Nagaland – Switzerland of East

An everlasting exploration destination that offers possibilities to relish the best time of the lifetime. A tourist can travel around diverse and beautiful tourist attractions of Nagaland. This alluring northeastern state has so much to offer be it wildlife sanctuaries, heritage villages, and appealing beauty of nature. The trip to Nagaland is dream destination is a beautiful traveler venture to experience the exquisite and unforgettable remembrances of food, festival, people, and culture. The tortuous clouds hovering around with bright reflection of sky turns rich dense forest look blue. Nagaland can’t be more blessed with the beauty of nature as it everything here is enriched with awe-inspiring beauty and grace.

The hilly territory of Nagaland is situated on the north-eastern part of India defining the Kingdom of Myanmar and home to the sixteen Naga tribes, each with a distinctive culture, inborn bonds, and idiom. Nagaland has dependably pulled in various guests and inquisitive anthropologists from around the globe, who have come to take in more about the innate ways of life of these once-talent scouts. Nagaland has the well-known Hornbill Festival consistently in December, or, in other words, the greatest tourism occasion in the Indian subcontinent.

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Nagaland is the most preferred tourist destinations amongst all the northeastern states of India. The rich intuitive beauty, dazzling valleys, and hills situated in the rightmost edge of India on the Myanmar border is a sophisticated place until the Naga tribes fought off stalkers. An alluring ambience and nature blessed state free from all the hustle and bustle and experiences salubrious climate all year round. Nagas are frolic and fun-loving by nature and live life as a long festival.

Kohima is the capital of Nagaland and is also called the venue of the Hornbill Festival. It is moreover a remarkable town which saw necessary battles of the Second World War. Dimapur, set at the lower regions, is the major town of Nagaland. Dimapur is a business focus and is very much associated with different towns in the locale. It likewise interfaces Nagaland with different parts of India with customary air and rail administrations. Wokha and Mokokchung in western Nagaland were the primary towns in the Naga slopes to be built up by the British. Residential areas, for example, Mon and Tuensang in easter.

Nature couldn’t have been kinder to Nagaland, now and then alluded to as the Switzerland of the East; the flawlessly pleasant scenes, the dynamically vivid dawn and dusk, lavish and verdant greenery, this is a land that speaks to unbelievable excellence, formed splendidly for a stunning knowledge.

Overview 

The historical backdrop of the Naga individuals and their property. The old Hindu content Mahabharata has a reference of the ogress Hidimba after which Dimapur was named. The Dimasas regularly confronted attacks from the slope clans and in the end moved their capital in the medieval times. The British travelers achieved the Naga Hills in the nineteenth century with the expectation of sanctifying through water the locals and finding another course to Burma. Their campaigns confronted opposition from the Angami clan of Khonoma town and their minister exercises were challenged by the Zeliangrong clan.

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The Naga Hills came into significance amid World War II when the Japanese attacked India to oust the land. The Japanese meant to achieve Dimapur rail line and slice off British supplies to Imphal landing strips by catching Kohima edge. The Imperial Japanese Army entered the Naga Hills and caught Kohima after a wild battling occurred. Their annihilation at Kohima changed the course of the war.  These remote zones seem neither a piece of India, it is in all respects a domain of the fantastic Nagas. Furthermore, their fantasy of Nagalim, a Naga country joins them.

Numerous remote parts of Nagaland can be considered as the wild eastern outskirts of India as these spots have been explored late. The magnificence of Nagaland can be found in the elevated piles of Japfu mountain, hypnotizing Dzukou valley, forested Patkai slopes and furthermore in the inborn towns. Numerous Nagas still protect their old customs and stays of their indigenous culture.

 Colorful Tribes of Nagaland

Group of people inhabiting in the villages and jungles of Nagaland. The brotherhood amongst the communities and tribes, innovation and purity is their base of living that connect them together and let them cherish their life a long ongoing festival. Multiple tribes and their own culture and traditions that are depicted in their festivals. Nagaland is rich in tribes and same goes with festivals, be its the first month of the calendar or the last month, the traveler can cherish the enriching festival of Nagaland.

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Some of the colorful tribes of Nagaland and their rejoicing festivals are-

Rengma 

This tribe belongs to Kohima district. The major festival of this tribal group is Ngada on 27th of November. Ngadah festival is celebrated for 8 days by the end of November right after the harvesting. This festival is celebrated for thanksgiving and pride. This festival script as the end of the end. Phensengu, high priest of Village declares the commencement of festival.

