Kohima District is inhabited mainly by the Angami Naga tribe, revered for their culture and tradition and their gallantry in warfare during British rule in India. But perhaps, Kohima is best known to tourists for breeding magnificent terrains like Dzukou valley, Khonoma, Kisama, Touphema and Dzuleke.
On this trip to Nagaland, apart from covering the capital town of Kohima, the mighty Dzukou valley and a couple of old Naga villages, we will peek into the cultures and lifestyle of the Angami by staying in a beautiful homestay with local families, storytelling during curated village walks and thrilling culinary experiences for meat lovers.
If you are an individual who loves cultural exchange, being closer to nature and looking forward to detoxing yourself from the digital and city life, this trip to Nagaland is an ideal getaway for you.
Your city – Dimapur – Kohima
Today is about breaking the ice with fellow travellers and the locals, experiencing Angami (local tribe) hospitality, and staying in a heritage home in Kohima. Walking around in the town, exploring markets, cafes etc. If you are a non-vegetarian, there are a number of seasonal exotic meats you may try. Delicious home-cooked food is available for vegetarians as well.
Kohima – Khonoma – Dzüleke – Kigwema
Today is about understanding the land more, the culture, history, architecture, food, lifestyle, superstitions and anything you are curious about the Nagas. Today is about storytelling. We walk around the first green village of Asia (more on that later) in a curated route through all main khels/sectors of the village with ED hyperlocal guides. After this, we take a quick stroll in a very picturesque neighbouring remote village called Dzüleke. This area practices some of the most innovative strategies for conservation, distribution of resources and sustainability.
Kigwema – Dzukou
Today is about walking slowly in the most beautiful landscapes, camping and stargazing. It is the day to indulge in nature’s masterpiece, push ourselves a little out of our comfort zone, watch the most beautiful sunset, sleep under the milky way of stars, have campfire conversations, the smell of firewood, books, wine, conversations and photography.
Dzukou – Kigwema
Today is about exploring the vastness and beauty of the valley. We go for a walk around the valley, pass through gushing streams, a giant cross, a natural cave-like formation etc. Spend the first half of the day exploring the valley, and by evening we return to our homestay where hot water and home-cooked lunch awaits us.
Kigwema – Kohima – Dimapur
After all the adventures of Dzukou, today is a slower day. We will casually walk around in yet another cute village – Kigwema with an ED Storyteller. After a quick walk, we spend the day in the capital town. Visit someplace like a war cemetery, museum or church depending on your interest. Have a nice fancy lunch and head back to Dimapur. Some good street food, restaurants and pubs in Dimapur for our last night in Nagaland.
Dimapur Airport – Fly back home
Drive to the airport as per flight timings. Even though this short brief adventure ends today, it’s the beginning of friendships and many more adventures to come. We are sure a group reunion is gonna happen in various parts of the country.