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Nagaland with an area of 16,488 Sq.Kms of rich green hills, glistening streams and cascading waterfalls became a state in 1963 and was formed out of the previous Naga Hills Tuesnsang Area (NHTA). The state is comprised of 14 major tribes who have distinct dialects, cultures and traditions.

A small state bordered by Myanmar to its east, Assam to the north, Arunachal in the north east and Manipur to its south. This picturesque destination offers the visitor a glimpse into an ancient culture ensconced in a land of green valleys, forested hillsides, and diverse vegetation. Nourishing a rich variety of flora and fauna, Nagaland's higher reaches at heights of 3000 - 4000 feet are rich in thick Pine forests. April and May herald the spring with delightful wild orchids in a blaze of colour.

The Barail hill range extending from the south-west via North Cachar region climbs up to Kohima, with Nagaland's highest peak - Peak Japvo towering to a height of 3,048 metres. The Naga culture and traditions are still followed faithfully and you can experience this unique tribal ambience as we visit different villages and interact with these brave people. Today Nagaland offers the visitor numerous destinations for holidays and adventures and GIBBON TRAVELS sees that you have a whole of a time in this timeless land.

Climate : The beginning of winter is marked by a steep fall (almost 5 degree Centigrade) in temperature during December. January is the coldest month. In February, the temperature starts rising gradually. The monsoon lasts for five months from May to September with June, July and May, being the wettest months. The annual rainfall varies from 100 cm to over 300 cm.

Getting there : Nagaland though at the eastern extremity of the country is easily accessible by air, rail and road.

Air : Many connecting flights between Delhi and Dimapur in Nagaland. Indian Airlines also operates flights from Kolkata to Dimapur from where Kohima is only three hours away by road.

Rail : The nearest railhead is Dimapur which is connected to Guwahati by the Shatabdi express and Delhi by the Rajdhani express. Both trains are fast and extremely comfortable.

Road : Aizawl can be approached from Dimapur by bus or taxis and is a three hour drive away.

Itinerary No.1 (Cultural FOR 8 DAYS):

Day 01 : Fly Calcutta to Dimapur and drive to Kohima 75 km, the capital city of Nagaland. Arrive in Kohima and check into Hotel Japfu.

Day 02 : Kohima - Early morning drive 23 km to visit Viswama village of Angami tribe. Walk down to explore the village of Angami tribe which have traditional wooden gates which are Buffalo horns. Afternoon proceed to visit Kohima war cemetery, a supreme memorial raised in memory of allied soldiers killed in world war II by the invading Japanese forces. Later visit State Museum to explore the tribal Naga culture under a single roof.

Day 03 : Kohima/Mokokchung - After breakfast drive to Mokokchung 160 km. Enroute visit Lotha tribal village. Overnight in Circuit House.

Day 04 : Mokokchung/Tuensang - After breakfast drive to Tuensang 115 kms. Enroute visit Ungma and Lungsa, the Ao tribal villages. Overnight in Circuit House/Paying Guest House.

Day 05 : Tuensang/Mon - After breakfast drive to Mon 150 kms. Enroute visit the Konyak tribal village . Overnight in Circuit House/Tented Accomodation.

Day 06 : Full day in and around Mon. Visit Shankyu Village where one can see wooden monuments and stone memorials of Anghs (herediatary chief) and Longwa Village which is the biggest village in the district. Longwa village lies on International Border of India and Mynmar( Burma ).

Day 07 : Mon/Dibrugarh - After breakfast drive to Dibrugarh
110 kms. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08 : Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi/Calcutta.

Itinerary No.2 (Trekking FOR 15 DAYS )

Day 01 : Arrive Dimapur and drive 74 km to the hill station of Kokima, capital of Nagaland, where the Japanese advance into India was stopped in 1944. Check into hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 02 : Kohima sightseeing, first to Khonoma, 20km away. This was the bastions of the Angami tribe who resisted fiercely all incursions including the British. Afternoon back in Kohima, visit World War II Memorial and local market.

Day 03 : Set off for Saramati. Drive east to town of Kiphere, c 200km, 8 hrs. overnight government lodge.

Day 04 : Drive to Pungro village. Check into govt lodge or tents. Dinner and O/N

Day 05 : Drive 40km to village of Salumi (c 1800mts, a.m.s.l.) the vehicles can go no futher.

Trek 6 hrs to thanemere Village (c 2220mts a.m.s.l.), with porters, cooks and local guides.O/N. tents.

Day 06 : Trek to base camp (c 3000mts a.m.s.l.) about 6hrs climb. O/N tents.

Day 07, 8, on Mt Saramati to enjoy the nature.(3841mts a.m.s.l.)

Day 9 : Start return trek, to Thanemere O/N tents.

Day 10 : Trek to Salumi. The vehicles will be waiting for us, by road back to kiphere. O/N Govt lodge.

Day 11 : Drive to Kohima via Pfutsero at (c 2133mts a.m.s.l.), quite a small town. O/N

Day 12 : After breakfast drive to Zakhama, trek to the Dzukou valley, 2438mts for about 4hrs. This is the valley of vast green landscapes, leisurely flowing serpentine streams and many varieties of flora including rhododendrons and orchids. O/N tents.

Day 13 : Full day to explore the Valley. O/N tents.

Day 14 : Descend from the valley and drive to Kohima. O/N hotel.

Day 15 : Transfer to Dimapur (74kms) for 1400hrs flight to Kolkata.

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