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  • Mercedes Benz magazine

    15th May 2017

    luxury camping Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kohima, Nagaland

  • Outlook Traveller

    Outlook Traveller

    1st December 2016

    TUTC’s Kohima Camp

    Located in the Angami-dominated and heavily forested region of Nagaland, TUTC’S luxury camp (tutc.com/kohima-camp-nagaland) is spread over an expansive 6 acres. The tents come with opulent interiors inspired by the colonial era along with a personalised butler service and campfires at night with delicious spreads prepared by a skillful chef. This camp is a great option for those who want to experience the tribal way of life in the lap of luxury. There are a host of options from a 2N/3D package to a 5N/6D package.

    Tariff: From 2,14,600 to 5,64,250

  • Essence Magazine

    10th March 2016

    India’s Wild East

  • Conde Nast Traveller

    16th February 2016

    10 things to do in Kohima

    Take a hike, bite into the worlds hottest chilli and lots more

    10 things to do in Kohima

    Sure, the Hornbill Festival is great, but what else can you do while in Kohima? Here are a few suggestions:

    1. Go glamping

    10 things to do in Kohima

    ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp' pitches its tents in a jungle outside Kohima with the Japfu Range as a backdrop. The super-luxe tents come with en-suite bathrooms, a private sit-out deck, four-poster beds piled high with cushions, sheer mosquito nets, leather chairs and even a tiny study. There is also a living room tent with books and WiFi. You can even enjoy gourmet meals and the services of a private butler who will wake you up with bed tea and cookies.

    2. Hang with the locals

    10 things to do in Kohima


    Try and time your visit with the Hornbill Festival where 16 Naga tribes showcase their culture at Kisama Village, 12km from Kohima. But if you can’t make it to the state in December, you can visit the village through the year and explore its typical tribal longhouses or Morungs with wooden carvings, hunting trophies, spears and shields that showcase distinctive cultural aspects of each tribe. Another place that gives you a window into tribal culture is the Kohima Museum, with its exhibits of weaponry, clan motifs, and large ceremonial drums.

    3. Pay your respects to fallen heroes

    10 things to do in Kohima


    A must do in the city is a visit to the Kohima War Cemetery, with 2337 graves and memorials located on a wooded spur on Garrison Hill, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. In April 1944, a small force of British and allied soldiers (including Indians and local Nagas) was surrounded by 12,000 Japanese troops trying to reach Delhi. More than 3,000 Japanese and 4,000 British casualties resulted from this bloody battle. Today, it’s a humbling experience to walk through the cemetery with terraced graves and touching epitaphs. Near the entrance is a memorial to the 2nd Division. It bears the inscription; " When you go home, tell them of us, and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’

    4. Get bugged at the Naga ‘Keeda’ bazaar

    10 things to do in Kohima


    A way to a city’s heart is usually through its food-—visit the Naga Market where locals stock up on all kinds of meat, vegetables and a fair share of creepy-crawlies. From honeycombs, rabbits in bamboo crates, silkworm larvae, Borol—a larvae delicacy of hornet grubs; tadpoles in plastic bags, forest ferns, fermented tofu and beef to the super hot Raja Mirch chillies, you’ll find it all here. The atmosphere is lively with Naga women dressed in shirts and sarongs, chewing betel leaves, selling slabs of pork, beef and even dog meat. Warning: not for those with weak stomachs.

    5. Stock up on souvenirs

    10 things to do in Kohima


    Kohima is a great place to stock up on handicrafts like vibrant woolen Naga shawls with traditional tribal motifs. Choose from Angami tribal shawls with animal patterns, bone jewellery, black metal craft, bamboo curios and Phom Black pottery. You can also visit the lively night market that sells souvenirs, street food and toys for children.

    6. Catch a Naga wrestling match

    10 things to do in Kohima

    An indigenous sport; Naga wrestling bouts are popular across the state. An annual wrestling championship is held in Kohima with contestants from different villages participating. If you miss that, you can always head to the Central ground in Kohima where matches are often held.

    7. Take a day trip to Khonoma

    10 things to do in Kohima

    Perched on a hill overlooking terraced paddy fields, Khonoma is home to the Angami Nagas, an indigenous warrior tribe. The village is divided into three hamlets, each safeguarded by its own fort. Incidentally, this is the last village where the Naga warriors fought valiantly against the British forces and finally lost to them. Named after the local plant Khwunoria, Khonoma is truly a green village and is known for its strict bans on logging and hunting —essential parts of Naga culture.

    8. Climb Mt Japfu

    10 things to do in Kohima

    The second highest peak in Nagaland, Mt Japfu is accessed via Kigwama Village, close to Kohima. You can hire a guide to trek to the top, but make sure you’re physically fit, as the route demands a hike through the rain forests and some rock climbing. Your reward for the hard work is a glorious panoramic view of the Dzukou Valley, Nagaland’s Valley of Flowers. Take time to stop and smell the flowers though—the trek offers a glimpse of the amazing varieties of lilies and rhododendrons, apart from several bird species. Keep an eye out for the tallest Rhododendron tree in world (109 feet).

    9. Go to church

    10 things to do in Kohima

    For the largest wooden cross in the country, visit the Catholic Church on Aradura Hill. An architectural marvel in itself, the church is a semicircular building with modernistic lines and a façade shaped like a traditional Naga House.

