Kohima (Hindi: कोहिमा) is the hilly capital of India's north eastern border state of Nagaland which shares its borders with Burma. It lies in Kohima District and is also one of the three Nagaland towns with Municipal council status along with Dimapur and Mokokchung.

The Governor’s house, popularly called Raj Bhavan, is the seat of the office of the Constitutional Head of the State. The State of Nagaland came into existence on 1st December 1963, to become the 16th State in the country. Among special attractions of the Raj Bhavan is the an HAL Ajeet fighter, Serial E2033, presented by the AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command in 1991. The aircraft is prominently displayed on the high ground near the main gate.

Click to EnlargeHAL Ajeet E2033 at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima.

In the early 80s, the AOC of Jorhat at that time, Air Cmde Kanagat VM, presented a Dakota aircraft to the 8th Mountain Division of the Indian Army, which was based at Kohima in Manipur and whose air support was the task of the Wing at Jorhat. The Dakota was transported to Kohima and assembled by the Air base personnel to the Jakhama army cantonment area. Jakhama is hardly 10 kilometers from Kohima, but actually lies outside the state border and in the neighbouring Manipur state. But rather than get down at Imphal, it makes sense to visit Kohima and then proceed to Jakhama

The C47 Dakota at the Army Cantonment at Jakhama, outside Kohima in neighboring Manipur state. Photo Courtesy: Temjen JamirClick to Enlarge

8th Mountain Division had moved out of that area, but it appears that the Dakota is still there - The premises are now occupied by the Inspector General Assam Rifles.


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