Dzukou Valley is a beautiful place on earth. It seems like this place is heaven on earth.
Dzukou Valley is so famous and interesting because of,
- The valley of flowers here in the Zakhama rainforest.
- The valley of forests and lush green hills all surrounding it.
- The beautiful scenic views and an awesome showcase of nature.
- The best trekking experience ever.
- The best part that it feels like heaven on earth.
This is not all. This Valley has a lot to cover and show it to the world.
This is one of the best tourist places and the best of the best Nature’s spot available for planning your perfect holiday.
It is located at a height of about 2,500 meters behind the second highest peak of Nagaland, the Japfu peak.
This valley is present in the border region of North-East India’s states of Nagaland and Manipur.
There are so so and so many things to consider for why this valley is so famous and interesting.
Undoubtedly, it is a secret and hidden gem of North East India that is still enveloped under nature’s surveillance.
This post is all about the beautiful and fascinating Dzukou Valley.
Everything you need to know about this valley is written here in this post in an easy to understand way.
From tip to toe, let’s explore this famous and interesting Dzukou valley of North East India.
- Dzukou Valley- The Heaven on Earth
- Weather Forecast
- How To Reach Dzukou Valley? An Overview
- Best Time To Visit The Valley
- Activities in and around Dzukou Valley
- Dzukou Valley Festival of Nagaland
- Interesting Things You Need To Know About Dzukou Valley
- Points To Remember Before Visiting The Dzukou Valley
Dzukou Valley- The Heaven on Earth
As it is already mentioned above that the Dzukou Valley is also considered as the heaven on earth.
There are so many fascinating things that you would love to explore here.
The lush green mountains and the valleys, the blue streams, the flowers, etc. everything seems like heaven on earth.
This place is the home of the bamboo jungle in front of you all throughout the valley.
And, that’s not those tallest bamboos, this jungle of dwarf bamboo actually cooperating to remain equal length for life and create such a mesmerizing view.
This valley is well known for its refreshing natural environment, seasonal flowers, and many other plants and animals.
The Dzukou Valley remains full with its multicolored carpets of flowers all surrounding it, mostly during the summer and monsoon season. That’s why this valley is also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’.
The variety of so many flowers that bloom here during each season make it a famous flowering valley. This place is indeed nature’s horticulture region.
Dzukou lily is the most common flower of this valley. This flower can only be seen in this valley.
The refreshing air surrounding the valley is so relaxing, healthy and enchanting.
Here, it is so clear and silent that you can even listen to the sound of air, leaves of the trees, the streams flowing down the valley, and yes the sound of your footsteps as well.
The picturesque scene of this valley is enough to lure anyone.
The present-day beauty of this valley is delivered through natural processes like erosion, wind, and soil fertility.
This place is so mesmerizing that it seems like hills and the valleys are touching the clouds.
You may see some sites high amongst the clouds. That’s so fantastic. You will feel like you are wandering into the sky, high amidst the clouds.
Dzukou valley is located about 30 km away from Kohima, on the border of the North-Eastern states of Manipur and Nagaland.
This valley falls in the Kohima district of Nagaland.
This place is far away and high from human civilization. As a result, this place is pure, untouched, and under the benevolence of mother nature almost free from the urban norms.
This valley is situated in such a place that this snow-clad valley is in the best way accessible to tourists only in the monsoon season.
Let’s have a look at the monthly weather forecast of Dzukou Valley. This data will surely help you plan your trip to the valley at the best of your comfort.
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How To Reach Dzukou Valley? An Overview
You can easily reach here, both from Nagaland and Manipur. However, it is best suggested that you visit this valley via. Nagaland.
It usually takes about 2 days and 1 night to reach the valley. However, for some, it can take about 3 days and 2 nights as well if you aren’t a well-experienced trekker.
The two best ways to reach the valley via. Nagaland is by following the routes through the two main villages. You can either take the Jakhama Village route or the Viswema Village route.
Either way, you need to visit Kohima first, the capital city of Nagaland.
★ Way To Dzukou Valley from Jakhama Village
Jakhama Village is only about 19-20 kilometers from Kohima. You can easily hire a yellow taxi from a bus-stand in Kohima to go to Jakhama.
Jakhama is closest to the valley and the route via. this village is a steady and the most demanded one.
This route contains 3-4 hours of a steady climb on the hills and it is indeed full of daring and adventurous experiences.
