Kohima is picturesque hill station, situated amidst lush green wealth of the nature and panoramic view of rugged Naga hills all around. It is the capital of Nagaland, North Eastern State, a land of brave and daring different tribes of Nagas.
Kohima is so called because “Kew Hi” is the name of a plant grown on the mountainside. “Kew Hi Ma” means “the men of the land where the flower Kew Hi grows”. Earlier, Kohima was known as “Thigoma”. It is beautiful town which can be visited throughout the year.
How to Reach Kohima ?
Kohima is 339KM from Guwahati, gateway to the North East India. The nearest airport is Dimpaur 74KM away. Dimapur is also the nearest railway station which has daily and regular trains from Guwahati. There is also a direct Rajdhani express from New Delhi which runs thrice a week.
There are many bus from Guwahati and all other major cities from North Eastern states.
Places to see:
Most famous monument of Kohima is its War Cemetery in memory of British Army who died in action during 1941 to 1945. The touching epitaph reads as follows :-
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow, we gave our today.
This stanza is world famous!
It is a historic village with large wooden gate. Every house has stones raised in memory of feasts organised by its ancestors. Skull of Mithuns could be seen hanging in gates which depicts valour of Angami warriors.
Abut 30KM from Kohima, Dzukou Valley is called as the valley of eternal charm has an irresistible appeal to all. It has natural caves and one of the best trekking destination of North East India.
This is the second highest peak in Nagaland and stands 3048 metres above the sea level. It is about 15 km south of Kohima. In the Jaapfu ranges, lies the tallest rhododendron tree, which is featured in the Guiness Book of World Records. This tree, which was first discovered by two professional hunters of Phesama village, is over 109 feet tall and the girth of the base measures more than 11 feet. When it is in bloom, it is indeed a visual delight.
Kohima is one of the unexplored destination in North East India which has potential for nature lovers all around the world. Nagaland is famous for insurgency in India. One requires ILP ( Inner Line Permit) to visit Nagaland for Indian citizens. International tourists require RAP ( Restricted Area Permit) for group of 4 or more.