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Kachari

Kachari Tribe inhabits at Dimapur district. This tribe celebrates the number of festivals all year around where the most famous of them all is Bushu, celebrated by Kacharis tribe of Dimasa. A post-harvest festival that is celebrated in the month of January after harvesting and storing of grains in the granaries. As date and place of celebrating festival is not specific but it is to be celebrated while moonlighting because that is considered to be auspicious.

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Chang

Chang tribe dwells in the district of Tuensang. The major festival of this tribe is Naknyulem in the month of July. Family and friends cherish the feeling of togetherness by exchanging gifts and food items. Various games such as long jump, tug-of-war, top spinning, long jump, big lumps of meat tied along a bamboo rope in rows are played. Refreshment is a central aspect of this festival in which wine, meat, and fresh bread are used in abundant. Men and women compete with one another using instruments, and everyone be it young or old, men or women enjoy the feast for the whole day.

 

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Phom

Phom tribe are the inhabitant of Longleng district and the prime festival of this tribe is Monyu. This festival is the time to bid farewell to the running year. Since two days prior to this festival, damn of the festival is welcomed with drum beating in a synchronized tune justifying the purpose of the event, traditionally known as “Lan Nyangshem”. The prime aspect of celebrating Monyu is that on this day, male members of family shower love and affection on their married sisters and daughters, by offering pure rice beer and food prepared with love. The customs of this festival reflect the general aura of women of the Phom tribe as they are honored in the society.

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Sumi

This tribal group subsists in the district of Zunheboto and the most significant festival of this tribe is Tuluni on July, 8. This festival is enjoyed with joy and feast as it comes in the most bountiful time of the year. Rice beer is an inseparable part of this festive and it is served in wineglass made up of plantain leaves.     Amongst Sumi tribe, consumption of wine is referred to as Tuluni because wine is called Tuluni. It is a mid-year festival and most enthusiastic moment for this tribe. The fiancés family welcomes fiancé for the grand dinner at their residence and families of both bride and groom enjoy the festival by offering gifts and food to one another.

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Places to Visit

Start from unique head gears to peculiar wardrobe, from vibrant festivals to outstanding handlooms, from animal skull form of trophies to queerly tasted food, Nagaland is distinct from all other Indian states in every aspect. An impeccable land where many colorful cultures prevail is an unexplored enticing trip to be planned. The exciting list to explore the beauty of Nagaland is as follows-

Kohima

The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is without a doubt the most enthralling spot to visit in Nagaland. In spite of being a business center point, Kohima hasn’t lost its characteristic charms and stays a standout amongst the most charming goals in the state. Kohima offers a knowledge into the life of the Angami clan who prevail this locale. The mix of the antiquated and the advanced has painted this town in fascinating hues and Kohima has turned into a permanent milestone for the state.

The town offers a lot of grand perspectives,  it likewise helps one to remember the situations back in the season of the Second World War.  An ideal mélange of culture and history, Kohima is for sure a place to be. On the opposite side, Tseminyu remains the enthusiasm of history sweethearts who can see amuse old remnants, relinquished towns, broken ceramics and memorial parks here. Kohima War Cemetery, Naga Bazaar, Kohima Zoo, Kohima State Museum, and Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow are different spots of enthusiasm for the travelers. The Japfu Peak and the Pulebadze Peak have dependably been the significant attractions for sightseers. Top tourist spots that must be explored in Kohima are-

  • Kohima Museum
  • Touphema Village
  • Kohima Cathedral
  • Kohima Zoo
  • Khonoma green Village
  • Ntangki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kohima War Cemetery
  • Shilloi Lake
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Mokukchung

A beautiful and fun-loving district of Nagaland, Mokukchung is the abode of the Ao tribe. This district is the tourist spot of Nagaland and known for its beauty, festivals, hospitality, and traditions. A tourist spot in Mokukchung, i.e. Longkhum is considered as the paradise for nature lovers. It is well-known for its handicrafts and traditional handlooms. Ungma is another beautiful spot for tourists in Mokukchung that was founded at first by Ao tribe.

Figured to be the most wonderful and an energetic region in Nagaland, Mokukchung is the home of the Ao clan. Known for its cordiality, rich conventions and celebrations, Mokukchung is slowly turning into a hotspot for tourism in Nagaland. It is regularly said that one of its goals named Longkhum is a heaven for nature fans. Its hillocks are enhanced with Rhododendron and its flawless condition merits beginning to look all starry eyed at. Longkhum is likewise known for its ethnic handloom and workmanship and a faction considered Limapur that training animist religion.

