DZOKOU VALLEY – MANIPUR & NAGALAND
Dzokou valley is the valley situated at the borders of the states of Manipur and Nagaland in Northeast India. It is known for its natural environment, flora & fauna and seasonal flowers. Dzokou is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above the sea level. It is famous for its wide range of flowers in every season but the most famous one is Dzuku Lily and it is found only in Dzokou Valley.
This place looks extra beautiful in summer with vivid green hillocks contrasting with the vibrant flowers and bright blue skies. During winters, the place turns into a tropical retreat. The valley freezes with the white blanket of snow over it. Flowers of the valley begins to bloom during the onset of monsoon season, the first two weeks of July.
Cost of Visiting Dzokou Valley
Entrance fee to the valley is depend on a person, people from surrounding places costs Rs 20 per person, Rs 50 for other Indians, and Rs 100 for foreigners. Entrance fees are paid at the rest house and you only need to pay once, not every day.
Specialty of Dzokou Valley
Dzokou is known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora & fauna. The valley is very famous for its wide range of flowers in every season but the most famous is Dzokou Lily and it is found in this valley only.
Tips for visiting Dzokou Valley
- Plan to visit Dzokou for at least 3 days to explore the best.
- There are 2 starting points, so choose either one and keep yourself hydrated on the way up.
- Make sure to book a room in a affordable Hotel before visiting to avoid any last minute hassle.
- If you are not from Nagaland and not working there, get inner line permit to entry in Naga hills. You can get it from the DC court in Dimapur of Nagaland Houses.
Things to do in Dzokou Valley
- Explore the natural caves
- Experiencing local lifestyle by staying in a homestay
- Visiting Naga Heritage Village
- Take a bath in the river’s clear and chilly water
- Explore Kohima Museum
Things to carry in Dzokou Valley
- Carry a jacket
- Pair of trekking shoes
- Toilet paper and soap paper
- Carry packaged food items
- Power bank
- Carry trek pants and T-shirt
- Water bottle
Places to visit in Dzokou Valley
Kohima museum is situated at Upper Bayavu Hill and is famous tourist attraction exhibiting the history as well as tradition of Nagas. The Kohima museum was first opened to public in 25 November 1970. They have the unique collection of invaluable treasures and articles since the time of the Nagas. Regional birds and animals are based at the basement of the Kohima Museum.
2.Naga Heritage Village
Naga Heritage village is also known as the Kisama Heritage Village is only one in Nagaland. This place is fully wrapped in breathtaking scenic views at the foothills of the lustrous and evergreen hills on the borderline of this village.
Japfu peak is one of the most important tourist attractions in Nagaland and is a part of the landscape. It is one the famous tourist attractions to visit near Kohima and over many years the Japfu peak has became one of the popular tourism spots in the entire North East.
4.Ntanki National Park
Located in Peren district of Nagaland Ntanki National Park is a beautiful national park surrounded by forests. It was first build as a National Park in 1993. Mountains, dense forests and cliffs make it a great place for camping and other adventurous activities.
5.Kohima War Cemetery
Kohima War Cemetery is a memorial dedicated to soldiers of 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces.
Places to eat near Dzokou Valley
- D Café
- Fifa Café
- The Hut Restaurant
- Café Aurora
- Uku Café
- Fifa Restaurant 2.0
- The Secret Garden
- Ete Coffee
Timings to visit Dzokou Valley
The best time to visit this place is early June to end of September. The famous dzokou lily starts to bloom in early June.
How to reach
The nearest airport to reach at Dzokou valley is Dimapur Airport which is around 74 km away from Kohima. It is a domestic airport and is well connected to major cities of India. The second closest airport is Imphal Airport which is around 145 km from Kohima.
The nearest railway station is located in Dimapur, which is roughly 74 km from Kohima and is well connected to the major cities. You can hire a taxi or cab from Dimapur to reach Kohima.
It is very easy to reach at Dzokou valley from Kohima. The valley can be approached from two towns; Viswema and Jakhama, which are the base camps. Viswema is about 25 km from Kohima and Jakhama is about 20 km away from Kohima. You can hire and reach either of the town in an hour. From where you have to trek all the way to Dzokou Valley.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s
Que- Who discovered the Dzokou Valley?
Ans- Dzokou valley is full hidden among the high mountain ranges on Manipur- Nagaland border. The endemic Dzokou lily was first identified at this place by Hijam Bikramjit of life sciences Department, Manipur University in the summer of 1991.
Que- What is the shape of Dzokou Valley?
Ans- Dzokou valley is the fork-shaped valley surrounded by the mountains and hillocks with dense forests.
Que- What is Dzokou famous for?
Ans- Dzokou valley is famous for its natural environment, flora and fauna and seasonal flowers.
Que- Is there electricity available in Dzokou Valley?
Ans- No, there is no electricity available at all in Dzokou Valley.
Que- What is the main fauna of Dzokou?
Ans- Dzokou is the home to endangered animals like leopard, Clouded leopard, capped langur, Asiatic black bear, serow and stump-tailed macaque.