The Enchanting Dzukou Valley: The Valley of the Flowers

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Have you ever wondered what heaven would look like? Well, while nobody really knows how the abode of the Gods looks like, one can be pretty certain that it couldn’t be better than the Dzukou Valley. The Dzukou Valley, also famous as the “Valley of the Flowers of the North-East”, is perhaps one of the biggest secrets of India. India does have a plenty of beautiful hill stations and stunning landscapes. But it is unlikely that any of these places, however popular they may be with tourists, and no matter how beautiful, come even close matching to the stunning beauty of the Dzukou Valley.

Walking through the Dzukou Valley – with beautiful plains with lush greenery and the loveliest flowers growing on them, passing over the brisk passing streams of crystal clear water that you wish to drink straight away, getting lost in the melodies of the cooing birds, surrounded by thick forests – for tourists, it’s one of the best experiences that they are ever likely to have. The calmness, the complete silence, the serenity of the surroundings is a complete change from the noise, the hustle and bustle of an average Indian city. As a tourist visiting the Dzukou Valley, the feeling that you’re likely to get from breathing in all the pure oxygen, especially after having spent so much time in the polluted environment of an Indian town or city, can only be described as a manna from heaven.

Where is the Dzukou Valley?

The Dzukou Valley is situated right at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, just behind the magnificent Japfu peak. It is located at an altitude of 2438m above sea level. Two of the most beautiful rivers run through the valley – the Dzukou and Japfu rivers, which crisscross the valley as though streams running through an elaborately developed garden.

How to get to the Dzukou Valley?

To get to the Dzukou Valley, you shall first need to get to Dimapur, which is the only place in Nagaland that is connected by flight and trains to the rest of India. You may pick up a flight from Kolkata or Delhi to Dimapur, to get to Dimapur by train, from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata or Delhi. Once in Dimapur, you need to get to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. The best way to get to Kohima from Dimapur is by bus, and it takes hardly a couple of hours to get there, as the distance between Kohima and Dimapur is only 74 kms. Once in Kohima, pick up a private taxi and either get to the Viswema Village, which is 25 kms away from Kohima, or to Zakhama, which is 20 kms away. Both Zakhama and Viswema Village are ideal bases to get to the Dzukou Valley, and you may just go on a trek from these bases and reach Dzukou Valley after a few hours of highly pleasant trekking. The trek itself is the best part of visiting the Dzukou Valley. As you walk through the cleanest tracks, breathing the rejuvenating air, basking in the glow of the bright sunlight, crossing the small streams in your way, you will know at that moment that there is no other place on the planet you would rather be at.

Permissions needed to visit the Dzukou Valley

Visitors from the Indian mainland require an inner line permit to visit Nagaland, which may be obtained from the Nagaland House in Kolkata, Guwahati or Dimapur. Foreign visitors need to register themselves at a local state government office in either Dimapur or Kohima.

When is the best time to visit the Dzukou Valley ?

Dzukou Valley has its finest weather between June to September. The flowers in the Dzukou Valley would be in full bloom, especially the lilies and the wild rhododendrons. Any tourist visiting the valley during this period would feel as though the heavens have descended upon the Earth. Tourists can experience a serious temperature drop as they move from the bases to the Dzukou Valley – Zakhama and Viswema Village, to the valley itself. So it’s always a great idea to carry warm protective clothing, even though the temperature is always pleasant, and never unbearably cold from June to September. However, the Dzukou Valley can get really cold during winter, especially from November to December, so it’s best to avoid visiting the valley during this time.

How to enjoy the Dzukou Valley Experience ?

To really enjoy the rarefied atmosphere of the Dzukou Valley, pack enough camping equipment and stay overnight in the valley, amid all the lovely greenery and exquisite scenery. Local porters would gladly carry your bags and camping equipment for you, so you don’t have to worry about carrying so much weight. All that you need to do is to enjoy the lovely sights and feel one with nature, perhaps meditate a little, as you visit the Dzukou Valley, the Valley of the Flowers of the North-East.


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1 Comment

  1. Arti

    July 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

    i m at manipur and thinking of dzukou valley trek. can you tell me where to get ILP and can i get camping equipment (sleeping bag and tents) on rent at kohima.

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