Rolling hills and flowers galore in Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

The rolling hills of Dzukou Valley, on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, are one of the highlights of India’s Northeast. Here’s some photographic proof, and a guide with everything you need to know about Dzukou Valley.

 

Dzukou Valley -sometimes spelled Dzükou Valley or Dzüko Valley- sits high amongst the clouds, at 2,452 meters above sea level, straddling the border of Nagaland and Manipur in northeast India.

In summer, vivid green hillocks pave the way for blue mountaintops, and bright flowers wave in the winds amongst the tall grasses. In winter, temperatures drop far lower than one would expect in such tropical states, and the valley freezes, sometimes covered in white snow.

Below you can find some quick info on Dzukou Valley, some photos to inspire you to trek to Dzukou Valley, and practical information on visiting Dzukou Valley.

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland, India - Hot and cold colors in a panorama at sunset - Lost With Purpose

Even through the clouds, sunset at Dzukou is stunning

An introduction to Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley is most famous for its multicolored carpets of flowers that bloom in summer, most notably the Dzukou lily which is found only in Dzukou Valley.

The flowers begin to bloom with the monsoon season, and the first two weeks of July are usually peak flower season in Dzukou Valley. But if you can’t make it during flower time, we assure you, it’ll be gorgeous at any time of year, and it has much more to offer than colorful flora for saturated selfies.

It’s a beautiful place to hike around in itself, flowers or not, and if you’re into rock climbing there are plenty of opportunities to break a sweat within the valley. Even more interesting (to us, anyway), Dzukou Valley is well-known and loved by local tourists from Nagaland and Manipur, but has yet to be “discovered” by foreigners and domestic tourists from further away. Come visit while you can, because India’s northeast is almost certainly going to experience a tourism boom in the coming years.

In case you need more convincing…

Feast your eyes on these photos of Dzukou Valley

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Kohima, Nagaland, India - The path leading through Dzukou Valley to the rest house - Lost With Purpose

The path leading into Dzukou Valley

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Kohima, Nagaland, India - Pink summer flowers beginning to bloom in Dzukou Valley - Lost With Purpose

Dzukou lilies beginning to bloom in the valley

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Typical cloudy Dzukou weather

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland, India - Sunrise over Dzukou Valley on a foggy morning - Lost With Purpose

Early morning sun breaking over the valley

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Wandering into the valley

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland, India - Yellow flowers blooming in Dzukou Valley - Lost With Purpose

Yet more flowers a-blooming in the valley

Now that we’ve convinced you to visit (we have, haven’t we?), it’s time to get down to business! Read on to learn everything you need to know to make your visit to Dzukou Valley a success.

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland

Although it’s possible to get to Dzukou Valley from Manipur, the main approach is from Nagaland. There are no amenities on the Manipur side, the trekking trail is much more strenuous, and roads to the valley are in poor condition. Most visitors from Manipur drive to the Nagaland side to enter the valley.

If you wish to approach from Manipur, make sure you have the proper equipment and a local guide who knows the way. This guide will focus on how to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland.

From Kohima, the laid-back capital of Nagaland, getting to Dzukou Valley is a relatively straightforward affair. The valley can be approached from two towns: Jakhama and Viswema. Jakhama (spelled Zakhama on Google Maps) is about 20 kilometers from Kohima and Viswema about 25 kilometers away from Kohima. Kohima itself is reached by bus. The nearest railhead to Kohima is in Dimapur. 

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Shared taxis to Viswema

To get to either of these towns from Kohima, take a shared taxi from the Network Travels AOC Bus stand. There are several yellow vans and Sumos parked—just ask one of the men sitting around, and you’ll soon be pointed to the right vehicle. It costs 40 Rs per person to get to Jakhama, and 50 Rs per person to get to Viswema. The taxis leave when full, and it takes about 30 – 45 minutes to reach Viswema.

Heading to Nagaland? Make sure to check out the tribal village of Longwa, on the Myanmar border!

 

How to approach Dzukou Valley

The approach you should take depends on your fitness/masochist level. The trek from Jakhama to Dzukou Valley is more demanding but takes less time. The trek from Viswema to Dzukou Valley is more gradual but generally takes longer.

We recommend taking the Viswema approach entering the valley and exiting Dzukou Valley via the path to Jakhama.

Getting to Dzukou Valley from Viswema

The Viswema approach starts with roughly 8 kilometers of motorable road. The road slopes up gently, and the walk takes around 3 hours. You can hire a taxi from the main highway to the end of the motorable road, but be prepared to pay 1,500 Rs for the ride.

