Nagaland is home to a rich tribal culture, colorful festivals, head hunters and a diverse landscape. Divided into eight districts, Nagaland is sure to offer one of the most unique travel experiences. It is also one of the most photogenic states in India. Nagaland shares a border with Myanmar and offers to satiate the thirst of the culture seeking adventurer. Here’s a list of things to do in the tribal heartland – Nagaland Tourism.
- Hornbill festival: Held every year from 1st December to 10th December in the Kisama heritage village near Kohima, the Hornbill festival is a colorful mélange of arts, culture, and traditions. Named after the bird, the Indian Hornbill, the festival was first organized in the year 2000 and has only gained more prominence over the years. The festival opens a window to people to witness the life of the tribals of Nagaland, through their dance, food, and art.
- Visit the Head Hunters: The district of Mon is famous for the most fearsome Konyak tribe. Till the 1960s, the Konyak tribes practiced headhunting, where their fierce territorial conflicts with rival clans would result in gruesome warfare. The Konyaks would behead their enemies and bring home their severed heads to display on their walls and doorways. Many of these headhunters, now in their 70s and 80s proudly display tattoos on their chest and faces, which are symbolic of their heroic deeds. The Konyak village is right on the border with Myanmar.
- Myanmar border: Myanmar shares a border with 4 north-eastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland. Longwa village in the Mon district connects via a road to Lijo village in Myanmar. The border literally passes through the village, dividing the village chief’s house into two halves, one that belongs in India and one that falls in Myanmar. The villagers of Longwa don’t need a visa to cross the border.
- Kohima War Cemetery: Built-in memory of the British and Indian soldiers of the Second World War, the Kohima War Cemetery is the resting place to as many as 1420 graves. During WWII against the Japanese, also known as the ‘Battle of Kohima’, the Japanese marched into India via Myanmar and met with strong resistance. For the people of Nagaland, they were part of a war of this scale for the first time. After two months of fighting, the Japanese eventually weakened and suffered their greatest defeats here. Today the Kohima War Cemetery stands as the testament to the courage and valor of these great warriors.
- Fosen Ki: Longkhum is popularly known as the Vegetable capital of India and is a favorite tourist destination for travelers who love nature and treks. As a side trip, one can also visit Fosen Ki Rock Caves which perfectly blend nature with adrenaline.
- Naga Heritage Village: The Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, Kohima showcases traditional tribal architecture to help understand the meaning and variances of all the different tribes. It also houses the World War 2 museum showcasing numerous artifacts from the Battle of Kohima and also of the Indian National Army.
- The Romeo and Juliet of Mopungchuket: One of the oldest and biggest Ao Naga villages, Mopungchuket is a popular destination in Nagaland famous for the love story of Jine and Etiben, the “Romeo and Juliet” of the Ao Nagas. The play represents the aesthetic and cultural aspects of the Ao Nagas and is a must-watch if you are in Mopungchuket. The village also offers panoramic views and lovely nature walks, along with some of the friendliest people you’ll interact with.
Nagaland is indeed a truly astonishing state, with every village and district offering you an offbeat travel experience - from arts and culture to nature, all intertwined with their tribal heritage. You can call also Nagaland the tribal head-crown of the country, offering a completely immersive and unique experience of Incredible India.
Take a trip with us to Nagaland Tourism : Land of Head Hunters Tribe.