Dzukou Valley KohimaAn amazing creation of nature in Kohima is the scintillating Dzukou valley. With green valleys and clouds floating over Dzukou valley is a paradise for nature lovers. The splendid valley with its seasonal flowers and green backdrop is bound to take away the breath of the onlookers. One of the major attractions of Kohima, the Dzukou valley has the rare Dzukou lily flower which is a delight to see.
Location of Dzukou ValleyThe Dzukou valley derives its name from the Angami word which means “cold water” in English. The cold water here refers to the water that streams down the valley. Dzukou valley lies behind the Japfu peak and is at an altitude of 2438 meters above sea level. It is located at the border of two states – Manipur and Nagaland.
Tourist Attraction of Dzukou valleyAn absolutely beautiful, green and peaceful place, the Dzukou valley today has gained so much fame and reputation that people from outside India visit the place and trek across the valley. The valley is famous for its amazing collection of seasonal flowers and the fauna and flora. It is believed that Dzukou valley might be anything from 2 to 4 million old. The Japfu rivers flow alongside the ends of the valley and one could spend the whole day simply by staring and seeing the river flow and listening to the sounds of the slowing water that enriches one’s soul like some purification spell has been done.
Trekking is an important adventurous activity in the Dzukou valley. Many tourists come to Dzukou valley for undertaking trekking expeditions. The beauty of the valley is such that walking through the valley is like walking through the clouds here. From the top of the Dzukou valley, there is a straight walk towards the rest camps or the trekker camps which is around 5 and a half kms. away from the place. The people of the valley are humble and simple village people who give the best hosting gestures one could find anywhere ever.
How to reach Dzukou valleyKohima, the capital of Nagaland is around 74 kms from Dimapur, which is another district in Nagaland and also has the nearest rail station to Dzukou valley. Dzukou valley is reachable via road as well, which is about 25 kms from Kohima. Sumo services are easily available in Kohima town and so one can get hold of the sumo and make his way to the valley. The sumo picks up the travelers and drops them at a place by the name of Zakhma, which is a base for Dzukou Valley. Zakhma is also around 20 kms away from Dzukou valley.
Best time to visit Dzukou ValleyThe ideal time to visit the valley is from the month of June to September. This is the time when all the wonderful flowers bloom and give the place a heavenly look making the viewers awestruck. The flowers found in the valley are of vibrant colours and are stunning to look at.
Trekking Facts of Dzukou Valley
The steep inclination of Dzukou trail is 3 – 4 kms. and needs the walking through on pebbles and stones and water. The trek is not at all a hard one and hence anyone can make it but has to carry the necessary nourishment along with.
Base camp during the trek is Ciswema village which can easily be reached from the state capital – Kohima.
Altitude: 2450 meters (8000 ft)
Day 1: From Viswema Village to Dzukou covering a distance of 17 kms. Takes 5-6 hrs.
Day 2: From Dzukou Valley to Zakhama covering a distance of 15 kms. Takes 3-4 hrs.