Nagaland is a quaint state in the Northeastern part of India. It is one of the most loved hill-town destinations, the country can boast of. For tourists, the holiday destination not only mesmerizes everyone with its natural or scenic beauty but also has its traditional and cultural heritage deeply rooted. In an era, where you hardly get to see the traditional culture of yesteryears, this place is a beauty indeed. This is mainly because Nagaland is inhabited by tribes who are quite protective of their culture and identity. Colorful costumes, spicy cuisines, quaint countryside locales, pleasant weather, and beautiful dance forms, with their lyrical versions make Nagaland special for the tourists.
Nagaland has some of the best spots of Mother Nature. These include Japfu Peak, Dzukou Valley, and Shilloi Lake. The natural beauty is mesmerizing to your senses. Helping you unveil the more colorful aspects of this bountiful state of India!
Nagaland comprises of mountains and rivers. The topography of the place has a significant impact on the weather conditions indeed. During monsoons, the roads over flood while the place becomes more humid too. Tourists or vacationers avoid travel at this point due to the presence of road blockages or landslides. Summers are ideas as it is relatively cooler than the rest of the country. This is because of the higher altitude. During summers, you can visit the mountains and forests of Nagaland. Winters can be cold and even reach sub-freezing points. This is the ideal time to do some pleasant shopping, sightseeing and get into the outdoor-based adventure.
Taking you through the weather belt to know the overall climatic conditions around Nagaland:
Summer- March-May; Temperature belt: 16 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. Summers can be the ideal time to escape from the horrid heat wave felt in other parts of the country. Mid-afternoons the temperatures can get a little hot and humid. However, the weather becomes cool during the evenings. Summer season is the shortest in Nagaland and it lasts hardly for 3 months.
Monsoons- May-September; Temperature belt: 14 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius. Monsoons can be moderate to very heavy in parts of Nagaland. Due to the presence of high-altitude Mountains or elevated topography, the place receives bountiful rain through the monsoon season. The state receives 18-22 cm of rain on an average. August and September are the wettest months of the year. You can find crops and flower meadows lush and green at this point.
Winter- October- March; Temperature belt: 4 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius. It is cooler during the mornings while at nights the temperature can fall to as low as 4 degrees Celsius. Intermittent snowfall is received at parts of the state. October to March is a boom in tourist activity.
Hence, when you have a look at the overall weather chart, the months between October and March are the most ideal for tourists or vacationers to plunge into a holiday. The period sees Nagaland brimming with activities like bird watching, trekking, shopping, and touring the place.
These are some of the hot hubs when it comes to sightseeing in Nagaland. Taking you into a glimpse through each of them:
Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland. The land is famous for its ethereal and untouched beauty indeed. You have beautiful meadows across Kohima. The meadows bloom Kewhi flowers aplenty. As you have the place situated 1500 meters above the sea level, you can sit on the lap of Mother Nature. You have quaint hills, picturesque forests, and a stunning landscape indeed. This place is a haven for adventure seekers as the spot has trails for hiking, trekking, and camping. The Kohima zoo, museum, and Shilloi Lake are popular tourist attractions here in the city.
Mokokchung is a bustling city after Dimapur and Kohima. You have quite a lot of tourist attractions in and around the city. These include the District Museum, the Town Main Park, Unman Village, Longkhum, Langpangkong, and the Mopungchukit. Criss crossroads, rickety villages, and caves are found across the above-stated locales. Tourists can explore the other side of the world while they are here at Mokokchung.
Dimapur is one of the fastest-growing cities in Nagaland. It is also one of the largest cities out here. The International airport is situated here in the city of Dimapur. Other notable tourist attractions include the Triple falls, the Nagaland science center, the zoological park, and the Dhansiri River. It just takes a day or two for you to cover all the attractions at Dimapur in Nagaland.
Phek is a hilly tract that has rich sources of flora and fauna. The colorful topography of this place is what makes the hill-town a popular tourist destination in Nagaland. You have connecting hills that are spellbound to watch. These include Kapamodz and Zanibou. The main rivers are Tizu, Lanye, and Sedzu. The Phek waterfalls are icing to the cake. This offbeat travel destination is therefore heaven for holidayers and nature lovers.
Mon is a place that is inhabited by a tribal group namely Konyaks Nagas. These people provide unique caricatures to tourists and vacationers, as they are seen donning tattooed faces with loincloths. The topography comprises of difficult terrain with steep slopes. The culture, costumes, and people add interesting aspects to this town. You have a closer picture of how life is led by the Nagas. Veda Peak and Naganimora are popular tourist attractions out there. Veda Peak offers a pristine view of hills and mountains surrounding the area. The spot is almost situated 70 km from Mon. You can also visit some of the villages in closer proximity to Mon. These include Chui, Longwa, and Shangynu.
Hardly located 25 km from Kohima, this place in Nagaland offers tourists with breathtaking views indeed. Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak stand tall at 3050 meters from the sea level. This peak is the second-highest one in Nagaland. The peak and the valley cover surrounding high-altitude mountains and hills making the spot referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the East’. Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak is a haven for trekking enthusiasts indeed. Again, one fondly refers to ‘Dzukou Valley’ as the Valley of Flowers of the East. The sight of flowers, during its full bloom, is a retreat to your visual senses indeed. The highest point at the Dzukou Valley is at 2,600 meters above the sea level. Therefore, apart from the Japfu Peak, Dzukou also provides you with a panoramic view of surrounding hills or valleys across the front. Therefore, when you visit this lovely spot in Nagaland, you can be overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence and beauty in front of you!
This is a beautiful lake with the verdant valley surrounding it on all four sides. The unique foot-shaped lake is situated at the heart of the Patkai region in Nagaland. The lake is considered a holy one, as there is a mythology that a holy child rests at the bottom of the lake. The surroundings around the lake look so beautiful indeed!
The cuisine over here is predominantly non-vegetarian. People here eat chicken, mutton, pork, fish, and dog meat too. As the Naga crowd is a typical tribal one, they eat anything they can lay their hands on to. Smoked port with fermented soybeans is a delicacy out here. Smoked pork stew, bamboo stew fish, boiled vegetables, bitter melon, and chicken rice soup are some of the delicacies out here. The food out here is prepared in the spicy style. To be precise, the options for vegetarian food are minimal here when compared to locally spruced non-vegetarian foods.
You can shop for an indigenous variety of handicraft products out here in Nagaland. You can also shop for vests, shawls, and other decorative items. Dimapur is famous for its share of merchandise on stylish apparel, shawls, and skirts.
Now that you know the end to end aspects of the lovely state of Nagaland, it is time you pack your bags and make your bookings.
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