Tribal Festivals  
     
 

District

Tribe

Festival

Period

Kohima
Kohima
Peren
Peren
Dimapur
Phek
Phek
Phek
Mokokchung
Mon
Longleng
Tuensang
Tuensang
Tuensang/
Kiphiri
Tuensang/
Kiphiri
Wokha
Zunheboto

Angami
Rengma
Zeliang
Kuki
Kacharis
Chakhesang
Pochury
Pochury
Ao
Konyak
Phom
Khiamniungan
Chang

Yimchunger

Sangtam
Lotha
Sumi

Sekrenyi
Ngada
Nga-Ngai
Mimkut
Bushu
Tsukrenyie
Nazu
Yemshe
Moatu
Aoling
Monyu
Miu
Nkanyu Lem

Metumniu

Amongmong
Tokhu Emong
Tuluni

February
Nov. last week
December last week
January 3rd week
January last week
March/April
Feb. last week
October first week
May 1st week
April 1st week
April 1st week
May 2nd week
July 2nd week

August 2nd week

September 1st week
Nov. 1st week
8th July

 
     
  Routes with Distances in Km  
     
 
From
To
Kms.

Dimapur
Dimapur
Dimapur
Dimapur
Dimapur
Dimapur
Dimapur
Kohima
Kohima
Kohima
Kohima

Kohima
Dimapur
Dimapur
Kohima
Kohima
Kohima
Kohima

Kohima
Wokha via Kohima
Imphal (Manipur State)
Mariani-Mokokchung
Mon via Jorhat Namtola
Amguri
Peren
Meluri
Phek
Zunheboto
Tuensang via
Wokha-Mokokchung
Mokokchung
Guwahati
Zunheboto via Chazouba
Imphal
Itanagar
Shillong
Guwahati

74
154
216
208
280
178
84
170
145
150

269
162
292
224
142
534
427
364

 
     
 

 Dimapur

 
  Altitude: 260 metres
Area: 927 sq. km
Population: 3,08,382
Density per sq. km: 333
 
     
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Dimapur is situated at an altitude of 260 metres above sea level. It is the gateway district of Nagaland. This fast developing town is also the commercial center of the state, which is connected with the main broad gauge railhead. Dimapur has the only airport in Nagaland. Indian Airlines ply daily flights to Dimapur.

The National Highway 39 passes through the heart of this commercial center of the state. Kohima is just 74 km from Dimapur, which one can cover in just two hours. State transport Services, private buses and taxis can be availed at any time. Many private night super tourist buses are also plying from Dimapur to various important cities and towns in North-East India.
 
 
     
 

 Kiphire

 
  Altitude: 896.42 metres
Area:
Population:
 
     
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This district borders Myanmar. It is situated at an altitude of 896.42 metres above sea level and is 254 km from Kohima. It is home to the Sangtams, Yimchungers and Sumis. Under Yimchunger tribe, there are many sub tribes, such as, Tikhirs, Chirrs and Makures. Saramati the highest peak in Nagaland, at 3,841 metres is situated in this district. It is snow clad throughout winter
 
     
 

 Kohima

 
     
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State capital and hill station is situated at an altitude of 1,444.12 metres above sea level. It is a town with panoramic views.

 
 
     
   Mokokchung
 
  Altitude: 1325.08 metres
Area: 1615 Sq. km
Population: 2,27,230
Temparature: 29 Degree C Max (summer)
                        15 Degree C Min. (winter)
Rainfall: 100” (250 cm)
 
       
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This picturesque town is the headquarters of the Ao Nagas. It is situated at an altitude of 1,325 metres above sea level. One can have a beautiful view of Mokokchung town from the viewpoint at town Park. The main festivals of the Aos are Moatsu and Tsungremong celebrated during the first week of May and August respectively. The footprints of Jina and Itiben-the Romeo and Juliet of the Aos- are found on the rocks in several places in the Aos ranges. Aos being cent percent Christian, Christmas and New Year are celebrated with enthusiasm. Christmas is a time when one can see the essence of Naga hospitality at its height. This is a time when everyone irrespective of their economic status welcome friends and guests with warm feelings.
Mokokchung is 162 km from kohima via wokha, 70 km from Zunheboto, 115 km from tuensang, 102 km from Amguri (Assam) and 103 km from Mariani (Assam).

The Mokokchung market is an interesting sight to pass through. Women sell their village produce such as green, dried vegetables, cereals and other Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) here. Naga delicacies are also served in the eateries here.

 

 
 

 

 
   Longleng  
 

Altitude: 1,066.30 metres
Population: 1,20,000 Approx.

 
     
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Longleng is the district headquarters of the phoms. It is a new district carved out of Tuensang district in early 2004. It is situated at an altitude of 1066.30 metres above sea level. The distance from Kohima to Longleng via Mokokchung and Wokha is 230 km. From Kohima to Longleng via Dimapur and Jorhat in Assam is 340 km. The 34 km stretch from National Highway 61 at Changtongya to Longleng is a rough road and for the adventurous and those who can rough it out, it presents a good opportunity to experience the real feel of a rural road. Tamlu Sub-division, Yongnya and Sakshi Extra Assistant Commissioner Headquarters lie in Longleng district.

