The State of Nagaland was formally inaugurated on December 1st,
1963, as the 16th State of the Indian Union. It is bounded by Assam in the
West, Myanmar (Burma) on the east, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam on the North and
Manipur in the South. The State consists of seven Administrative Districts, inhabited by
16 major tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each tribe is distinct in character from the
other in terms of customs, language and dress.
It is a
land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth. Here, music is an
integral part of life; folk songs eugolising ancestors, the brave deeds of warriors and
traditional heroes; poetic love songs immortalising ancient tragic love stories; Gospel
songs that touch your soul (should you have a religious bend of mind) or the modern tunes
rendered exquisitely to set your feet a-tapping.
Each of the
16 odd tribes and sub-tribes that dwell in this exotic hill State can easily be
distinguished by the colourful and intricately designed cosumes, jewellery and beads that
they adorn. The present generation of Nagas have ventured into fashion designing in a big
way, reproducing fabrics that represent the ancestral motifs blended with modern appeal.
Indeed, it is a beautiful mix of the past with the present
a paradise for
those who are into fashion designing. This is an affluent fashion station of the East.
traditional ceremonial attire of each tribe is in itself, an awe inspiring sight to
behold; the multicoloured spears and daos decorated with dyed goats hair, the headgear
made of finely woven bamboo interlaced with orchid stems, adorned with boar's teeth and
hornbill's feathers, elephant tusk armlets
.. You name it! In days of yore every
warrior had to earn each of these items through acts of valour, to wear them.
could not have been kinder to Nagaland, sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of the
East; the exquisitely picturesque landscapes, the vibrantly colourful sunrise and sunset,
lush and verdant flora
.. this is a land that represents unimaginable beauty, moulded
perfectly for a breath taking experience.
belong to the Indo-Mongoloid stock, whose ancestors lived off nature's abundant gifts,
blessed with sturdy formidable dispositions. Above all, the people here are warmhearted
and extremely hospitable ! You will feel it in the air !
blessed with salubrious climate throughout the year and one can visit it anytime. If one
is looking for a quiet getaway, from the hustle and bustle of city life, it provides the
right ambience; as life here is laidback and slow - providing a tension free life.
adventurous and the intrepid, Nagaland is an ideal place for trekking, rock climbing,
jungle camping and offers limitless exploration possibilities in its lush and verdant
sub-tropical rain forests which are also a treasure trove of a plethora of medicinal
nature, are lovers of fun and frolic and here life is one long festival.
Nagas with their joie de vivre, dance and songs are a part and parcel of all their
festivities. Most of their dances are performed with a robust rythm