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Districts of Nagaland



Nagaland is a hilly state in the North Eastern corner of India. Nagaland became the 16th state of India on 1st  December 1963. Nagaland State was formed from the erstwhile Naga Hills Tuensang Area (NHTA).

Nagaland has a total area of 16,579 sq. km (6,401 sq miles) and lies between  Latitude: 25o 6’N to 27o4’N and Longitude: 93o 20’ E to 95o15’E. Nagaland shares boundaries with:

    • Myanmar & Arunachal Pradesh – East
    • Assam –West
    • Assam & Arunachal Pradesh –North
    • Manipur –South

Nagaland was formed in 1963 with three districts, namely Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang. As of December 2021, there are 15 districts in Nagaland. The districts of Nagaland along with brief details of their formation are indicated below.

Districts of Nagaland in order of creation:

1. Kohima (1957)

  • Kohima was also originally known as Kewhira. Kohima was founded in 1878 when the British Empire established its headquarters of the then Naga Hills district of Assam.
  • Kohima as a ‘district’ was formed in 1957 with the formation of Naga Hills-Tuensang Area (NHTA), along with Mokokchung and Tuensang districts.
  • Kohima remained a district when Nagaland state was formed in 1963.
  • Kohima officially became the capital after the state of Nagaland was inaugurated in 1963.
  • Kohima is the first district of Nagaland.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Kohima is NL 01.

2. Mokokchung (1957)

  • Mokokchung was a sub-division created in 1889 under the Naga Hills District under Assam. It remained a sub-division following India independence in 1947. Naga Hills district remained as a district of Assam until 1957, when Mokokchung and Tuensang Frontier Division of the North-East Frontier Agency (now Arunachal Pradesh) were joined to form the centrally governed Naga Hills Tuensang Area. 
  • Mokokchung as a district was formed in 1957 when NHTA was formed with Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang as its districts.
  • When Nagaland state was formed in 1963, Mokokchung remained as one of its districts.
  • Mokokchung is the second district of Nagaland.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Mokokchung is NL 02.

3. Tuensang (1957)

  • The area comprising the present District of Tuensang remained totally un-administered in the pre-independence days. The British had declared it as an Excluded Area.
  • In 1948, an administrative center was established at Tuensang and in 1945 the area (including the present Mon, Longleng and Kiphire Districts) was brought under the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) as the Tuensang Frontier Division.
  • In 1957, the Tuensang Frontier Division was merged with the Naga Hills District of Assam to form an administrative unit called the Naga Hills Tuensang Area (NHTA).
  • Tuensang as a district was formed in 1957 when NHTA was formed with Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang as its districts.
  • When Nagaland state was formed in 1963, Tuensang remained as one of its districts.
  • Tuensang is the third district of Nagaland.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Tuensang is NL 03.

4. Mon (1973)

  • Mon district was formed in December 1973, when four more districts (Mon, Wokha, Zunheboto, Phek) were created for administrative reasons. (State Government notification no. APA.15/12/71 dated 19.12.73)
  • Mon district was created on 21st December 1973 by carving out of Tuensang district of Nagaland state.
  • Earlier, Mon was a sub-division under Tuensang Frontier Division in 1954 and continued to be a sub-division under Tuensang district when NHTA was formed in 1957. It remained under Tuensang district till 1973 when Mon district was created by carving out Mon sub-division from  Tuensang district of Nagaland state.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Mon is NL 04.

Brief History: In 1951, Balipara Frontier Tract, Tirap Frontier Tract, Abor Hills district, Mishmi Hills district and the Naga tribal areas (Tuensang and Mon areas) were together renamed as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). On 26 January 1954 the North-East Frontier Agency was divided into six frontier divisions: Kameng (formerly Sela Sub-Agency), Subansiri (formerly Subansiri area), Tirap (formerly Tirap Frontier Tract), Siang (formerly Abor Hills district), Lohit (formerly Mishmi Hills district) and Tuensang Frontier Division. Mon was a sub-division under Tuensang Frontier Division.

5. Wokha (1973)

  • Wokha district was created in 1973 by carving Wokha Sub-Division out of Mokokchung district of Nagaland state. (State Government notification no. APA.15/12/71 dated 19.12.73)
  • Wokha and Zunheboto districts was carved out of erstwhile Mokokchung district.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Wokha is NL 05.

