Kohima, a city erected up from the remnants of one of the bloodiest warfare from World War II, came to be known as the Battle of Kohima. It was originally known as Kewhira but in the present day, it proudly stands as the Capital of Nagaland after it’s inauguration in 1964. As one of the oldest districts and second-largest city in the state, it is also where modernity is shifting into place rapidly making it a home to many indigenous tribes.
Is your destination Kohima but not sure where to go? Well, you’re on the right track! Here are places for you to visit:
With its history of a ferocious battle against the Japanese invasion, the people have built the Kohima War Cemetery at the site of where the battle took place to commemorate its’ valorous heroes who were part of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces. There are 1,420 Commonwealth burials in the cemetery with a serene and peaceful atmosphere. It also provides a stunning bird-eye view for visitors. Close to the entrance is a heart-felt epitaph engraved, “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today”.
Situated in the serene Hills of Bayavü, it exhibits a wide range of remarkable and exceptional sculptures, inscriptions, and wood carvings from different clans of prehistoric times, portraying the skilled nature of Naga’s craftsmanship, which also brings us to the stunning handcrafted gateposts, statues and the phenomenal Ceremonial Drum which was then used for multiple purposes.
A section is also set aside for the art gallery which presents the distinct features of Naga Morungs and Naga’s love for music as various extravagant instruments were designed out of bamboos and various animal horns like Mithun, buffalo, and more.
Saphire Park is located at A.G. colony, 1.8 km away from the main city of Kohima. A land originally used for disposing of garbage was transformed into an aesthetic recreational park in 2016.
With a pleasant and relaxing environment, it invites all ages of people to relish its rejuvenating atmosphere with inspirational quotes in and around the park, well-maintained flowers, succulents, cacti of different breeds and aesthetically pleasing attractions for Instagram worthy pictures like the Cactus corner, Candy Cart, monkey bar and much more along with the kids play section!
You can always grab a bite of food from Café Food Prints, Barbeque(BBQ), Wheba (bonfire), and such cafés and restaurants which are located inside the park itself.
Visitors and tourists can also access the sports area where fitness activities like air hockey, table tennis, soccer table, a workout station, lockers, first aids are open to the public with a minimal charge and providing its visitors with a parking lot and a bicycle parking station.
Visiting hours start and ends from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm with a free entrance. Bookings can also be made if interested which is ideal for tourists and travelers.
Until the 4th of December 2020, Sokhriezhie park remained as an abandoned lake, located just below the Fire Brigade Office, B.O.C. However, the Sokhriezie park has been revived and made its comeback as one of the most visited parks by both locals and tourists for the stunning paintings on the walls, calm and cool view of the soothing lake and a mini playground has also been constructed for children’s amusement. The lake has been thoroughly filtered and cleaned, becoming a home to numerous fishes where visitors can feed them with food provided by the supervisors in and around the lake. The park also provides boat rides with low-costing fees and this has become one of the main attractions of the park.
The park is open from Monday to Saturday, however, it has varied timings but usually stays open from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm.
Situated in the hills of Aradurah, Kohima, the Cathedral is most credited for its stunning and fascinating architecture which embodies the design and elements of Naga culture and tradition, and this which continues to draw many tourists from all over the world to feast upon the beauty of its unique structure. The interior design is also attributed for its additional Naga influence on the furniture, remarkable paintings, and the gates as well, which are built-in in all four directions of the complex.
With a height of 16 feet crucifix that is carved out of wood, is also the largest cross in Asia. The Cathedral is the core of all Catholic Churches in Nagaland, making it the residence of the Diocese which draws much importance for the people.
The Cathedral took six consecutive years to be completed and was consecrated in January 1991. The construction was put into motion by the Japanese in memory of the Japanese soldiers who had died in The Battle Of Kohima and there lies an engraving that reads,
“…It is with thankfulness that we heard that a Catholic Cathedral was built at Kohima, where Mass would be offered every morning in the memory of the fallen…”
There is another beautiful inscription near the entrance of the building which reads,
“When you enter in here, bring before the Lord all those who gave their lives and who will give their all, for your safer and better Nagaland.”
Rich exotic food and crafts of varying materials can also be found in the center of Kohima, near the Local Ground, Razü point as well as the center of BOC. Here, varying kinds of food from dried and fermented fish to silkworm, bees, crabs, snails, frogs, and vegetables like bamboo shoots (both fermented and fresh), king chili, tamarillo plant, local green leaves along with spices, and a lot more are made available for purchase. And impressive craftsmanship of Naga knives, daos, wooden plates, spoons are also sold where tourists can buy and take home as mementos. Naga shawls and ornaments with astonishing beadworks are also sold in these areas.
Dzükou Valley is famed for its spellbinding valley of floral greenery, the mesmerizing slope of Hills, captivating caves, the pure and gentle streams, and much more, hidden 30km south from Kohima with an altitude of 2,438.4 meters. Take on this adventure of discovering Dzükou and her hidden gem of an enchanting natural environment with her seasonal flora and fauna. It is always an ideal time to visit any time of the year as the valley itself is magnificent all year long!
Khonoma was declared in 2005 as the First Green Village in the Asian continent after a project was taken up between 2003-2004. The village is estimated to be around 700 years old and is inhabited by the Angami tribe from Nagaland, comprising of three Khels (communities) who once followed the headhunting practices. However, with the arrival of education and Christianity, the village has abandoned its’ old ways and presently, it has become one of the most frequently visited villages by tourists for its appealing and breath-taking view of nature’s paradise of both flora and fauna with just 20 km drive away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
Get your trekking gears to take on the challenging terrains of Japfu Peak and witness the glorious views Japfu has to offer you! With an altitude of 3,048 m, Mount Japfü proudly stands as Nagaland’s second-highest peak which offers a sublime view of Kohima and her neighbouring areas. With its demanding, thrilling and exciting terrains, it draws travelers and adventurers from different parts of the country as well as foreigners to conquer the mountain.
It is also here where the famous Hornbill festival, the “Festival of Festivals”, is held every year during the month of December from dates 1-10. It was initiated by the State Government and has become one of the fastest-growing attractions which bring tourists from all over India, as well as from other countries, in just a period of 20 years. It is well known for its vibrant and extravagant events and activities.
Dzuleke is located 10km away from Khonoma and 40km from Kohima. It is a land that perfectly defines serenity and tranquility. The land of Dzuleke is covered with lush greenery grabbing every visitor’s attention and heightening all the senses! The silent and raw hills, the fresh breath of breezy air, the calm flowing streams, the chirps of the innocent birds, the bisons grazing peacefully and the richness of Nature surrounds every corner of Dzuleke. Its surrounding areas are also covered with thick and dense forest which transports every traveler to a land endowed with Mother Nature’s true beauty, untainted and untouched by modernity. Most travelers that have visited this place have left with the impression of beauty etched into the heart as it portrays nature at its finest.