Ungma is amazing, one more goal of enthusiasm for Mokukchung region that is accepted to be the primary spot established by Ao clan when they entered Nagaland from Chungliyimti. Ungma is viewed as a living exhibition hall of the Ao clan. You may likewise be occupied with visiting Chuchuyimlang, or, in other words, town and is frequently alluded to as celebration town. This town is known for the festival of celebrations of Ao Nagas like Moatsu celebration (celebrated in the long stretch of May). Other than these spots, guests might likewise want to look at Mokukchung District Museum, Changtongya, and Mokukchung Park.

Major sightseeing tourist spots of Mokukchung are:

  • Ungma
  • Changtongya
  • Mokokchung Village
  • Mokokchung Park
  • Chuchuyimlang
  • Longkhum
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Wokha

A spectacular gift of nature offered to Nagaland, it is a paradise for nature lovers. Wokha is a beautiful dwell for Lotha Tribe and to have the inspiring insight into rural life, visit this district of Nagaland. Wokha is a land that abounds in plenty of fruits such as plum, pineapple, and orange and as they are grown organically, they are pesticide free and serves as the best part of this district.  This district has so much to offer to nature enthusiasts as they can wander along the beautiful forests around.

Dabbed with beautiful plantations, covered with multi-shaded blossoms and bordered by slopes and stream, Wokha is a nature sweethearts’ heaven. Wokha is nature’s fabulous blessing to Nagaland. Around 4 hours’ drive from Kohima, this locale is the ideal place to loll and see the perfection of nature. A traveler town above Riphyim is a remarkable fascination in Wokha region, this place is known to offer wonderful perspectives of a dam on Donyan River.

The vacationer stop at Riphyim likewise makes an awesome place to visit as it renders the uncluttered view from the window of its every room. Wokha is the place where there is Lotha clan and one has the superb open door here to communicate with the innate individuals and see their customary craftsmanship and specialty. Aside from this, Mount Tiyi, Liphanyan Governor’s Camp, Water Pool, Totsu Cliff, Tehurang Valley, Baghty Valley, and Vankhosung town are the spots that may intrigue explorers in Wokha. The Lothas commend a post-gather celebration called Tokhu Emong Festival in the long stretch of November. It is trusted, this 9 days celebration is the best time frame to visit Wokha.

The top destinations of Wokha that must be explored are-

  • Mount Tiyi
  • Totsu Cliff
  • Doyang River
  • Water Pool
  • Doyang Hydro Project
  • Vankhosung
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Kiphire

An astonishingly beautiful of Nagaland, Kiphire is an ideal place for adventure freaks as they can enjoy the exciting activities such as rafting, trekking, canoeing, etc. The highest peak of Nagaland, Saramati is 3841m high and every trekker tempts to visit, it is a 3-day trek along Rhododendron forest. The nearby villages such as Salumi, Pungro, Mimi are the house of waterfalls and caves.

Offering radiant scene perspectives to guests, Kiphire is additionally a perfect place for experience fans as they can enjoy exercises like trekking, boating, and kayaking. In Kiphire lies the most astounding pinnacle of Nagaland called Saramati (3841m), where a trekker can appreciate a multi-day trek that goes through a delightful Rhododendron woods.  These towns house various caverns and cascades that further add to the appeal of this officially dazzling goal. The caves toward the east of Pungro town, caverns at Mimi Village cascade lying among Mimi and Khonga town, the Salt River Mihki, Kisatong Village and Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary are the spots of enthusiasm for Kiphire.

The top destinations to be explored in Kiphire are:

  • Pungro Town
  • Mimi Village
  • Wawade
  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Salomi Village
  • Saramati Peak
  • Mihki- the river of salt
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Mon

Situated close to the Indo-Myanmar outlying, you can enter a beautiful far-reaching state of Nagaland ‘Mon’ through the diseased residue and rock streets of Nagaland. In the place that is known for the heat-seekers, local people here live pleased and a respectable life. This place is maybe a perfect place to visit for energizing exercises like visiting the fringe town among India and Myanmar and experiencing the decedent of the unbelievable head-seekers.

