Spreading in an area of about 16,579 sq. km, Nagaland shares its border with Myanmar and the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Manipur. The capital of Nagaland is Kohima but Dimapur is the biggest city and the commercial center of the sate. Nagaland is primarily a hilly region characterized with snow-covered mountains. The highest peak Mt. Saramati is about 3840 m high located in the Tuensang district. It is inhabited by 16 major tribes having their individual festivals, cultures, tradition and language. The major occupation of the locals is weaving that has been handed to them through generations. All the local festivals are the celebration of agricultural activities and are based on the agricultural cycles.
Places to Visit In Nagaland:
Kohima: Literally meaning the men of the land, Kohima is the capital city of Nagland. It is situated at an altitude of 1444 m above the sea level. It is one of the fastest growing cities offering a blend of traditional as well as modern.
The Kohima War Cemetary: This was constructed in the memory of soldiers that lost their lives in the World War 2. This cemetery is frequented round the year by visitors and by the families of the war martyrs. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and it contains more than 2000 graves.
Kohima Village: It is one of the largest villages in Asia inhabited mainly by the Angami Tribes. Also known as the Bara Basti (Big village), this village is divided into khels or localities.
Khonoma Green Village: It is the first "green village of Nagaland" located at a distance of about 21 Kms away from the Kohima town. On this place, the last British aggression was made by Naga warriors in 1879.
Mon: This place is famous for being inhabited by Konyaks, the fiercest tribes in the world. It is situated at an altitude of about 897 .6 4 meters. It is also famous for its unique legal administrative system of Anghship.
Chui Village: It is located about 8 Kms away from the Mon town on the Tuensang-Mon road. It is most famous for the ethnic craftsmanship of the villagers which is not only limited to the bamboo and wood works but also to gun and gun powder making.
Mon Village: The Mon Village is at a distance of about 7 Kms from the Mon Town. It is also the residence of the king ruling on 12 important villages.
Tuensang: It is inhabited by five major Naga Tribes including the Chang, Yimchunger, Sangtam, Khiamniung an, Phom and a part of the Sumi. It is also one of the biggest districts in Nagaland.
Mokokchung: Located at an altitude of 4347 ft, it is the home of famous Ao Naga tribe. It was known for being the pivot location for British presence in the Naga Hills.
Mopungchuket Village: It is a modern town located at a distance of about 20 kilometers from Mokokchung. The town has been a center of several missionary activities.
Longkhum village: Longkhum village is a situated at an altitude of 1846 m. The village is famous for having a history of head hunting. The villagers are skilled in the traditional art of handicraft and handloom.
Tuephema Tourist Village: It is a unique village lying between the Mokokchung and Kohima highway. The place offers safe and hygienic accommodations in the traditional hut setting. Traditional dances can also be enjoyed performed by the locals along with the local delicacies.