Nagaland in itself is an offbeat destination. People who visit the state mostly talk about the Hornbill festival or the trek to Dzukou Valley. But as we all know, the world is full of beautiful interesting places, and Nagaland is no exception. So today let me take you to the quaint town of Pfutsero. The town sits at an elevation of nearly 7000 feet above sea level, with temperature falling belong zero during winter which makes it the highest and also the coldest inhabited place in Nagaland.
Inhabitated by the Kuzha, Chokri and Sapu community of the Chakesang Naga and many other tribes of Nagaland, Pfutsero is a small silent town in the middle of Phek district. With its lush green farms and a beautiful stunning, Pfutsero can steal anyone’s heart. The place is yet to make its way to the popular destinations list and is still quite unexplored. This is your chance to take a detour from the usual circuit and visit one of the hidden gems from Nagaland.
How to Reach
Pfutsero lies around 65 km from Kohima. You can catch a regular morning bus to Kiphire from Kohima, with Pfutsero falling on the way. However, the quickest and the most hassle-free way to get there is in a shared taxi. The roads are here not in the best conditions and therefore it will take you around 3 hours to cover the distance.
What to See and Do in Pfutsero
Explore the town. This is a place for people who want to experience rural Nagaland, and explore its traditions. And the best way to do that is by walking through the town. From exploring unexpected Cherry Blossoms to sharing smiles with the happy locals, there are plenty of reasons for anyone to wander around the many bylanes in Pfutsero. People are extremely welcoming here. You can sit with them and start an engaging conversation. And if you visit Pfutsero during Cherry Blossom season (November and December) you will be treated with immense beauty. Can’t make a trip to Japan for Sakura? Visit Pfutsero instead.
Go for a morning hike to Glory Peak. As mentioned above, Pfutsero is the coldest and highest town in Nagaland. And hiking the highest peak is an absolute must. Offering panoramic views of the valley Glory peak is from where you can capture unreal pictures of Naga Mountains. There is also a campsite on the top, and if you like you can carry tents and spend some time there. There’s a small hut and a beautifully designed treetop sitting area too, to further add to the camping experience. This is a perfect place to read a book, hum a song and get mesmerized by the nature.
Admire the cherry blossoms of Tsupfume. If you are not satisfied with the pretty pastel flowers and are craving some more, then I suggest you take a walk to the village of Tsupfume. For a 7km straight walk, it takes less than 3 hours to reach Tsupfume. Overlooking the gorgeous rice fields, as you make your way towards Tsupfume, you’re treated with flowers of all shades rimmed beautifully by the road. Periodic cherry blossoms moreover come your way regularly making the entire scene look quite magical.
Enjoy the local Rice Beer. As I have said before, people here are extremely friendly and welcoming, and they love their rice beer. And don’t we all know how clicking the mugs together while sharing some drunk stories is the best way to forge new bonds.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Nagaland would be between October and May. Avoid visiting Pfutsero between the monsoon months of June and August, as the road connections become highly susceptible to regular landslides, making the commuting risky and an unpleasant experience.
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