Zunheboto district

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Zunheboto District
Lining up for inspection
A Sumi Naga festival in Zunheboto district
Zunheboto district's location in Nagaland
Zunheboto district's location in Nagaland
Coordinates: 26°01′N 94°31′E / 26.017°N 94.517°E / 26.017; 94.517Coordinates: 26°01′N 94°31′E / 26.017°N 94.517°E / 26.017; 94.517
Country  India
State Nagaland
Seat Zunheboto
 • Total 1,255 km2 (485 sq mi)
 • Land 1,200 km2 (500 sq mi)
 • Water 55 km2 (21 sq mi)  1.8%
 • Total 140,757
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 code IN-NL-ZU
Website http://zunheboto.nic.in/

Zunheboto (Pron:/ˌzʌnˈhiːbəʊtəʊ/) is a district of Nagaland state in India.


It is bordered on the north by Mokokchung district, Kohima district and Wokha district on the west, Phek district in the south, and Tuensang district and Kiphire district in the east. Headquarters is at Zunheboto. A hilly place, Zunheboto is covered by evergreen forests and surrounded by small streams and rivers. It is home to Satoi Range, surrounded by 10 villages of Satakhasub-division, which is one of the paradise for ornithologists and bird-watchers. This range comes under Important Bird Area as well as Endemic Bird Area of India. Many endangered species like Blythi Tragopan, Kalij Pheasent and Peacock Pheasent are still seen in this range.


According to the 2011 census, Zunheboto district has a population of 140,757,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Saint Lucia.[2] This gives it a ranking of 598th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] Zunheboto has a sex ratio of 981 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 86.26%.[1]

Zunheboto is the home to the Sumi Nagas, a warrior tribe of Nagaland. Head hunting was practiced extensively until the advent of the Christian missionaries who converted the warriors to Christianity. Today the people are peaceful and hardworking, practicing agriculture as their main occupation. The district is also home to the largest baptist church in Asia, the Sumi Baptist Church, Zunheboto. [3]


Today it is home to the Nagaland University whose campus is situated in the village of Lumami in the sub division of Akuluto. This has become the cultural center for the people of Nagaland, as all the Nagas irrespective of tribes come to study here.


  1. ^ a b c d e "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  2. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Saint Lucia 198,000 July 2011 est.
  3. ^ "Asia's largest church built in Nagaland; new church building set for dedication". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

External links

  • Official site

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