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Sightseeing in Nagaland

Nagaland has quite a few interesting sightseeing options, with plenty of places to visit and see.

The Commonwealth War Cemetery in Kohima is an immaculate garden that is a reminder of the Japanese invasion during World War II. It is estimated that about 10,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives in the Battle of Kohima that lasted for three months. The Bara Basti is balanced on a high hill over looking Kohima. The village maintains its traditional Naga look and feel. The State Museum is a small but fascinating ethnological collection of the Naga tribes.

Khonoma Village is 20 km to the west of Kohima. This was once a Naga stronghold and is replete with tales of the heroic deeds of its warriors against the British army in the 19th century. You may need to hire a vehicle to visit Khonoma from Kohima as the bus service is infrequent and erratic. Japfu Peak is a trekking terrain some 15 km from Kohima. It has a beautiful view of the city and the snow clad Himalayas.

Another sightseeing place, Dzukou Valley is at 2,462 m above sea level, 25 km from Kohima. Between November and March the valley is dotted with red and white rhododendron, lilies and wild flowers. Treks in the valley could be the highpoint of your travel. Phek is famous for its orchids and rare birds. It is 134 km from Kohima.

Dimapur is the only other city in Nagaland besides Kohima. It is the hub of commercial and industrial activity. It means the `City of River people’. It is the only city that is in a valley and looks like a saddle joining two hills. Here there are interesting menhirs (stone megaliths) that have been erected by the tribes to honour fame and generosity. Dimapur has decent mid range and budget accommodation.

Among the other places to visit in Nagaland is the Intaki Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to the rare Hoolok gibbon, elephant, wild buffalo ('Mithun’), sambhar, barking deer, flying squirrel, wild dog, tiger, sloth bear, pheasant, hornbill and black stork. It is 111 km from Kohima and 37 km from Dimapur.

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