Dimapur, a beautiful city in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland is emerging as the largest and fastest-growing places in the state. The name Dimapur means ‘the city near a great river’ and that is right. Dimapur has the Dhansiri River on one side and wooden meadows flanking the other. This city was once the capital of the Kachari tribe whose traces still exist. And that is why you can find many temples and monuments here. Apart from holidaymakers, many business travellers can also be seen here due to its thriving business commercial centres.
On your Dimapur tour, do not forget to visit these along with major attractions like Zoological Park, Diezephe Craft Village, Ao Baptist Church, Nagaland Science Centre, and Green Park. The city is also big on handicrafts and handlooms, so make sure you get your hands on some.
Dimapur has a long history as it was once the capital city of the ancient kingdom of the Dimasas, which was ruled by Kachari. So, Kachari ruins are a must-visit attraction in Dimapur. The Dimasa was a well-guarded city and was spread over the adjacent plains and fell into what we today call Upper Assam. The evidence of this ancient city can be seen around some temples, embankments, banks, etc. Not just this, but Dimapur has also played a vital role in British India and imperial Japan during World War II. That is why Dimapur is also called ‘the Brick City’.
If you want to know more about this sprawling city of Nagaland, then keep reading this Dimapur Travel Guide to find out how to reach, the best time to visit, places to see and things to do, some Dimapur travel tips, and more.
Why visit Dimapur?
From the history of the Kachari tribe to shopping the handlooms, and searching the medicinal plants in Rangapahar Reserve Forest, Dimapur offers endless things to do for every kind of traveller. A popular weekend getaway from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, Dimapur has no dearth of attractions, adventure, and recreation. If you want to delight in nature’s bliss, visit Nichuguard Village, Kuki Dolong Village, Chumukedima, Sethekima Village and Medziphema. Also, for tourists who want to savour authentic Naga cuisine, explore the business commercial centres, and see the way of life of northeastern people, then Dimapur is your place to be.
For all the history, there are many 13th century ruins of the Kachari kingdom that will keep you captivated. If you love to shop, you will find many amazing things to shop for and take back as souvenirs. Lastly, tourists with an interest in indigenous tribes can witness the culture of tribes like Angami, Lotha, Ao, Rengma Pouchury, Chakehsang, Sumi, Sangtam, and Zeliang.
How to reach Dimapur
Dimapur can be easily reached by air, rail, and road. It is the only place in Nagaland, which is well-connected to other parts of India by airways and railways. If you are travelling by air, then take a flight to Dimapur airport, the only airport in this city. It is well-linked to Guwahati and Kolkata. For international flights, you can take a flight to Guwahati or Kolkata. The only railway station in Nagaland also happens to be in Dimapur. However, it is only connected to Guwahati and Kolkata. So, you have to take a train till here and then another train to Dimapur. If travelling by road, then NH 39 runs through this city and connects Kohima, Imphal, and the neighbouring country Myanmar at Moreh.
How to get around Dimapur
Once you are in Dimapur and wish to explore the attractions, you can use state transport buses. They offer comfortable and safe rides within and to most nearby destinations. Taxis and mini-coaches are also great options to move around Dimapur.
Best time to visit Dimapur
Being a hill station, the best time to visit Dimapur is in winters. Between November and December, the temperature reaches a low of 10°C maximum, which is perfect to enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing tours. From March to April, the weather is moderate and is a good time to go on a Dimapur tour. The temperature remains between 28°C TO 38°C, which lets you explore the city comfortably. In the monsoon season, Dimapur experiences heavy rain showers, which adds up to the breezy winds. However, avoid planning a trip to Dimapur in the monsoon as there are chances of landslides.
Places to visit in Dimapur
Having a rich cultural history and also being a significant city of the North East, Dimapur has no dearth of places to see. For instance, Diezephe Craft Village is a popular attraction in Dimapur and is managed by the Nagaland Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited. With the aim of promoting the rich arts, handicrafts, and handloom of the state, this craft village is a rare site of craftsmanship, bamboo and woodcraft. Next, the Rangapahar Reserve Forest is another place of interest and is known for housing some rare and endangered birds and animals. Chumukedima Village, The Kachari Ruins, Sumi Town Baptist Church, and Nagaland Zoological Park are also important attractions that you must see and visit on your Dimapur tour.
Things to do in Dimapur
Bound on one side by the Dhansiri River and snuggled by mountains all around, there are a lot of fun things to do in Dimapur. Here are some of the most thrilling activities in Dimapur you should indulge in on your tour to Dimapur –
- Stay in a traditional Naga house.
- Explore the 10th-century Kachari Ruins.
- Sightseeing tour of Dimapur’s famous attractions.
- Water rappelling at Amsoi.
- Visit rural parts for an authentic experience.
- Trekking around Dimapur.
- Shop for products made by Naga tribes.
- Explore the natural diversity at Rangapahar Reserve Forest.
How many days are enough to visit Dimapur?
5 to 6 days are enough to visit Dimapur.
Average Dimapur Trip Cost
The average cost of travelling to Dimapur will be INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per person.
*Prices are subject to change.
Accommodation in Dimapur
Whether you are travelling for vacation purposes or business, there are many popular hotels to choose from in Dimapur. From budget-friendly ones to three-star properties, you can find a lot of places to stay in Dimapur. Some of the best hotels in Dimapur are Niathu Resort, Pilgrim’s Boutique Hotel, Hotel Acacia, Hotel Grand Tizu, Hotel Europa Inn, Hotel Seb Tower, and Hotel Theja Fort.
Where to eat in Dimapur
Nagaland is unique and so is its cuisine. Most of the dishes here are cooked with meat and yet are light on the stomach because of their freshness and simple ingredients. Some popular foods to eat in Dimapur are Samathu, Aikibeye, Aniki Chokibo, boiled vegetables, fish cooked in Bamboo, bushmeat, and Zutho. The famous places to eat in Dimapur are US Pizza and Tandy’s Fried Chicken, Bambusa, Plaza restaurant, Funkybuddha, Ethnic Table, Bangkok Café and Cuisine, and Koreans Uncle Café.
Shopping in Dimapur
Dimapur will surprise you with its variety of stylish clothes, latest accessories, and fashion trends. The shopping experience in Dimapur will not disappoint you as will find roadside markets to high-end showrooms. Naga shawls, cane carpets, Naga Silk Mekhela, and bamboo mugs are some of the famous things you can find here at Hong Kong Market in Dimapur.
Useful Tips for Dimapur Trip
- Get an Inner Line Permit as the state shares its border with Myanmar.
- Respect the local culture and do not frown upon anyone.
- Do not cause harm to wildlife or you will have to pay a heavy fine.
- If any document gets stolen, please inform the nearest police station.
- Go with a well-informed tour guide.
- Always carry ID proof with you.