For voyagers and nature lovers, Mon is a standout amongst other spots to visit in Nagaland in the event that you are searching for a one of a kind ordeal to spend a time of pleasure trip. It is basic and enchanting town. On the off chance that you are searching for a wonderful thing at that point while rising towards the adventure to the mountains, you will go over hovels and shops where town women offer natural organic products – it will be difficult to not see something energizing along the streets of Nagaland. Notwithstanding, when we learn about the geology of Mon region, it very well may be partitioned into two locales geologically, the Upper Region of the region includes Longching, Chen, Mopong and Tobu regions and the Lower Region contain Mon, Tizit and Naginimora region.

This district is located at an elevation of 897m above sea level. The most mystic and pure district of Nagaland that vaunts about their tribal heritage. The serene geographical location adds to the spiritual appeal of this district. This landscape is spectacular that serves as a delight for nature lovers. One can enjoy sparkling harvest festival in the month of April, celebrated by Konyak Nagas named as Aoleong Monyu Festival. You must visit following tourist spots to fall in love with nature-

  • Naganimora
  • Longwa Village
  • Veda Peak
  • Chui Village
  • Shangnyu Village
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Dimapur

Viewed as among the quickest developing urban communities of the North East, Dimapur is likewise the door to Nagaland. Once a prospering capital of a kingdom, today however not the state capital, its framework, and offices are nothing not as much as that found in capital urban communities. The word Dimapur is gotten from the Dimasa word, ‘Di’ which means water, ‘mama’ connoting enormous or incredible and ‘pur’ which means city. Accordingly, Dimapur implies the city by the immense waterway. The Dhansiri stream streams past the city.

Validations of the ancient city are found around a portion of the sanctuaries, banks, watercourse, and so on. These authentic locales likewise demonstrate that Hinduism was the drilled religion of the Dimasas. In the cutting edge history as well, Dimapur has assumed a huge job as it was the focal point of activity between British India and majestic Japan amid the Second World War. Kohima was assaulted because of the fortification that the Japanese brought through Dimapur, one of the imperative clashes of the Second World War. Numerous history specialists have in this way considered Dimapur the ‘Block City’.

The entry point that serves as the commercial center of Nagaland. Dimapur is an enthralling beauty that attracts nature enthusiasts as there are ample opportunities to explore the nature and history of this beautiful land. Diphuphar village of Dimapur district is a place where one can witness the culture of varied tribal groups and communities such as Sangtam, Lotha, Ao, Angami, Zeliang, and Sumi.

A vibrant and colorful land that depicts the authenticity of Nagaland. The tranquil beauty of Dimapur let the travelers feel the purity of this land that takes them far off from hurly-burly of big cities. Must explore these beautiful travel spots of Dimapur-

  • Diezephe Craft Village
  • Diphupar
  • Ruzaphema
  • Green Park
  • Chumukedima Village
  • Nichuguard
  • Medziphema
  • Kuki Dolong Village
  • Nagaland Science Center
  • Kachari Ruins
  • Dimapur Ao Baptist Church
  • Zoological Park/ Rangapahar Reserve Forest
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Meluri

This little town is arranged most of the way on the essential course to Mt. Saramati in Kiphire area. Meluri is the place where there is the Pochury clan, who are known for their amazing hunting expertise. Cuddled in the midst of green moving slopes, Meluri is a piece of Phek region of Nagaland For a voyager in Meluri, the real fascination is the enthralling rock arrangements. Meluri is likewise known for its two lakes to be specific, Dzudu and Shilloi.

These lakes are accepted to have heavenly powers and were dodged by the human for quite a while, be that as it may, with the progression of time, one of the two lakes (Shilloi Lake) has turned into a famous vacationer spot.  The Zanibu Peak situated around Dzudu Lake is a decent place to visit as this place offers a vantage point from where one can get the perspective of a vast piece of Nagaland and Mt.Everest. Some of the beautiful places to explore near Meluri are-

  • Phek
  • Porba
  • Chomi
  • Yoruba
  • Sitimi village
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Dzukou Valley

Such was the strange magnificence of the place, One couldn’t oppose surrendering my faculties to the flawlessly cut valleys, the grass that aides you through the way, the blooms that satisfy your nerves and cloud that strokes you like a love. Situated between the North Eastern States of Nagaland and Manipur, the charming valley will abandon you hypnotized with its unrestricted and productive normal happiness. Trekking in the midst of the colossal rainforests in Zakhama found 20kms from Kohima, the North Eastern Valley of Flowers is a treat to a meandering soul and hunger to hungry voyagers.

