Dzukou valley is a place where natural beauty prevails throughout the year with minimal human interference. The valley is located in north eastern state of Nagaland and is a perfect spot for nature lovers. The unconditional natural bliss seems to be a major attraction of the region. Rich in biodiversity, Dzukou valley is the best trekking destination in north east.
To reach this heavenly abode, you may take a taxi from the nearest railhead ‘Dimapur’. From the railway station, you have to reach Nagaland capital ‘Kohima’ and after few more kilometers, you witness the gorgeous Dzukou valley. The nearest airport lies at Dimapur. Inner Line Permit can be obtained from Nagaland DC for entering the forest area.
The floral valley bears an altitude of 2438m behind Japfu ranges. During summers, the entire region flourishes with thousands of plants, herbs, shrubs, different colored rhododendrons and varied species of flowers. The cold water streams and dark brown and black tree trunks offer prolific views of the surroundings. Animal lovers can be fortunate enough to have a look at wild hare, fox and bears.
The valley’s picturesqueness largely derives from its interesting topography, which has been sculpted over millennia by the geological processes of weathering and erosion, and fully unveiled thanks to the almost complete absence of tree cover.
The convoluted folds, ripples and contours of the valley are a marvel to witness and few travellers will have ever observed anything like it before.
Dzukou is truly a trekker’s paradise that leaves one spellbound with its magnetic beauty and colorful sceneries. The views from top most point of the valley leaves you drooling and makes you fall in love with this place again and again. Along with the beautiful water streams and pretty flowers, you also come across natural caves. The most alluring part of this trek is the sunrise which should definitely not be missed. Dzukou is an excellent creation of god in the heart of north east India. The hills, the rocks and endless greenery make this place ideal for trekking and camping. Also, regardless of difficult terrain and less civilization, this trek still remains a major travel destination for wanderers.
How to reach Dzukou valley?
Reaching Dzukou Valley is not a mammoth task if you love trailing the jungles, love being kissed by the wind, enjoy hillside road trips and don’t mind trekking for a while. The quintessential glimpse of the valley is worth all the trek and you get to taste the rainforests at its best with perks of cascading little waterfalls and crystal clear streams in between. The nearest railway station is Dimapur which is well connected to North-eastern commercial Hub Guwahati. Inter-city cabs are easily available from Dimapur Railway Station that drives you straight to Nagaland Capital Kohima at a price of Rs 220 to 250 per person.
After you reach Kohima, the craved destination is located few kilometres away from Kohima. There are two routes from which trekking to Dzukou Valley Starts.
Zakhama Village – This is one of the routes that you can take to reach Dzukou Valley. Take a shared cab from BOC counter in Kohima to Zakhama Village and ask the driver to drop you on the road to Dzukou (Located 3 kms from Zakhama Military Camp). It is shorter short but with forced ascend and steep climb for near about 5 to 6 hours.
Visvema Village – This is located 28kms from Kohima and the route taking you to Dzukou valley is longer but easy. It has steep and ascending climb for only an hour or so and the trail is pretty much straight between flowers and tall grasses. Take this route only if you are not comfortable trekking as it is longer and takes more time but easy.
Accommodations is pretty much sorted in Dzukou Valley and trust me you are in there for some real adventure and true travelling, so be ready to stay in dormitories with 30 or 40 more people. There are VIP rooms which mean you get beds but usually it is booked but you will definitely get a place to crash with two large dormitories. The Guest House management provides foam mattress, blanket, and utensils on rent and also serves dinner but you do have the option to cook food by purchasing firewood but the raw materials needs to be carried by you.
For complete adventure and nature experience, you can climb down from the GUEST HOUSE towards the valley and stay inside the natural caves. But make sure you carry sleeping bags and enough warm clothes to shield against the cold nights.
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