Mokokchung: The ‘Intellectual And Cultural Capital’ of Nagaland

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Mokokchung town located in the Indian state of Nagaland, is known for its rich culture, history and natural beauty. The city is often referred to as the cultural and intellectual capital of Nagaland, and is a must-visit destination for those looking to experience the state’s heritage and traditions. Mokokchung is the third most important district in the state, besides Dimapur, the commercial center of Nagaland, and Kohima, the state capital.

Mokokchung is the oldest settlement of the Ao tribe. The name “Mokokchung” is derived from two words, “Mokok” meaning “unwillingly” and “Chung” meaning “a group of people”. The name thus implies that it was established by a group of people who unwillingly moved away from their original settlement. Mokokchung is known for its cultural festivals, such as the Moatsu festival, which honors the creator of the earth and seeks blessings for better cultivation, and the Tsungremong festival, which celebrates the harvest season and is held in the first week of August. Visitors to Mokokchung can participate in these festivals and learn more about the culture of the Ao tribe.


Mokokchung District is primarily populated by the Ao Nagas, who are one of the major tribes of the Naga family. This district is considered the cultural hub of the Ao tribe, and visitors can gain insight into their customs, traditions, and history. Visitors to the area will have the opportunity to learn about the Ao tribe and their way of life through various cultural and historical sites.

Mokokchung is an excellent travel destination in Nagaland, boasting the following tourist attractions:

Mokokchung District Museum
The best place to learn more about the history of this tribe and its various traditions is the Mokokchung District Museum. The museum reflects the way and lives of the tribe over the centuries. The museum is housed within the Arts and Cultural Complex and travelers coming here can see swords, shields, the traditional attire of the Ao tribe and much more.

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Mokokchung Park
Mokokchung Park, also known as Town Park, is a popular tourist spot in Mokokchung. This park is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of nature. Located in the heart of the town, it is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. The viewpoint in the park offers visitors a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque town of Mokokchung, making it feel like a beautiful painting.

Changtongya is a charming village located in Mokokchung, situated on the Langpangkong Range. This village is surrounded by natural beauty, with the Tsula and Melak rivers flowing through it adding to its picturesque scenery. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the region from atop the hill, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers. It is a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.


Mopungchuket Mopungchuket is a popular rural tourism destination located 16 km from the district headquarters of Mokokchung. It is known for its cleanliness and picturesque landscape. The village is also famous for the legendary love story of Jina and Etiben, which is considered the “Romeo and Juliet” of the Ao Nagas. Mopungchuket is also recognized for its efforts in reducing plastic pollution and has declared itself as a plastic-free village.

The village is known for its clean living, parks, memorabilia, and artifacts on display, and the warmth of the villagers. It receives thousands of visitors annually. If you are planning a trip to Nagaland, Mopungchuket is a must-visit destination.

Longkhum is known for its exquisite handlooms and handicrafts, as well as its natural beauty. Visitors to Longkhum can admire the local art and crafts, as well as take in the picturesque surroundings. It is a great place to buy souvenirs to take back home with you. Additionally, it is a great place to experience the culture of Nagaland and explore the natural beauty of the area. Longkhum is a must-visit destination in Mokokchung.

Ungma Village:

UngmaUngma is the second largest village in Nagaland and it holds a certain charm and awe about it. Visitors to Ungma Village can experience the culture of Nagaland in its raw form. It is known for its traditional way of life, customs and festivals. The village is also home to the ancient Ao-Naga tribe, which has its own dialect, customs, and culture. Visitors can also explore the traditional houses and take in the scenic beauty of the area. Overall, Ungma village is a great destination for those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of Nagaland.

Molung Village:
Molung Village is located in Mokokchung district of Nagaland, India. It is historically significant as it was one of the first places where Christianity was introduced in Nagaland. The village is known for its natural beauty and its historical significance. Visitors to Molung village can explore the traditional houses and take in the scenic beauty of the area. Visitors can also visit the local church to learn about the village’s historical significance and how it played a role in bringing Christianity to Nagaland. Additionally, visitors can also interact with the local community and learn about their customs, traditions and way of life. Molung village is also a great place to capture beautiful photographs of the never-seen-before natural places.

Best Time To Visit Mokochung
The ideal time to visit Mokokchung is during the autumn season, specifically from mid-September to November. This is when the temperature is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. However, if you wish to experience the local festivals, the winter season is the best time to visit.

How to Reach Mokokchung

By Air: The nearest airport is Jorhat Airport (JRH) which is 110 km away. To reach Mokokchung, it is best to take connecting flights from Guwahati or Kolkata to Jorhat and then take local transportation to the city.

By Train: The nearest train station is Mariani in Assam, which is 85 km away. This station has good connectivity to local regions by train. Once you deboard, take a cab to reach your destination.

By Road: Traveling by road to Mokokchung can be an enjoyable experience, especially with friends. If traveling alone, you can take an interstate or private bus or hire a cab or self-drive to the city.

Indian travelers need to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) before entering the state.
(Details on how to obtain an ILP are discussed in one of our earlier articles)

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