Kachari Ruins or The Dimasa Kachari Ruins are a set of remnants (generally 8 to 10 feet high) which is located in the town of Dimapur in Nagaland. The ruins are a series of mushroom domed pillars that were created by the Dimasa Kachari Kingdoms that ruled before Ahom invasion during the 13th century. The purpose and origin of the pillars are mysterious; few of the pillars stand in full glory while others are crumbled down. It is also believed that a game similar to that of chess was played here with the mushroom shaped dooms. It is a glory of the North East and the tourism department of Nagaland.
You will have to enter through the entrance gateway to the ruins; the ruins are scattered widely within the premises and the greenery around is all owing to the overgrown tall grass and weeds. The government has taken the stand to protect the ruins from local vandalism by installing iron railings. You would not witness any mammoth structures, but the stone ruins are only of singular type – the shapes are similar - tall and stout standing stones. They look very much like lingas but are meticulously sculpted with beautiful design. With an aerial view, you can imagine them to be like chess pieces. The biggest one is a massive monolith, standing about 22 feet tall.
Although with time, these designs have lost their original accuracy, but it still reflects the indigenous Aryan elements. The commonest motifs are those of lotus and flowers; but you can also see animal designs like deer, elephant or cow. One of the noticeable motifs is a man raising his arms to the sky as if in celebration wearing a head dress. You will also see tasseled motifs as they appear at the repetitive folds. These ruins are definitely worth a visit and would allure any art and history lover. ASI does the cleaning and preservation of these ruins.
Popular things to do & see in and around
The place itself is a popular attraction and you can take a stroll along it and gather information about the archaeological importance. There is a market nearby, that reflect the local cultures and customs. The local Nagas would surprise you with strange goods – as weird as worms squirming in large bags and sold as protein packs. However, you will also find various other places like the Nagaland Science Centre, Triple Falls, Hong Kong market, Naga Shopping Arcade, Zoological park, Rangapahar reserve forest, Shiva temple, Diezephe village and many more nearby places to visit close to Kachari Ruins.
Reaching the tourist attraction is easy as you can take auto rickshaws or rental taxis from the city centre in Dimapur that can be reached by state buses from nearby towns and cities. They lie on the other side of the railway tracks and once getting down at the bus stand, you will have to walk down crossing a market. These ruins are just opposite to the Circuit House.
Best Time to Visit
Winter is the best time to visit the place as you can enjoy the serene weather of the place which is neither too cold nor too hot. You can enjoy this beautiful place in all seasons except for the monsoon months as the rainfall is heavy.