With a pleasant climate almost throughout the year, Nagaland, the land of the warrior Naga clan, is located in the north-east of India. Nagaland’s 16 officially recognized tribes vary greatly in their customs and traditions that translate further into their festivals that revolve around their agricultural cycles. These festivals are celebrated with song and dance and are beautiful to watch.
However, Nagaland’s best treat to tourists is the trek to Dzukou Valley. At an altitude of 2438 mt above sea level, 30 km south of the state capital Kohima, the trek up and down will take you approximately 13 hours. Surrounded by hills, natural caves and rocks, the valley is the most beautiful place to set up camp.
Kohima also houses India’s largest crucifix (the largest crucifix in the world is in Indian River, Michigan). When you travel to Nagaland, make sure you save enough place in your luggage to take back a basket. Handcrafted using srtips of cane and bamboo, they are aesthetically pleasing and very useful. One peculiar sight in Nagaland is the sale of livestock at Naga Bazaar that includes the sale of the black dog. So if you’re squeamish, it is advisable to avoid the market area completely.
There are several insurgent groups still active in Nagaland, so check the political situation before you make your travel plans.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN NAGALAND
Most of the hotels in Nagaland are located in Kohima, its capital. While the services they offer are quite decent and affordable, make sure you get a room that has a heater since it can get quire cold. However, while in Nagaland, the best way to understand and experience the local culture is a homestay. There are several at the foot of the Dzukou Valley trail.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN NAGALAND
Non-vegetarian food can be found in abundance in Nagaland as most of the locals are meat eaters. The local rice beer called Zouthou is a must try, even if you are a light weight. The best of the local cuisine can be found in Kohima with dishes like Ghalo (pork and bamboo) and bamboo baked with fish being taste worthy.
BEST TIME TO VISIT NAGALAND
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Nagaland is as given below. The best time to visit Nagaland is also specified.