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 Peripheries of Kohima-What to see...........

Dzukou Valley

This valley of eternal charm with its emerald green rolling hills, interspersed by gentle flowing stream, is tucked away at an altitude of 2,438.4 metres. It is about 30 km south of Kohima. It is a trekkerís delight. Though DzŁkou is known for its bio-diversity the predominant plant is the tough bamboo brush. It looks likes a fully mown lawn from afar.

Tuophema Tourist Village

  This village which is 41 km from Kohima is chosen by the Tourism Department for the promotion of the common Angami Sekrenyi festival celebration during February 25-27 every year. Sekrenyi is a festival of purification and revolves around rituals and ceremonies of cleansing the village well. It is believed that the purified water washes away the diseases and misfortunes. Thereafter  begins the celebration of the festival, which includes singing, dancing and feasting throughout the day. The village has a conserved area where one can trek and get an exhilarating experience.  

 

  World War II Cemetery

Kohima went through dark days during the Second World War when the allied forces fought a bloody but victorious battle against the Japanese in 1944. A war cemetery has been built in the heart of the city where the battle took place, in order to honour the memories of the British and Indian soldiers. 

Khonoma Green Village

This Village lies 20 km west of Kohima . The beautiful terraces which are carved out of the hill slopes surrounding the village are a sight to behold. These terraces grow over 40 types of paddy at different elevation. The Khonoma people fought a series of battles with the British intruders and finally in the famous battle of Khonama in 1879 thier resistance fell and they made peace with the British. The Blyth's Tragopan, an endangered pheseant of the state is protected  by the Khonoma Nature Conservation  and Tragopan Sanctuary. This sanctuary which covers an area of over 30 sq,km, now comes under Khonama Green Village Project.The village has many paying guest accommodation and "Home Stays" which are reasonably priced.

 

Kisama Heritage Village

The Hornbill Festival is a major event that take place  within the confines of this heritage village that is about 12 km from Kohima . It is a yearly feature held from 1 to 7 December, where a visitor gets an opportunity to get a ring side view of the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage, Its people and culture. Hornbill and Kisama  are gradually transcending to be a showcase of the rich culture of the entire northeastern region of India and a cultural bridge with the rest of Southeast Asia.

Dzulekie

Mithun (Bos Frontalis) or Bison has been the witness of the Naga Culture and civilization over the centuries. From embellishing headdresses to house walls, from being domesticated to being hunted, these magnificent animals have found their way to being dubbed as the state animal of Nagaland. The hilly terrain of Dzulekie, located 40 km west of Kohima at a height of 2133.6 m, is dotted with these animals peacefully grazing on the wayside and the fields. These stream that cuts through this terrain provides habitat to a rare species of Rainbow Trout.  

 

Japfu Peak

  This is the second highest peak in Nagaland and stands 3048 metres above sea level. It is about 15 kms south of Kohima. The best seasons for climbing this mountain are from November to March. In the Japfu range, one can find the tallest Rhododendron tree, which is featured in the Guinness Book of world records. It is over 109 ft tall and the girth at the best measure more than 11 ft. it is a thrill to experience the sunrise from the hump of Japfu peak in November.  

 

Tseminyu

  This town, which is the ancient migration route of many Naga tribes heading northwards looking for new settlements and cultivation grounds, is the home of the Rengmas. Oldl sites of abandoned villages with the remains of graveyards, gravestones, broken pottery etc still tell the ancient tales of the people that inhabited this town over the centuries. This offer perfect sites for archaeological tourism and preservation, but time is short for such activities because every cycle of Jhum (Terrace) cultivation exterminates a slice of this ancient heritage.