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“Massive War Cemetary”

Kohima War Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Kohima
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Owner description: KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY lies on the battle ground of Garrison Hill. No trace remains of the bungalow, which was destroyed in the fighting, but white concrete lines mark and preserve permanently the historic tennis court. The cemetery now contains 1,420 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. At the highest point in the cemetery stands the KOHIMA CREMATION MEMORIAL commemorating 917 Hindu and Sikh soldiers whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith.
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Heart was shaken when I saw the age of the Warriors died in 2nd World War..Most of them were between 20-30 some were teenagers also.
The view is spectacular with the Cross covering and relenting the souls of all who has given life 2nd world war. First time seen a War Cemetery like this.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

The first place I recommend visiting at Kohima is the massive war cemetery. For one, it is right at the centre of town and next, it lets one start the tour of the picturesque and hilly capital with an anchor to connect with its rich history. The cemetery has memorial stones to 1400 (I counted till 1250 before I mixed up! So the figure is from lonely planet) officers and soldiers who lost their lives guarding the town from the Japanese. This included Indians and English alike, with the only difference in their stones being the typical english purpose and verse inscribed on their stones. For a moment, reflect upon what 1400 lives lost would have meant to 1400 dads, moms, wives, kids, siblings and friends, to connect with the heroic but cruel reality that the place respects and cherishes. No entry fee, no parking charges and all the above, make it rank the top destination in the city. A definite and emphatic must see, for one and all-american except those who cannot walk. Takes about 20 -45 minutes, depending on how absorbed you are, once there.

1  Thank shyamnambiar
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Memoir of second world war engraved in those tiles. The place is well maintained. has a great view of Kohima town from atop. Visit during the Hornbill fest season. I have seen lots of war cemeteries, but this one indeed the best in North east, hillstation Kohima just added to its charming quiteness.

Thank Bhaskarnil
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

A wonderful tribute to the brave Allied soldiers who fought the Japanese Army in World War II.

The place is elegantly maintained by the Commonwealth body. Hundreds soldiers who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion of Indian soil are laid to rest here.
One can see soldiers from different companies/ regiments/countries from the beautiful tombstones which carry the name of soldier, rank, regiment name and the symbol of regiment. evenly inter spaced and with beautiful flower plants grown in between. one can see some of the soldiers are as young as 17 years old when they died. Many Indian soldiers also died and were put to rest there and may are quite young and in their twenties. we can also see there are some graves without any names may be that of unidentified soldiers died during the battle.

A historical place and must visit one visits Kohima and around. Salutations to all the brave soldiers who stood and fought for the honor.

It is easily reached from any part of city as it is in the middle of Kohima city.

1  Thank kskalyanc
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

walking in this serene place going from grave to grave (1420 of them) and reading the messages from their near ones makes you wonder. How can anything justify war - where regardless of the outcome, thousands of lives are gone for ever. Even concepts like patriotism seem like smart man made ideas to put a fellow mans life in danger

reading the age at which these people lost their lives, the families they left behind and their mostly brave, always poignant messages make you think.

visiting here also, i'm sure is a way for affected family members to get some closure on their loss - we saw some of them spending some quiet time at the grave of the ones they had lost.

Thank sachin_kamat
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