover to the region with rhododendrons and gorgeous orchids. Kohima also offers handicrafts, ethnic shawls, museums, zoos, sanctuaries, self-governed villages, and natural beauty to die for.
History of Kohima
Built by the British as a watch post for the eastern regions, Kohima is the very place where thousands of soldiers defeated the Japanese in World War II and the commonwealth war cemetery is still a reminder of those that sacrificed their lives.
Tourism in Kohima
Just 5km away from Kohima, along the Dimapur-Kohima Road is a place known as Ruzaphema. It is suited for leisure and recreation. The stunningly colorful bazaar is full of a wide range of tribal handcrafts which are perfect to pick up for mementos, souvenirs, and gifts.
About 10km from Kohima is the village of Khonoma which tells the story of the British infiltration into the Naga Hills in 1879 through the Khonoma Gate. The terraced hills provide a stunning view with 20 types of paddy at each of the different elevations.
At Aradura Hill stands the Catholic Cathedral which is an important landmark in the city. It is one of the largest cathedrals in northeast of India and houses the largest wooden cross in the country.
The Nagaland state museum is an absolute must-stop treasure situated very close to the center of the city. Here you can not only get a glimpse of Nagaland’s cultural heritage and history but you can find it broken down into dioramas of each tribe. Major items include gateposts, statues, pillars, jewellry and a ceremonial drum that resembles a dug-out war canoe. The basement of the museum holds some interesting birds and animals from the northeastern hill states.
- Area: 20 km sq
- Altitude: 1444m
- Geographical Location: 25°40’N 94°07’E? / 25.67°N 94.12°E
- Climate: monsoon with high humidity
- Rainfall: 1800-2500mm
- Primary Rainy season: July to October
- Temperatures: 4-40c
- Language: English
- Population: 78000