Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
In Search of Dzukou lily (Lilium Chitrangadae)
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
At nearly 2500m above the sea level in the remote recess of Naga hills lies Dzukou valley of flowers serenaded by the pristine rivers. It is a valley of unparalleled picturesqueness, dotted with some of the world’s most exotic and rare wild flowers.
The valley welcomes the visitors with a carpet of lush green landscape in every month of the year. But, it’s during the monsoon when everything here comes to life, from exotic wild flowers, birds, rare butterflies, pristine crisscrossing rivers etc. One such exotic flower is Lilium Chitrangadae commonly known as Dzukou Lily and found only in the Dzukou valley in the world.
Rural Odyssey brings to you an amazing experience to hike to the Dzukou Valley this monsoon, to witness the beauty you have never witnessed before, to be one with the nature and the wild.
Dzukou Valley – Dzukou in Angami dialect mean “cold water” referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley and freezes into ice in winter months. Alternative explanation refers to the Mao Naga word dziikou that means ‘dreamlike’ referring to its serenity as a dreamscape. The valley spreads on small mounds of thick bamboo brush naturally strewn and polished, with snow covered streams and rivulets.
Lilium Chitrangadae –commonly known as Dzukou Lily is a rare variety of Lily found only in Dzukou valley in the entire world. It is pink in color with slight shades of white.
Bird-watching – Be ready to spot some beautiful and rare birds that will make you fall in love with nature once again. Therapists say that bird sounds work as a brain spa, so be ready to be left rejuvenated after the trek.
Fishing – Yes, you heard it right. Try your hands on fishing the Naga style.
Khonoma Green Village – Referred to as Khwunoria by its dwellers, is estimated to be 500 years old. The village is inhabited by Angami Nagas and by the joint efforts of its people it is the first green village in Asia. Khonoma’s fame chiefly comes through its standing as a warrior village and gallantry in warfare.
- Day 1 Day 1 – Arrival in Dimapur.
We shall start from Dimapur airport around 2pm and head to Khonoma, Asia’s first green village inhabited by Angami Nagas. If time allows, we will go for a guided walk around Khonoma learning about the fortification, history, lifestyle and paddy cultivation in the village. There are three forts, one for each clan (Khel). People of Khonoma have set an example for the world outside, the way they have maintained the sanitation in the village is exemplary. We shall also learn about how the community work for each other, how they’ve setup various peer groups and their functioning to keep their village the most beautiful village.Overnight stay in a homestay in Khonoma.
- Day 2 Day 2 – Dzukou Valley
Post breakfast and with packed lunch, we shall drive to Viswema and start our trek to Southern Dzukou from there. Trail starts steeply along a waterfall and a mossy forest breathing the air from the classical times. After around an hour, the steep trail will pave the way for near flat and gradual trail. The views from up here are breathtaking, panoramic lush green carpet dotted with colorful wild flowers like Lilies, euphorbias, aconitums and hundreds of other botanical species, and protected by a layer of mystical clouds. A couple of hours on this trail crisscrossing through one of the most beautiful and colorful landscape we have ever witnessed, we will reach our camping site.Overnight stay in camps.
- Day 3 Day 3 – Dzukou Valley
We would be spending this day leisurely. We shall walk down in the valley, another 40-45 minutes of downhill trail, dip our feet in the cold crisscrossing pristine water streams, observe and learn about the exotic wild flowers, rare butterflies and get mesmerized by the enchanting Dzukou valley. We will spend the wandering around the valley, make sure you bring best of your cameras.If we get lucky and the rain gods are easy on us, we may even end up doing fishing and treat ourselves on dinner.Overnight stay in camps.
- Day 4 Day 4 – Khonoma village
Post breakfast, we shall start trek back to Jakhama or Viswema and drive back to Khonoma from there. In Khonoma, we will go for a walk again and this time to witness the highly scientific but traiditonal paddy fields and ‘Jhum’ cultivation, based around Alder trees. The irrigation channels in the paddy fields were made by the community itself and are so efficient that they water the every inch of acres of fields. While doing so, we will try our luck with fishing. Hopefully, we will catch a few for dinner.Later during the day, we will settle around a bonfire sharing stories, food and maybe some “Khe”, rice wine, too.Overnight stay in a homestay in Khonoma.
- Day 5 Day 5 – Adieu
With an experience of a lifetime, today we shall say goodbye to Nagaland and it’s wonderful people. Post early breakfast, we will head to the Dimapur airport for our way back home.
INR 15,000 per person from Dimapur to Dimapur.
- All travel from Dimapur to Dimapur.
- Accommodation in simple and comfortable homestays/hotels on twin sharing basis. Accommodation in tents will either be twin sharing or triple sharing.
- Camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mats.
- All meals during the trip except for the lunch on Day 1. All the meals will be vegetarian meals except if we get lucky with the fish.
- Expenses of all the guides and porters during the trip. Porters will not caary anyone’s personal stuff. A porter for carrying personal stuff would be chargeable.
- Any items/services which are personal in nature like toiletries, sun creams, laundry etc.
- Any extra expense due to delays arising from bad weather or any unforeseen circumstance.
- Any medical expenses except for the basic first-aid.
- Any other expenses of any nature not included in the INCLUSIONS section.