Is December a good time to go to Nagaland?
One of our readers sent us this question last evening. Since it is about Nagaland, we thought you might also be interested in knowing more about this.
So, if you are planning to go to Nagaland in December, you must be planning to take part in the annual ten-day Hornbill festival (December 1-10). And since the festival gives you a glimpse of the all the Northeastern states of India, it is an ideal platform to discover the beautiful yet untouched and less-explored part of India.
Nagaland is be described as beautiful for there is word in English vocabulary that can do justice to what your eyes will see. There is no camera that will be able to capture the various moods of Nagaland. And, there is no piece of art that has ever been able to describe the grandiose of the place.
Some people compare Nagaland to Switzerland, but the raw and untouched sprawling land has a charm of its own and a rustic touch to it that no other place on this face of earth can offer.
Be it the picturesque landscapes, the vibrant sunrise and sunsets, the fun loving Nagas, their love for music and dance brings the place alive with their joie de vivre!
Nagaland is blessed with salubrious climate throughout the year and one can visit it anytime. If one is looking for a quiet getaway, from the hustle and bustle of city life, it provides the right ambience; as life here is laidback and slow - providing a tension free life.
While it is a calm and peaceful area and can prove to be that much-needed laidback holiday destination for you, it is also a delight for the explorer in you. You can go trekking, rock climbing, jungle camping while being surrounded by the sub-tropical rain forests (home to many a medicinal plants).
Sounds good, but, do include the Dzukou valley in your itinerary. Dzu-kou that is how you pronounce it. Actually, the word Dzuko has been derived from the Viswema dialect (one of the Naga tribe dialects) of the Angamis (Angama village is south of Kohima, the capital city).
Dzu-Ko means ‘soulless and dull’. Now, why would anyone name a place soulless and dull? Well, the Angamis were not able to harvest crops in the region owing to unfavourable weather conditions. So, they decided that though the valley is extremely beautiful, it is soulless. According to the folklore, the ancestors of the clan while looking for a suitable place to settle down and establish a village, stumbled upon this valley. When they checked the soil of the valley, they found it to be very fertile. However, nothing that was growing there was edible. So, the chief of the clan decided that while this valley is gorgeous, it is cold hearted as it is not suitable for settling down. Hence, the name.
However, the valley would be a bit dry in December. If you wish to see the lush green valley with flowers, you should visit in June/July. In fact, the lilies are very famous here and rare.
Interestingly and not surprisingly, Manipur and Nagaland are in dispute over the ownership of this valley. Geographically, Dzukou is right on the border.