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“Historic site”

Kohima War Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 15 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.
Bangalore
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Historic site”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is the first place to head to in Kohima. The Cemetery is beautifully located overlooking the city and is well maintained by the commonwealth. It serves as a good starting point as it gives one an insight into the battle of Kohima which in many a manner defines the city. There is also a lovely epitaph located right at the bottom of the cemetery - "When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today". Each headstone is heartbreaking in its own way - the Indians, Burmese, English and a few unknowns... all who fought together and died so very very young.

The cemetery closes as early as 4-4:30pm (as does rest of Kohima!) so plan your trip accordingly.

Visited April 2013
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Sambalpur, India
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Sad side of war”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

For our today they had sacrificed their tomorrow.....They were from every corner. I salute them. The place is very well maintained with nice gardens. Here from one can get a nice view of the city. The entrance is some how congested. But every one visiting Kohima must come here and spend couple of hours to visualize the black side of WAR....

Visited March 2013
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Kohima, Nagaland, India
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“A TRIBUTE TO UNIFORM”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Every soldier lives for his country, his today for the tomorrow of his nation. A soldiers uniform is the boundary of his nation. Here are these plaques, with names unknown to us. Yet, when we see them, an image of a soldier in uniform kindles in mind. They came from some where, fought in a land the hardly know. One of the most well conserved memorials by a civilian. He is no more. Yet it is an un sung work of a ommitted soul to keep it for us. When u go there, try to find out who was that perosn and salute his good work in this Tennis court.

Visited January 2013
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New Delhi
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“Deeply moving”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Serene, beautifully kept and lovingly tended. Spend time here and reflect on the war that once raged over the hills around Kohima. Read the epitaphs and note the tragically young age of many of the soldiers. See the tennis court which was all that separated the British and Japanese at the height of the battle

Visited January 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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“Excellent place to learn about recent Naga history”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Go to the cemetery to see not only the graves of many soldiers that died during the Burma campaign of the Second World War but also to see the remains of the tennis court on which the actual battle of Kohima found its end - between the British and the Japanese.

Sadly there is no boards telling about the details of the history so visit some local booksellers before you go to get to know more about the events that happened here.

Visited December 2011
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