The state capital of Nagaland, Kohima largely snakes along a forested ridge, a common feature of Naga settlements, at an elevation of 1,500m above sea level. The city is the site of the annual Hornbill Festival which takes place at the beginning of December and is a showcase of the traditional and cultural heritage of the Naga tribes that live in the state of Nagaland. One of the city’s best-known sites is the moving and well-maintained Second World War Cemetery and is an important remainder of the decisive battle which took place here in April 1944. The successful Allied defence of the city from the Japanese advance proved to be the turning point in the Burma campaign. Just 70km from the airport and train station at Dimapur, Kohima is the best entry point for those looking to discover the mosaic of cultures and traditions of the Naga people that inhabit this remote part of India.