(Last Updated on : 02/11/2009)
The pleasant yet busy town of Kohima is the capital of Nagaland in the north eastern part of India. It is a picturesque town, situated amidst lush green wealth of the nature. Kohima in Nagaland, a typical Naga town is a pretty hill station, built alongside the large Angami village by the British in the 19th century for adminsitration purpose. With panoramic views of the rugged Naga hills, displaying the exotic tribal culture of the northeast, Kohima is a perfect destinated for travellers thirsting for some adventure as well as for those who would pefer to relax in the lap of nature. The home of the brave and daring, yet simple and innocent, Naga tribes, Kohima Nagaland is unspoilt and replete with some attractive sites to see and do. Kohima in Nagaland is noted for its unhurried pace of life, calm and serene environs and fresh, unpolluted air, which make a welcome change for a exhausted city sniffers.
Sread loosely over a saddle joining two large hills, Kohima forms a pass that played a strategic role during World War II.War Cemetery is a symbolic memorial erected as citation for the supreme sacrifices made by the officers and men during the World War II. Each grave is supported by a bronze plaque with a moving epitaph -" When you go home / Tell them of us and say / For your tomorrow / We gave our today."
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The zoo at Kohima is built on a lovely hill-slope. You will find a glimpse of the animal and bird kingdom of Nagaland in the Zoological Park at Kohima. You can see some rare species of animals and birds especially the rare golden langurs, Blythe`s Tragopan.
The Catholic Cathedral
The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill is a major landmark at Kohima. It is one of the biggest Cathedral in the whole North East and has a very amiable atmosphere for praying. This place is worth a visit, for its blend of endemic architecture.
Kohima Village (Bara Basti)
Naga legend has it that, this is the second largest and the most populous village in Asia. The Big Village is a reminder of the grandeur of the Angami ancestors, who built it. At the entrance of the village you will find a large traditional wooden gate, elaborately carved with warriors and weapons and the skull of the mithun, a symbol of prosperity. Naga stones raised here and there in front of the houses are memorial symbols of the grand feasts organised by their great ancestors.
The State Museum treasures rare collection of articles of different tribes which speak about the history and traditions of the Nagas.
Grocery shopping in Kohima is a treat; visit the wholesale market for the a visual feast of the Naga village women wearing their splendid tribal costumes and gathering to sell farm, field, forest and stream products.
Some Important Destination near Kohima, Nagaland
The capital town of Kohima is at a distance of 339 km from Guwahati (Assam), 145 km from Imphal (capital of Manipur) and 74 km from Dimapur. The National Highway 39 connects it to both Dimapur and Imphal.
By Airport :
The nearest airport is at Dimapur. Indian Airlines operates Boeing services from both Calcutta and Delhi every alternate day. Guwahati and Imphal are also connected to Dimapur by air.
By Rail :
The nearest railhead too is Dimapur, and the Northeast Frontier Railway runs a number of trains from Dimapur to Guwahati. Guwahati is in turn well connected to the rest of the country.
By Road :
Nagaland State Transport runs buses from Dimapur to Kohima and the journey takes around 4 hours. From Guwahati, one can find a number of luxury private buses. Taxis and mini-coaches are also available, albeit at slightly exorbitant rates, from Dimapur.
Staying in Kohima, Nagaland
Kohima offers very few choices as far as lodges are concerned. A few good private hotels and the Tourist Lodge are the few places to stay.