There is 7 kilometers steep way via. the high hills to reach the valley.
This route is full with so many physical challenges and adventures that it is best suggested for trekking lovers.
It is not ideal for children and old age person to take this route.
★ Way To Dzukou Valley from Viswema Village
Viswema Village is only about 24-25 kilometers from Kohima. You can easily hire a yellow taxi from a bus-stand in Kohima to go to Viswema.
Viswema is not so closest to the valley as compared to Jakhama.
Many prefer the Viswema-Dzukou route to reach the valley. It’s all because there is a vehicle road that leads up a quarter half to the top.
You can easily hire a vehicle like a Taxi or Sumo from Viswema to reach a quarter half to the top.
However, for trekking, there is not so much adventure in this way as you will only need 2-3 hours of steep climbing and walk to reach the valley, the rest is a plain roadway.
★ Way To Dzukou Valley from Senapati
One can visit Dzukou Valley via. Manipur as well. There is a new trekking route from Senapati district that can help you reach the valley.
This new route is located between the Manipur and Nagaland border along with the Hibure mountain range in Manipur’s Senapati district.
The trek begins either at Mao or Mt. Isu in Senapati, Manipur.
You can consider this route as it is beautiful and more scenic than any other routes but full of adventures, especially suggested for experienced trekkers.
Trekkers can also opt for a much harder and thrilling route from Willong, here in Manipur.
Best Time To Visit The Valley
The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is between the months of June till August. The weather remains quite peaceful during this time of the year and it is gradually the best time to visit the valley.
Being a part of beautiful north-east India, this valley is already high in biodiversity, landscape beauty and art of nature.
So in order to get the best out of your trip, it is so important that you choose a perfect timing to visit the place.
Some may like winters, while others may like monsoon or summer. This completely depends on the traveler’s whims and fancy.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
★ Summer (March-June)
Summer that falls between March-June is considered a suitable season to visit the valley. The temperature remains between 11°C to about 21°C.
During this time, the valley witnesses a comfortable humid-subtropical climate, accompanied by rainfalls.
You can feel the refreshment and humidity during this season. The climate here remains neither too hot nor too cold.
The routes leading to the valley remains quite fine and perfect during this time of the year.
You can feel the breeze flowing all around and the aroma of the location you are in gives an extra boost to your adventure.
This is the perfect time to take part in sightseeing, and outdoor activities here in the valley.
★ Monsoon (July-September)
Monsoon months is always considered as the best season to travel to the beautiful Dzukou Valley.
But, one thing you must note to avoid visiting there is during the times of very heavy rainfall. The routes and hill ways become too tough and slippery.
Frequent light and heavy showers are seen and the trek routes can be extremely muddy during this season.
The temperature is comfortable and a lot refreshing. It usually remains between 13°C to about 20°C.
During the night time, the temperature goes below 10°C, and that is normally gradual at such a high altitude.
The best part is that the flowers bloom to its fullest during this time of the year.
You can only enjoy the best version of the valley and its beautiful live and healthy lush green version at its best during the monsoon.
★ Winter (November-February)
Winter commences very soon after the summer, from November.
The temperature remains between 6°C to about 16°C starting from November end till February end.
It can also fall below 0°C too an extreme level. Infrequent snowfall is common during these months of the year, mostly in December end and January.
Between summer and winter you will get the feeling of Autumn, that is during the month of October.
It’s also fine to visit the valley during this season. Mostly, it is suggested that you visit during the month of October i.e. during Autumn.
It’s all because during the autumn the weather is not so chill and cold and remains too refreshing as well. You can also enjoy the sight of the blowing flowers of the valley that remains perfectly sculptured just after the monsoon.
Most people skip the winter season to visit Dzukou Valley. It’s all due to the extreme level of cold that this place encounters in winter.
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Activities in and around Dzukou Valley
There are so many fantastic and interesting things that you can enjoy and do in and around Dzukou Valley.
- The main activity is itself the adventure that people enjoy during their trek to this wonderful valley. Climbing up the hills, clearing your route through the forests, and doing a long tiresome trip to this valley is itself an adventure itself.
- Enjoying the jaw-dropping views surrounding the valley is the best part, people consider while visiting the valley.
- Enjoying the heavenly feeling to watch the sunrise in the early morning and the sunset in the late evening all in the backdrop of the lonely hills is something one must consider the best view ever.