It is without a doubt a standout amongst the most unspoiled normal advancement and months after I am as yet sitting with a noteworthy headache recalling the substance of morning breeze, feeling the pinch of the tickle of cool water stream coursing through the valley and submitting to the all-encompassing perspective of consumed wood on the valley.

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Khonoma Green Village

The town is the home of the Angami clan who have surrendered chasing and just practice agribusiness (jhum or move farming) to bring home the bacon. The houses in Khonoma are made using trademark means and it is a strategy for Angami to show stress for the assurance of general resources. Khonoma Green Village is the consequence of mindful Naga clans. Arranged at a separation of around 20kms from Kohima, Khonoma Green Village is one of its sorts in India. Khonoma is without a doubt a moving spot that makes us one stride nearer to nature and urges us to take activities to preserve and ensure our regular habitat.

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Climate of Nagaland

To live the best part of life, then one must plan the Trip to Nagaland in the initial months of summer and winter as not only the weather is soothing and mild but they can explore the prime festivals of Nagaland such as Bushu Festival, Yemshe Festival, and Hornbill Festival. Before planning a vacation in Nagaland, one must know about the temperature in varied seasons-

  • Summer Season

This state experiences the summer season for a very short span of time, just in the months of March and April. At this time the tourist spots become the beautiful sight that captures the attention of tourists. The weather is soothing and cool, just plan for the accurate time to plan a sightseeing trip. The temperature lies between 16-degree centigrade to 31-degree centigrade.

  • Monsoon Season

Nagaland is one amongst the 13 places of the world experiencing sub-alpine and sub-tropical climate. In the months between May and September, this state experiences the annual rainfall of around 70-100 inches. There are high chances of landslides and humid weather is experienced so during this months, so the plan to visit Nagaland must be avoided.

  • Winter Season

The best time to plan an excursion to Nagaland is the winter season as weather is mild and calming. You get an ample amount of time with you to discover the beautiful sightseeing places. Winter is experienced for the longest time since October till February in Nagaland.

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Culture of Nagaland

Naga’s- People of Nagaland are alienated into several tribal groups and communities that occupy northeast India and northwest Burma. The cluster of tribes have almost identical culture and tradition, they form the majority ethnic group amongst the seven sisters states of India.

The word Naga has been derived from Naka, a Burmese word that means people with pierced ears and they use ornaments or wooden plugs. The hilly region tribes have an identical physical appearance that is stated as the low facial index, medium height, and straight hairs.

Nagaland has stated as “The Falcon Capital of The World” has beautiful landscapes, authentic culture, picturesque tea gardens, and great mountains. This state is a habitat of rich flora and fauna and some rare and beautiful birds are dwelling at Nagaland.

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The long-lived Tribes

The ancient history says that Nagaland is rich in tribes that counts up to 66 including sub-tribes as well, and 16 are deliberated as the major groups. These tribal groups have certain similarities such as in dress code, and traditional laws wherein they have different languages. People of Nagaland are mostly Christians that are considered as the Baptism Christians. This state is stated as the Baptist state as they are dominated by 75% of the total population of Nagaland. Naga’s are soft-hearted and humble by nature they believe in offering hospitality and have a passion for life and with great zeal celebrate the festival and every other day with similar prominence.

Marriage Culture of Nagaland

Naga is great followers of the culture and traditions of their tribe that is taught from their ancestors. Marriage is a prime aspect of culture and they follow certain strict traditions. A relation shared between a boy and a girl belonging to the same tribe is deliberated as a social evil. The Angami tribe believes in a strange ritual to decide the fate of the couple, in which they strangle a fowl that adopts dying. If a fowl adopts an infelicitous posture, then the match is broken immediately.

There are enormous rituals are followed varying from one tribe to another, in some tribes, there is pre-marital relation are allowed but to a limit wherein some tribe thinks of it as taboo. In tribes such as Changs, Sema, and Lothas there can be multiple wives of a man at a time. In some tribes, a price for the girl is paid by the groom as dowry and their girls are given care and respect.

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Festivals of Nagaland

There is a sense of joy and happiness in the air of Nagaland all through the year. The diverse tribal groups and communities of Nagaland enjoy the ambience of happiness with varied fairs and festivals. Yemshe, Moatsu Mong, Suhkruhnye, Bushu are some of the many festivals of Nagaland.

