A scenic town blessed with breath taking natural beauty, Kohima is the capital city of Nagaland and lies complacently shrouded at the eastern frontiers of the mighty Himalayas. The modern city of Kohima was built in by the British to enjoy the eastern region. The majority of Nagas and Kukis reside in the region and protect their unique culture and identity. The colourful costumes of the local people, joyous and familiar behavior makes it a wonderful experience to visit this city. The astounding places of Kohima that attract tourists are the Dzukou valley, Bara Basti and Cathedral of Reconciliation.
Kohima town is the second largest urban area of Nagaland after Dimapur. Kohima Village popularly known as Bara Basti or large village is the second largest village in Asia. The city also has a great cemetery for the soldiers who died in the war and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The nearest Domestic Airport is Dimapur Airport from Kohima city, roughly 74 Km from Kohima. Dimapur Airport is well connected to major cities of India like Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata and Dibrugarh. The second nearest Domestic Airport from Kohima is Imphal Airport, 145 Km from Kohima. It has regular flights to the places such as Aizawl, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Silchar.
The nearest Railway station is located in Dimapur, roughly 74 Km from Kohima. It is well connected to Guwahati and Kolkata.
Kohima is an ideal place to visit in the months of October to May. Kohima experiences hot and dry summers. The temperature ranges from 20°C to 36°C in the months of March to June. It is generally accompanied by rainfalls in the city. Kohima receive adequate rainfall during the months of July to October. The place remains drenched all through these months and is marked by greenery all around which makes the place look very beautiful during rainy season. The month of November marks the start of winter season. The temperature is comfortable and lies in the range of 5°C to 30°C. The winter last season lasts till February. Infrequent snowfall is a common sight during these months.
Khonoma: The Angami tribe's village of Khonoma in the Western part of Kohima District is popularly known amongst locals and outsiders for its environmental consciousness. The village also boasts of well-maintained sanitation, abundant greenery and a typical agricultural system called “Alder based jhum cultivation”. One may pose a potent question that how can a village be an attraction in itself, but it is one of those rare villages in India which termed as a 'Green Village'. Literally green environment well conserved trees and plants and agriculturally rich land came together to take the village to the peak of eco- tourism.
Japfu Peak: Flaunting itself as the second highest peak of Nagaland, Japfu Peak in Kohima is no doubt an eye- catching site nestled at a height of around 3048 metres above sea level. The peak is not only an attraction for trekkers, but also for photographers and nature lovers who want to witness and capture the panoramic vistas of nature. Blanketed with lush green vegetation, with the backdrop of snow- clad Himalayas, the entire Japfu Peak looks like a river full of emeralds opening up to gorgeous views of adjoining villages and cities. Mostly bestowed with subtropical vegetation, those visiting the peak can enjoy the sweet murmur of various hill birds. Best time to visit the peak is between October and May.
Cathedral of Reconciliation: A religious and architectural landmark in Kohima, Cathedral of Reconciliation is the main church of the bishop of the diocese of Kohima. The church's semi- circular building with a facade in line with traditional Naga house and modern architectural ideas describe in details the architectural brilliance of the ancient era.Construction of Cathedral of Reconciliation began in 1986 and the consecration of the same was done in 1991. Places for baptism, adoration and confession along with well-designed galleries to accommodate as much as 4500 people were specially created to showcase an extraordinary appeal.
War Cemetery: War Cemetry in Kohima is a significant historical landmark dedicated to as many as 10,000 brave soldiers of the 2nd British