The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Description of walk from Kohima to Sakhaboma
medium: diaries
person: NikrihuHutton/ J.H.
location: Kohima Chakhabama (Sakhaboma) Dzulu R. (Zullo R.)
date: 5.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Thurs. Oct. 5th
text: First day of trek - KOHIMA to SAKHABOMA (13 miles). Very unpropitious morning, a thick mist & torrents of rain. The coolies went on fairly early. I started off with Nikrihu, half- an-hour or so before Hutton, on foot at 10.15 a.m., taking the path running below the Naga village on the S. side. General direction easterly. Pelting with rain; the 'path' became a muddy streamlet & my shoes were full of mud & water in the first mile & I was drenched to the skin, though wearing a waterproof coat. The cloud obliterated all views. We passed much cultivated land, both jhum & panikhet. The jhum rice (planted in March) was ripe & in one field was being harvested. The rain held on for the first 7 miles & then stopped, the sun almost coming out. We descended to the ZULLO R., which we reached at 1.15 p.m. Crossed it by a small suspension bridge & climbed up the other side of the valley. About a mile from SAKHABOMA Hutton caught me up on his mare, & I transfered to the mare & rode the last mile, reaching the small I.B. at 2.15 p.m. It had come on to rain again. Luckily one of my three coolies arrived shortly after with one of the joppas (carrying baskets) & I could change into dry things. When Hutton arrived we lunched & then had baths. SAKHABOMA is on a ridge & very prettily placed, looking down into the river valley. Blue orchids (Vanda caerulea) were growing on the trees round the bungalow, which stands amid Kassia pines. There is now no Naga village here and the land around is largely grazing ground for cattle & mithan.