Dimapur is the largest city in Nagaland, India. The boundary on the eastern part of Dimapur is formed by Dhansiri River, while the western part of the district consists mostly of forests and hills. It was leased out for its strategic location—it is the only plains tract of hilly Nagaland and had a railway station and airport space for connectivity and economic activity in the new state. The District draws its name from the Kachari dialect; ‘di’ – meaning river, ‘ma’ – meaning great or big, and ‘pur’ – meaning city, together connoting ‘the city near the great river’. In the Middle Ages, it was the capital of the Dimasa Kachari rulers. In the heart of the town there is an old relic of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom which speaks about the once prosperous era. The town offers ample of opportunities to nature and history lovers. For nature aficianados Dimapur opens a wide door and takes them on an unforgettable journey. The remains here mostly include temples, embankments and baths that give a glimpse of the culture prevalent here during that period, which was Hinduism. People here during the 13th century were mostly non-Aryans, who belonged to the ancient tribe that ruled here. It is also known as the ‘gateway of Nagaland’.
Dimapur is a colourful land that reflects authentic Nagaland. It is infact the only place in the state with an airport. Once a flourishing capital of a kingdom, today though not the state capital, its infrastructure and facilities are nothing less than that found in capital cities. Having a rich historical background and being an important city of North east, Dimapur has several places of interest. Archeologists have found so many temples, and monuments which provide a glimpse of the past of this city. Other attractions present here include the Rangapahar Reserve Forest that covers a total area of 20.20 hectares and houses some of the most endangered species of birds as well as animals.
Tourist Attraction :
Kachari Ruins :
The Kachari Ruins are a group of ancient monoliths and contain remnants of the Kachari kingdom’s structure. This is believed that the scattered stones and bricks are the remains of temples and embankments. Archeologists have proven that Dimapur was an ancient capital of the Kachari kingdom. It is one of the important sites of the megalithic age. The Kachari Ruins are visited for various temples, reservoirs and tanks that belonged to the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom. Belonging to the ancient Kachari Capital, these ruins reflect the megalithic culture. Among the most famous Kachari Ruins stands the monolith. Apart from the monolith. This historic edifice houses the excavated tanks of the royalty and is an apt place for photo fanatics and history lovers. The territory was constructed near the sacred Mahu River and the Naga hills.
Chumukedima is an ancient village located in the district headquarters of Dimapur. Located 14 kilometres from Dimapur city, Chumukedima village lies on the foothills of the Naga Hills. The village gives a panoramic view of the exotic city of Dimapur. This namesake village is a rapid growing urban hub of Nagaland. The village is famous for waterfalls. t is believed that in the 19th century, during the British rule, the village served as the headquarters of the Naga Hills District. It experiences average temperatures and climate with a few storms during the monsoon period. The tourism department of Nagaland, with the idea of promoting the area has created a tourist village on top of the hill from where the entire city of Dimapur and some parts of Karbi-Anglong district can be clearly seen. It is located 8 kms away from the National Highway. Local language of the village is English, which comes as a huge relief for foreign tourists.
Triple Falls :
Triple Falls has been established by the Tourism Department of Nagaland. These three glistening water streams trickling down from a height of 280 ft to a natural pool looks stunning. This beautiful three-tier waterfall is believed to merge into a natural pool. The area is maintained by the tourist department of Nagaland. Apart from throbbing hearts of the tourists with its miraculous panorama, the triple falls also serves as an exquisite spot for trekkers.
Zoological park :
The Zoological Park is located 6 kms away from the township of Dimapur with a total area of 176 ha,The park was established on 28th August 2008 with main motive to establish this park was to spread awareness about the protection of the flora and fauna. Without getting a sense of the flora and fauna of a place, a visit to a new place can be quite incomplete. There are almost 500 species of birds alone in the region. The park is mostly covered with Evergreen forests with traces of temperate forests in bits and pieces. This affluent biodiversity is the pride of Nagaland and Dimapur alike. The park serves as the Conservation Centre for the entire region of Northern India. The Zoological Park also serves as a Conservation Centre of the state as well as the entire north eastern region.
October to June are the best months to visit Dimapur. Being a hilly place, the weather of Dimapur remains moderate throughout the year. However, if you want to experience the wetness of the place, you can visit during the monsoons.
How To Reach :
By Air : There are regular flights from other major cities of the country to Dimapur.
By Rail : Dimapur railway station is a major railhead of this place and so many trains from all major cities of India come to this city.
By Road : Regular state transport buses ply on these National Highways and tourists can reach Kohima, the state capital on road.
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