A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...
Kohima is a scenic hill station with breath taking natural beauty and amazing views of the Naga Hills. It is nestled by the eastern frontiers of the mighty Himalayas and is blessed with an enchanting combination of natural beauty, ethnic simplicity and an unhurried pace of life. The Kohima village epitomises the Naga tribal way of life with a beautiful ceremonial gate, unique to the Naga tribe.
The district of Kohima provides a museum housing local historical artefacts, a zoological park, a sanctuary, valleys, self-governing villages and a wholesale market, a popular place to watch the visual feast of the Naga women in their splendid tribal costumes. Kohima is also home to the largest cathedral in the north eastern region of India.
Most noticeably, Kohima is the site of a battle between the Japanese and the British during World War II. In 1944, the Japanese attempted to capture the Kohima bridge. The battle was a turning point in the Japanese offensive into India and after 18 days of fighting, the Japanese were forced to retreat. A large cemetery and memorial for the Allied war dead now lie on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner’s tennis court. The epitaph engraved on the memorial is now world famous as the Kohima Epitaph and reads “When You Go Home, Tell Them of Us and Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”.