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Nagaland is physically and conceptually at the very extremity of the sub-continent. Many of its hills and valleys, home to the fiercely independent Nagas, were unchartered until recently, and the eastern regions remain far beyond the reach of the skeletal road network. The hospitability of the people here and their culture and tradition simply touch the heart. Moreover, the Nagaland is an ideal destination for trekking, rock climbing and jungle camping. The state consists of seven districts with sixteen tribes & sub-tribes inhabiting it.

History

Little is known about the early history of what is now Nagaland, including the origin of several large sandstone pillars at Dimapur. British rule was established over the area by the 1890s, and headhunting, then a traditional practice, was outlawed. The Naga territory remained split between Assam and the North East Frontier Agency after Indian independence in 1947, despite a vocal movement advocating the political union of all the Naga tribes; one faction called for secession from India. In 1957, following violent incidents, the Indian government established a single Naga administrative unit under Indian rule. The Naga people responded by refusing to pay their taxes and by conducting a campaign of sabotage. In 1960 the Indian government agreed to make Nagaland a self-governing state within India; the state was officially inaugurated in 1963. Naga separatists, however, continued to show violent opposition; they have been demanding autonomy and creation of a single administrative unit comprising all the Naga inhabited areas spanning across some of the north eastern states. Naga rebels and the Indian government have agreed on a ceasefire and peace talks are going on.

Nagaland Fairs & Festivals

The festivals are mostly related to agricultural operations. The important thing about the Naga festivals is their corporate character. The community as a whole participates in the celebrations. There is a definite programme stretching over a specified period in which all the village folk join.

MOATSU : Among the Aos, the most important festival is Moatsu, which is celebrated after the sowing is over. The festival last for six days. On the first night of the festival sexual intercourse was forbidden. Every man was required to wear a new belt, for hanging his dao. The unmarried men received belts as presents from their girl friends, the married men got from their wives. During this occasion, the restriction relating to dress and ornaments were relaxed. People could wear even the forbidden ones according to their will.

SEKRENYI : The principal Angami festival in the Sekrenyi. It is celebrated in February by the Western Angamis and in December by the Southern Angamis. The festival is to ensure the health and well being of the community during the coming year. It is an occasion of great merry making, enormous quantities of rice-beer, beef and pork are consumed. An interesting feature of the festival is that the men have to prepare a separate hearth and abstain from any sexual relation for the first two days.

SANKARNI : One of the major festivals of the Zemis is the Sankarni Puja which coincides with Shivaratri. Single boys and girls join in the Sankarni puja which lasts over a week. Chanting songs, they smoke, eat and drink to their hearts content. Contribution in money and kind is welcome from the participant families as well as visitors.

Nagaland Wildlife and Birds

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The Fakim Sanctuary close to the Myanmar border receives high rainfall and is home to tigers and hoolock gibbons, and the tragopan pheasant. The Pulie Badze Sanctuary also lies near Kohima.Located at a distance of 8 km from the Zunheboto district headquarters, Ghosu Bird Sanctuary is maintained solely by the village community. It houses more than twenty species of endangered birds. Migratory birds can be sighted from June to September.a Turtle Project (1975-76), Project Elephant (1991-92), Aquatic Bird Project (1992-93) and Blackbuck Project (1994-95).

Mokokchung

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Mokokchung, one of the districts in Nagaland, the Home of the Ao Naga tribe. It covers an area of 1,615 sq km. It is bounded by Assam to its north, Wokha to its west, Tuensang to its east, and Zunheboto to its south. The physiography of the district shows six distinct hill ranges. The ranges are more or less parallel to each other and runs southeast direction. Explore the world of Mokokchung.

Mokokchung District is bounded by the state of Assam to its north, Tuensang to its east, Zunheboto to its south and Wokha and Assam to it’s west, and lies between 93.53 and 94.53 Degrees Longitude and 25.56 Degrees Latitude.

