Nagaland is gearing up for the Cherry blossom festival, for the first time.
Situated amidst the leafy hills of Mokokchung district, Longkhum village in Nagaland has been a picturesque retreat, embellished by the enchanting charm of cherry blossoms. The village is now gearing up for a significant event – its inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival, scheduled from November 22 to 24. Notably, this marks Nagaland’s first Cherry Blossom Festival.
Longkhum’s encounter with cherry blossoms is recounted by C Angang, the Chairman of the Longkhum Village Council. The introduction of these blossoms dates back over 40 years, starting in 1980 when Nagaland’s forest department obtained cherry tree saplings from Meghalaya.
Besides the Cherry Blossom attraction, Longkhum village has consistently captivated tourists with cultural gems like Lunglangba, the Stone Ladder, and the famed “Living Mug,” along with other natural wonders. This festival not only marks the bloom of cherry blossoms but also symbolises the thriving tourism in Longkhum.
The festival will offer diverse food stalls, music, games, a kids’ play zone, and a local art and craft sale. Highlighting illuminated cherry blossom trees and pine groves, sightseeing and walks will be major draws. Activities will start at 2:00 pm daily during the three-day festival.