Brief History: Earlier, the British Government setup the District Hq. of Naga Hill under Assam at Wokha. In the year 1878, the Hq was shifted to Kohima and Wokha remained as Sub – Division. Again in 1889, the Sub – Division was shifted to Mokokchung. In the year 1957, when Mokokchung became a district through the creation of NHTA, Wokha again became a Sub – Division under Mokokchung district of NHTA.

6. Zunheboto(1973)

  • Zunheboto district was created on 19 December 1973. (State Government notification no. APA.15/12/71 dated 19.12.73)
  • Wokha and Zunheboto districts was carved out of erstwhile Mokokchung district.
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Zunheboto is NL 06.

7. Phek (1973)

  • Phek district was created on 19 December 1973 by carving out of erstwhile Kohima district of Nagaland state. (State Government notification no. APA.15/12/71 dated 19.12.73)
  • The motor vehicle (RTO) code of Phek is NL 08.

8. Dimapur (1997)

  • Dimapur district was created on 2 December 1997 vide Government of Nagaland, Home Department notification no. GAB-5/29/78(pt) dated 02-12-1997.
  • Dimapur district was created by carving out from Kohima district. Earlier Dimapur was a sub-division under Kohima district.
  • Dimapur is the eight district of Nagaland.

9. Peren (2003)

  • Peren district was created in 2003 by a Government of Nagaland, Home Department Notification No.GAB3/5/93 (PtII) dated 24th October 2003 by carving out 6 circles out of Kohima District. (Source: District Census Handbook – Peren)
  • Earlier, Peren was a subdivision of Kohima district.
  • Peren District was formed by carving out of Kohima District.
  • Peren was declared as full-fledged Revenue District on 24th January 2004. (Source: Peren district portal)
  • First Deputy Commissioner of Peren district: Shri. Mikha Lomi.

10. Longleng (2003)

  • Longleng district was created in 2003 as the tenth district of Nagaland through Government of Nagaland, Home Department Notification No. GAB3/5/93 (ptII) dated 24th October, 2003. (Source: District Census Handbook – Longleng)
  • Longleng district was formed as a result of bifurcation of Tuensang District.

11. Kiphire (2003)

  • Kiphire district was formally created in 2003 through Government of Nagaland, Home Department Notification No. GAB3/5/93 (ptII) dated 24th October,2003. (Source: District Census Handbook – Kiphire)
  • Kiphire district was inaugurated  as the eleventh district of Nagaland on 24th January, 2004.
  • Kiphire district was formed by carving out of Tuensang district of Nagaland state.
  • Earlier, Kiphire was a sub-division of under Tuensang district.

12. Noklak (2017)

  • Noklak is the 12th district of Nagaland created on 21 December 2017.
  • Noklak district was notified as a full fledged revenue district under Deputy Commissioner on 10th July 2020.
  • Noklak district was formally inaugurated on 20 January 2021 by Chief Minister Shri. Neiphiu Rio.
  • Noklak district was carved out of Tuensang district. Noklak was previously a sub-division under Tuensang district.

Upgradation of Noklak sub-division under Tuensang District to full-fledged district vide Home Dept., Government of Nagaland notification No. GAB-6/ZBTO/67/2009 dated 21.12.2017

Noklak District notified as full fledged revenue district vide Home Dept., Government of Nagaland notification No.GAB-I/NLK/GEN-1/2020(Pt-1) dated 10.07.2020

13. Tseminyu (2021)

  • Tseminyu is the 13th district of Nagaland created in December 2021.
  • Tseminyu district was created by carving Tseminyu sub-division out of Kohima district.
  • Tseminyu was notified a district vide Home Department, Govt. of Nagaland Notification No. GAB-I/COM/DIST.ADMIN/2019(Pt.-1) dated 20.12.2021.

14. Niuland (2021)

  • Nuiland is the 14th district of Nagaland created in December 2021.
  • Nuiland district was created by carving out Nuiland sub-division out of Dimapur district.
  • Nuiland was notified a district vide Home Department, Govt. of Nagaland Notification No. GAB-I/COM/DIST.ADMIN/2019(Pt.-1) dated 20.12.2021.

15. Chumoukedima (2021)

  • Chumoukedima is the 15th district of Nagaland created in December 2021.
  • Chumoukedima  district was notified a district vide Home Department, Govt. of Nagaland Notification No. GAB-I/COM/DIST.ADMIN/2019(Pt.-1) dated 20.12.2021.
  • Chumoukedima district was created comprising of the administrative area of Medziphema Sub-Division, Dhansaripar Sub-Division, Seithekema EAC Circle with town ans villages listed in the notification.

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