Khonoma is a quaint village located approximately 20km away from the capital city of Kohima in Nagaland. The village is estimated to be around 700 years old and is relatively less populated with a total strength of 600 households.
You can visit the village of Khonoma any time of the year. The village is surrounded by mountains and is situated at the base of the hills which gives it an amazing landscape, something to be experienced by every discerning traveller.
The beautiful village is the abode of the Angami tribe, known for their bravery and martial art skills. Khonoma is also famous for its forests and some of the oldest terraced cultivation in the region. They have a unique form of agriculture that is ecologically sustainable; the villagers took a bold step back in 90’s to ban all logging and hunting activities in the forests of their community. Khonoma today is a model village for its unique self-sustaining practices, and is popular as the first green village of India.
For the foodies, the food is reason enough to come back. The local cuisine here is full of sweet aromas and distinct flavours; especially dishes with bamboo shoots cooked in authentic Naga style.
Attractions to not miss while you’re here are Kohima Zoo, which is home to a diverse bird species like the tragopan bird, also the state bird of Nagaland. You can also see the wild buffalo known as Mithun and langur and be a part of nature trips, camping, as well as bird watching that they regularly organise.
Mokokchung, home to the native tribe of Nagaland, the Ao Naga tribe, is where you’ll find the Ao warriors dressed beautifully in black and red hand-woven shawls and wrist bands with small attachments signifying various victories.
An important place to visit is the Kohima War Cemetery – a memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces who laid down their lives in the Second World War at Kohima in April 1944. The cemetery is set in a peaceful setting of well-manicured grassland where roses bloom in abundance. The cemetery is built at the exact location where the battle was fought and provides a panoramic view of the town of Kohima.
The nearest airport is located at Dimapur about 77km away which offers excellent connectivity to Kolkata and Guwahati along with other major cities in the country.