People have a lot of inhibitions about visiting Nagaland due to what is portrayed in the media over a period of time. But it needs just one visit to the place to break that stereotypical thinking of people.
Nagaland is one of the safest states in North East India where people are readily willing to help travellers, so much that they will go an extra mile to help you out because they too want tourism to flourish. The exposure to the place is so less, that people question why would one want to visit Nagaland? So here are the key reasons to pick Nagaland as your next travel destination:
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NAGALAND Land of many tribes
There are more than 100 tribes in Nagaland out of which only 16 are officially recognised. You will find each tribe to be equally welcoming and warm in their gestures. A visit to the nearby villages takes you to the origin of these tribes and you get a fair glimpse of their lifestyle and culture.
Land of many festivals
Each tribe in Nagaland have their own language and festivals which are celebrated during the designated month over the period of a year. The Hornbill festival which is celebrated every year during the start of December, is an initiative to showcase the festivities of each tribe on one single stage and has gained worldwide fame. You can witness all of these festivals in the native village of each tribe as well.
This might come as strange for the outside world but Nagas are up to the mark when it comes to hospitality. Their greeting faces communicate a welcoming feeling. They value tourism and the small number of tourist who visit the place. Tourism is still not in bloom in the state, therefore they get excited to meet someone who is travelling to their state. This serves as a source of exposure for them to the outside world.
In the race of earning more and more, city people have forgotten the way of living and that’s where Nagas stands as an inspiration for the rest of world. They have less working opportunities and less means of exposure and earnings still you will find one of the happiest faces in Nagaland who are content with whatever they have and believe in leading a peaceful life.
Nagaland offers as many unique places to visit as it offers tribes. There are a lot of places to visit in this state. India’s first ‘Green Village’, Khonoma is here. One can also plan a visit to Pfutsero which is the highest and coldest inhabited village of the state. Glory peak holds a different charm among all of the places. The famous Dzukou valley is a must-visit as well.
Fashion statement and rock culture
Nagaland is way ahead than the rest of India in terms of fashion and music. You will find Kohima flooded with all the branded shops and a lot of musical instrument shops. They have a lot of western influence when it comes to their fashion sense and music.
Nagaland also speaks about the sacrifices of our soldiers during World War II. The war cemetery of Kohima consists of 1,420 graves of soldiers who fought in the battle of Kohima and made the Japanese retreat back. The battle of Kohima is known as one of the deadliest battles in the history of India.
Nagaland is much talked about due to the food options that are available here. It’s a heaven for hardcore non-vegetarians and those who come with the guts of trying out everything. There are decent cafés all over the place that serve basic vegetarian food thus vegetarians can stay assured that they won’t starve.
Nagaland has a mixture of almost everything – history, culture, festivals, food and places to visit. So now, when someone asks you why Nagaland? You have an answer.
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