- Visiting and exploring the 1 km deep and large ”Ghost cave” also known as the ”bhoot-gufa” which is only about 15 km from the Dzukou rest house will be surely a lifetime experience.
- Visiting Kisama Village is also one of the most important things to do in Nagaland. It is only 7-8 km from Dzukou Valley. This beautiful village is the main venue of the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland.
- Hiking to and wandering in the Japfu peak is another one. It is Nagaland’s 2nd highest peak. The Dzukou Valley is just behind the Japfu ranges.
- Camping overnight amidst the loneliness of the lush green hills is indeed the best experience one can have in this valley.
- Enjoying the sight of the Dzukou lily, and the beautifully growing 24 species of the Rhododendron flowers are some of the best activities one can enjoy in the ‘Valley of Flowers’.
The whole of north-east India is full of so many interesting things. Dzukou Valley is only one of them.
You can check our list of 101 interesting things about north-east India.
Dzukou Valley Festival of Nagaland
The Dzukou Valley festival of Nagaland is a beautiful festival that was hosted for a period of seven days between October 19-25, 2018 in the Dzukou Valley, Nagaland.
This festival is also known as the ‘festival of flowers’. Some consider it as one of the most important festivals after the ‘Hornbill festival of Nagaland’.
The main motto of the festival was to attract tourists to visit this beautiful valley and have a sight of the wide range of flowers that bloom every season.
The festival was enjoyed with bonfire nights, camping, nature photography, sunrise walks, cycling, and musical evenings.
Interesting Things You Need To Know About Dzukou Valley
In this part of the post, you will know some of the interesting things about Dzukou Valley.
A list is provided below. Although you may have already read some of these before in this post, some additional ones have also been added below.
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- It is located at a height of about 2,500 meters.
- It lies just behind the Japfu Peak, which is the second-highest peak in Nagaland.
- This valley was initially called ‘Phephee’ but the name was later changed to ‘Dzukou Valley’. Here, ‘Dzu-kou’ means cold water representing the valley is cold and the chilling one.
- Dzukou Valley Lily and the Rhododendron flowers are the two rare and unique flowers found in this valley. Dzukou Valley Lily is only found here.
- The nearest railway station of Dzukou Valley is in Dimapur.
- The stream that flows through the valley is fit for drinking water directly from it and is said to have some healing effects.
- The presence of white elephants and white lions are witnessed here in some of the secret parts of the valley which remained still untouched by human.
- It is a strong belief that there is a secret dense forest just behind the valley where you can find almost all types of imaginative and extinct animals that you cannot find anywhere else.
- It is said by legends that there is a beautiful female spirit that takes the life of a living man every year.
- There always has been a conflict between the Mao tribe of Manipur and the Southern Angami tribe of Nagaland as to under whose reign the Dzukou Valleys falls.
Points To Remember Before Visiting The Dzukou Valley
Here are some important things you need to keep in mind before visiting the mesmerizing Dzukou Valley and what you must avoid doing during the trip.
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- You must have an ‘Inner Line Permit’ for entry which you can get easily from DC court in Dimapur or from Nagaland Houses in many major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, etc.
- You can enter the Valley only between 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, and must return before 5:00 pm in the evening.
- You must take prior permission from before taking your drone to the valley unless you are a professional photographer. Bringing mobile phones, DSLR cameras. digital cameras and other pocket-friendly gadgets are fine if you have an ‘Inner Line Permit’ document.
- Foreigners need to register in police office within 24 hours after arrival at Nagaland to further carrying on the journey.
- Overnight Camping is strictly prohibited in the valley.
- You must at least plan the Dzukou Valley trip for 3 days minimum starting from Kohima to the valley to get best out of your trip.
- Presently there is only a guest house in Dzukou Valley. However, accommodation is pretty much sorted and basic here in the guest house.
- The best thing is that you hire a local guide to guide your way all through the valley and back to Kohima.
- If you are an experienced trekker than only you must take the Jakhama Village route or else follow the Viswema route to Dzukou Valley.
- No electricity, internet, and network coverage are there in the valley. You are here to only spend time with nature.
The Dzukou Valley is one of the most expensive possessions of mother nature here in the state of Nagaland.
You can see the unexplored parts of nature here in this valley where a lot is enveloped under nature surveillance.
There is a whole lot more yet to be explored in this valley, and that’s by you.
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