Often called ‘The Switzerland of the East’ due to its scenic beauty, Nagaland is one of the most scenic hill stations in the North-East. Bordered by Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Burma, this quaint state, with its diverse history and culture has retained its untouched beauty and grandeur.
Adorned by the magical beauty of rolling hills and mountains, lush vegetations and colourful cultures, this 16th state of India boasts of its pleasant climate, natural beauty and much more. Let’s have a look on the different things to do in Nagaland and plan a trip to the land of festivals.
Witness the colourful Naga cultures at the Hornbill Festival
Also known as the ‘Festival of Festivals’, Hornbill Festival is the mostly enjoyed cultural meet in Nagaland. A riot of culture, music, folk dance and delicious cuisines, it is celebrated with full vigour and passion by all the Naga tribes. Hornbill celebration starts on 1st December and continues till the 10th of December.
Trek to the Dzoukou valley
Perched at a height of 2,462m above the sea level, this magical valley in Nagaland is one of the most quintessential destinations in the state. While in Nagaland, trek to this pictorial valley, adore its pristine beauty and also witness some of the rare and exotic species of lilies.
Hike the Japfu Peak
The highest point of Nagaland, Japfu Peak is undoubtedly the best spot to witness the enchanting beauty of the Dzukou Valley. A trek to this peak is all about fun, adventure and the misty magic of Nagaland.
Visit the War Cemetery
On your visit to Nagaland, pay your homage to the World War II martyrs. Fought between the British and Japanese soldiers, the cemetery serves as the resting ground for both the British and Japanese soldiers.
Explore history with the Kachari ruins
Have a glimpse of Nagalands’s bygone history while visiting the ancient Kachari Ruins in Dimapur. A reminiscent of the 10th century Kachari Civilization, this heritage site tells the glorious tales of the state and its diverse history.
Visit the Naga Heritage Village
The venue ground of the famed and groovy Hornbill Festival, Kisama or the Naga Heritage Village is a testimonial hamlet of the Naga traditions and cultures. On a visit to this rustic hamlet, one can witness as well as experience the values that bind the Nagamese people.
Fringed with scenic hills and mountains, Nagaland also serves as a wonderful and engrossing mountain biking destination in the North-East. While on these trips, one can also visit some of the Naga villages of the Sangtams, Angamis and even the neighbouring state of Assam.
Explore mysticism in Mount Tiyi
One of the mystique places in Nagaland, the Mount Tiyi is also known as the ‘Mountain of Life’. According to the legends, the mountain has an orchard that can only be explored by the most humble and pure souls.
Visit the Triple Falls
Well, the cascade is named such due to its three different branches that create a magical spell on the visitors. A trek to the base of this waterfall is also one of the best things to do in Nagaland.
Trek to the Veda Peak
Located in the Mon district of Nagaland, the Veda Peak is the highest amongst all the peaks in this vicinity. Locally known as the Pak Koi, on trekking to the top, one can enjoy panoramic views of the mighty Brahmaputra and the Chindwin rivers.
(Source: Nagaland Post)
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