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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Since 1947 Naga insurgents have battled for an independent Nagaland and some remote areas are partially under rebel control. Most major Nagaland towns are stable, though can’t be considered totally safe. Always check the current security situation before visiting anywhere in the region. Even in Kohima virtually everything closes by 7pm and travel by night is highly discouraged. You’re not expected to wander into Naga villages unaccompanied: ask permission from the local headman. Even if you have a guide, you’ll possibly be expected to employ another local guide for each specific district. Guides can be twitchy about taking back roads for fear of jeep-eating potholes and armed bandit rebels charging hefty ‘tolls’.