Mon

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Mon brings pictures of chiefs, tattooed faces of Konyaks and muzzle-loading guns which the ingenious Konyaks manufacture. It is 357km from Kohima via Dimapur and 280 km from Dimapur, 275km from Kohima via Mokokchung, Tamlu and Wakching. Mon headquarters, home of the Konyaks, was established at Chen and Mon villages land, being centrally located for the coronation of Anghs (Chiefs). Here, one see the tattooed faces wearing feathered headgears and traditional dresses. Konyaks are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. Here you find excellent woodcarvings, daos, guns, gun powder, headbrushes, headgear, necklaces etc., made by these artisans and craftsment. It is an exciting experience to pay a visit to Angh`s house at Chui, Mon Tangnyu, Sheangha, Chinyu, Wackching and Japoka. Konyaks are ruled by hereditary chiefs known as Anghs and the institution og Anghship is only prevalent among the Konyaks. The most colorful festival of the Konyaks-Aoling Monyu is observed during the first week of April and is a spectacle worth a watch.

Wokha

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Wokha in nagaland is the district headquarters of the Lothas. It is equidistant at 80 Km both from Kohima as well as Mokokchung in Nagaland. It is 58 Km from Furkating Railway Station (Assam). Wokha literally means census in Lotha. It was the place where the ancient Lothas counted heads before spreading out into the villages during their waves of migrations. There are monoliths (LOngzu) erected by their rich ancestors to exhibit their status. Lothas are know for their colourful dances and songs particularly Shanta. Tokhu Emong and Pikhuchak are their main festivals.

Nagaland Art and Crafts

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Wood Carving: The best wood-carvings are to be seen on the village gate, in the Morung, and in front of the house of a rich man or warrior. The working instruments for wood carving are simple. They include Dao, chisel, axe and adze. The figures generally carved are mithun head, hornbill, human figure, elephant, tiger etc. These figures have their usual symbolic meaning. The mithun head represents wealth; the hornbill, valour; the human figure, success in head-hunting; while elephant and tiger denotes physical prowess. In Konyak area, there are some carvings which have the Khajuraho touch about them; there are exotic motifs showing a dancing couple in an amorous posture. The Konyaks are in fact, the best wood-carvers among the Nagas. The log-drums or xylophones which are laboriously hollowed out of the trunk of a big tree are excellent specimens of the Naga's skill in wood-work. The drum has generally a carved prow showing mithun, buffalo or tiger's head. In recent years, with the suppression of head-hunting and the spread of Christianity, the art of wood-carving has suffered.

Surface

A good network of roads connect Kohima to Shillong and Guwahati, which are important cities in Northeastern India. Other cities and towns of Nagaland are linked to Kohima by road.

Train

Dimapur Railway Station is well linked to Guwahati, which is in turn connected to all major cities of India by important trains.

Air

Dimapur, the capital city of Nagaland has a domestic airport, which is regularly serviced by major airlines. The city is connected to the important cities like Kolkata and Guwahati by air.

Hotel Saramati

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Being the commercial capital of the state, Dimapur has a good number of hotels for the low to medium budget traveler. The decent hotels could cost anything between USD 10 to USD 35 per night. There is a tourist lodge managed by the Government.

Niathu Resort

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Ensconced in an enchanting locale by the river side, “Niathu Resort” is just  5 minutes drive from Dimapur Airport on the way to Kohima. It provides the ideal setting for a quick getaway from the hectic pace of city life, within the vicinity of the cosmopolitan city of Dimapur.Built in an 50 acre expanse of land, the resort has seven alpine chalet style suites. A unique feature of the resort's location is that it is just a stone's throw from the Chathe river, further adding to the resort's exotic allure of luxury in wild open spaces. The resort has been carefully designed to provide a range of facilities careering to a cross section of taste for all ages. The resort also offers a variety of food, be it Indian, Chinese, Continental or the local ethnic Naga Cuisine. Guests can enjoy their meals on the open air Naga style “machaan”, air conditioned restaurant or the fascinating gazebo which is made solely of bamboo.

Government Circuit House

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There are some hotels and tourist lodges in Mokokchung, besides a government circuit house . Paying guest accommodations is also available.

 

Address:
Government Circuit House
Mokokchung, Nagaland.

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