Alternatively, you can try hitching a ride. There’s some construction going on at the end of the road, and the construction workers will probably let you jump on the back of their truck if they pass you. You could also walk to the trailhead, but this will take another hour or so.

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland, India - Sign marking the start of the Viswema approach to Dzukou Valley - Lost With Purpose

The start of the steep uphill climb on the Viswema approach

To get to the valley, follow the trail for about 45-minutes to an hour. The climb is steep and could be slippery depending on the weather, as there’s a lot of dirt/mud. Be careful!

Surprisingly, there are plenty of dustbins along the way. Make sure to use them to throw your trash out while walking.

After the steep climb to the top of the mountain, you’ll be in Dzukou Valley. From the beginning of the valley, it’s another pleasant two hours through the valley to reach the rest house. There is a little rest stop at the beginning of the valley trail where you could have a lunch break.

Getting to Dzukou Valley from Jakhama

The approach from Jakhama is much more demanding than the one from Viswema, and unless you’re into that sort of thing, we recommend you take this one down, not up. The steep path is lined with rough-hewn stone steps, which are much easier to walk down than the muddy trail up from Viswema. It took us about 3 hours to walk down from the valley to the main road on this path.

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Kohima, Nagaland, India - Stone steps down to Jakhama - Lost With Purpose

Wobbly legs on the long way down to Jakhama

If you’re heading upwards, from Jakhama there’s a motorable road for about 3-4 kilometers, after which your ascent starts. It’ll take at least 4 – 5 hours to walk up, and it’s a pretty steep affair. The steps are in good condition, though, and you’ll arrive very close to the rest house in the valley. The path eventually merges with the trail through the valley starting near Viswema.

How to get to Dzukou Valley from Kohima, Nagaland, India - Split in the trekking trail - Lost With Purpose

To the left is the path to Jakhama, to the right, Viswema

 

Cost of visiting Dzukou Valley

Entrance to the valley costs 20 Rs per person for people from surrounding villages, 50 Rs per person for other Indians, and 100 Rs per person for foreigners. Entrance fees are paid at the rest house, and you only need to pay once, not per day.

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Price list for the Dzukou Valley rest house

Where to stay in Dzukou Valley

There is a basic rest house overlooking the valley, offering two refugee camp-like dorms and five private rooms with barebone amenities. Bring your own inflatable mattress, or you’ll regret your poor life choices.

The dorm costs 50 Rs per person, and private rooms are 300 Rs per room. Mattresses, blankets, and pillows are extra. Simple breakfast and dinner are also available.

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A “VIP” rest house room. We call it ~hiker chic~.

If you have the proper gear, Dzukou Valley is also a great place to camp. There are several natural campsites in the valley. The main site is smack in the middle of the valley, while the others are sheltered by small caves. You can camp virtually anywhere you want, however, as long as you pay the park entry fee. The valley is a popular camping spot for local tourists, and when we were there several groups has set up camps throughout the valley. If you ask nicely you can probably join such a camp if you want to.

 

A guide to Dzukou Valley, Nagaland, India - A view of Kohima from the balcony of Morung Lodge homestay in Nagaland - Lost With Purpose

A sick view of Kohima from the balcony of Morung Lodge

Where to stay in Kohima

Kohima is a pleasant enough city to stay for a day or two before or after your visit to the Dzukou Valley. Unfortunately, super budget accommodation is hard to find.

Pine Hotel offers very basic rooms, starting at 1,000 Rs per night. A more pleasant—but also more expensive—option is the Morung Lodge homestay right next door. The interior is charming, Nino (the owner) is nice, and it boasts a 4/20 friendly atmosphere, but at 1,000 Rs per person for a dorm bed (including simple breakfast and dinner), it’s woefully overpriced. Still, it was a good and safe place to leave our extra luggage while hiking to Dzukou Valley.

What to do in Kohima

Kohima is the laidback capital of this hilly state, and you could do worse than exploring the bazaars and just walk around to experience the atmosphere. There are also several churches, and a war cemetery remembering the victims of the battle for Garrison Hill during the Second World War.

The green hills of Dzukou Valley on the border between Manipur and Nagaland states in India, is one of the highlights of northeast India. Here's photos of Dzukou Valley for trip inspiration, plus a detailed guide on how to get to Dzukou Valley from Kohima, Nagaland, tips for trekking, and details on how much it costs to visit Dzukou Valley from Nagaland.

