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| Last Updated:: 14/02/2016

Tourism & Heritage

 

INTRODUCTION

      Nagaland, a land of rich culture and heritage, lies in the far northeast of India, shares its boundary with three Indian states i.e., Assam ,Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur ,and one international boundary with Myanmar. Its breathtaking natural beauty dotted by virgin terrains and deep cutting valleys has enchanted the visitors .The Nagas are amiable by nature and hospitable to guests. The uniqueness of their hospitality lies in the fact that they consider the safety, security and satisfaction of their guests as a matter of honour and prestige.

 
Image courtesy: Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre, Planning and Coordination Department, Government of Nagaland

 

TOURISM DEPARTMENT

      To focus on the development of tourism in the state, the Department of Tourism was set up and it came into being as a fully fledged Directorate of tourism about three decades back in 1981.

      Organization Structure
      At the Administrative level, the Department of Tourism is headed by the Commissioner & Secretary supported by Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary and other subordinate staffs whereas, the Director is the head at the Directorate level. He is assisted by an Additional Director, two Deputy Directors, three Assistant Directors and various categories of Officers, Ministerial, Technical and Grad-IV service staffs.

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ENTRY PERMITS

      Non-Indians

      Foreign tourist no longer require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP)/Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter Nagaland. As per the new rules, the foreigners only have to register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival in Nagaland.

      However, citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh and China still need to apply for PAP/RAP from the Home Ministry. (Nagaland House in Delhi, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi. Phone: +91-11-23012296)

*Tour operators can also be contacted for more Information and obtaining permits for visit.

      Indian National

      Indian national need an Inner Line Permit to enter Nagaland. The fee for an Inner Line Permit is INR 50 per applicant.

       Places to apply for Inner Line Permit:

       Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi:
       Phone No:+91-11-23012296/23793673

       Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, Kolkata:
       Phone No:+91-33-22823247/22821967

       Assistant Resident Commissioners Guwahati, Assam
       Phone No:+91-361-2332158; Fax:+91 361 2333859

       Assistant Resident Commissioners Shillong, Meghalaya
       Phone No:+91-364-252083; Fax:+91 364 2520670

       Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur
       Phone No: + 91-3862-226530; Fax: +91 3682 230613

       Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Nagaland
       Phone No: + 91-370-2290666; fax:+ 91 370 229055

       Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, Nagaland
       Phone No: + 91-369-2226231; Fax: + 91 369 220333



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TRANSPORT

      Air
      Airport in Dimapur has direct flight connectivity from Guwahati and Kolkata, which are again interconnected with almost all Indian airports.

      Railway
      Railway Station in Dimapur is well connected to Guwahati, with number of trains that shuttles between the two stations every day. Guwahati has direct train connectivity with almost all the major Indian cities. Rajdhani and Jan Shatabdi expresses ply regularly to Dimapur.

      Road
      Night buses connect Dimapur and Kohima to Guwahati and Shillong (Meghalaya). A number of taxis ply from Dimapur to Kohima. A convenient way for reaching Kohima is to take a train or a flight to Dimapur and then rent a taxi to Kohima. The Dimapur taxi stand is adjacent to the Railway Station. Yellow Taxis can be shared with other passengers (shared taxis) or hired exclusively (full taxis). An exclusively hired taxi can cost between INR 650 to INR 700, for a one-way trip to Kohima. A traveller can also opt to rent a car from Guwahati (through tour operators) and drive all the way to Kohima. This pleasant drive lasts about 8-9 hours.



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Year Wise Tourist Inflow Table

Year Domestic Foreign
2000 13268 451
2001 29952 920
2002 13543 526
2003 14870 870
2004 10056 1084
2005 17470 883
2006 15850 576
2007 22085 936
2008 21129 1219
2009 20953 1423
2010 21094 1132
2011 25000 2000
2012 28945 2173
2013 35638 3304

 


 

Year Wise Tourist Inflow Chart

 

      The 15th Annual Hornbill Festival in december 2014 drew over 1360 foreign tourists, 17,044 domestic tourists and 1,54,000 local visitors totalling to over 1,72,404 visitors to the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama where the main Hornbill festival is celebrated.

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Photos of some tourist spots of Nagaland:

  


 

REFERENCES

  • Directorate of Tourism
  • Official Nagaland State Website
  • Brochures published by the Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland
  • NAGALAND Echoes of the Hill published by Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland
  • NAGALAND ECONOMIC SURVEY 2014-2015 published by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Nagaland


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