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Location : Nagaland
Languages : Nagamese, English, local dialects
Temperature : In summers, 16-31 degree Celsius; in winters, 4-24 degree Celsius
Major Attractions : Triple Fall
Best Visiting Time : Months between October and May
Dimapur, a municipality of Nagaland, is an important commercial center. Previously the capital to Kachari tribe that ruled the area in 13th century, the city is the reminiscent of the glorious kingdom that existed here. Formed by the amalgamation of words "Di" meaning water and "Ma" meaning big, Dimapur stand for a city that is located in proximity to a big source of water.
Architectural Remains :
The history of the city indicates that the kingdom of Kachari tribe was an eminent one; the ancient ruins that are testimonial to this stand here and there. Archeologists have predicted that the tribesmen were Non-Aryans and were influenced by Hinduism. Among the ruins that still stand there are temples of antiquity, baths, monolithic structures, and embankments. A number of tanks that have been unearthed from here are Rakpukhuri, Jorpukhuri, and Padampukhuri. The use of monoliths indicates the prevalence of fertility cult among tribesmen.
A typical city of North-East, Dimapur is inhabited by a number of different tribes. In fact, you can see people from all the places of India inhabiting it, this being the reason why city is also referred as "mini India". The majority is enjoyed by Naga tribes who form 50% of the entire population. Other communities that are known to exist here include Bengalis, Assamese, Punjabis, Marwaris, Nepalese, Kerelites, and Tamils. Due to its proximity to Tibet, you will find a number of traders from that area too.
Other Highlights :
The commercial city is the hub of economical as well as cultural activities. A gateway to other states like Manipur, the city is connected to other parts of India via National Highway number 39. A known military establishment, the place is popular for its army cantonment and base of CRPF. Another distinguished feature that differentiates it from other cities is the air and rail connectivity that makes it easily accessible. Contrary to the general impression that is expected of states of North-East India, there are well-flourished markets and shopping outlets that are scattered all over. Theses markets are flooded with antique items imported from foreign countries like Thailand, Burma, and China. Yet another distinctive feature of the place is that foreigners visiting do not require Inner Line Permit (ILP) to gain entry.
There are several places of tourist interest that you may look forward to. A small peek-a-boo will let you know the city better:
Tourist Complex :
This exclusive tourist site is located at Chumukedma. This ancient village offers hill-rides and provides an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of Dimapur. It is a fantastic summer retreat; weather is cool and pleasant.
Triple Fall :
Another picturesque place that will catch your fancy is Triple Fall; the water cascades from a height of about 280 feet and forms a natural pool. The picture-perfect place is a treat to trekkers. The village is transformed as a tourist resort; you can rejuvenate your energies while relaxing amongst the salubrious surroundings.
Intaki Wildlife Sanctuary :
Situated at 37 kilometers from the destination, Intaki Sanctuary is delight for nature enthusiasts. Here, you can find some rare species of fauna as well as avifauna.
A few government run accommodations are Hotel Saramati, Circuit House, and Tourist Lodge. Most of these are laced with modern facilities and provide comfortable stay. Among the private run accommodations that are available at Dimapur are Hotel Tragopan, Aiers Enclave, Hotel Kingfisher, Hotel Yak, Hotel Sente, Hotel Galaxy, and Hotel Alvyn.
Cities Nearby :
Peren (84 kilometers), Kohima (74 kilometers), Guwahati (292 kilometers), Amguri (178 kilometers)
Tour to Dimapur helps you to have the sense and feel of the place; you can get to know its tribal culture and its various aspects.