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How To Reach Nagaland
Nagaland is one of the Seven Sister States of India lying in the north eastern part of the country. Bordering Myanmar, Nagaland is a mountainous state and home to different indigenous tribes, celebrating their unique cultures and festivals. An otherwise quiet region, the capital of Nagaland, Kohima got embroiled in the animosities of WWII and suffered heavily. The city still carries the scar and exhibits of the Great War. Nagaland is a beautiful state with much to offer its tourists. Let us take a quick look at how to access the state from different parts of the country.
The primary domestic airport in Nagaland is in Dimapur which is the largest city in the state. Bound by different districts of Nagaland and Assam, Dimapur acts as a gateway to the state. The Dimapur Airport was built during WWII and is the lone civil airport in Nagaland. It is now well connected with important airports of the east like Guwahati and Kolkata. Carriers like Air India, Indigo and Go Air operates regular flights to and from Dimapur giving the state the much-needed air access and connectivity with the neighboring states and far-flung cities of the country. Dimapur is located 72 km from the capital city of Kohima and can be reached by bus and cabs.
Dimapur is the most important railhead in Nagaland. Located in Dimapur district the station lays on Lumding-Dibrugarh section and on the main line of North East Frontier Railway. Dimapur is well connected by trains to Guwahati and Kolkata and these cities enjoy rail connectivity with almost every part of the country which helps to connect Nagaland with the rest of India. Avadh Assam Express, Rangiya Dibrugarh Express, JAN Sharabdi Express, Kamakhya Dimapur BG Express, New Delhi Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express are some of the trains that travel to Dimapur.
Over the past decades, road network has considerably improved in the northeastern states of India including Nagaland. The capital city of Kohima can be reached by road as well. Tourists traveling to Dimapur by train or flight can take a cab or bus to reach Kohima. Public and private bus operators have regular bus services plying between Kohima and other cities and districts of Nagaland. There are inter-state buses that ply between neighboring states like Assam and Nagaland. Cabs also ply regularly between different cities and districts.
Within Nagaland for moving around, people primarily use road transport. There are remote areas in the state that can be reached only by roads. State highways and a decent road network help to link all districts and far-flung areas. Nagaland State Transport (NST) operates regular bus services between these areas and the major cities. For exploring the state, tourists have to depend primarily on bus services and for other places, cabs are also available. Popular bus routes are Dimpur to areas like Mokokchung, Wokha, Zunheboto, Tseminyu etc.