“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today”. These are the quotes engraved in the stone kept in the Kohima Museum. These lines can definitely bring ripples down the visitors veins. The Japanese 15th army attacks came to a halt at Kohima which had taken place from 4th of April to 22nd June 1944. The battle of Kohima was a historic battle in the North East, which was close to the border of Burma. While the Japanese army was trying hard to advance in India, it faced strong defence and was defeated.
Kohima Museum is situated at Upper Bayavu Hill and is a famous tourist attraction exhibiting the tradition as well as the history of Nagas. They have the rarest collection of articles and invaluable treasures since the time of the Nagas. Mainly the items which are on display are the statues, jewelry, pillars, gateposts and in a separated shed is a ceremonial drum which resembles dug out vessel of a war. Endemic regional birds and animals are based at the basement of the museum.
Free entry to the museum can be availed only on Thursday morning to veterans or any individuals. Other times a small charge is made except for the veterans and members of the museum. It has a facility of free car parking as well. The museum is open from 9 am-12 pm only on Thursday mornings. By prior bookings by any tourism this museum can be availed anytime. Spend time looking at the Naga custom and social hierarchy, architecture, culture and costumes displayed at the museum.
The other places to visit nearby to Kohima Museum are Baptist Mission Church, Christian Revival Church, World War II Memorial.
You can take rental taxis from Dimapur airport and Dimapur railway station to reach Kohima museum, it hardly takes couple of hours to reach the museum (60 kms).
Taxis within 100 INR is available too from nearby towns and cities to reach this museum under reserved contract.
Winter is the ideal time to visit the museum. A chilly morning with excitement to explore something new will keep one thrilled for the rest of the day.