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Kohima, situated in the south at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital city of Nagaland. One of the eight districts of the state, Kohima is the first seat of modern administration as the Headquarter of Naga Hills District (then under Assam) with the appointment of G.H. Damant as Political Officer in 1879. When Nagaland became a full fledged state on 1st December 1963, Kohima was christened as the state capital. Since then, parts of Kohima had been carved out twice - once in 1973 to create Phek District and in 1998 when Dimapur was declared as a separate district. The total area of the district is 1041 Sq. kms including Dimapur,a s territories are yet to be clearly demarcated.
Places To See:
This Zeliang village is 52 kms from Kohima and can be approached via Dzulekie.It has the remnants of the old culture such as the Morung or Men's Dormitory. Big wooden beds carved out from large trunks of the tree can still be seen here.
Japfu Peak :
This is the second highest peak in Nagaland and stands at 3048 meters above sea-level. It is about 15 kms south of Kohima. The best season for climbing this mountain is from November to December. The sunrise from this peak is an experience to remember. From the peak one can have a bird's eye view of the surrounding hills including parts of Dzukou valley.
In the Japfu ranges, one can find the tallest Rhododendron tree which is featured in the GuinnessBook of World Records. This tree, which was first discovered by two hunters of Phesema village is 109 feet tall and the girth at the base measures more than 11 feet. When it is in bloom, it is indeed a sight to behold. It's quite an adventure to see this tree as it entails more than five hours of strenuous trekking through steep inclines to have a view of this World Record holding Rhododendron arborea tree.
Southern Angami villages
While en route to Dzukou valley, Japfu or on the way back one can also sneak into some Southern Angami villages such as Jakhama, Kigwema, Viswema, Phesama. These villages are near the National Highway-39 and still have the remnants of the ancient culture in certain pockets of the villages.
Dimori Cove :
Pine Court Restaurant at Dimori Cove is about 6 kms from Kohima on NH-39 towards Imphal. They serve both Indian and Chinese dishes. Naga dishes are also available on advance order. It has a mini swimming pool and children's park in addition to a collection of both local and exotic orchids, flowers and plants. Personal touch, a Handloom and Handicrafts shop, is also attached to the unit. Paying Guest accommodation called the Shurho Rustic Retreat, is nearby.
This village is 39 kms from Kohima and is known for its model Village Development Board and effective execution of the village development programmes. This village has been chosen by the Tourism Department for the promotion of the common Angami Sekrenyi festival celebrated on 25th,26th & 27th February every year. The village organization here has also set up a tourist village, with 15 traditional ethnic huts with all modern amenities. Tourists can stay in these huts and explore the surrounding areas around Tuophema.