Hornbill Festival

The prime and annual event of Nagaland is the Hornbill Festival, it is remarked as the festival of festivals. This festival is organized by the government of Nagaland for better interaction amongst all the tribes and for preserving rich culture of these tribes. It is a big hit festival that started with just 200 and now celebrated each year on in December’s first week. It is now celebrated for 10 days, earlier it was celebrated just for 7 days. Archery, Naga Chilli Eating Contest, Beauty Contest, Naga Wrestling are part of this breathtaking celebration of Nagaland. Various beautiful colorful and cultural performances are held in this festival and meanwhile these 10 days this place becomes the most zealous place in the World.

The Hornbill Festival is praised every year for 10 days toward the beginning of December. The celebration happens at Kisama Heritage Village, around 12 km from Kohima. The Hornbill Festival is an extraordinary chance to encounter the wide assortment of Naga nourishment, painstaking work, tunes, moves, and traditions of Nagaland and, as the celebration is gone to by all the significant clans of Nagaland, the social decent variety of the Naga individuals.

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Moatsu Festival

The Moatsu Festival is praised in Nagaland by the Ao clan. It is watched each year in the primary seven day stretch of May. Amid this Nagaland celebration, various ceremonies are performed. Subsequent to sowing the seeds, the Aos watch Moatsu Mong. The primary point of Moatsu celebration is to look for the gifts of Almighty God in the wake of finishing the different exercises.

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Tuluni Festival

Tuluni celebration is commended by the Sumi Naga clan of Nagaland amid the second seven day stretch of July. The Tuluni celebration in Nagaland is commended to cheer the productive season and furthermore, god of productivity and flourishing. The Tuluni celebration at Nagaland has praised the two distinct tribes, in particular, Tuku and Swu. Tuku and Swu are the diverse races of the Sumi Naga clan, who commend the Tuluni celebration in their own interesting style. Tuluni celebration of Nagaland is one of the great celebrations celebrated by the distinctive families of the Sumi Naga clan.

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Sekrenyi

Sekrenyi – the celebration of the Angami clan is praised in the long stretch of February and falls on the 25th day of the Angami month of Kezei. It is a multi-day celebration of sanitization and blessing (initially before doing battle) with devouring and singing and is praised in Kohima Village, Khonoma and Tuophema.

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Aolaeng

Aoleang is the principle celebration of the Konyaks from northern Nagaland. It is praised in the main seven day stretch of April consistently in the Konyak region. Each town observes Aoleang, however particularly the Konyak capital, Mon.

Aoleang is praised with much grandeur and intensity. Every day of the celebration has its very own centrality, custom ceremonies, and cheerful making. This celebration grandstands the rich social legacy of the Konyak, with indigenous moves, melodies, and diversions

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Traditional dress

The colorful attire of Naga’s seeks for the attention of tourists and depict rich culture and tradition of the state. The authentic tribal dresses, let them stand out of the crowd. The attractive shawls are the important item of the traditional dress of Nagaland.

The tribal groups depict their culture and the heroic doings of their ancestors.  The traditional dresses of Naga’s tell the story for their ancestral heredity. The attire of Naga males is a red headgear along with black hornbill, decorated with canine teeth of wild boar’s and white feathers. The shawl design signifies the social status of the person. The beautiful bangles, necklace, and tattoos can’t be overlooked as they are significant sacrifices of ancestors and old age wars.

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Art and Craft

Beautiful creativity and remarkable perfection in the art of craftsmen of the Nagaland all other seven sister states of India. The caliber and creativity of local artisans provide fine art products depicting the traditions of the state. The local inhabitants hold proficiency in the fine art of weaving, wood carving, ornament, paintings and much more. Nagaland is famous for producing unique art pieces of cane and bamboo work.

Weaving

The unique artistic skills of local craftsmen are inherited from their forefathers that are highly creative and remarkable. The weaving is the prime art of Nagaland and is the source of the strong economic base of the state. Weaving is closely connected to the social customs and is the traditional industry of Nagaland. Female weavers dominate the weaving profession, according to the customs women went for hunting were not permitted to weave. With time, customs have become easy-going now females can earn their living through weaving. Females of Nagaland are highly skilled in the traditional weaving that is praiseworthy and famous worldwide.

