OUR NAGALAND TRIP
On Board Jan Shatabdi Express
In the month of September 2017, we planned our trip to visit Nagaland. It was Durga Puja vacations and that is the only time during the year when we can spare some time out of work and take a break. So, in order to utilize our time effectively, we booked our Guwahati - Jorhat Jan Shatabdi Express (Train). Leaves Guwahati station at 06:00 hrs and arrives Dimapur, Nagaland at 10:00 am. It was a very convenient time as we get the whole day to ourselves. Our train journey was very pleasant as it is a air conditioned chair car we booked. Our driver was waiting for us at the Dimapur train station and picked us from there and we headed to Khonoma Village. We booked a Toyota Innova for the trip and we were lucky to get the Toyota Innova top model and our driver was also a very cheerful fellow.
At the Nagaland Gate
Since it was September end, we faced some bits of monsoon rains on the way to Khonoma. After we crossed Dimapur, we were hungry and stopped at a local restaurant for lunch. It was not a fancy place but one can't expect much in the region. So, we quickly had our lunch and moved on with the journey. On the way we stopped at the Nagaland Gate. It was a huge gate saying Welcome to Nagaland. We took some photos for our memory. Finally after about 3-4 hours we arrived at Khonoma village where we stayed at the only guest house in the village. The village is surrounded by hills and it itself is located at a high altitude making it look beautiful. There was no noise pollution like the city life we come from, utter silence. No television, no movements of people. People sleep by dark and wake up by sunrise. No internet, no link to the outside world except for the telephone. We had early dinner and slept early.
Enjoying a cuppa at Khonoma
We woke up early along with the rising sun which shone in our room through the window which overlooked the mountains. We can see the clouds from our window. I came out to see everyone was awake, the guest house people along with other people in the village at about 5ish which for me was very early to wake up. So I asked if we can get some tea and they readily said yes of course. We enjoyed some tea in our balcony at the Khonoma guesthouse.
Sightseeing Spot at Dzuleki
After some breakfast, our driver also arrived early. Apparently, according to locals, everyone wakes up early and goes to bed early unlike city dwellers. So we headed for some sightseeing. Some of the roads were horrible but our skilled driver maneuvered through it and we managed to see beautiful places which we never saw earlier.
My wife was busy taking photos. And we were very lucky to get beautiful clear weather for some good photographs. Then we visited Dzuleki, another beautiful location on the way. A unique thing we saw was a small bird comes in front of our car keeps flying ahead of us like a tour guide and when the car reaches too closes it flies off. It happened several times. Never seen this kind of trait in a bird before. Maybe this is a local bird found only in this region.
On the way to Kohima
Kisama Village - Hornbill Festival
Today we went to see the Kohima War Cemetery, which is one of the popular sightseeing place in Kohima. It is big and has a lot of history from World War - II. It is fascinating to see how bravely soldiers fought against their enemies and some of them were very young when they died fighting for their pride. Then we visited the Horn Bill Festival site known as the Kisama village. We clicked some photos there and stored our memories. It is one of the most popular festival in the North East India and many people around the world visits during this festival for the month of December. Then we moved on to Dimapur where we had food at the local KFC and spent some time at the Hong Kong Market. Obviously wife bought some stuff what else do you expect from wives. Anyways, trip is coming to an end. We departed to the train station with happy memories of our short but memorable trip to Nagaland.