HORNBILL FESTIVAL, KISAMA The Kisama Village is approx 02 kms away from Kohima and about 15 minutes drive time from our Camp location - Kohima Camp, Nagaland . Kisama is where the Naga Heritage Village is established. Its name has been derived from the two adjoining villages of Kigwema (Ki) and Phesama (Sa) and Ma which denotes a village in the local Naga dialect. The Naga Heritage village is made up of the main 16 tribal houses set it all its indigenous typical architectural designs and integrity. These "Morungs" or "Youth Dormitory" are the nursery of all Nagas where oral history is passed from one generation to another. Each of the 16 Naga tribes have their own unique customs and traditions which manifest themselves in both sombre and colourful songs, dances and costumes. The Heritage Complex also houses a World War II Museum, Bamboo Pavilion, Horti-Scape and Food Courts. KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY : The Battle of Kohima in Nagaland, was the turning point of the Japanese “U Go” offensive into India in 1944 in the Second World War. The battle was fought in three stages from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima. It is often referred to as the "Stalingrad of the East".
Memorial: It is dedicated to the 10,000 soldiers who lost their lives in protecting the country from the Japanese invasion during World War II during the Battle of Kohima in 1944. The Battle of Kohima lasted for three months, during which a small group of soldiers had bravely blocked the Japanese troops at the border from invading India now maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner's tennis court which was the scene of the Battle of the Tennis Court. The War Cemetery is designed in a series of terraces, with stone steps leading through the cemetery. The 18 plots cemetery is beautifully covered with carpet grass and roses and is scrupulously maintained. There are 1421 stone slabs, with bronze plaques inscribed with epitaphs, in the memory of the allied soldiers, who lost their lives during the battle, including soldiers from, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, East Africa and India. There are two crosses standing tall at the highest and the lowest points in the tranquillity of the cemetery. KHONOMA Approx. 38 kms from Kohima Camp, Nagaland, lying in the foot of the famous Dzukuo Valley is the picturesque Angami Naga tribal village of Khonoma surrounded by forests of alder trees and agricultural terraces carved out of its hilly slopes .This village has a very interesting history of their forefathers offering a stiff resistance against the British Raj.
A close bond with Nature is a part of the local way of life. Faced with widespread deforestation, the residents banned hunting and logging in their forests. Today, the cobbled streets of Khonoma stand as a reminder of a time when Man and Nature flourished in peaceful coexistence.