Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tourism Guide And Safety Tips While Traveling In Nagaland

A journey to the beatific land of Nagaland asks for an entry permit. It is a must to acquire one before you pack your bags for a journey to this natural oasis of lush greenery and serene life. Domestic tourists are required to obtain the Inner Line permit issued by the Nagaland House in Delhi and Kolkata. Foreign travelers should visit in a group of minimum four people and must obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP)/ Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter the territory. With this permit by their side, they can tour all 11 district headquarters and specified places. The permit is valid up to 10 days and can be extended for a month's duration. The permits can be obtained from Indian consular offices abroad, as well as from the Ministry of Home Affairs, South Block, New Delhi.

It is advisable that you always check the current security situation of the state before visiting anywhere in the region. Even though many of the major cities of Nagaland are stable, but cannot be assumed totally safe. Ever since 1947 Naga insurgents have been struggling and using violence to acquire an independent Nagaland. Even in Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, virtually everything shuts down by 7pm and travel by night is highly discouraged. You are expected to ask for the permission of local headman when touring into Naga villages, and are advised not to wander around unaccompanied. It is quite possible that despite having a travel guide, you will have to employ another local guide for each specific district or village. Guides can be jittery at the idea of taking back roads for fear of bandit rebels and jeep-eating potholes asking for substantial 'tolls'.

Hotels & Lodges in Nagaland


Hotel Japfu
Post Box No. 140, P.R. Hill
Kohima, India-797001
Phone: +91-370-2240211/2/3

Hotel Tragopan
Circular Road, Dimapur, Nagaland
Phone: 03862-230351, 230291, 232951, 225537

Hotel Saramati
Kohima Road, Super Market Complex, Dimapur, India
Tel: +91-3862-234761/62/63

De Oriental Dream
Bank Colony, Opp. Naga Shopping Arcade
Kohima Road, Dimapur-797112, India

Viewpoint Lodge
Keditsu Building, P.R. Hill
Nagaland, India

Hotel Pine
Phoolbari, Nagaland
Tel: +91-370-2243129

Hotel Capital
Near NST Complex, Nagaland

Hotel Ambassador
Near NST Complex, Nagaland

How To Reach Nagaland


AIR

The only airport in Nagaland is located at Dimapur, which is connected to Kolkota and Guwahati through direct flights and is linked to all other airports in India.

RAIL

The key railhead in Nagaland is Dimapur, located on the main line of the North East Frontier Railway. Well connected to Guwahati, the railway station has a number of trains that operate between the two stations on daily basis. Guwahati has direct train lines linked to various major Indian cities.

ROAD

Numerous taxis shuttle from Dimapur to Kohima. A network of night buses connects Kohima and Dimapur to Guwahati and Shillong in Meghalaya. Boarding a train or flight to Dimapur and then taking a taxi to reach Kohima is a convenient option. The taxi stand at Dimapur is adjacent to the Railway Station, where yellow taxis can be rented with other riders (shared taxi) or exclusively (full taxi).

Nagaland State Transport Association connects the various cities and villages of the state. Buses are frequent from Dimapur to Mokokchung, Shillong and Guwahati.

You can also choose to hire a car from Guwahati, through tour operators and drive all the way to Kohima. It is a very jovial drive, taking the traveler past delightful stretches of lush forests and enchanted hills. The drive lasts 6-7 hours and should be covered before nightfall.

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