Situated at an altitude of 3841 meters above
sea level, Saramati is the highest peak in Nagaland and also the highest
mountain of the non-Himalayan mountains of India. In winter, the top of
the mountain remains snow capped and it looks beautiful. It is the
loftiest mountain in this region and the mountain is ideally suited for
trekking and scaling from October to April. The Saramati mountain range
has the thickest and biggest chunk of virgin forest in Nagaland.
The mountain is covered with snow from December to February and after
February the snow melts into the Likimro River. For visitors, the route
followed is, from Kohima one can reach Pungro town which is 299 kms away
and halt for a night. Next day reached THANAMIR village via SALUMI and
halt the night. On the next day one can proceed to the base camp and
scale the peak. Base Camp is also called as the second Saramati. Best
time to visit is from Sept. to Nov. to enhance clear vision to distant
FAKIM WILD LIFE SANCTUARY:
This small sanctuary in the eastern hills close to the Myanmar border
was established in 1983 covering an area of 642 hectares. The park rises
almost 300 meters and receives heavy rainfall in June-July every year.
This sanctuary has various plants and animals, trees of different
varieties and medicinal herbs are found. Tigers, Leopard, Wild Mithun
and Hoolock Gibbons are among the animals seen here. Among bird life,
the Tragopan, Hornbills and other Pheasants are bird watchers delight.
It is situated near the Fakim village of Kiphire district. It takes one
day to reach Fakim village from Pungro Town via Penkim village. After
reaching Fakim village, visitors can take rest for the night and visit
the site only the next day.
CAVE AT SALOMI:
When one travels towards east from Pungro Town a big cave can be
seen nearby Salomi Village. The cave has attractive scenery and the
speciality about the cave is the multipoint entry and exit. One strange
hole measuring approximately 4 fts. in diameter can be seen inside the
cave underneath earth. It has been proved that inside the hole,
villagers put in garbage and waste when it comes out after 5 to 6 days
at the Likimro River, which proves to be an interlinking of the cave and
CAVE AT MIMI:
About an hour walking from Mimi Village, the beauty of natural cave
has a great attraction for any visitor. Wild animals take their shelters
at these caves. There rae four caves measuring 300 to 400fts and some
measure 200 to 300fts. Interestingly, localities of the region collect
thousands of bats by making a fire inside the caves.
SUKHAYAP (LOVER’S PARADISE):
Northward of the Mimi village has a cliff (rock) where even wild
animals do not exist. Shelters for wild animals are not possible,
because of the steep nature of the cliff. Only men can hardly climb up
with the help of ladder for site seeing and can even shelter there.
Residents of the area called this place as ‘LOVER’S PARADISE’. As it has
significance, were young lovers, a boy and a girl, climb up to the cliff
and died there. They died there when their parents refuse them to get
married. Only after a couple of years villagers came to know the two
lovers died there, after recovering their various valuable ornaments
worn by them and their bones.
This beautiful and breathtaking waterfall lies between Mimi Village
and Khonga Village called Wawade in Longpfuru dialect. It measures
approximately 200ft. This can be viewed clearly from Laluri village of
Phek district. It takes one and half-hour from Mimi village to reach the
place. The other three waterfalls some 100fts lies at this place.
The height of this twin stone stands 100fts and 84fts above the
ground level. It has been said that these two stones are growing in the
early centuries. It is believed that these two stones competes each
other, as to who will be the taller one, and in the process, the taller
one broke down measuring nearly 10ft and is laying on the ground nearby.
It is about 5km away from Mimi Village.
Just about an hour walk from SALUMI village towards the west. There
is a hole, oval in shape, which produces warm air (wind). It is located
at ‘KIJINGVONG’ (mountain in local dialect). The natives called this
HOLE as “LUPONG KHUN” which means the hole of winds.
Sangphure or Siphi, is a village which was the venue of the first
Sangtam tribal meet held to unite the various Sangtam villages into a
tribe. an old stone monolith called Ningthsalong, built on the spot
where the name Sangtam was said to have originated bears testimony of
those times. The village also has beautiful Sangtam traditional stone
houses, some of which are still well preserved and inhabited by the
villagers. Some of these stones houses can also be found in the Pelungre
MIHKI - THE RIVER OF SALT:
Mikhi or river of salt flows near Siphi. The water from this river
was used to prepare salt cakes by the Sangphure villagers in the ancient
times. These salt cakes were also used as a means of exchange or
currency in by-gone days. The Sangtams considered the water of Mikhi
river as possessing healing attributes.
Yingphi or Yingphire, is the oldest Sangtam settlement and extremely
rich in historical spots, legends and traditions. the Tizu river in
Yingphi has good spots for angling and trekking routes to Kingkhu Musing
hills, which is located near Yingphire. This hill forest thrives on
flora-fauna, mammals and avifauna.