A giant stone monolith on the Kohima-Khonoma road
In Nagaland you’ll see many erected stones. Monoliths were simply part of the Nagas tradition to mark some important events, or could even be as insignificant as showing off their wealth. These monoliths are the oldest historical relics of the Nagas.  The Nagas built wooden houses, so Morung’s or houses …Continue Reading →
A painting of a Naga warrior from the head hunting days
The setting and the mood was just right for me to go back in time and imagine the era of Naga head hunting days. Heads were collected as trophies and there was a lot of pride about it. Standing at the Chang Morung, I saw a robe hanging down from …Continue Reading →
A Morung belonging to the Pochury tribe of the Nagas
Hornbill Festival is celebrated from December 1st to December 7th. I arrived in Kohima on the 4th of December and so missed some of the most exciting events. But nevertheless the 7 day festival was nicely sorted out with interesting events for each day. The tribal lifestyle and Morung were …Continue Reading →
Main entrance to the Kisama Heritage Village.jpg
Kisama is 12km from Kohima on the National Highway number 39. The gentle slope at the base of a steep mountain peak is the venue for the famed Hornbill Festival. The Heritage Villages is designed in the form of an ancient Naga village to give an authentic feel of a …Continue Reading →
Khonoma Village is surrounded by beautiful paddy fields
“We don’t hunt, we don’t cut trees here,” said Mr.Tsile who was my generous host and guide at Khonoma Village, 20km from the Nagaland capital of Kohima. I thought he was being sarcastic until I caught the dead serious look on his face. I had landed at the first Naga …Continue Reading →
Khonoma Village is one of the oldest Angami Villages
  If you have read any historical book on the Nagas, you would have come across Khonoma Village some time or the other.  Easterine, the first Naga novelist in English, based her book ‘A Naga Village Remembered,’ on Khonoma. The novel narrates the story of this hamlet’s resistance against the …Continue Reading →
Kohima War Cemetery with Kohima city in the back
The Battles of Kohima and Imphal were recently voted the ‘Greatest ever battles involving the British.’ A fitting prelude to a British soldier who died here reads: “When you go home, tell them of us and say,For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” This epitaph is one of the most profound …Continue Reading →
Kohima was originally an Angami Village
My best memory of Kohima the capital of Nagaland has always been its view at night, with the city sprawled out under the night sky and twinkling like a thousand fireflies. During Christmas season, I’ve never seen a town more beautiful and colorful than Kohima.   By the first week of …Continue Reading →