The scholars of the world have different opinions regarding the meaning of Nagaland. However, two general meanings of the word Nagaland have been accepted, accordingly, the word Nagaland is derived from the word ‘Nag’ which means “the god of snake”, other perception argued that the word is derived from the Sanskrit word “Nagna” which means “naked”.
So, the land of Nagaland is predominantly inhabited by the group of tribes reflecting the aboriginal art and culture of India in the form of customs, traditions, languages, dress, folklore, music, dances etc. that eulogize ancestors, the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes. The state of Nagaland is one of the sister states of the North East regions surrounded by the Assam in the West, Myanmar in the East, Arunachal Pradesh in the North and Manipur in the South.
Tourist Attractions of Nagaland
Tour to Nagaland is distinguished by the salubrious climate, the colorful and intricately designed costumes, picturesque landscapes collectively referred to as the “Switzerland of the East” because of its unimaginable beauty, lush greenery, verdant flora and the forests. The major attractions of the Nagaland tourism are Imphal, Govindajee Temple, War Cemetery, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Zoological Gardens, Langthabal, Bishnupur, Dimapur famous in the history for the ruins of Medieval Kachari Kingdom and North East Zone Cultural Central Museum; Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary, Kohima, State Museum, Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, Khonoma, Kohima Village, Zoological Park, Dzulekie, Dimapur, Ruzaphema, Fakim Sanctuary and Pulie Bazde.
Adventure Tours to Nagaland
Nagaland is surrounded by natural caves, hills, mountains and rocks attracted the adventurous lovers for various types of adventure holidays like trekking, rock climbing and jungle camping. Some of the famous tourist spots for adventurous tourism of Nagaland are Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, Mokokchung, Pungro, Mount Tiyi and Satoi.
Cultural tourism of Nagaland
Culture tourism of Nagaland is reflected in its fairs and festivals, ceremonial functions associated with agricultural operations. Some of the famous fair and festivals of Nagaland are Yemshe festival, Tuluni festival, The Nazu festival, The Moatsü festival, The Hornbill festival, The Sekrenyi festival, Chakhesang Khilunyie festival and Rengma Ngadah festival.
Special Permission for Tourists
All the tourists whether domestic or foreign are required special permission from the Deputy Resident Commissioner at Nagaland House, Delhi, Calcutta and Assistant Resident Commissioner, Shillong and from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, South Block, NSS Delhi for domestic tourists and foreign tourists respectively. The permits given to the domestic tourists are known as the “Inner Line Permits” and the permits given to the foreigners are known as Restricted Area Permits.