Dimapur in Nagaland - Ancient Capital of the Kachari Tribe

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Dimapur - Quick Facts

Area: 121 Sq. Km.
Population: 375,782
Altitude: 1444 meters
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winter- Woolens
Rainfall: 2500 mm
Best Time To Visit: July To January
Languages: Angami, Ao, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sangtam, Sema and Chakhesang


Dimapur is the ancient capital of the Kachari tribe, whose rule existed before the 13th century AD. Reminiscences of the glory of this kingdom can be found in the ruins that are scattered in and around the town. This ruins give evidence of a culture that probably had a touch of Hinduism, but were predominantly Non-Aryans. Besides monoliths, Dimapur contains other ruins of temples, embankments and baths 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’. That the Kachari kingdom flourished in Dimapur in the days of old is evident from the existence of the Kachari Rajbari Fort ruins, housing the ancient stone monoliths, and the many excavated tanks dug by the royalty known even today as the Rajpukhuri, Padampukhuri, Bamunpukhuri, Jorpukhuri etc. to name a few. The monoliths represent the elaborate rituals of the cult of fertility.


By Air
Dimapur is connected by air route with the rest of the country with daily flights to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi.

By Rail
Dimapur railway station connects Nagaland with the mainland with number of passanger as well as goods trains running as per the schedule.

By Road
NH-36 and NH-39 connects Dimapur to the rest of the country. Kohima the capital of the State, district headquarters, important towns and villages are connected to Dimapur by the Nagaland State Transport, Taxis and other mode of conveyances.


Zoological Park
The Zoological Park is located 6 kms away from the township of Dimapur with a total area of 176 ha. The topography of the area is gentle rolling plateau with low lying area ideal for acquatic birds. Inaugrated on 28th Aug. 2008. Mission of Nagalamd Zoological Park is to inculcate and develop a sense of caring towards flora and fuana. To serve as a Conservation Centre for fauna of Nortn-East India in general and specifically Nagaland and to promote awareness, educate and provide recreation for the people of the State.

Diezephe Craft Village
Located 13 km from Dimapur, Diezephe Craft Village houses weavers and craftmen, deft in the arts of woodcarving, bamboo and can works. Under the guidance of the Nagaland Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, this village has taken significant in these crafts, in the recent times.
"Craft and Development Society", a community common workshop scheme under Micro finance, Ministry of textile was inaugrated on Friday 16 Nov. 2001. This workshop house various implemented and tools which can be used by the craftsmen of the village after paying Rs 150/day. At present there are about ninty (90) craftsmen in the village.

Green Park
Green Park is a cool place to relax or hangout for tourist as well as the locals alike. As its name aplly implies it is full of Greenery. This park is located within the state Horticulture Nursery.
A resturant, resting shades and boating facilities inside the park provides you every opportunity to relax and enjoy. It is open to public with a nominal entry free on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and National holidays. Privates events/party on payment can also be organised in the park other than the days open to public.

Kachari Ruins
Kachari Ruins are situated in Dimapur, the ancient Kachari capital. It is one of the important sites of megalithic culture. Most of the ruins appear to be contemporaneous with the Kachari civilization. Though the Kacharis are predominantly Non-Aryan with elaborate rituals and the cult of fertility, there are evidences of a touch of Hindu influence on most of them.

Shiv Mandir
It was in the month of November, 1961, a villager went to collect cane in the dense forest of Rangaphahar reserve forest where he found a big stone lying which was almost covered by leafs and ropes. Seeing the stone he decided to sharpen his machet (dao) on it. When he did so, a kind of liquid like substance oozed out from the stone. He was very much surprised and returned home after collecting the cane. On that night he saw a dream where a Saint appeared before him and said that, "I am the stone where you had sharpen your machet (dao) today and, I am Lord Shiva, so kindly inform the villagers". But he did not take the dream seriously. Though he dreamt the same dream for three times he took it lightly, but on the fourth dream he was warned by the Saint that if he fails to inform the villagers something bad would befall on him.

Science Park
Nagaland Science Centre, the first of its kind in the state, has been setup behind the Naga Shoping Arcade. It has been setup with the primary objective of developing a scientific temper in the society and promoting creative learning of science in a informal way.
It houses different galleries namely, OUR SENSES, FUN SCIENCE and CHILDREN'S CORNER. Besides this Taramandal, a uniquely designed inflatable dome Planetariun makes one soar deep into the sky by the night.Also a science park in the open air makes young children come close to the nature and play with specially designed exhibits place aesthetically in the natural surrounding.


Chumukedima
It is situated at a distance of about 14 Km from Dimapur on NH 39. Chumukedima served as the first headquarters of the then Naga Hills District of Assam State during the time of British rule in early period of the 19th centure. The Department of Tourism is constructing a Tourist Village on top of a hill. From this spot one can capture a view of the whole of Dimapur and other parts of Karbi-Anlong of Assam. The Tourist Village is at a distance of 8 Km from the National Highway. One can also come across few waterfalls located in this area which are under exploration and assessment for easy access.

Ruzaphema
Just 5 km away, on the Dimapur-Kohima road is Ruzaphema, a place ideally suited for leisure and recreation with its colorful bazaars and a plethora of tribal handicrafts that are exclusive in their style, and unusually beautiful in their own way.

Triple Falls
As the name suggests, the fall in Seithekima village of Dimapur district is a three tier waterfall. It is beautiful destination for the trekkers.

Governor's Camp
43 km from Dimapur is the Governor's Camp in the foothill, by the Doyang river. It is lovely spot for picnickers, rafters, anglers and campers.


The Nagas have a knack of Bamboo Work, Wood Carving, Pottery and Blacksmitthy. So you have a wide variety of products to choose from. Go to the local bazaars and be a proud owner of these comely articles.

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