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Did you see the peaks
And did you see the clouds running past by
And if you not; then tell me .......

What did you see ..

.... ...Situated in Nagaland at a height of 4,904 ft, Kohima is around 390km away from Gwahati. This small was established by the Britishers. Surrounded by hills this hill station has a history of brave people. Welcome to the land of Heroes!

Flashback :
Kohima was the first seat of modern administration as the Headquarter of Naga Hills District (then under Assam) with the appointment of G.H. Damant as Political Officer in 1879. When Nagaland became a full fledged state on 1st December 1963, Kohima was christened as the state capital.

In 1944 during World War II the Battle of Kohima along with the simultaneous Battle of Imphal was the turning point in the Burma Campaign. For the first time in South-East Asia the Japanese lost the initiative to the Allies which they then retained until the end of the war. This hand-to-hand battle and slaughter prevented the Japanese from gaining a high base from which they might next roll across the extensive flatlands of India like a juggernaut.

A small beautiful place in the midst of nature, cutting the modern world - If that is what you want; this is the place for you. From historical point of view it has War Cemetry maintained by Commonwealth. (Know more about the cemetry below).

Fast Facts:
Language : English, Angami, Ao, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sangtam
Temperature : Winter - Below 0 Deg C with snowfall
Summer - Heavy rainfall (average annual rainfall of 2000mm)
Clothings : Preffered NON - COTTON clothings both in the winter and summer season due to the rains and snowfalls. Heavy Woolens are a must in the winter season.
Best Time to Visit : April, Sep - Oct

*Sekrenyi (celebrated on 25th Jan), Ngada(celebrated in the last week of November), Hega and Chega Gadi(celebrated in Feb and Oct) are the main Festivals of Kohima.

The War Cemetery
The War Cemetery
Here lie the heroes of the Two World Wars. Maintained by Commonwealth its a place to visit.

Ukhrul Valley
Ukhrul Valley
25 km away from Kohima , its the best to Trek in Kohima.The route to Ukhrul Valley is filled with Flowers, small rivers and beautiful mountains.

Kohima at its best

  • Catholic Cathedral : The most prominent landmark in Kohima, its a place known for it serenity.
  • Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary: 111 kms from Kohima, this place is a must go for Wildlefe Lovers. Filled with various rare flora and fauna, is is sure to entertain its visitors.
  • Kohima Village: This small village is also an attraction in itself. See the Indian Village Life with your own eyes.

Where and Why

Kohima is the Capital State of Nagaland. Named after KEW HI; the plant grown on the hillside, it's a beautiful place to visit.

As there isin't much of a choice of hotels its a good idea to Pre-book your hotel room in Kohima.

A two hour drive from Dimapur (nearest location to reach Kohima) and I set my foot in Kohima. You will be welcomed by the hotel staff with a peeping hot cup of tea and a light breakfast.

Its a martyrs place, so go ahead to see the War Cemetery. Maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission , the War Cemetry has the Graves of all those who lost their lives during the two world wars. The whole idea was to create an effect of a serene garden where visitors can feel a sense of peace; something which you will feel as soon as you enter the cemetery. The back head stones laid among the green lawns and the flowery plants next to each headstone made the cemetery look beautiful.
Nearby the cemetery is the red roofed Catholic Cathedral on Aradurah Hill. A good place for hiking you will find it an interesting building due to its geometry (everything is perfectly laid down) and its vastness. Supposed to be the largest Cathedral in the North- East its worth taking photographs of this bounty.
Walk down the hill, and you will see the Super Market. Hop on to buy some local stuff; especially the shawls. Few hours here and you might feel like juggling. Look around at one side of the road you will find a number of local resturants . Try out one of them if you feel so and order the serve of soup and noodles mixed with rice. Locally made its a famous recepie here.

If you are interested in seeing the Nagas and how they live, then take a tour to a true Naga village. Next thing you will see is a VILLAGE of the Angamis warrior tribe who put a stiff resistance to the British Forces in the 19th century. Nothing much seems to change here even after independence as these tribal people still like to spend their lives with year old customs. Take some photographs here. Try to be back to your hotel before 8 pm (The hotels here close the kitchen by 08:30pm).

  • Pre - book your hotel as there is less choice in Hotels in Kohima.
  • Food is basically Continental, Chinese and local food. One has to thrive on these.
  • To explore the place in a better manner, a minimum of two days stay is a must.
  • Its one of the best places for trekking, even if you don't know trekking , try it out once.
  • It is of utmost importance to keep in mind that most of the hotels close by 09:00 PM in the evening and the Kitchens by 08:30 PM, so its advisable to reach the hotels by 08:00 PM.
  • You need to take a permit from Govt. of India for visiting Kohima. For the permit and other necessities, contact us.
  • Book a hotel in advance and try to take a guided tour if on a individal tour. Or ask your travel to book a hotel for you in advance.

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