The Falcon Capital of the World - Nagaland
Nagaland is a mountainous state in North East India. Kohima is the capital of Nagaland. It is home to diverse indigenous tribes. It is one of the fantastic destinations for spending vacations. The state is quite rich in heritage sites, wildlife, festivals, exotic dishes, pretty handicrafts, and yes serene places too. It is labeled as the land of festivals due to the numerous festivals that the state holds. The state is not only known for mesmerizing scenic views but it is also renowned for some major festivities as well. Hornbill festival, Sekrenyi, Tsukheneye, Aoleang, Naknyulem, and Mimkut are some of the important festivals of the state. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama where the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The main aim of this festival is to protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. This festival is organized in December.
The food of Nagaland is famed for its variety and simplicity. Naga food is considered spicy due to their love for raja Mirchi. Some of the famous dishes of Nagaland are – Axone, Bamboo shoot, Anishi, Fermented dry fish, Bushmeat, and some other mouth-watering cuisines too. Try some exotic dishes here that truly is worth trying.
From the unique headdresses to their unusual sense of wardrobe, from the pretty handloom to their strange taste in food, from the fabulous festivals to the choice of trophies in the form of animal’s skull, Nagaland has always been stood apart from all the states of India. The USP of this superb state lies in the culture of this state. It is indeed a state that should be visited and explored once in a lifetime for encountering the great mixture of cultures amidst nature.
What is Nagaland famous for
Nagaland- The Land of Festivals is known for its culture and festivals. The state Naga has more than 16 tribes each with unique and different culture and language. It is the state where one major festival is lined up for all the months of a year. One of the major festivals of Nagaland is the Hornbill festival that is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama that is around 12kms from Kohima. the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival that is organized in December. The main aim of this festival is to protect the rich culture of Nagaland and displays its extravaganza and traditions. Mithun is the state animal- a semi-domesticated gaur. It is also the official seal of the government of Nagaland. It is indeed the ritually the most valued species in the state The pretty Nagaland is home to Dzukou Valley one of the serene places located at a distance of about 30kms from the state capital, Kohima. It is renowned to be the best trekking circuit in the country.
The state is also known for the hottest chili-ghost pepper or red naga that it holds. It is 400 times hotter than the Tabasco sauce.
Major Markets of Nagaland
Shopaholics have a great option for shopping in Nagaland. Items like – Naga shawl, bamboo mugs, silk Mekhela, cane carpets, handicrafts and handloom emporium, silk clothes, and jewellery are some beautiful things to buy when in this beautiful state. Famous markets from where one can shop are- Hongkong Market in Dimapur, Naga Bazaar, and Tibetian market in Kohima. Other places to shop for handicrafts in Nagaland are Tuensang and Longleng. Stroll in the market places and shop according to your choice and desire.
Where to Stay in Nagaland
There are several well -furnished hotels, traditional homestays in Dimapur, tree cottages, Aesthetic homestays in the state where you can make your stay comfortable. The Nagaland tour will be a comfortable experience for the tourists as several cheap and luxury hotels, resorts and homestays are available for the tourists amidst nature. One visiting can book hotels, resorts on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
Where to eat in Nagaland
Numerous restaurants offer a variety of dishes that are worth trying in Nagaland. Fifa café, JAT restaurant, Chingtsuong restaurant, The Hut Restaurant, Hotel Japfu in Kohima, Smokey Joe’s Restaurant and Grill, Ethnic Table in Dimapur. Some other popular restaurants in Nagaland offers authentic food that is worth trying.