Nagaland is connected to the rest of India by rail, bus and air services. Travelling by air is by far the quickest way to reach Nagaland. There are regular domestic flights to Dimapur Airport from most major Indian cities. The airport is located about 68kms or 2.5 hours drive from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, and about 9kms from Dimapur.
Nagaland also has a train station in Dimapur. Almost all trains and buses come through Guwahati to Dimapur while some come through Dibrugarh and Jorhat which is also ideal for visits to northern Nagaland. Alternatively, you can also fly to Imphal in Manipur and travel by road to Kohima, approximately 4 hours drive. Imphal is well connected to both Kolkata and Guwahati. More detail below about travelling to Nagaland and the different methods of travel.
Travelling by air is by far the quickest way to reach Nagaland and many travellers opt to fly here rather than travelling overland.
There are regular flights to and from Dimapur Airport. Flights are operated by major domestic airlines including IndiGo and Air India from Kolkata and Guwahati.
Dimapur is the ideal entry point for those travellers who wish to head up to Kohima for the Hornbill Festival in December or to visit the area in and around Kohima, perhaps for the WW2 Cemetery or the Angami villages of Khonoma, Kigwema and Tuophema.
Alternatively, combining air and rail travel by flying to Guwahati in Assam and travelling by rail to Dimapur is also a popular option. The journey from Guwahati to Dimapur takes around 5 hours. You will need to book tickets at Indian Railways or buy your ticket locally at the station which can be found at Pan Bazaar, Station Rd, Mawhati, Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001.
Travelling from Guwahati to Dimapur by bus is also possible and the overnight journey takes around 10 – 12 hours. Tickets can be bought in advance at various bus stations in Guwahati.
Travellers who want to visit the the Konyak Mon district in the North East of Nagaland, perhaps for the Aoleang festival of the Konyaks in April, should fly to Dibrugarh on the Assam/Nagaland border.
Again flights are operated by major domestic airlines including IndiGo and Air India from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
Another option is to fly to Imphal and then travel onwards to Kohima by road which would take around 4 hrs. Flights, as before, are operated by major domestic airlines including IndiGo and Air India from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. Buses and taxis are available locally. The Nagaland State Transport Bus Station is probably the best option. This can be found at NH39, DM College Campus, Imphal, Manipur 795001.
You can travel from Kolkata to Nagaland (Dimapur) by rail. The journey takes around 24 hours.
The only direct train that operates every day is KAMRUP EXPRESS operated by Indian Railways and departs Howrah Junction railway station (Kolkata KOAA). This train continues to Dibrugarh for those wishing to travel to the North of Nagaland.
On Wednesdays there are 2 additional direct trains.
Alternatively, combining air and rail travel by flying to Guwahati in Assam and onwards by rail to Dimapur is a popular option with many visitors to Nagaland. This journey from Guwahati to Dimapur takes around 5 hours. You will need to book tickets at Indian Railways or buy your ticket locally at the station which can be found at Pan Bazaar, Station Rd, Mawhati, Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001. Flights are operated by most major domestic airlines including IndiGo and Kolkata and Guwahati.
Multiple trains operate all day from Guwahati, the fastest being:
JAN SHATABDI EX – Departs GUWAHATI RAILWAY STATION (GHY). This train continues to Jorhat for those wishing to travel to the North of Nagaland.
Note this train does not run on Sundays. Please check with Indian railways for other trains.
After reaching Nagaland, either by rail or air, it is possible to hire a taxi to most locations in Nagaland.
Wander Nagaland currently offer two routes for travellers, Dimapur and Kohima and Dimapur Airport and Kohima.