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So there you have it, a quick guide on how to get to Dzukou Valley from Nagaland. Let us know in the comments if anything changes, or if you know a good place to stay in Kohima.

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52 thoughts on “Rolling hills and flowers galore in Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

    “Hiker Chic” – love it!!

    Those pictures are truly spectacular – the sunset and the daybreak pictures especially! And Kohima looks a lot like Murree in Pakistan – I guess that’s the result of so much development in the mountains… Great view all the same 🙂

    Thank you for these posts – they are shining a light on a part of India I’ve so far only dreamed of visiting <3

    Sebastiaan says:

    Yeah, even though the weather wasn’t great, we were truly blessed on the moments when it counts. We’ve never been to Murree, it sounds kind of terrible to be honest. We highly recommend visiting here, we think you’ll like it 🙂

    Simon says:

    Beautiful place to hike. I dream for it

    Sebastiaan says:

    Definitely gorgeous!

    Travel Coupons says:

    Spectacular images.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Thanks a lot!

    Hìn says:

    The beauty of nature is incrediable

    Sebastiaan says:

    We couldn’t agree more!

    Amazing! Dzukou Valley is such a wonderful and most beautiful destination. This is perfect place to see the beauty of nature. All the photos are mind-blowing.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    Molly says:

    Those images of the landscape are absolutely stunning

    Mollyx

    Sebastiaan says:

    They absolutely are!

    In this monsoon session i want to go for tracking and rock climbing and i think this perfect location for me Thank you for sharing this information.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Dzukou is definitely a great place for that. Have fun!

    Rimlie says:

    Too awesome! Hoping to visit soon.

    Sebastiaan says:

    It’s very beautiful, we’re sure you’ll have a great time!

    Sara says:

    Looks absolutely amazing, what a landscape to hike in!

    Sebastiaan says:

    Definitely gorgeous and highly recommended!

    Marco says:

    Excellent photos a nice post. I’m not sure what you wanted to indicate with the two waypoints on the map above, but if they indicate where you have to leave the main road to go to the valley, the the upper waypoint is incorrect. The lower waypoint indicates the end of your itinerary (as described above), while the start should be further south (but it’s not on the map). I’m not sure what the upper one indicates.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Glad you liked it. The two markers indicate the two starting/ending points for the trek up to Dzukou Valley.

    Anil Sinha says:

    Amazing blog,

    I also love to travel, and you represent me the amazing places where i must go…thanks for sharing the awesome places…

    Alex says:

    I’m happy to share them with you 🙂 Maybe we’ll meet on the road one day!

    Rajasthan Tourism Bureau says:

    Amazing… And we also planning to visit soon here… and also best of the both of you for sharing the amazing information about kohima…

    Alex says:

    I’m sure it will be a pleasure 🙂 Make sure to bring warm clothes—it gets frosty at night!

    Nirmoy says:

    Awesome write up.
    just curious to know… which month is it?

    Alex says:

    This was in late May I believe.

    Two Wheel Drive says:

    Thanks for suggesting the new place for me and your clicks are so awesome… and again thanks for sharing this amazing knowledge with us… Have Fun.

    Alex says:

    Glad you enjoyed!

    Pratik says:

    Thanks for the beautiful guide, I am from North East India and even i didn’t know all these things about Dzukou Valley before reading this article, hope to see u in soon in North East again

    Alex says:

    You most definitely will 🙂 There’s still so much I have yet to explore!

    vishwanath says:

    Hi,

    Glad to find such an informative and orgasmic info about the valley. Very helpful indeed. I want to know if there is any place where we can drop our luggage and carry few things since we’ll have to trek there. Kindly give the address if there is such safe place.

    Souvik Maiti says:

    I am planning for Imphal tour for 4 days (28 Apr|Imphal-1st May|Kohima or vice versa). Is it possible to travel to Dzukou valley for 1 or 2 days?

    1.How to reach there from Imphal?

    2.Do we need permit to go to Nagaland?

    3.If so, how to get?

    4.Any other constraints.

    5.Any itinerary for those days from Imphal to Kohima or vice versa.

    Eagerly waiting to hear.

    Saif says:

    Hi, I have an query, do we need to take any permission for this trek. specially for those who are from foreign country?

    Alex says:

    Hey Saif. Nope, no need to get any kind of permission for Nagaland/Dzukou as a foreigner. Foreigners will get a stamp when crossing into Manipur, but that’s straightforward and doesn’t require any application.

