Kohima, situated amidst lush green wealth of the nature, was founded by the British to watch over the eastern regions. During World War II, there was heavy fighting and bloodshed in Kohima. The place got its name from the plant “Kew Hi” and thus Kohima means “the men of the land where the Kew Hi plant grows”. It is a pretty hill station, with panoramic views of the rugged Naga hills, displaying the exotic tribal culture of the northeast.


Air: Nearest airport is Dimapur which is at distance of 74 km from Kohima. The taxi can costs about Rs 1800 from Dimapur to Kohima. Dimapur is air connected to Guwahati and Kolkata. International travelers can get air connection through Kolkata to Dimapur.

Rail: Nagaland State Road Transport buses offer services from Dimapur to Kohima. Private luxury buses from Guwahati connect with Kohima. Kohima is connected by buses to the major cities in neighboring states of Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram by National Highway No 39.

Road: Nearest railhead is also Dimapur, which is connected to Kolkata (1420 km) and Guwahati.


Naga Bazaar: The Naga bazaar is one place which can be considered as the nodal point for all roads to converge. The market is the main attraction of the city and is famous for the trading of live stock. The definition of live stock is a bit comprehensive at Nagaland; it consists of all living things including the favourite Naga dish, the black dog.

The Naga cuisine accommodates the widest variety of chow the human brain can comprehend. A visit to the market will also provide an opportunity to mingle with the local crowd and the tribal saleswomen who roam the market in their splendid tribal costumes and provide exquisite collection of tribal handicraft and poultry and fishery products.

Kohima is situated in the southwest part of Nagaland.
STD Code
Summer 20-31°C, Winter 11-23°C
Best time to visit
November to March