Kohima is the hilly capital of India's north eastern border state of Nagaland which shares its borders with Burma. It lies in Kohima District and is one of the three Nagaland towns with Municipal council status along with Dimapur and Mokokchung. Kohima is the land of the Angami Naga tribe. The name, Kohima, was officially given by the British as they could not pronounce the Angami name Kewhima or Kewhira (Tenyidie for "the land where the flower Kewhi grows"). It is called after the wild flowering plant Kewhi, found in the mountains.
Earlier, Kohima was also known as Thigoma. Kohima is located south of Kohima District (25.67°N 94.12°E) and has an average elevation of 1261 metres (4137 feet). The town of Kohima is located on the top of a high ridge and the town serpentines along the top of the mountain ranges as is typical of most Naga settlements.
Attractions In Kohima:
This cemetery was built in the memory of the officers and men who sacrificed their lives in the World War II. Each grave has a bronze plaque which reads " When you go home Tell them of us and say For your tomorrow We gave our today."
The Catholic Cathedral:
It is one of the famous places of Kohima. Located at Aradura Hill, the Catholic Cathedral is one of the biggest Cathedral in the entire North East.
Kohima Village (Bara Basti):
It is believed to be the second largest and the most populous village in Asia. Its foundation was laid by the Angami tribe of Nagaland. The entrance of the village has a huge traditional wooden gate. Its carvings are dedicated to the theme – war.
By Road :
Regular buses run from Dimapur to Kohima.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station is at Dimapur which in turn is connected to Guwahati.
By Airways :
The nearest airport is at Dimapur.