Dimapuris the gateway to Nagaland and the largest town of the state. It is home to the only airport in the state and also the main railway junction.
In the Middle-Ages, Dimapur was the capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom, whose jurisdiction extended as far as Cachar district in Assam. It is now a cosmopolitan town inhabited by communities like Naga, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali, Bihari, Marwari, Punjabi, Malayalee, etc. Nagamese ~ a cocktail of Naga, Assamese, and Bengali language ~ is mostly spoken in Dimapur and it is easy to follow. Then there is English and Hindi.
Major attractions in the town include the ruins of Kachari Rajbari that was devastated in the 18th century. A national heritage site, the larger than life size Staunton chess pieces carved out of rocks inspire awe here. There is a folklore that tribal Queen Hidimba, the wife of Bheem, used to play chess here, Global Connection heard.
Next is the New Market where frogs to falcons, grasshopper to other insects, everything is sold as food. Roaming through the market amidst tribal vendors from different remote villages selling there produce is a real sight.
Then there is Dimapur Jain Temple built in 1947. The temple has some intricate glass work and is considered very auspicious by the people of Dimapur. The Bengali Kali Temple built in 1956 is also a huge draw.
There is a butterfly park and numerous waterfalls on the outskirts of Dimapur town. Chumukedima Waterfalls is famous.