A Travel Guide to Dimapur

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Named after the great River Dhansiri running through it, Dimapur translates to 'Great city by the river', (di-river, ma-great or big, pur–city). It is Nagaland's largest city, with a history that goes back to the Middle Ages. Formerly the Dimasa Kachari kings' ancient capital during the 10th–13th centuries, today, it is a bustling trade and commercial centre that still displays several vestiges of its glorious past. Dimapur is a window to a rich heritage and culture, from ancient fort ruins to unusual totemic memorials, temples, trenches, and baths. Being the only flat tract of land in an otherwise hilly region, it also has the only airport and railhead to the remote Northeastern state, making it a gateway to Nagaland.

Best time to visit Dimapur

The best months to visit Nagaland is from October through June. This time of the year is mild and pleasant to explore the hills, go for treks, and even camp in some of the camping zones around the state. 

Most spoken languages in Dimapur

  • Nagamese
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Other tribal languages 

How to reach Dimapur

  • By air: You can book your flights to Dimapur and arrive at the DImapur Airport which is the sole airport serving the state. IndiGo operates daily, non-stop flights between Dimapur and Kolkata.

  • By train: Dimapur railway station is the only railway station in Nagaland, it is easily connected to several major cities access the country. 

  • By bus: Dimapur is connected with neighbouring states through various state transport buses regularly. You can get Nagaland State Transport bus, NST as well as other private operated buses. 

Getting around Dimapur

You can find cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, local buses and taxis to travel within or outside the city.

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Places to visit in Dimapur

  • Kachari Ruins: The remains of the ancient fort's brick gateway at Kachari Rajbari Park testifies the Kachari Dynasty's architectural legacy. Particularly noteworthy are the stone monoliths, some 20feet tall, commonly called Chessman Figures and the royal tanks like Rajpukhuri, Padampukhuri, Bamunpukhuri and Jorpukhuri.
  • Chumukedima and the Triple Falls: Located on the foothills of Naga Hulls, Chumukedima is an ancient village comprising several waterfalls. The famous triple falls situated in this village. As the name suggests, the triple falls refer to the three shinning water streams cascades from a height of 280 feet resulting in a stunning natural pool.
  • Nagaland Zoological Park: A wide range of flora and fauna in this zoological park attracts lots of tourists around the year. The park aims to promote awareness and educate people on how to care for and save the region's flora and fauna.

Places to eat in Dimapur

Bambusa
Bambusa

If you want to try traditional Naga cuisine or pork and beef, this is your place. Great for a quick bite, momos or snacks, its semi-open gazebo-like ambience with bamboo décor and nearby bamboo craft shop make it a big draw.

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Zephyr Lounge
Zephyr Lounge

For a pleasant pan-Asian dining experience, try this sophisticated lounge. Get the hibachi, mint and basil chicken.

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ILI-AH restaurant
ILI-AH restaurant

Not only does this restaurant give a love view but also offer lip-smacking dishes from typical Indian dishes from north to west, and ofvourse their local northeast delicacies like pork sizzlers with mashed potato.

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Imperial Dine
Imperial Dine

Serving a mix of delicious dishes, the Imperial Dine is one of the best restaurants for family or a cool hangout place.

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Shopping places in Dimapur

There are several shopping places in Dimapur from shopping complex and small open-air malls like CBZZ Complex, Central Plaza, and Westside. 

However, street shopping in Dimapur is more popular, and some of the best shopping places are listed below.

  • Hong Kong Market: Dimapur's sprawling Hong Kong Market is the local favourite for imported goods and branded apparel and accessories from Thailand, Korea and Myanmar at reasonable prices.

  • Diezephe Craft Village: If you like something more tribal and ethnic, visit Diezephe Craft Village, 13km from Dimapur, to witness artisans working on bamboo, cane crafts handloom weaving that has endured for centuries. It is the best place to pick traditional yet, atypical souvenirs. Several shops in the city and market areas have vibrant handicrafts, shawls and stoles, beautiful beadwork trinkets, decorative Naga spears, handwoven jackets and bags, besides eco-souvenirs made of wood, bamboo and cane.

Nightlife in Dimapur

With Nagaland's Music Task Force (MTF), the State-initiative to promote and encourage music as a profession, you can catch regular gigs organised by the immensely talented local folk. To get under the skin of Dimapur's music scene, peek into “Upstairs,” a small but lively performance space and club for great music, an incredible crowd and good food. Everyone knows about it, but nobody wants to share this little secret. It's easy to miss this hidden gem located unobtrusively in an apartment on Walford Road.

Keep up with them on social media to keep abreast of the calendar of events as various music shows keep happening through the year that showcases incredible talent.

Where to stay in Dimapur

Aiers

Aiers Enclave, Vikiye Colony This is a boutique guest house in the heart of Dimapur. Ms Aier runs it with 12 spacious rooms offering impeccable hospitality, luxurious comfort and service—a rarity in India’s remote corners.

Niathu

Niathu Resort, Chumukedima Niathu, meaning ‘sunrise’ in the local Angami language, is a tranquil oasis, barely five minutes from the Dimapur airport. Set in a great location near the Chathe River away from the town centre, it offers all the trappings of luxe life. There are deluxe or premium rooms and exclusive alpine chalet-style suites to choose from. A spa, salon, gym, children’s park and pool, round out the offerings.

Noune

Noune Resort, Seithekema Part of the Niathu chain of hotels, the beautiful lake resort 10km from Dimapur sprawls over 500 acres against the backdrop of the Patkai mountain range. Settle down for a break with creature comforts and delightful views.

Tragopan

Hotel Tragopan, NST Colony For a no-frills budget stay with clean beds, washrooms and necessary conveniences in the heart of town this is ideal. With good access to shopping and sightseeing, a cosy in-house restaurant offers local dishes on request.

More reasons to visit Dimapur

  • Nagaland Science Centre: For a hands-on scientific experience that may fascinate children, visit the Nagaland Science Centre. It comprises three galleries – fun science, our sense and children's corner along with an inflatable dome called Tara Mandal that let children peak more plunging into the sky.

  • Green Park: The scenic Green Park run by the State Horticulture Department is a local haunt for boating and leisure.

  • Rangapahar Reserve Forest: Known for its wildlife, varied range of medicinal plants, and variety of unique birds, Rangapahar reserve forest is among the famous tourist spots in the city.

Places to visit near Dimapur

  • Kohima: Nagaland's capital city Kohima is one of the spectacular places in Northeast India. Known for its untouched beauty, this place is an excellent short escape from Dimapur.
  • Wokha: Located in the southern part of Nagaland, the place is still unexplored from the outer world. Filled with an abundance of natural beauty Wokha, is inhabited by the largest tribes in Nagaland called Lothas.
  • Sivsagar: Previously known as Sibsagar, this historical town once was the capital of Ahom Kingdom. The presence of historical monuments and beautiful scenery makes it an ideal weekend gate away from Dimapur.

Festivals in Dimapur

The Hornbill Festival: The top tourist attraction and one of the biggest annual bashes, the Hornbill Festival in the first week of December is a fantastic seven-day yearly cultural extravaganza of feasting, dancing, music and games that also features Hornbill Rock Contest. It takes place near the outskirts of Kohima at the Naga Heritage Village of Kisama, 86km from Dimapur.

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