Many travelers wander through Kohima’s scenic Himalayan frontiers without realizing that the same Kewhi flowers that dress up the whole mountainous area are also behind the current Anglicized name of this region. The home of several prominent North-Eastern native tribes such as the Nagas and Kukis, you will find Nagaland’s capital city a rare combination of untouched natural beauty and modernity
Though it is ranked as the state’s second largest urban area, Kohima has reverentially nurtured its natural gifts and social and cultural identity. Its bazaars always seem to bustle with lively people dressed in vibrant, traditional costumes. Apart from covering numerous mesmerizing destinations, travelers to Kohima must try to plan their visit in December to include the experience of Hornbill Festival. With sports, cuisine, dance and arts performances, it becomes a zealous celebration of Nagaland’s unique culture.Kohima is a vibrant North-Eastern city with several prominent festivals. Popular among the Rengmas tribe, the Ngada festival celebrates the end of the agricultural period. On the other hand, the Aos tribe is known to prefer the festival of Moatsu. It marks the end of the sowing period.Considered Nagaland’s second tallest point, Japfu Peak is located about 3,048 meters above the sea level. The peak is not far from the city of Kohima and attracts tourists for a trekking opportunity. Kohima is humbly remembered to this day for its contribution during World War II. A war cemetery has been created here to honor those brave warriors who fell in the Great War.Dzukou Valley is a must-see destination for those who love flowers. Visit during the end of winter and spring season when the whole valley gets covered with wildflowers, rhododendron and lilies.Kohima’s State Museum has an exhaustive collection on the region’s 16 native tribes, including Naga masks, textiles and huge ceremonial drums.The hilly terrain of Kohima is best covered by reliable state transport buses. Jeeps and taxis are also fine ways to roam within the city. Kohima is well linked by roadways to Dimapur, Imphal, Manipur, Guwahati, Tinsukia, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram.Before arriving at Nagaland, ensure you are updated with the latest travel advisory issued by the tourism department or the state/central government.Find out if there are areas in or around Kohima that require a special permit for domestic or foreign travelers
Kohima is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Dimapur at a distance of 41kms.
Airports: Dimapur Airport
There is no regular trains to Kohima from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Dimapur which is located at a distance of 42kms.
Railway Station(s): Dimapur