Mokokchung at a glance:
Coordinates: 26.3220° N, 94.5135° E
Mokokchung is a town and a municipality in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. It is the district headquarters as well as the main urban hub of Mokokchung district.
How to reach Mokokchung:
By Air: The nearest airport to Mokokchung is Jorhat. One can take a cab from there.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Mokokchung is Mariani in Assam, located at a travel distance of about 85 km from the town. After reaching Mariani you can take up the bus service or book a taxi to make it to Mokokchung.
By Road: Mokokchung is connected to the National Highway 61, initially connecting Kohima (Nagaland) to Jhanji (Assam). The roads are well built and surrounded by greenery and scenic views throughout the stretch. Book a taxi or drive your way through this beautiful city for a mesmerising experience. Many buses regularly operate from Guhwati, Jorhat and a few other neighbouring areas to Mokokchung. Board these if you want a cheaper travel option.
Places to visit in Mokokchung:
This village is an epitome of natural beauty and also renowned for glorious celebrations of various tribal festivals. The famous Moastu Festival lasts for 3 full days and commences of 1st May.
These caves are situated between the valleys of Dikhu and Tzula Rivers. Towns Tuli and Changtongya are near these caves. Located amid natural beauty in the Langpangkong mountain range, these caves are believed to have given shelter to an Ahom King.
It is said that a single visit to Longkhum isn’t enough. Your soul stays behind the first time and you have to return to get it back. Such is the beauty of this place which houses the magnificent Rhododendrons atop the hillocks.
This village is known best for bringing Christianity to the Land of the Nagas. Lying in the Changkikong Range, there is a famous leech tree which is believed to have been planted by the first American Missionary.
What to Eat in Mokokchung:
The district’s restaurants offer several options for food from Indian, Chinese, Continental to local Naga cuisine, however, street food should preferably be avoided. Also while the cuisine is rich, colourful and adventurous in its non-vegetarian dishes, the choices are somewhat limited in case of vegetarian food. Various preparations of pork, bamboo shoots, chicken are popular. Also, since Nagaland is a dry state, it might not be easy to find alcoholic beverages here, however a local speciality, Rice beer is available and can be enjoyed at some joints.