    Lise says:

    Hi! Thanks a lot for your very interesting post! We’ll are going to Dzukou valley soon. We plan to enter from Viswema and leave with the path to Zakhama. If this path takes only three hours, do you think we can in 2 days only enter from Viswema (day 1), and the next day visit the valley and reach Zakhama? I am hesitating between two and three days to save time to visit other places like for instance Khonoma. ..

    Alex says:

    Two days should be fine, so long as you start early 🙂

    nativestories says:

    Thanks for a very practical write up. As a local from the village near the area I am impressed with the accuracy and helpfulness of the post. I just think it is not fair to call 1000 rupees exhorbitant for the services provided. I understand the price difference between Netherlands and Nagaland. But for a small pack of stroopwafels and a cup of coffee I will need to spend 1000 rupees in Amsterdam. :). Moreover a hotel will charge you an average of 2000 Rupees in any part of India. These people need to make a sustainable income to continue to preserve the nature and make a living. That said, since I gave you a hard time with this comment, please come and stay at my homestay Native Stories for free the next time you visit Nagaland.

    nativestories says:

    We arrange trekking (or hiking if you are American 🙂 ) and camping experiences for the flowering season (June to August). We are a local group of people in Kigwema/Kisama where we have a base camp for all preparations and amenities required for Dzukou adventure. This is in collaborations with NAAME (Nagaland Association for Adventure, Mountaineering & Education). Feel free to get in touch for booking and details by popping in an email at nativestories,[email protected]
    Native Stories Kisama – Google Map

    Nas says:

    Could we return to kohima after a day tour in dzukou valley??? Or we need to spend a night there???

    Sunny says:

    You’re one of the my favorite traveler. I wish to go with you someday. Thank you for your all information. Hope you remember me in Instagram. Have a great time at Columbia now.

    Alex says:

    Aw thank you, I’m honored 🙂 Take care until we meet on the road!

    Pranav Joshi says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for the information. I will be travelling to Kohima in the first week of December. Have a few questions. Would be glad if you could help me out.
    1) will it be a good time to hike to the valley?
    2) Can it be done in a day without stay? Kohima-Dzukou-Kohima in a day?
    3) my wife and I are not very fit. Is it a difficult hike?

    Thanks!

    Alex says:

    Hi Pranav. Hiking to Dzukou in December is going to be difficult… mostly because it will be very cold! There’s a good chance there will be snow there by December. If you’re not fit, I would not recommend this hike, especially in winter—the hike up to the valley is very steep and tiring even if you are fit.

    steven george says:

    Nice places of Kohima, and dzukou valley is so beautiful for find the enjoying moment… thanks for suggesting us the wonderful place…

    TUSHAR says:

    Hi,,,,,, beautiful blog .Thnks for sharing d information . planning bike tour to northeast……i hope i can cover this beautiful place …
    is the place safe ,,regarding animals ,,reptiles ,,can v camp safely in caves or in open ……..thnks a lot . ..tc

    Rossella says:

    Just some updates: the VIP rooms at the resthouse currently cost 1300 Rs. bedding included. The taxi from Viswema to the starting point of the trek should costs around 1500 Rs.

    Dominik Jaschinski says:

    Hey Guys,
    really like your blog. We basically get all the Information for North East India from your page :D… Just a quick tip for staying in Kohima, we can really recommend “Native Stories Homestay Tribal heritage” (you will find it on Airbnb for example. It is only around 850INR for a clean private room. I is a little bit outside the city but really close to the starting points for tracking to the valley.
    Maybe this could help your readers.

    All the best
    Dominik

    Inu Etc says:

    Hey Sebastiaan,

    I’m from North East India and I’m an aspiring traveler.

    I was aware about the beauty of Dzukou Valley. But I like this post too. (I found this post on Pinterest)

    Thanks.

    HP Baite says:

    Thanks Alex for the LOST WITH PURPOSE…!
    We are planning to hike on this weekend.
    Your blog really helps us a lot.

    Mathew Rohan Xavier says:

    Hi,

    Planning to visit the valley on November 6th, starting early morning from Dimapur. Is it possible to trek up to the valley, stay for a night and return the next day back to Dimapur by 11am to catch a train. So, it’s just one day and one night up in the valley. Do-able ?

    Sebastiaan says:

    Technically doable but you’d be rushing like crazy and it’s not guaranteed you’d make your train.

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