Nagaland lures travellers with unique scenery, culture

Nagaland lures travellers with unique scenery, culture

Nagaland, a picturesque state in the northeast of India, has everything on offer to satisfy solo travellers as well as adventure tourists. There are sceptics who stress that Nagaland is not tourist-friendly. However, a visit to the place would prove that all such allegations are far from the truth.

In fact, Nagaland is a paradise for solo travellers. With stunning natural landscape, unique culture, age-old traditions, rich biodiversity and pleasant climate, the state is considered one among the most colourful places in India.

Hornbill festival

Termed ‘The festival of festivals’, the Hornbill festival is rated as the second most important event in India highlighting ancient traditions. Hornbill is a part of the culture of Nagaland and according to local belief the 16 tribes of the area and their customs thrive thanks to the songs of the bird. The hornbill festival is held during the first 10 days of December every year in honour of the bird. Each year’s festival attracts thousands of visitors to Nagaland.


Nagaland lures travellers with unique scenery, culture

This village situated 1,846 m above sea level has much spiritual significance. The highest inhabited place in the Ao region, Longkhum is believed to be the spot where souls of dead people take rest while travelling to heaven. In fact, travellers in this age too may find that their souls won’t leave the village easily, necessitating repeat visits. A number of historical events and mythology are connected with this picturesque region.

However, Longkhum is now identified as the ‘Vegetable Capital’ of Nagaland. Every corner of the village has a vegetable farm where a variety of vegetables, including tomato and cabbage, grow.


Longwa village is unique in that the residents live in two countries - India and Myanmar. An elected government as well as the king rules the place. The main area of residence of Konyak Nagas, Longwa too has a rich history and culture. The local people here are not bothered about the international boundary as they enjoy double citizenship.

Nagaland lures travellers with unique scenery, culture

The biggest landmark in Longwa is Angh, the royal palace, which is built right on the international boundary. This has made the life of the palace residents interesting. While they can have breakfast in India, they can relish the lunch in Myanmar and then return to India for supper.

Mount Saramati

A stately mountain standing 3,840 m tall, Saramati is a heaven for trekking enthusiasts. The highest peak in Nagaland, Saramati is covered by snow and has thick forests. Even though the trek uphill is a difficult affair, the view of the scenery around is indescribable. Distant spots in both India and Myanmar can be seen from Saramati.

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