Kohima

Kohima is the capital of Nagaland in North-Eastern India.

Understand

Kohima City

Nagaland, also known as the "Switzerland of Asia", is a breath-takingly beautiful place. The people are very friendly and warm hearted.

Religion

Over 90% of the population are Christians. There are different denominations like Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Assembly of God and Seventh-Day Adventists.

Get in

By plane

By train

Kohima is not connected by train. Dimapur, on the Guwahati-Dibrugarh is the closest railway station with direct rail connections to Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Chennai.

By car

By bus

By bus Kohima is connected to Imphal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Tinsukia and other major cities of North-Eastern India. The bus journey from Kohima to Dimapur is 2.5 to 4 hours (depending on the bus).

Get around

Walking is the best way to feel the pulse of the capital.

See

Kohima Museum
Kohima War Cemetery

Do

While you are visiting Kohima, you can go for a picnic/trekking in the forest. There are rivers where you can picnic and the forest are really beautiful. You can find different varieties of orchids which you will never find anywhere else in the world. Whether it is during winter or spring, the sight of the forest is breathtaking.

Learn

Work

The main occupation is agriculture and there are no big companies like call centre/BPO IT companies. However, there are the usual government jobs, banking sector, factories, etc.

Buy

handicrafts, ethnic shawls, vests, artefacts from emporiums.

Eat

Pork, beef, mutton, chicken, dog meat and also lots of jungle animals are eaten. People are 100 percent non-vegetarian.

If you love pork you should definitely try pork cooked with fermented bamboo shoots in Naga style and if you love spicy food you should try the Naga chutney made with spicy green chillies and not to forget the spicy beef pickle made with Rajha Mircha (the world's hottest chilli, found only in Nagaland).

Drink

Nagaland is officially a dry state, but if you ask the waiters you will get everything from Jack Daniels to local zutho (rice beer).

Mid-range

Sleep

Budget

Nearby and downmarket at the 'BOC' bus stand and market , are the budget "Holiday Inn" (from ₹700) and the "Grandeur" next door (from ₹1000), basic, scruffy but survivable in the Indian manner. City buses (₹5) runs to the centre during daylight hours.

Mid-range

Cope

If you are visiting Kohima during winter make sure you carry warm clothing with you. The air is very cold in the morning and after 2 pm.

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