The year was 2007 and I was invited to my friend’s house in Wokha, Nagaland. I had never been to Nagaland before and instantly felt excited about it. There are many good things about serving in the Indian Army and one of them is travel, to the remotest places in the country. Capt Lawrence, was a course-mate, a unit officer, a gentleman and a true warrior. He was from Wokha, a remote village about 4.5 hours from Kohima town. Capt Vineet was another highlander from Dehradun and me, though from the plains had an infinite affinity for the hills. Today, we were invited to a warrior’s house.

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Found in the sub-tropical region and temperate climates of the Garo and Khasi hills, the ‘Bhoot Jolokia’, in the Assamese slang or the ‘Raja Mircha’, in Nagamese, the ‘Ghost Chilies’ are officially recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Hottest Chilies of the World’Even before one thinks of tasting it, the aroma can strike deep into their nostrils, leaving them incapacitated for a moment.

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Hornbill Festival

One of the most young and sizzling festivals of North East, Hornbill Festival is one of those rare events which can add a variety to your holidays. Come first week of December and the entire Kohima city seems to evacuate their houses and flood on the streets, making it appear like a Festival rampage.

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