    10. Bite into the world's hottest chilli

    10 things to do in Kohima

    A typical Naga meal has sticky rice, smoked meat (either dry or pork with bamboo shoots); fish steamed in hollow bamboo tubes with some spices, boiled vegetables, and spicy chili sauces. The Bhut jolokia—one of the hottest chilies in the world is native to the region and used in many local recipes. Also try the fried momos and wash them down with zuthou, a sour rice beer. Vegetarians, there are all kinds of fiddlehead ferns, lai (leafy greens), to experiment with. Be sure to try galho, the local version of khichdi.

  • The National

    28th January 2016

    The unexplored lands of Kohima, India

    - By Kalpana Sunder

    The unexplored lands of Kohima, India

    Why Kohima?
    The capital of the far north-eastern state of Nagaland is on a mountain ridge, and remains largely off the radar of tourists. Torn by insurgency for many decades, it’s finally enjoying peace after an accord signed last year by the government and tribal groups. Nagaland is a biodiversity hotspot, with a wealth of birdlife, flowers and trees, and the Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the rare hoolock gibbon.

    Most travellers to India are yet to discover the area, with its backdrop of mist-enshrouded mountains, vast swaths of paddy fields and rivers. It’s home to the Hornbill Festival, held each December at Kisama Village. The festival gives a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible diversity of 16 tribes in one place. Kohima is also attractive to hikers, with the second-highest peak in the state, Mount Japfu, at 3,048 metres. It’s also home to a vibrant music scene – rock ‘n’ roll and Naga pop.


    A comfortable bed
    The new Kohima Camp, Nagaland (www.kohimacampnagaland.com) pitches luxury tents in the middle of a forest, at the foot of Mount Japfu, complete with butlers and other mod cons. With solar-powered tents, beds draped with mosquito nets, leather chairs, cupboards and even a study, it’s “glamping” at its best. The camp offers two-, three-, four- and five-night itineraries, costing from 116,000 rupees (Dh6,304) per person, on a twin-sharing basis, including transfers from Dimapur, meals and excursions.

    The Hotel Orchid (Chandmari Road, Midland) is a boutique hotel with 14 rooms, plus a restaurant offering Naga delicacies. Double rooms cost from 4,500 rupees (Dh245) per night).

    Another option is Hotel Japfu (www.thenagalandhotels.com), which has comfortable doubles with hill views from 3,000 rupees (Dh163) per night.


    Find your feet
    A convenient way to get your bearings and take in all the city’s sights is a visit to the Kohima War Cemetery (www.cwgc.org), designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect of colonial Delhi. It was here in April 1944 that a small force of British soldiers was surrounded by 12,000 Japanese troops trying to reach Delhi and take over India. The cemetery has a great panoramic view of the city.

    From here, make your way to Kohima Zoo. Drive to Kisama Heritage Village, 12 kilometres from the capital, which is an open-air museum and the venue for the Hornbill Festival. It gives a window into tribal culture, with traditional Naga long houses called morungs. There’s no public transport, so hire a tourist taxi to take you around.


    Meet the locals
    The Naga Market is where you will find locals buying their groceries – buckets of snails, honeycomb, borol (a delicacy of hornet grubs), tadpoles in plastic bags, wild mushrooms, banana flowers, forest ferns, beans and lentils, fermented tofu and beef, and hellishly hot Raja Mirch chillies. Also head to the thriving night market in downtown Kohima, where local bands perform, grilled meats are sold, and local families with children enjoy the kitschy atmosphere with masks and balloons.


    Book a table
    For a taste of authentic Naga food – a carnivore’s dream that also uses flavourings such as bamboo shoots, yams and fermented soy – head to Orami (near NSF Martyrs’ Park). Tastefully done up with tree trunks and branches painted silver, earthen pots and tribal paintings, it also serves a complimentary tea made from a local wild berry. A meal for two costs about 750 rupees (Dh41).

    Ozone Café (Imphal Road) serves great coffee, and is one of the best places in Kohima for fried momos.


    Shopper’s paradise
    Kohima is known for indigenous crafts such as shawl weaving and basketmaking. The Bamboo Pavilion in Kisama Heritage Village is the best for bargains and a taste of traditional shopping. Look out for bamboo baskets, beaded and bone jewellery.

    A must-buy are bright woollen Nagashawls. Each tribe has a distinctive design – the Angami use red and yellow bands on a black background, while the Ao warrior shawls have elephant or tiger motifs. Try the Nagaland Emporium (opposite the bus station) for handwoven bedcovers, cushions covers, etc.

    Western Book Depot (Main Road), set up in 1983, is the oldest bookstore in Kohima, and is a good place for books by Naga writers and historians.


    Don’t miss
    The three-floor Kohima State Museum (near the bus station) is a must for all tourists. It houses rare artefacts belonging to different tribes of the state. Colourful traditional dresses, weaponry, clan motifs, tableaus with mannequins and even “hunted” human skulls are displayed. Don’t miss the ceremonial drum, which is similar to a canoe and struck with huge oar-like poles.


    What to avoid
    Kohima’s pleasant climate allows year-round tourism, though it’s best to avoid the wet monsoon season (June to September).


    Getting there
    Etihad (www.etihad.com) flies from Abu Dhabi to Kolkata from Dh1,760, including taxes. Indigo (www.goindigo.in) flies from Kolkata to Dimapur, Nagaland’s only airport, from 8,000 rupees (Dh435) return, including taxes, then it’s a three-hour drive from Dimapur to Kohima.

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