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Wood Carvings

One of the integral aspect of handicraft that comes with perfect carvings and premium quality. The enormous caliber of local craftsmen have been inherited from the forefathers and their art is acclaimed to hold international eminence. Some of the tribal groups-Phom, Konyaks, Wanchos are well-known for their remarkable excellence in the traditional artwork from woods. Konyak tribe are inspired by the beautiful Khajurao art and carve fine art.

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Traditional Ornaments

All Naga’s be it men or women wear traditional jewels, especially on the festive events. The small metallic bells are very common amongst the tribal people that are hanged in a string. The traditional necklace consists the beaded strands that end by knitted string or wrapped thread. Warrior pendant with a miniature mask of trophy symbolizes the courage and bravery of Nagas. Simple and multi-colored jewelry of Naga’s involve earrings, necklace, bracelet, and armlets. Ivory, original stones, semi-precious stones, boar’s teeth are the significance of high grade of artistry and creativity of Nagaland’s Art.

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Cane Work

This form of handicraft is highly appreciable and is marked as the vital form of handicraft. Cane is used to designing basket and numerous other utility products. The tourists take back this beautifully designed cane works as the mementos to their home. Basketry is the essential craft and known for its intricate designs and crafting.

Cane work is not limited to the basketry, mats, and headgears are also made using bamboo or cane, Naga’s hold expertise in creating furniture out of cane. The Cane work also comprises armlets, bangles, headbands, necklace, bangles, etc. The Handicraft of Nagaland is the symbol of creativity, talent, proficiency, and experience of tribal artisans.

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Shopping

Nagaland holds rich culture and convention. The specialty and workmanship pieces are very speaking to guests shopping in Nagaland. The items assembled by the inborn individuals of Nagaland.

A portion of the things you may purchase from here incorporate aesthetic earthenware, basketry, metal works alongside shawls, sacks and coats with strength in wood, stick and bamboo work all made by the clans of Nagaland.

The road markets and neighborhood shops are the spots for shopping. The Central Market is justified regardless of a visit. The guests can enjoy extraordinary shopping knowledge.

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Luscious Food of Nagaland

The variant and simplistic food items of Nagaland are known worldwide. Naga Food is very spicy as they prefer the rich amount of king chilly in their dishes. The traditional cuisine of Nagaland comprises of chicken, pork, rice, fermented meat, vegetables, and home-made chili sauce. Nagaland’s cuisine is way different from cuisines of all other states of India. Fermented soybean, dry fish, and bamboo shoots are the exotic ingredients that enhance the taste of luscious dishes. Check out some delicious dishes of Nagaland that must be tried once in a lifetime.

Akibiye

The delicious cuisine of Nagaland not only comprises meat but it includes interesting and local vegetables as well. Colocasia is the chief ingredient of the Nagaland’s cuisine, leaves, stems, and roots all are used in the preparation of a dish. Akibiye is one of the simple and yummy dishes that is prepared using bamboo shoots and colocasia, this dish is most common amongst Sema tribe of Nagaland. The thick gravy tastes good with rice.

Smoked Pork

Axone or Akhuni are the local terms for the fermented soybeans are the important part of Naga curries. Akhuni is used in vegetables and stews and it comes in either cake or powdered form. Naga prefers the pork meat dish and the popular combination is akhuni and dried fish.

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Bushmeat

The most preferable dish of Naga people is the dog meat, well-known as Bushmeat. It is considered to be the mouth-watering dish by tourists and locals of Nagaland. The Wednesday bazaar at Dimapur is a heaven like feeling as all the things are sold at a cheaper price where live dogs are sold at a price of rs.500-600.

Hinkejvu

A simple Nagaland dish prepared using mustard leaves, colocasia, French beans, shredded cabbage leaves. The healthy ingredients are boiled and real flavors and taste come out from varied greens. It is rich in nutrients as no spices are added, just a pinch of salt makes this delicious food to enjoy. It is the most preferable daily meal that is preferred by every household in Nagaland.

Music and Dance

Naga believes in alegría y Felicidad, their love for dance and music is eternal and it is an integral aspect of their culture. The dance performances are given by tribal groups on folk songs that are synched perfectly with music via musical instruments such as Mouth Organ, Flute, Bamboo, Asem (Drums), etc. The extravagant tribal dance forms go great with the goodness of ethnic and colorful costumes and all other accessories. The folk music of Nagaland depicts the story of historic incidents, romance, and bravery. Music and Dance of Nagaland are a great source of attracting tourist as they tend to enjoy and cherish it to a great extent.

