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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Kohima, the capital of Nagaland is a small town situated in the eastern Himalayan region, at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. The town unlike most other cities is tiny, green, serene, peaceful and unpolluted. It short it resembles a typical Naga village.
The World War 2 cemetery is the most famous tourist destination in Kohima. This cemetery is a tribute to all those allied soldiers who died during the Battle of Kohima during WW2. A tourist can also visit the Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill, which is one of the largest cathedrals in the entire north eastern India and is home to the biggest wooden cross in India.
To catch a glimpse of the rich heritage and culture of the different Naga tribes, one can visit the Nagaland State Museum. The various items displayed in the museum include gateposts, statues, pillars, jewelry and various types of traditional garments.
To get a view of the unique flora and fauna of the state, a tourist can visit the Zoological Park. There are quite a few places of tourist importance in and around Kohima. Around 5 kms away, on the Dimapur-Kohima Road is Ruzaphema, a bazaar famous for its traditional handicraft items such as shawls, cane and bamboo works. The Japfu Peak, situated around 15kms from the capital city is an attractive tourist destination. Situated at an altitude of 3048 mts above sea level, the peak offers a panoramic view of its surroundings.
Adventure tourists can have a good time at Dzukou valley which is one of the best trekking spots in the northeast region.
Kohima is well connected to Dimapur, which has the nearest airport and the railway station. The capital is also connected by road to all major towns of the North East. The ideal time to visit the capital is from September to March.   

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