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Nagaland is a state in north eastern India.
Fly into Dimapur or take the fast train from Guwahati which leaves daily at 0630; connect to a share taxi in front of the Dimapur railway station (Rs 230) and reach Kohima by lunchtime. Direct buses also run daily between Guwahati and Kohima.
Foreign nationals no longer need a Restricted Area Permit. If flying in, you should register with police at the airport, but even this is not strictly required.
Kohima, the state capital, houses the largest crucifix in India.
Touphema Tourist Village
Situated on a gentle hillock with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys at a distance of 41 km north of Nagaland capital Kohima, the Tuophema tourist village offers exquisite traditional Naga life in the lap of nature.
The resort offer all the modern comforts with an ethnic setting. The interiors of the resort provides fascinating insight into the history, tradition and ancient myths of the Naga people.
Visitors are offered warm Naga hospitality which include guided walk to nearby peaks or rice fields, hunting trips, cultural expeditions and visits to local homes.
As part of the Naga hospitality, tourists are also offered local dishes with home made rice beer. A recently refurbished Museum inside the village offers an extensive ethnographic collection including wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts traditional artifacts, jewelry and archaeological finds.
Hornbill Festival-(Naga Heritage Village - Kisama)
The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.
The state of Nagaland still supports a tribal culture. This is celebrated with a series of performances and demonstrations at the Hornbill Festival, in the state capital Kohima.
The festival sees each tribal Hoho (the leading body of each tribe) construct a Morung (boys dormitory), where the values of life are traditionally imparted. In these modern-day Morung, the tribes depict their original lifestyles as accurately as possible. Although they don't have the original totem poles or carvings, the ceremony still serves to give an authentic idea of the traditions of the tribes.
Traditional arts are also featured, with paintings, wood carvings and sculptures by modern Naga artists on display. Naga troupes sing folk songs, perform traditional dances and play indigenous games and sports.
In the evenings, an organized programme of music concerts, catering for all tastes, ensures that the festive spirit continues through the night.
Situated at an altitude of 2438.4 metres above sea-level, behind the Japfu Peak, about 30 Km to the south of Kohima. The entire valley is overshadowed with a type of tough bamboo brush to make the place appear like a mown lawn. The serpentine stream that flows through Dzukou becomes frozen during winter. In summer, wild herbs sprout along the river banks. Lilies in white and yellow and a hundred of other species of flowers in varied colour adorn the valley in summer. Rhododendrons in white and other colours ornament the hills surrounding the vale. This is one of the best trekking spots in the North-Eastern Region. A base camp for Trekkers' is being constructed on the way from the Jakhama route.
From June to September, the entire valley is covered with a carpet of wild flowers. Here, you are completely at peace with nature. The valley is surrounded by hills, natural caves & rocks and is thus, ideal for camping.
Basketry : Naga storage and carry baskets are crafted by women using fine strips of cane and bamboo make them sought after for their utility as well as their aesthetic value. The cane baskets of Khonoma village are particularly well known for their intricate weaving. While cane baskets and containers woven by the Khiamngan weavers in the Tuensang District are well known for their quality and intricate work which gives it a lace-like appearance. Headgears and mats are also woven from fine bamboo and cane strips. The same skills of that craftsmen use to weave beautiful baskets are utilized to create cane furniture which aimed also for an international market.
Woven Crafts: Naga women are excellent weavers and produce colorful shawls, bags and jackets very popular with tourists. Each tribe uses colors and motifs that distinguish from each other, this are based on tribal folklore. Natural dyes from barks, roots and plants are used to dye cotton yarn and woven fabrics. then woven cloth are embellished with beads, cowrie shells and goats hair ( traditionally showing the status of the weaver).
Woodcraft: are by craftsmen using traditional skills. The Diezephe Craft village in Dimapur District is a good place to find excellent woodcraft.
Pottery: are traditionally crafted by womenfolk. The pots are generally very simple and importance was given to its functional value rather than aesthetics. Tseminyu and Ungma village were well known for aluminum and steel vessels have long replaced the simple clay pots.
Metal work: Iron tin and brass are used to produce weapons as well as a variety items of utility items and ornaments. The Konyak blacksmiths were famous for their works in the past which their products were in great demand in Assam. To this day, the local dao, spears, chisels, ornaments and other items of utility are still crafted by local blacksmith which are valued by locals and tourists alike.
Jewelry and beadwork is also popular with tourists. The beads that are used are crafted show profusion and complexity in their creation. jewelry, are crafted using a range of materials, such as glass, shell, stone, teeth or tusk, claws, horns, metal, bone, wood, seeds, hair, and fibre.
A typical Naga table consists of a meat dish, a boiled vegetable dish or two, rice and a chutney (Tathu). Nagas tend to prefer boiled edible organic leaves. Some common dishes are "fermented bamboo shoot" (made from the tender shoot of the Bamboo tree) with fish and pork. axone (soyabean boiled, fermented and either smoked or sun dried) with smoked pork and beef. Smoked meat is produced by keeping the meat above the fire or hanging on the wall of the kitchen for 2 weeks or longer, which could last for the whole year ahead. Anishiis fermented yam leaves made into patties and smoked over the fire or sun dried . Naga food tends to be spicy (chillies). There are different varieties of chillies in Nagaland. The ginger used in the Naga cusine is spicy, aromatic and is different from the common ginger. The garlic and ginger leaves are also used in cooking with meat. Another popular dish is a soupy dish which is had with cold rice made mostly when one feels under the weather or a migraine, called by different name by the different Naga tribes.
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the state.