Situated 30 km south from Kohima, Dzukou Valley beckons the intrepid trekkers. At an elevation of 2483m, it provides a panoramic view of the mountains, wild flowers, mountain streams and the surrounding landscapes are second to none. There are two facets to Dzukou - During spring, Dzukou comes alive with wild herbs, flowers of varied hues and species dominates the landscape. Since all these various species of flowers bloom at different times every color enjoys monopoly during different seasons.
It is believed that 360 varieties of orchids grow on the hillsides. Dzukou reveals her other face during winter. With brown dominating the landscape Dzukou seems like a featureless desert. The serpentine stream that provides nourishment to everyone who treads here also becomes frozen in time. One gets the feeling that nature itself is seeking illumination. This is also the valley which has been immortalized by Vikram Seth, an eminent Indian writer of “A Suitable Boy” fame in the poem entitled “The Elephant and the Tragopan”.
Here Dzukou has been described by a different name - Bingle valley - for rhyming and from the conservationist point of view. There are also interesting caves in the low hillocks that cluster inside the valley and are a trekkers’ paradise. Though half of the route has to be approached through trekking of difficult terrain, it is one of the most frequented trekking spots in the whole of North East. A few tourist rest houses are constructed for trekkers.