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Facts and Figures about Nagaland

  • Nagaland was the 16th full-fledged state of India on 1st December 1963.
  • Arunachal Pradesh on the northern side, Assam on the north-western side, Manipur on the south and shares an international border with Myanmar, this state is bordered from almost all sides.
  • This land of colorful tribes is well-known as the “Falcon Capital of the World”.
  • The state capital of Nagaland is Kohima and Dimapur is the largest city of the state.
  • Nagaland is amongst the three states that are largest followers of Christian culture, Meghalaya and Manipur are the other two states.
  • Around 80% is the literacy rate of Nagaland and English is the official language of this state.
  • Shifting cultivation is practiced in Nagaland. Cobalt, Coal, Iron, Chromium, Limestone, Marble, and Nickel.
  • Mount Saramati of 3840 m height, is the highest peak of the Nagaland. The peak is shared with Myanmar and the mountains are the barriers to Myanmar.
  • As each tribe of Nagaland has their own culture and festival and the zeal they hold to celebrate them, makes this state as a “Land of Festivals”.
  • Hornbill Festival is the festival of all festivals and is the annual event of Nagaland.
  • One of the seven sister states of India, Nagaland is mostly sheltered with high-altitude mountains.

Facts about the Government of Nagaland

  • Capital – Kohima
  • Governor – Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya
  • Chief Minister – Shurhozelie Liezietsu
  • Chief Justice – Justice Ajit Singh

Facts about State Symbols

  • Formation Date – Dec 1, 1963
  • State Bird – Blyth’s Tragopan
  • State Tree – Alder
  • State Animal – Mithun
  • State Flower – Rhododendron
  • Major Crops – Millet, Rice, Rubber, Maize
  • Literacy Rate – 80%
  • Languages – Konyak, Ao, Sema, Kuki, Angami, Khiamniungan, Chang
  • Number of Districts – 11
  • Literacy Rank – 9th
  • Official Language – English

National Parks of Nagaland

  • Puliebadze Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Intanki National Park
  • Rangapahar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
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Rivers of Nagaland

  • Dikhu
  • Barak
  • Tizu
  • Dhansiri
  • Oyang
  • Milak
  • Zungki
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Famous Places of Nagaland

  • Mount Pauna
  • Kohima War Cemetery
  • Kachari Ruins
  • Mokokchung

How to Reach

The nearest railroad station is at Dimapur, you can get navigate to Kohima before the station. The air terminal is around 68 km to Kohima. The picturesque route to Nagaland is completely worth the efforts. All trains and transports come through Guwahati to Dimapur while some come through Dibrugarh and Jorhat which is likewise perfect for visits to northern Nagaland. You can likewise travel to Imphal in Manipur which is around 4 hours away by street from Kohima. Imphal is all around associated with both Kolkata and Guwahati.

By Air

There are consistent flights to and from Dimapur on the outskirt with Assam. Dimapur is the perfect section point for those voyagers who wish to make a beeline for Kohima for the Hornbill celebration in December or to visit the region in and around Kohima, maybe for the WW2 burial ground or the Angami towns of Khonoma, Kigwema and Tuophema.

At a distance of 75 km, Dimapur is the nearest domestic Airport. This airport line is well-connected with Kolkata and Guwahati and international tourists have to change to go for connecting flights i.e. from Kolkata or Guwahati to Dimapur.

By Train

Dimapur is the closest railway station that connects to Guwahati and Kolkata. To achieve the northeastern province of Nagaland via Train, one can board any prepare that goes to the Dimapur Railway station. This railroad station at Dimapur is the primary railhead in the state and encourages Nagaland Travel. Heading out to Nagaland by rail is exceptionally advantageous for the voyagers. The real railhead in the state is Dimapur.   All the critical carriers in the nation have various trains that interface the territory of Nagaland to the distinctive parts of the nation.

By Road

A share taxi charges 200 bucks from Dimapur Railway Station to Kohima and direct buses run daily between Kohima and Guwahati. Towns in the State linked to the Nagaland State Transport Services (NST). NST likewise works a Night Deluxe administration from Dimapur to Guwahati, Shillong, Mokokchung. Nagaland has a decent availability through National Highways and State Highways. Various cabs utilize from Dimapur to Kohima. Night transports associate Dimapur and Kohima to Guwahati and Shillong (Meghalaya).

Map Of Nagaland