Dzükou Valley

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Dzüko Valley guest house a courtesy of Government of Nagaland.
Dzüko Valley in Summer

The Dzükou/Dzüko Valley is a valley located in borders of the state of Nagaland and Manipur in northeast India. This valley is well known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora and fauna.

It is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level. The rare Dzükou Lily is found only in this valley.[1]

The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season. But the most famous one is the Dzükou lily.

Etymology[edit]

The word Dzüko is originally derived from the Viswema dialect of the Angamis ‘Dzü–ko’ which means ‘Soulless and Dull’ referring to when some ancestors of Viswema who moved out to establish a new village in Dzüko, due to the unfavorable weather conditions they were unable to harvest crops which led them to say “the valley is very beautiful but is dull and soulless.”

As the story is passed down through oral tradition, the chieftain had a dream in which the spirit-gods Tevrümi asked him 7 roosters if they wanted to settle in the valley. The interpretation of that dream was that the Tevrümi i.e. spirit-gods were asking to give its 7 best male youth as a sacrifice. To which, the chief would not sacrifice his best male warriors. He also send some youth to the valley to bring its soil to him and so they did as requested. The chief elder checked the soil and said that the land was very fertile and but was not appropriate for vegetation (as the known vegetation knowledge for them). Thus, because of these reasons the people gave up to settle in the valley. From there the name Dzüko came into being, which can also be translated to as cold heart.

- Oral history.

A common misconception is that Dzüko derives its meaning from the Angami word which translates to Cold Water referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley.

Access[edit]

The main entry is from the foothills of Viswema village where one can travel to the rest house above Mt. Teyozwü by a Tata Sumo taxi. From here one has to climb forty minutes to the top of the mountain. This is where Dzüko starts but the main valley is still another two hours walk away. One can exit the valley from the same route but if one is planning to come back by foot, the Jakhama route is shorter. Also it can be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Tempü of Senapati district of Manipur. The new five-hour trek route was opened by MMTA (Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association).

Lamkoi, a leading adventure group in Manipur, organise regular trip to Dzuko Valley every year. Also, there are many NGOs and adventure tour operators, who organize treks to the Dzüko Valley. There is a Helipad just next to the Guest house however no service is seen in the last few years.

Ownership[edit]

There has been disputes for years between the two states regarding the ownership of Dzukou Valley with both the states. However, geographically the valley shares both Manipur and Nagaland territories despite claims which were demarcated by the British colonial and followed by the government of India upon the division of statehood.

Landscapes[edit]


A view of Dzukou Valley from the base camp.

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