A colourful land of impeccable culture and unprecedented traditions, this lesser known city is certainly an enticing destination to explore. The predominantly tribal city is blessed with high mountains, deep valleys and rich flora and fauna. Being inhabited by as many as 16-odd tribes, it is the land of rich cultural heritage of the Nagas. Kohima is the capital of Nagaland; the city is a beautiful mixture of all the hues of nature. The British developed Kohima as a watch post for the eastern region. The town has been witness to the bloody World War II battles between the Allies and Japan. The entrance gate is adorned with traditional Naga art and buffalo horns which is typical to all Naga villages.
It is one of the most charismatic destinations to see in the state. The blend of the ancient and the modern has painted this town in an interesting colour and Kohima has become an indelible landmark for the state. Kohima's leisurely pace of life attracts travellers who want to get away from the hurly burly of city life, the serene atmosphere makes you unwind and relax. The Kohima Village, locally known as the Barra Basti, showcases the Naga way of life. Kohima is a hilly town makes it a perfect place for adventurous activities like trekking, jungle camping and rock climbing.
Shop in the famous Naga Bazaar which is known for sale of indigenous handicrafts items, like shawls, vests and other decorative items and jewelleries.
In Kohima you will find authentic Naga cuisine like Ghalo (pork and bamboo) and bamboo baked with fish, locals are generally non-vegetarian, you will find a variety of non-veg food in Kohima. Try the local rice beer called Zouthou.
Visit beautiful Khonoma green Village to witness the beautiful terraced fields and tribal culture.
Trek to Dzukou Valley for a unforgettable heavenly experience..
Visit Kisama Heritage Village to feel the ancient Naga culture and tradition.
Climate of Kohima is moderate all round the year. During peak summer months from July-August, temperature ranges an average of 80-90 Fahrenheit. Heavy rainfall occurs during summer.
Monsoon starts in the month of May and lasts till September. Monsoon is not suitable to visit Kohima due to flood in the nearby areas.
December and January are the coldest months when frost occurs and in the higher altitudes, snowfall occurs occasionally. December is the best time to visit Kohima as the Hornbill festival also started in the 1st week of December.
Dimapur Airport is the only airport in Nagaland and is located about 68 kilometers from Kohima. There are daily flights available for Kolkata and Guwahati from where tourists can board flights to other parts of the country.
Dimapur is the nearest railhead and is about 75 kilometers from Kohima. Daily trains for Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi are available from here.
Kohima is well connected to all major places in the North East including Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong and Dimapur.