Where else on earth is the most beautiful place to go? Well, there’s no specific answer to this as there are thousands of such destinations. However, to make it a concrete response for the moment, Dzukou Valley deserves to take the slot! The enthralling valley is one of the most stunning places in the world yet to be discovered by millions. Sitting pretty part-way the states of Manipur and Nagaland border, this valley captivates visitors persistently. For your most memorable trip, make it out to Dzukou Valley… real soon. But, check out the article below for more insights.
A Little Say About The Magnificent Valley
Straddling the border of Manipur and Nagaland states in India, Dzukou or Dzüko Valley is a euphoric landmark far-flung from the facile reach. The name ‘Dzüko’ initially derives from the Viswama dialect of the Angamis. It translates as ‘Soulless and Dull’ as the climate was not favorable for growing farm vegetation.
The discovery of the valley dates back to where the ancestors of Viswema were in a quest to establish a new village. However, the villagers realized that the weather would not yield to their sustainability in the valley. Eventually, this led them to admit that the valley is indeed beautiful but is soulless and dull, hence the name Dzukou Valley.
Nonetheless, unconsumed by human interference, this untouched valley is an absolute gift for the world. Additionally, in the contemporary era, it has become a sensational destination for explorers and nature enthusiasts. There is no better way to say this than saying that this place looks like a piece of paradise dropped down from heaven.
There is a much more fascinating interpretation of the discovery of Dzukou Valley. We save that for you to go and hear for yourself orally from the villagers of Viswema. After all, folktales are the ones that excite us the most in the course of exploring.
Where Is Dzukou Valley?
Dzukou Valley is situated between Manipur and Nagaland, two of the most charming states of Northeast India. Sitting high above 2452 m sea level, it is the pride of both the states who are avidly receiving an end number of visitors at full length. The Valley is reachable through Jakhama and Viswema, two of the admirable towns in Nagaland. Although the approach is also possible from Manipur, it is more convenient to start off from the Nagaland side.
A Brief Guide To Dzukou Valley
First Step – Reaching Nagaland:
For a contented trip to Dzukou Valley, you must at least plan to stay up to two days. If you are not around the Northeastern states of India, the best way to reach Nagaland is by flight or train. The nearest airport and railhead is in Dimapur. You can get a taxi from Dimapur to head to Kohima, the laid-back capital of the state. It takes about two to three hours to reach Kohima. From here, you can head either for Jakhama village or Viswema village to commence your onward journey to the euphoric valley.
The Journey Towards The Eye-Opening destination:
For strenuous and steep climbing, you can opt for the Jakhama route. It is a 20 km drive from Kohima to reach the base for the Dzukou trekking. However, if you want mild trekking taking a longer time to reach, you can choose the Viswema route. 25 km from Kohima and you will reach the starting point to trek in Viswema. Sharing taxis heading to Jakhama costs around Rs. 40 and Rs. 50 for Viswema from Kohima.
If you prefer to pay Rs. 1500, you can take a ride from Viswema highway till the end of a motorable road. But who cares, if you have amusing company to entertain throughout the trekking. Another sensible tip for you is to take the Viswema route while entering the valley and take the Jakhama route to exit.
Basic reminders to keep:
Meanwhile, scan for weather conditions as this place frequently bids rain out of the blue. Always have a sheet of polythene with you to cover you up in case the showers appear from nowhere on your ongoing journey. The best advice possible is to avoid the months from Mid-June to Mid-September to avoid ceaseless scotch mist. Also, pack warm clothes as night in the vicinity is super cold.
Recently, Dzukou Valley was declared a plastic free-zone, so carry any disposable plastic items at your own risk or do not carry at all. Also, do not pick or pluck flowers though it tempts you to the core. If at all, it might lead you to pay a huge fine. The basic entry fee to the destination is Rs. 30 per person.
Places to stay
While trekking along the way, you can find one or two sheltering places where you can rest your wobbly legs before you proceed again. After three to five hours of trekking, climbing, and cutting through the steep mountain peaks, you will get a sight of the resthouse. It is the place where you can spend the night. Ah, finally a shelter to preserve your energy for the next step. If you have reserved a place to stay in the resthouse, you can keep your belongings safely there and start exploring the vicinity. Conveniently you can get camping essentials here, so there’s not to worry much about spending the night.
There are alternative camping sites in the valley too. You can set up a camp right in the middle of the valley where you will find a little cave fit for 5 to 6 people. Else, a little away from the valley will lead you to a bigger cavern where it can accommodate 15 to 20 people. Regardless, you need to bring camping essentials of your own such as sleeping bags, tarpaulins, cooking utensils and essentials, firewood, and a lot more.
Amusing Things To See And Do At Dzukou Valley
It’s a pure fortune that Dzukou Valley is intact with human habitation, lest we will never get to see such a paradise on earth. After a reckless climb to the resthouse, you will get a panoramic view of the most perfect scene in the world. Breathe in for a moment to calm your speechless dilemma, at the same time run downhill and pass the flat portion of the valley to feel the wind blowing against your face. You will feel enticed by the welcoming breeze to blow away your weariness at bay. Remind yourself that there are massive places and things to discover at Dzukou.
- Dzukou trail is the most sought-after hiking and trekking trail for avid travelers. Enjoy the best Dzukou Valley Trekking.
- It is fascinating seeing a type of short bamboo bushes covering the whole place. The bushes give another reason to admire the uniqueness of the destination. The view triggers an imaginary vibe of the Window XP wallpaper landscape, Bliss, on perfect weather. The smooth hillocks and the surrounding mountain peaks add deep and alluring sight.
- Trekkers can trek on the beautiful Japfu range and its peak. Then and there, they can camp and take a thrilling bird-eye view of the valley of flowers. At night, one can gaze at the starry night and feel the tranquil sensation of nature’s solitary.
- Seasonal flowers and types of lilies adorn the entire valley during its prime season making the place so magical to gaze at. The valley looks like a multi-colored carpet overgrown with wild and wavy flowers. The valley is home to an endemic flora called the Dzukou Lily which becomes an ultimate interest for researchers and explorers. It usually blooms in April where the sky appears azure and you get an abundant amount of sunshine. The weight of beauty is incomparable to describe with mere compliments.
- During winters, the frost covers the entire place so splendidly. It is naturally amusing to feel enchanted. Meanwhile, the little streamlet cutting through the valley freezes, and one can walk on the solid ice. The little bridges over the stream at a random trail give a ravishingly aesthetic aura.
- It is the best place to get a perfect backdrop for paramount pictures and selfies for insta reels and posts, or any other social media. Winter or summer, the camera can capture really cool photographs that you will love.
Best time to visit Dzukou Valley
Flowers or not, Dzukou Valley appears magical in every season. However, it is the preference of your interest whether to go visit in summer, winter, or spring and not really the rainy season.
For valor, greener, and wilder views, plan your trip around mid-March to the first week of June and Mid-September to October. Trust me, the weather is mild and comfortably pleasant during this time.
Certainly, you will not favor leeches, rains, and mists during the monsoon which starts in Mid-June to Mid-September.
Winter brings a whole different landscape to the valley. If you are fond of getting a glimpse of a winter wonderland, you can visit from December to the first week of February. Dzukou Valley experiences an intense winter in January, and it is crazy freezing. Also, you can attend the famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland where they introduce Dzukou Valley Trek and expedition as part of the festival. You will get to enjoy the extravagant event and cultural exploration of the Naga.