Khonoma Village is situated 20 km to the west of Kohima. The Khonoma gate relates the story of British infiltration into the Naga Hills. History reveals that Khonoma provided protection to several villages in the good old days. Khonoma is famed for the fallow management of its alder trees, which balances nature in the surrounding areas.
Around 20 varieties of rice are grown, which is proof of the excellent soil condition and the elevation of the fields. The terraced cultivation project a beautiful picture. Khonoma is also famous for its arts and crafts.
In order to conserve the Blyth's Tragopan, an endangered pheasant of the state, and other wildlife and rare species of plants in its natural habitat, the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS) was set up in 1998 by the ecologically conscious people of Khonoma village. This privately owned sanctuary managed by the village community of Khonoma, covers an area of 70 sq km.