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‘The Battle of Kohima and it’s Memoirs’ ~ the Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

The period of 1939 to 1945 was one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind. It was during this period the world witnessed the Second World War – a state of ‘total war’ where the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. This war brought down the major super powers of the period into ashes. Japan was rocked with the mighty nuclear explosion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it was after the Second World War that the world realized the might of the Americans!

The World War II might have brought down the will of the Germans and Japanese to be the might of the World but it to be mentioned that all wars lead to destruction of devastating proportion. The World War II too led to the same fate and millions of people were killed around the world that included the soldiers of the Army who laid down their lives to bring peace to the World. The bodies of these brave soldiers were laid to rest across various cemeteries through the World and one of such is the Kohima War Cemetery that was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Located in the heart of the Capital city of Nagaland ~ Kohima, this cemetery has about 1420 burials mostly of Commonwealth soldiers who laid their lives during World War II.

The Battle of Kohima was the turning point of the Japanese U Go offensive into India in 1944 during the Second World War. The battle was fought in three stages from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in Nagaland. From 3 to 16 April, the Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge, a feature which dominated the road by which the besieged British and Indian troops of IV Corps at Imphal were supplied.The British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to drive the Japanese from the positions they had captured. The Japanese abandoned the ridge at this point but continued to block the Kohima–Imphal road. The British and Indian troops pursued the retreating Japanese and reopened the road. The battle ended on 22 June when British and Indian troops from Kohima and Imphal met at Milestone 109, ending the Siege of Imphal.

The Kohima War Cemetery is set in peaceful surroundings with well-manicured grassland. The cemetery is sited at the exact location where the battle was fought, and provides a panoramic view of the city of Kohima. Tall concrete structures engraved with the cross mark at its two ends. Between the two structures, along the sloping ground, a series of terraces of 3–5 metres in height have been created; these contain stone markers embedded with bronze plaques carrying the name of each Commonwealth soldier who died on the Kohima battlefield.

And truly mentioned in one of the quotes of the cemetery –

“WHEN YOU GO HOME… TELL THEM OF US AND SAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY…”

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to Witness History and Relive the Memoirs of the ‘The Battle of Kohima and the Memoirs of World War II’ ~ the Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

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The Kohima War Cemetery in Nagaland

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Memorial at the Kohima War Cemetery

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The Memorial Stone that reads a Caption of the Brave Soldiers at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Burials at the Kohima War Cemetery

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CWGC information on the Battle of Kohima at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Neatly aligned graves at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery

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Names of the Soldiers buried at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Memoirs of the 2nd Division who fell at the Battle of Kohima

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Burials at the Kohima War Cemetery

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The Kohima War Cemetery was built and is maintained by the CWGC

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‘The Festival of Festivals’ – The Hornbill Festival, Kisama Heritage Village, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

Every year during the 1st week of December the North East of India gathers to celebrate what is called the ‘Festival of festivals’. Not very far away from Kohima, the capital of the State of Nagaland, in a small picturesque heritage village of  Kisama where you will find a congregation of Tribes, Tradition and the Modern world! This ‘Festival of festivals’ is better known as the ‘Hornbill’ Festival – A week long festivity that is organised by the Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland – the ‘Switzerland of the East’.

The Hornbill festival is named after the bird species of the Indian Hornbill. The Indian Hornbill is the most admired bird species by the Naga people for its qualities of alertness and grandeur – a trait very similar to the ‘Naga Warrior Tribe’ who are known for their fierceness and their majestic attire. The Indian Hornbill is linked closely with the social and cultural life of the people of Nagaland which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. The Naga people’s admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on most of the traditional tribal headgears worn during festivals across Nagaland.

In the week long festivity at the Hornbill Festival one can experience the rich and diverse culture of Nagaland. The festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people from across North east India and around the globe. One can visit the Hornbill festival to enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies of Nagaland. In addition to the festivities you also get to see traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, sculptures which are on display. One of the highlights of the crafts put on display are the Naga beaded jewellery. These jewellery are home made by the ladies of Kohima and are sure to impress the female crowd at the festival from a distance.

