Zunheboto is a district in the Indian state of Nagaland. It’s is known as ‘The Land of Warriors’ because it is inhabited by the Sumi Tribe who are also called the Warrior Tribe.
The District is at the center of Nagaland and unlike other districts, it shares no boundaries with other states. It is bounded by Mokokchung in the north, Tuensang in the east, Phek in the south, Wokha and Kohima in the West and south west respectively.
Origin of the word ‘Zunheboto’
The term Zunheboto has been derived from Sumi Dialect, ‘Zunhebo‘ meaning a flowering shrub ‘Leucosceptrum‘ and ‘to’ which means a hilltop.
Geography and Demographics
It covers an area of 1255 km² and has a population of around 141,014 as of August 2020. There are seven sub divisions namely Zunheboto, Akuluto, Aghunato, Atoizu, Pughoboto, Suruhuto and Satakha. All together, 118 villages are recognised under Zunheboto District.
An ideal tourist destination, the region is home to some species of birds living in the Satoi Range and the Ghosu Bird Sangment. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is a beautiful place to visit.
According to Wikipedia, Zunheboto has a literary rate of 86% which is the third highest in Nagaland. The Nagaland University is located at Lumami under Akulutu sub division.
It is the headquarters of the district and also the main urban center and has of population of about 31,000 (2011 Census) housing people from all the sub divisions. It is home to Sumi Baptist Church, the biggest Baptist church in Asia.
Schools in Zunheboto Town
- Bloomfield Hill School
- Corner Stone Foundation School
- Eden Garden School
- Govt hr sec school
- Immanuel School
- Kids World Montessori
- Little Spring School
- Love Dale hr. sec. School
- Merry Hill School
- New Era School
- Olympic hr. sec. School
- Sacred Heart School
- Seven Home School
- Shamrock School
- St. Anthony School
- Step By Step School
- Sunbeam School
- Woodland Hr. Sec School
Colleges in Zunheboto Town
These is only one college in the town and it is Zunheboto Government College.
Places to visit in Zunheboto District
People wanting to visit the district should keep in mind that there are little to no Hotels in the district. But there are many guest houses where you can stay while travelling in Zunheboto.
Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto
As mentioned earlier, Sumi Baptist Church or simply Zunheboto Church is the biggest Baptist Church is Asia and the second largest among all the churches in Asia. It is a huge building which has a sitting capacity of more than 8,500 people.
It’s oval shaped design makes it a unique tourist spot and attracts tourists from all over the world.
Ghosu Bird Sanctuary
Located about 9 kilometres from the district headquarters, Ghosu Bird Sanctuary houses a wide range of avifauna. It is a home to many species and hosts more than 20 endangered bird species within the sanctuary’s boundaries.
Sumi Martyr’s Park
It was constructed honour three Sumi volunteers who died during the three-day siege of the NSCN (I-M) camp at Mukalimi.
One of the main attractions in the entire district is the Satoi Range. It is home to the virgin forest and the state bird of Nagaland, Blyth’s tragopan is found in abundance in this region.
The longest river in the state runs through the entire region and it is the main source of agriculture. Apart from being the food basket for the Sumi people, the areas around Tizu River are filled with beautiful sceneries and it is a popular picnic spot.
How to reach
Being at the heart of the state, it is well connected with all the districts of Nagaland.
Kohima – Zunheboto 152 kms Bus and Taxi Service.
Mokokchung – Zunheboto 70 kms Bus and Taxi Service.
Dimapur – Zunheboto 224 kms Bus and Taxi Service.
There is no airport in the District but you can avail Chopper services from Dimapur.
Being a hilly area it has no railway. The nearest rail station is located at Dimapur which is 224 Kms away.