Cooler Climes and Hilly Retreats – Nagaland

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These retreats tucked away in the mountain ranges of the Indian sub-continent are ideal getaways from the searing heat of the plains during summer.

During winters these hills and mountains are some the most romantic vacation destinations, with snow clad mountains in the North Indian retreats to the chill and misty weather in the South Indian hills.

Nagaland is a perfect tourist destination to explore the rich culture and tradition of the Naga Tribes. The place makes an amazing tourist destination with its majestic hills, the exquisite landscapes, beautiful sunrise and sunsets and breath-taking valleys. This is a perfect holiday destination for trekking, jungle camping and rock climbing.

These hill stations are a must-visit on any traveller’s itinerary.

 

Kohima

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Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland is a picturesque town, situated amidst lush greenery. It is a typical Naga town, a pretty hill station, with panoramic views of the rugged Naga Hills, displaying the exotic tribal culture of the northeast that makes it a hot holiday travel destination.

Sheltered in the eastern frontiers of the Himalayan mountain range, Kohima is noted for its unhurried pace of life amid calm and serene environs which charms all visitors to this place.

 

Pfutsero

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Located at a distance of 70 kilometres from the state capital of Kohima is the town of Pfutsero, which is at an altitude of around 6,998 feet above sea level. This makes it the highest and also the coldest inhabited place in the state of Nagaland.

The town of Pfutsero is inhabited by the Chakhesang tribe. Pfutsero has two main festivals which are ‘Sukrunyi’ celebrated by the Chokri community on January 15 and ‘Tsukhenyie’ celebrated by the Khezha community on May 6.

Glory Peak at an altitude of 8530 feet above sea level is the main attraction in Pfutsero. The peak is just a kilometre from the town and there are steps leading to the top of the peak. It offers majestic views of Mt. Everest in the West and Mt. Saramati in the East.

An eco-lodge has been constructed by the government at the base of the peak and potentials lie for identifying trekking routes from here to Kapamadzu peak, which is the highest table top mountain in Nagaland. The more adventurous can take on the challenge of discovering these trekking routes themselves.

 

Dzükou Valley

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Situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur at an altitude of 2438m above sea level – behind the Japfü peak – this magical valley looks like a mown lawn from a distance watered by two meandering streams, the Dzukou and the Japfü Rivers. This picturesque valley and its vast meadows popularly known as the “Valley of Flowers of the North East” are a treat for any nature lover.

If you’ve dreamed of walking through valleys and plains carpeted with exotic flowers, encompassed by emerald green hills, lost in the murmur of streams flowing by and enchanted by lush forests then Dzukou valley is the place for you

 

Mokokchung

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Mokokchung is the land of the Ao Nagas. Although, almost all Aos have converted to Christianity, they still maintain their old customs and traditions, especially the tradition of hospitality that can be seen during Christmas. This is the time when everyone, irrespective of their financial or social status, welcomes each other warmly in their homes.

 

Mon

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Mon district of Nagaland is a mystic and euphoric place that resonates the rich tribal heritage of the state. Home to the Konyak Nagas, Mon is an ethnic paradise and is an intriguing destination to experience. Located in the north-eastern part of Nagaland, Mon is well known for the headhunting tradition practiced ages ago by its inhabitants, the Konyak Nagas.

A visit to the Mon is incomplete without stopping by at the Angh’s house. Anghs are the hereditary chief of the Konyaks. The Angh’s house is the biggest in the village and is adorned with skulls and exquisite woodwork. The tattoos, the ear rings and the colourful headgear marks the might and the power of the Angh.