The Vibrant Hill State of India: NAGALAND
Nagaland… the land of Naga tribes, the land of verdant natural luxury, the land of hills and streams, this and much more is what Nagaland holds in itself. This far away north eastern state, is the place where the Japanese aggression was countered with, the place despite being inhabited by the tribal folk has the literacy rate of more than 60% which much higher than many of the states of the country. Be it Kohima or Wokha, Nagaland is nature’s bounty full of surprises. A place referred to as the Switzerland of the east, Nagaland is rich with cultural heritage. The people of Nagaland are supposed to be very much aware of the world and though the tribal dress of the Naga is famous, today the youngsters of Nagaland are fast coming in to the world of fashion designing. Indeed a land of beauty and abundant natural wealth, Nagaland is the virgin splendour which should not be missed.
Switzerland of Eastern India: NAGALAND
Area: 16,527 km
Language: English, Kuki and other dialects
Best Time to Visit: Round the Year
Capital of the State: Kohima
Nagaland often referred to as the Switzerland of the Far East India, is situated in the eastern borders of the Indian subcontinent. On the east and the south eastern part it shares its borders with the neighbouring country of Myanmar. While in the North east is Arunachal Pradesh, the North and the West are shared with Assam. The state of Manipur is in the south of Nagaland.
Being a total hilly area, the climate throughout the year remains cool and pleasant. Though heavy rains are expected during the monsoon period, the weather through out the year is enjoyable.
handsome man and eventually after learning the truth of his birth went to question his father, who in turn told him that the land he is bound to rule will be bestowed upon by Mother Nature and thus Nagaland came in to being.
The name Nagaland has many sources. Naga in Sanskrit means hills, while some say that Naga comes form the word Nanga in Hindi which means naked, as the per the dresses of the people. The third and the most relevant relation to the word goes with the word Nok in the local dialect which means people. It is a land of the people and indeed it is as the nature would want them to be.
Historically speaking Nagaland had always been an independent state with its own set or rulers and life patterns. Head hunting was a tradition here and tribes used to have mini wars amongst them. The recorded history of this place is available only since the late 19th century when the British took charge of this place. The American missionaries entered and they started preaching Christianity and teaching English to small children. It took time for the Naga folks to accept the new culture and refrain from its tradition. But as the time went by the Naga folks have become the most aware tribes of the lot. Other than the primary dialects of which hardly any has a script, English has become the state language which h as opened many a doors to the local folk.
The tribal attire of the 16 tribes have 16 variations with each having their own characteristic. Mostly made of coarse wool, the tribal folk wear vibrant colours with very intricate weave formations. The men of these tribes generally carry various arms which were once part of the attire and were supposed to be won after showing the valour and skill with the weapon.
The people of Nagaland are good dress designers and today the young generation is into the foray of fashion designing. The cuisine of Nagaland is totally different from the rest of country. The people of Nagaland prefer both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Use of Bamboo and some special spices are quite common in the Naga cuisine. Some parts’ food tastes resemble those of nearby Myanmar cuisine.