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A feast to the eyes Dzukou Valley

Nagaland , 2019-07-11 4:40 PM
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Characterized by the rolling hills on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, the Dzukou Valley is situated at 2452 meters above sea level.

During summer this valley of hillocks lead to pristine green mountains, and sprawled hues of bright colored flowers complement the tall green grasses.

In the winter, the temperature drops so far low that the valley sometimes turns frosty white and the river freezes.

Dzukou Valley is most famous for its multi-colored carpets of flowers that bloom in summer, most notably the Dzukou lily which is found only in this valley. The flowers begin to bloom with the monsoon season, and the first two weeks of July are usually peak flower season. But if you can’t make it during flower time, we assure you, it’ll be gorgeous at any time of year, and it has much more to offer than colorful flora for saturated selfies.

It’s a beautiful place to hike around in itself, flowers or not, and if you’re into rock climbing there are plenty of opportunities to break a sweat within the valley. Even more interesting (to us, anyway), the valley is well-known and loved by local tourists from Nagaland and Manipur, but has yet to be “discovered” by foreigners and domestic tourists from further abroad. Come visit while you can, because India’s northeast is almost certainly going to experience a tourism boom in the coming years.

How to get there?

The main entry from the foothills of Viswema village where one can travel to the rest house above Mt. Teyozwü by a Tata Sumo taxi. From here one has to climb forty minutes to the top of the mountain. This is where Dzüko starts but the main valley is still another two hours walk away. One can exit the valley from the same route but if one is planning to come back by foot, the Jakhama route is shorter. Also, it can be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Isii of Senapati district of Manipur. The new five-hour trek route was opened by MMTA (Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association).

Via Viswama:

The Viswema approach starts with roughly 8 kilometers of motorable road. The road slopes up gently, and the walk takes around 3 hours. You can hire a taxi from the main highway to the end of the motorable road, but be prepared to pay 1,500 Rs for the ride. Alternatively, you can try hitching a ride. There’s some construction going on at the end of the road, and the construction workers will probably let you jump on the back of their truck if they pass you. You could also walk to the trailhead, but this will take another hour or so.

To get to the valley, follow the trail for about 45-minutes to an hour. The climb is steep and could be slippery depending on the weather, as there’s a lot of dirt/mud. Be careful!

Surprisingly, there are plenty of dustbins along the way. Make sure to use them to throw your trash out while walking.

After the steep climb to the top of the mountain, you’ll be in the valley. From the beginning of the valley, it’s another pleasant two hours through the valley to reach the rest house. There is a little rest stop at the beginning of the valley trail where you could have a lunch break.

Via Jakhama:

The approach from Jakhama is much more demanding than the one from Viswema, and unless you’re into that sort of thing, we recommend you take this one down, not up. The steep path is lined with rough-hewn stone steps, which are much easier to walk down than the muddy trail up from Viswema. It took us about 3 hours to walk down from the valley to the main road on this path.

If you’re heading upwards, from Jakhama there’s a motorable road for about 3-4 kilometers, after which your ascent starts. It’ll take at least 4 – 5 hours to walk up, and it’s a pretty steep affair. The steps are in good condition, though, and you’ll arrive very close to the rest house in the valley. The path eventually merges with the trail through the valley starting near Viswema.

Cost of visiting Dzukou Valley

Entrance to the valley costs 20 Rs per person for people from surrounding villages, 50 Rs per person for other Indians, and 100 Rs per person for foreigners. Entrance fees are paid at the rest house, and you only need to pay once, not per day.

Where to stay?

There is a basic rest house overlooking the valley, offering two refugee camp-like dorms and five private rooms with barebone amenities. Bring your own inflatable mattress, or you’ll regret your poor life choices.

The dorm costs 50 Rs per person, and private rooms are 300 Rs per room. Mattresses, blankets, and pillows are extra. Simple breakfast and dinner are also available.

With proper gear, you can perfectly camp under the open sky. You can virtually camp at any part of the valley provided you enter the park entry fee. Also, there are several natural campsites in the valley. The main site is smack in the middle of the valley, while the others are sheltered by small caves.

Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-11 4:40 PM