Dzukou Valley is not one you just travel to. When the valley calls, dare not withhold you.
Towards the south of the state capital Kohima, at the border of Nagaland and Manipur lies the beautiful and breathtaking valley of flowers, Dzukou Valley. Not only is it an abode for a variety of exquisite flowers, but it is also a stretch of lush green forest, undisturbed in nature. The icy cold crystal-clear water flowing through the valley with wooden bridges to cross the streams adds more glamour to its ever flaunting scenic being. With the air, so fresh and pure one can easily be enticed to have breathed the authentic air in paradise. It is truly a treat to the wandering souls and quenches the hankering trekkers. It is also the only home to the rare Dzukou Lily.
How To reach Dzukou Valley?
Getting to Dzukou valley is a relatively straightforward affair. There are two distinct approach routes to reach Dzukou valley, one is the Jakhama Route and the other, Viswema Route. Both routes are in the southern Angami region and can be easily reached by means of a shared taxi in about 30-45 minutes. One can also hire a taxi from Kohima straight to the motorable road connecting to either of the routes, but the fare would not be pocket-friendly (Budget Travelers, take note!)The Jakhama approach is more demanding than the Viswema approach.
From the Dzukou foothill starts the trek into the secret kingdom of the northeast, where the flora and fauna are pure and undisturbed. Reaching Dzukou valley isn’t a child’s play, but for someone who loves being caressed by the wind or loves trailing the jungle would definitely find it satisfying. It is a steep climb with a lot of dirt and mud in the Viswema route and rough stone steps in the Jakhama route. It is at this steep climb many would curse themselves for even planning this grand trek as it really tests one’s endurance level. I bet many wouldn’t make it without the powerful motivating quotes along the way. But just as after every storm comes the calm, the mesmerizing beauty of the valley will feed your soul with serene comfort.
Where to stay/ What to eat in Dzukou Valley?
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So you braved the challenging terrains and reached the valley? Need some rest? Well, not immediately can you. The accommodation facilities are still at a “pleasant” distance. But be thankful for there exists one, and more might come up in a not so distant future. It offers two dormitories and five private rooms. The private rooms cost Rs.300 each and the dorms Rs.50 per person, both categories with barebone amenities. A simple breakfast and a meal of Naga vegetables and rice are also available. With proper gear one can also camp in the natural caves, the valley is no doubt a great place to camp as it is filled with caves all around, of different sizes just about right to hold any number of people of your group. Utensils are available on rent and firewood can be purchased if one wishes to cook it himself. The view from the guest house watching the sunrise glimmer unto the pure fog and the meadow is probably the most beautiful offering of the valley as it offers a panoramic view while it slowly brightens up.
Best time to trek Dzukou valley
Dzukou Valley is most popularly known for its exquisite and colorful flowers that bloom in summer. The flowers bloom throughout the whole of monsoon. The valley flaunts its beauty with aconitum, euphoria, lilies and multi-colored rhododendron. To mention a few, purple lilies bloom in the month of May and white and yellow rhododendron blooms in the month of July. So, most people would argue that June to September is the best months to trek into the valley as it looks more refreshing at this time of the year, but it is in-fact a paradise all year long. The smoky chilled water running down the stream, the tiny sheets of snow covering the meadow in the early winter mornings, the dried autumn leaves are all as captivating as the colorful flora in the summer. Dzukou Valley is more than just the colorful flora, it is a total repository of the purest form of magical and breathtaking beauty of nature.
Some Useful tips :
⦁ For a thorough exploration of this magical beauty, it is reckoned to plan for a 3-day trip although a 2-day trip sounds good as well.
⦁ With the Jakhama route more challenging than the other it’ll be more convenient to climb up through the Viswema route and climb down through the Jakhama route as the rough stone steps would complement better compared to the mud/dirt filled Viswema route.
⦁ Domestic tourists should collect Inner Line Permit (ILP) from the DC court or from the various Nagaland house located in almost all major cities of India if you are not a native of Nagaland or aren’t studying or working there.
⦁ Foreign tourist should register at any local Foreigner Registration Officer within 24 hours of their arrival.
⦁ In case you are planning to camp, consider packing sufficient woolens as the valley is chilling cold any time of the year.
Truly a paradise on earth for trekkers, the breathtaking beauty of Dzukou Valley, tucked away in the far east of Northeast India will heal all your worries and leave no room for regrets.
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