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Introduction

Kohima is in a very mountainous area in Nagaland, India, mostly up and down winding small roads. Over 90% of the population is Christian, Roman Catholic, Baptist Pentecostal, Assembly of God or Seventh-Day Adventist. There are many big and rather ugly concrete churches.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Kohima Museum (Nagaland State Museum) at Upper Bayav├╝ Hill, Kohima, with some rare Naga artifacts, is quite good.

The Kohima War Cemetery with the Tennis Court, where the fighting was probably the turning point in the war against Japan.

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Events and Festivals

  • The Nagaland Hornbill Festival is held every year from December 1. to December 10. in the Naga Heritage Village about 11 kilometers south of Kahima on the road to Imphal.

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Getting There

By Plane

The closest airport is in Dimapur.

By Train

The closest train station is in Dimapur with direct trains to New Delhi, Kolkata and other towns.

By Bus

From Dimapur there are frequent buses and shared cars / Jeeps to Kohima. A good mountain road trough a very nice landscape. Bus station in Dimapur is opposite the train station.

From Kohima to Imphal there is only one bus very early in the morning. Buy the ticket ahead, there usually is a very pushy crowd at the ticket counter. At the border to Manipur look if you need/get a permit for Manipur (otherwise you have to get it in Imphal). That road is mostly good. The bus station in Kohima is in the Kohmina Mokokchung Road (NH 61), close to the centre.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There are some public bus lines on the main roads.

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Eat

Restaurants (and evereything else) are closing very early and the choice is limited.

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Sleep

Close to the bus station are some really miserable accommotations, unfortunately for using the bus to Imphal there is not much choice.
Accommodations around the War Cemetery might be a bit better.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.

Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.

The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.

Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.

If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.

Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

If you want to send bigger packages/parcels, it might be better, faster and sometimes even cheaper, to contact a private company like DHL, TNT or UPS.

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