A narrow strip of mountain territory, Nagaland is the home of numerous Tibeto-Burmese tribes like the Aos, Angamis, Semas, Lothas and so on, collectively known as the Nagas. Each tribe is different from the other-in customs, even in language-and each has its signature shawl.
The capital, Kohima, was built by the British. It was here that the Japanese advance was halted by British and Indian forces during the Second World War. Of note in Kohima is the beautifully kept Second World War Cemetery, where the men who fell here are buried. A traditional Naga ceremonial gateway is one of its attractions. Excursions around Kohima include Khonama, an authentic tribal village waterfalls. Worth visiting is Mokokchung, the cultural centre of the Ao Nagas.