Main events/highlights of the Hornbill Festival are:

  • Cultural events spread throughout the festival highlighting traditional dances, music, indigenous games
  • Port Fat Eating Contest
  • The Hornbill Rock Festival
  • North East Cultural Ensemble
  • King Chilly Eating Contest
  • Hornbill Adventure Rally
  • The Kohima Night Bazaar
  • World War Peace Rally

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East and be a part of the celebrations of the ‘Festival of Festivals’ – the Hornbill Festival at the Heritage Village of Kisama, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India! 

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A Naga fire-eater bites a burning wood at the Hornbill festival (Image Credits: Anupam Nath)

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The ‘Naga Warrior’ tribes in their traditional attire. Source: nagalandtouristplaces.com

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Tourists witnessing the Grandeur of the Naga Warrior Tribes at the Hornbill Festival. Source: yahoo.com

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Traditional Head gear of Nagas on display . Source: oktatabyebye.com

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Naga Warrior Tribes performing the Grand Naga Warrior Tribes Heritage Dance at the Hornbill Festival at Kisama Heritage Village, Nagaland

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Freshly Brewed local alcoholic beverage to be savored at the Hornbill Festival at Kisama Heritage Village, Nagaland, India

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Tourists exploring India’s Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India at the ‘Festival of Festivals’ the Hornbill Festival, Kisama Heritage Village, Nagaland

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Welcome to the Capital of Nagaland ~ the Town of Kohima

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The pristine Dzouko Valley of Nagaland

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Local Cuisine at Hornbill Festival

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Naga Women in Traditional Tribal attire at Hornbill Festival

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Naga Women Weaving traditional handlooms at Hornbill Festival

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Naga Warrior Tribes at the Hornbill Festival

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Naga Warriors at the Hornbill Festival

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Celebrate and Dine with the Legendary Ao Tribes – the Festival of Moatsu Mong, Mokokchung, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

‘Moatsu Mong’ is a traditional festival that is celebrated by the Ao tribes in Nagaland. The Ao tribes are one of the oldest tribes inhabiting the State of Nagaland and their culture and tradition is very much different from the other tribes across the North East India.

The festival of ‘Moatsu Mong’ is celebrated every year from 1st to 3rd May wherein the Ao Tribe invokes the Almighty God’s blessings after finishing their diverse village activities such as construction and repair of houses, roads, marriage, sowing of seeds in the fields and cleaning of the village water ponds. Only after completion of all these manifold activities the celebration of Moatsu Mong takes place. This is one festival which is all about celebrating the sensual pleasures of drinking, feasting and dancing. Every year the festivities begin in Mokokochung district and all the wells are cleaned while locals prepare themselves to brew beer. Roast pig and spicy barley bread is made and all the tribal people join in cultural programs. While men present spectacular warrior style dances, the women sing of the bravery of their men. This festival demonstrates the richness and fierceness of the Naga tribes.

The State Government of Nagaland has identified Chuchuyimlang village as the Moatsu festival destination. From the year 2000, Moatsu celebration at Chuchuyimlang features as a National Event. Chuchuyimlang is situated 40 km away from Mokokchung on the NH-61 towards Amguri in Assam. An ethnic tourist village has been set up by the village community for tourists which is functional throughout the year. The festival at Chuchuyimlang is spectacular, as one can witness the participation of other tribes, the “Anchas”, in this event. This is a good festival to participate in if you are interested in local food and wine.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to Celebrate and Dine with Ao Tribes at the ‘Moatsu Mong Festival’ at Mokokchung, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

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The Picturesque town of Mokokchung in Nagaland. Source: wikimapia

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Naga Tribes performing at the Moatsu Mong Festival of Mokochung in Nagaland. Source: nelive.in

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Naga Tribes performing at the Moatsu Mong Festival of Mokochung in Nagaland. Source: youtube.com

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Naga Warrior Tribes at the Moatsu Mong Festival of Nagaland

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Bihu Dance of Assam being performed at the festival of Moatsu Mong in Nagaland

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Naga Warrior Tribes performing a tradiitonal warrior dance at the Moatsu Mong Festival of Nagaland

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Naga Warrior Tribes at the Moatsu Mong Festival of Nagaland

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