Located in the north eastern most part of India, Nagaland shares an international boundary with Myanmar in the east. The state exhibits its greatness in nature’s serenity, offering immense possibilities for adventures and exploring the myriads of nature. Blessed with rich and colourful culture the people extends this gift through celebrations of various feasts and festivals. Kohima as its capital is a point of connection to other destinations. Being strategically located, Kohima became the battlefield during the World War II which was fought from April to June 1944. Though the importance of the Battle of Kohima was not fully realised at the time, this hill station became a turning point in the war against Japan and the Bristish victory over Japanese at Kohima was named Britian’s greatest battle.
Nagaland boosts as the ‘Land of Festivals’. Hornbill festival remains as a testimonial to the fact stated. This festival was launched in 2000 by the Tourism Department, Government of Nagaland, to promote the tourism industry in Nagaland. Food, dance and songs are celebrated with great fervor. A communal life is fostered through various festivals. It is the time to experience and see for oneself the cultural traits of each tribe in all its fullness. Each tribe (sixteen tribes officially in Nagaland) has its own traditional attire, taste in local food, and festival that defines the identity of the concerned tribe at its best. All over Nagaland festivals are celebrated to appease gods for a bountiful harvest and have deep connections with the agricultural aspects of farming. There are festivals year round which unravel the indepth inclination of the Naga people towards a religious, social belief system. To be a part of any festival in Nagaland one cannot help but join in the lighthearted mood of the people. This sure remains a trademark of festivities.
Cultural practices are deeply embedded in the daily life of the people. A visit to the Naga villages confirms the existence of a simple, hard yet dedicated life of the village folks. Many villages still hold remnants of colonial power that once touched down on Nagaland. Besides each village has great legends and stories that explains some certain habits or lifestyle of the people. Story telling, that of spirits, ghosts and nature thus lives on. These folklores hold a prominent place in oral traditional studies and it is being revived by Naga writers and scholars from far and near. To the enthusiast traveller, Naga villages are a treat that offers stories, warmth, education and hospitality.
For those people in search for an outdoor experience, there are plenty of natural landscapes that will satiate a traveller’s quest. The forests of Nagaland are breathtakingly beautiful, minutely fashioned by nature.
There came a time when the flora and fauna decreased at an alarming rate due to the excessive hunting practice of the people. But with the passage of time the need to preserve natural habitats became a priority and wildlife conservation acts were re-enacted. The effort has been well-paid off as man and nature merged to its peaceful co-existence. Nature enthusiasts can relish nature walks, bird watching or enjoy peaceful getaways ‘far from the madding crowd’.