Must visit villages in Nagaland: Kisama, Tuophema, Khonoma and more
Dimapur, November 13 (EMN): Nagaland has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. From its vibrant and colorful culture and traditions to the mesmerizing landscape, a visit to Nagaland is sure to leave the traveler in you spellbound and impressed with its hospitality and land.
A village forms the basic social structure of Naga society and is headed by a chairman of the village council, who deals with developmental aspects as well as settlement of village disputes.
The village is further divided into khels (settlement/quarters).
Here are some of the best villages to visit in Nagaland in no particular order,
Khezhakeno village is a historical and ancestral village of the Nagas located in the district of Phek 48 km from Kohima. Folklore has passed down from generation to generation the state that different Naga tribes first settled in the village and then dispersed to their current locations.
The village also has the legendary ‘Tso Tawo’, a large flat stone, which is said to have lined the paddy fields placed on it.
One can also visit the resort of Lake Chida, located in the middle of gentle rolling valleys.
A visit to the village is a must for its historical significance as well as to gain insight into the history and genealogy of the Naga.
Khonoma Green Village
Khonoma village is the first green village in India and the Asian continent. The village is located 20 km from Kohima and overlooks rice fields and hills covered with green forests.
Previously, the village thrived on logging, foraging and hunting, but since conservation efforts began in the 1990s, the village now thrives on ecotourism.
The village is also famous for the historical “Battle of Khonoma”, which was the last organized resistance by the Nagas against the British.
If you are looking to relax amidst nature and greenery, Khonoma village is the perfect getaway.
Benreu is a small village located on a mountain, 7,000 feet above sea level, with Mount Pauna, the third highest mountain in Nagaland, towering above the village and surrounded by dense forest.
The village is located in Peren district, about 67 km from Kohima and 120 km from Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland.
The village is also known for its sheep farming.
The houses of the village are stacked along the hill and descend towards the center of the village, offering a particular and intriguing view.
One can enjoy the sights of the village and go further for a hike to Mount Pauna.
Longwa village is home to the Konyak Naga tribe and one of the largest villages in Mon district. What makes the village unique is that the international border between India and Myanmar runs through the house of the Angh (village head), where the kitchen is in Myanmar and the other rooms are in India.
Residents of Longwa have dual nationality and can move freely in both countries. The natural beauty of the village is mesmerizing as a total of four rivers flow through the village, two in India and two in Myanmar.
The Konyak tribe is also one of the last headhunters in India (headhunting is no longer practiced). The village is located 42 km from the city of Mon.
village of Dzuleke
The village of Dzüleke is a popular picnic spot for locals and is about 35 km from Kohima. With its quaint little houses surrounded by forests and rice paddies, the village offers an opportunity to experience the peace, quiet and calm of a Naga village amidst greenery and fresh air.
The terrain and vegetation are perfect for bird and butterfly watching, nature walks and trekking.
The village also has a trout conservation and breeding center and a rare species of rainbow trout can be found in the stream in this village.
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Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama is 12 km from Kohima on National Highway 2. The village hosts the internationally renowned annual Hornbill Festival. The village is home to all the Morungs of the Naga tribes designed in their traditional way to give the feel and ambience of a real Naga village and looks like an open-air museum of Naga culture and traditions.
The best time to visit is during the Hornbill Festival from December 1 to 10, but one can also visit the village anytime to see the Morungs, although the place may be empty.
The village also houses a WWII museum.
The village of Kigwema is located 15 km south of Kohima. The village is nestled in the foothills of Mount Japfü, Nagaland’s second highest peak at an elevation of 3,015 m (9,892 ft) above mean sea level and a popular trekking destination.
This mountain peak is home to the largest rhododendron in the world. In 1993, Guinness World Records recorded the tallest rhododendron at 65 feet (20 m).
A hike to Mount Japfü from the village offers panoramic views of the valley below and a magical sunrise.
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Tuophema Tourist Village
Touphema tourist village is considered as one of the ancient heritage villages of Nagaland. The village is located about 40 km from Kohima, the state capital.
A walk in the village will take you back in time with its traditional houses. The village has 12 uniquely designed cottages, representing the 12 khels of the village, offering visitors to stay in a quaint little hut.
Sekrenyi, the festival of the Angami tribe is also celebrated with great fervor in the village in the month of February and visitors can satisfy their appetite with Naga cuisines such as Ghalo and rice beer.
One can also visit the village museum and see the ethnographic collection of artifacts, handicrafts and textiles, among others.
village of Thanamir
Thanamir, also known as Apple Village, is a small village in Pungro sub-division of Kiphire district. The village is located at the foot of Mount Saramati.
The village grows apples in abundance due to a favorable climate for horticulture and holds the annual Thanamir Apple Festival.
A trek to Mount Saramati, Nagaland’s highest peak, is meant to refresh the mind, body and soul. The village is located near the Indo-Burma border and features stunning natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and unspoiled river waters.
Nagaland Entry Permit
It can be mentioned that it is mandatory for domestic tourists (Indians) to obtain an Inland Line Permit (ILP) to enter Nagaland. The ILP fee is INR 50 for a stay of 15 days and up to INR 500 for 365 days.
The ILP can be obtained by logging on to the official Nagaland government website or from any of the authorities mentioned below:
The Deputy Residential Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi (+91 11 23012296 / 23793673); Deputy Residential Commissioner, Nagaland House Kolkata (+913322825247); Deputy Residential Commissioner, Guwahati (+91 361 2332158; fax: +91 361 2333859); Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur (+91 36862 226530; Fax: +91 3682 230613); Deputy Commissioner, Kohima (+91 370 2290666; Fax: +91 370 229035).
However, foreign tourists can enter Nagaland with any permit, but they must register with the Foreigner Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they are visiting or the nearest police station in within 24 hours of their arrival.