 
 
     
 

 Mon

 
 

Altitude: 897.64 metres
Area: 1786 Sq. km
Population: 2,59,604

 
     
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Mon brings to one’s mind, pictures of chiefs, tattoed faces of Konyaks and muzzle loading guns, which the ingenious Konyaks manufacture. It is 357 km from Kohima via Dimapur and 280 km from Dimapur, 275 km from Kohima via Mokokchung, Tamlu and Wakching. Mon headquarters , home of the Konyaks, was established at Chen and Mon villages land: being centrally located for the coronation of Anghs (Chiefs). Here, one sees the feathered headgears and traditional dresses. Konyaks are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. It is an exciting experience to pay a visit to Angh’s house at Chui, Mon, Shangnyu, Sheangha, Chinyu, Wakching and Japoka. Konyaks are ruled by hereditary chiefs known as Anghs and the institution of Anghship is only prevalent among the konyaks-Aoling monyu is observed during the first week of April (1-3) and is a spectacle worth a watch.

Mon District headquarters looks like a rural-urban town with admixture of palm leaves bamboo walled house and pucca houses. People with tattooed faces and blackened teeth come to sell their village produce in Mon town, which includes betel nut and an assortment of vegetables and handicrafts and makes an interesting sight to behold.

 

 
 

 

 
   Peren  
 

Altitude: 1,445.36 metres
Area: -
Population: -

 
     
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This is the district headquarters of the Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes and an important link between Haflong in Assam and Nagaland. It is situated at 1,445.36 metres and is 84 km from Dimapur. It is famous for the Zeliang dance. Zeliangrong area is famous for Rani Gaidinliu’s caves and sites where she took shelter during her resistance against the British raj. The site of her permanent headquarters lies near Lalong village, not far from the tri-junction of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.

 
 
     
 

 Phek

 
 

Altitude: 1,524 metres
Area: 2,026 sq. km
Population: 1,48,246

 
     
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Home to the Chakhesangs and Pochuries. It is 145 km from Kohima. Colourful orchids grow wildly here. This area is also the habitat of Blyth’s Tragopan, a rare pheasant found in Nagaland. Chakhesangs are known for their wrestling and robust health. Their terrace fields carved out of the hill slopes are a sight to behold. It speaks of their engineering skills. The stones and pillars near Chesezumi on the Chazouba road tell tales of valour of the ancient Chakhesangs-who were formerly known as eastern Angamis.

 
     
 

 Tuensang

 
 

Altitude: 1,371.60 metres
Area: 1,728 sq. km.
Population: 4,14,801

 
     
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Just as Nagalnd is miniature India, with so many communities and languages, Tuensang is small Nagaland with six different tribes: Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamniungans, Sangstams, and Sumis. It is located at 1,371.60 metres at a distance of 269 km from Kohima via Wokha and Mokokchung and 235 km via Zunheboto. It is connected by State Highways. Nagaland State Transport buses ply on this route regularly. The tribes inhabiting the district are rich in cultural heritage and their dresses are very colourful. Their dances are rhythmic and songs are heartwarming. This area is known for its handicrafts and handloom products. Tuensang has its own old World charm and there are nearby villages where one can get a glimpse of the cultural tradition of the Changs in whose land Tuensang falls.

 
 
     
 

 Wokha

 
 

Altitude: 1,313.69 metres
Area: 1,628 sq. km.
Population 1,61,098
Temparature
Summer: 32 degree C Max/16.1 degree C Min
Winter: 2 degree C Min
Rainfall: 100” (250 cm)

 
     
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Wokha is the district headquarters of the Lothas. It is equidistant at 80 km both from Kohima as well as Mokokchung. It is 58 km from Furkating Railway Station (Assam). Wokha literally means, “counting of heads” in Lotha. It was the place where the ancient Lothas took their census before spreading out into the villages during their waves of migrations. There are monoliths  (longzu) erected by their rich ancestors to exhibit their status. Lothas are known for their colourful dances and songs particularly Shanta. Tokhu Emong and Pikhuchakis their main festivals. The former takes place on the 7th November every year. Opvuram and Lonpensu are their prestigious social shawls for women and men, respectively. Some of the villages, which have the remnants of the old culture, are Longsa, Nrung Longidang, Longsachuing and Yanthamo. In the middle range, at Lakhuti village, one can find –Tiyulong-a rock. It is believed that if the area around this rock is cultivated drought occurs. Wokha is also famous for fruits like Oranges, Plums, Passion fruits and Bananas. Fresh vegetables and Bamboo shoots are also easily available.

 
     
   Zunheboto  
 

Altitude: 1,874.22 metres
Area: 1,255 sq. km.
Population: 1,54,909
Temparature: 22 degree C Max/1 degree C Min
Rainfall: 80” (200 cm)

 
     
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It is the district headquarters of the Sumis. The Sumis are a martial tribe and are known for their fighting prowess. Zunheboto is at an altitude of 1,874.22 metres. It is 150 km from Kohima via Chazouba and 70 km from Mokokchung. The town is spread out on clusters of hillocks and chilly winds and foggy mornings are a frequent occurrence in this beautiful town. Sumi dances are not only colourful but also rhythmic, fast-paced and entails a lot of exertions and are interesting to watch. Their folk songs are melodious. Their ceremonial war dresses, some of which, are encrusted with cowrie shells are worth a second look. Tuluni (July 8) is a festival where they thank the Almighty God when the first produce of a particular year from their agricultural fields are collected. It is the most important festival for a farming community. It is observed with fanfare on July 8 every year. It has been an occasion to renew old associations. These days the festival is celebrated to preserve the traditional culture and to know one’s fellow tribe people and engender a sense of unity and foster fellow feeling. Another Sumi festival of body sanctification is Ahuna celebrated on November 14 every year.

 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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