Kohima, November 26: Four days before the start of Hornbill Festival, miscreants have set fire at Dzukou again.
Setting fire on this picturesque Dzukou by miscreants has become a yearly affair but authorities have failed to arrest those people. Over the years this Dzukou has been a dispute between Nagaland and Manipur, even as Naga communities have been trying to resolve without the involvement of the two state governments.
Sources said fire started early morning today from the Elephant gate side. Huge smoke was seen coming emanating from the valley.
In the last couple of years authorities had to called in expert firemen to douse the flame, assisted by the villagers, but so far could not arrest the culprits.
This year the State Government was expecting more tourists to visit the magnificent Dzukou.
Authorities and local people in the area have reportedly rushed to the area to control the fire.
Also known as the Valley of Flowers, the Dzukou Valley is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the North East. Located at an altitude of 2450 meters, it is considered to be one of the most famous adventure spots in Nagaland. It is located behind the Japfu range, another important travel destination for tourists in the state.
Mostly visited during the full bloom season, the beauty of the valley is best appreciated when lilies in white and pink, aconitums, euphorbias, and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon. (Page News Service)