Dzükou Valley

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

The Dzükou Valley is a valley located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur. This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna.

It is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak located in Nagaland. 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 Dzükou is originally derived from the Viswema dialect of the Angamis which means "Soulless and Dull" referring to when some ancestors of Viswema who moved out to establish a new village in Dzükou, 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".

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

 How To Reach[edit]

There are two ways of reaching the valley. The entry is from the foothills of Viswema Village and the exit is to the foothills of Jakhama Village both in Nagaland. It can also be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Isü(Tempü)[2] of Senapati district of Manipur. Trek from the former route is about 17 km and takes longer and is less challenging, however mind the stone cut staircases in the middle. The later route is more challenging but you get to reach the guest house in just about 4-5 hours. From the guest house the valley is visible and its just about 45mins walk downhills. The new five-hour trek route was opened by MMTA[3] (Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association).

There are many NGOs and adventure tour operators, who organize treks to the Dzükou Valley. There is a Helipad just next to the Guest house however no service is seen in the last few years.

Ownership[edit]

The Dzükou Valley lying on the border of Manipur has a temperate climate

The lion's share of Dzükou valley lies in Manipur. Reacting to the encroachment[4] of Dzükou valley in Manipur by Nagaland, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh urged the Surveyor General of India to help demarcate the interstate boundary. Ibobi Singh also wrote [5]the issue of the encroachment to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Nagaland have claimed the area as an integral part of their state. The political area of Manipur covers a major part of this valley while the inhabitants and etymology of the valley is Angami Tribe of Nagaland.

On 27 June 2015 Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang rejected the proposal from the Manipur Government to resolve the issue and stated that it is an internal conflict between two tribes. With the help of the center, they will practice Naga customary laws to come to conclusion.[6]

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