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Introducing Zunheboto

Best time to visit : November to July
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Rich in culture and adorned with unadulterated nature, the hill town of Zunheboto represents the enticing Northeast India tourism. Located in the state of Nagaland, the town is a must-visit option for those taking interest in the traditional tribal culture. Nature lovers, wildlife travellers and bird watchers too can think of spending some great holidays in the region. Trekkers also can enjoy the exhilarating experience of trekking with the right tourist information in hand. Zunheboto has a mysterious appeal that completely engrosses one’s attention.


Occupying space in the heart of Nagaland, Zunheboto is a part of Zunheboto district and also the district headquarter. Evergreen forests form a major part of the district which enjoys the average elevation of 1,800 m. The name ‘Zunheboto’ is the amalgamation of ‘Zunhebo’, which is a flowering shrub found in abundance here, and ‘ato’, which means the hill top. One of the top urban areas of Nagaland, the district is fed by three rivers, including Doyang, Tizu and Tsutha. Winters here can be extremely cold, while the monsoon climate dominates for nearly 9 months bringing significant amount of rainfall. Zunheboto is inhabited by the tribal people called Sumi Nagas. A tourist guide is a must to explore the engaging culture of these headhunting warriors.

When in Zynheboto, one must enjoy the traditional Sumi cuisines that include smoked pork, fried fish and axone. The use of locally grown herbs and vegetables enhance the flavours of the cuisines. Rice preparations can also be enjoyed. Rice beer is a popular drink worth tasting. There are some good restaurants across the district, the two popular ones being Oasis and Dine In.

There is not much to shop in this part of Nagaland. One can visit the organic shops where locally grown herbs, fruits and other items can be purchased. One may also look for colourful clothes and souvenirs at few shops.

Nearby Places:
  • Mokokchung (about 58 km.): Nagaland’s cultural capital, the town is famous for its Art and Cultural Complex, Town Park and a number of churches.
  • Kiphire (about 105 km.): An array of amazing tourist places like Saramati Mountain, Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Twin Stones, Mimi and Salomi Caves, Wawade Waterfall and Sukhayap Rock Cliff.
  • Wokha (about 111 km.): Popular for Mount Tiyi trek, Doyang Hydro Project, Totsu Cliff and some enchanting lakes. 
  • Tuensang (about 140 km.): Exotic tribal culture and some wonderful opportunities to buy Naga handicrafts and handlooms, including traditional dresses and jewellery items. 
  • Kohima (about 150 km.): Exciting hilly terrain and picturesque surroundings make this state capital a popular tourist destination.
  • Pfutsero (about 160 km.): The highest and coldest place in Nagaland, it offers panoramic views of the surroundings and is known for organic fruits and vegetables. 
  • Phek (about 210 km.): Popular for its festivals like Khuthonye and Turhinye, Phek is also the home to some splendid rivers, lakes, orchids and valleys.  

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