Kohima

Kohima

Nagaland's capital of tribes, traditions & tales

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland state in north-east India is girded by hills. As a state that shares its border with Burma, Kohima’s population largely comprises of the Angami Naga warrior tribes. The anglicized name, Kohima derived from ‘Kewhima’ means the ‘land where the kewhi flower grows’. After decades of resistance the Angami Naga folk were overpowered by the British Empire, who set up Kohima as their administrative capital. Kohima still bears witness to a scarred history, and its war memorials and cemeteries tell a grim tale. Kohima with its mixed religious practices of animism and Christianity and forest game and insect based cuisine, lends an unusual flavour (literally!) to travels through north-east India.

Image credits: The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC), Kohima

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