Hornbill Festival: Nagaland

Experience the ensemble of culture and tradition

If you are a venturer who loves to explore new places, the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland offers you the perfect chance to relinquish you thirst. The beauty and rich culture of North-East India has always remained unexplored. The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland gives you the opportunity to explore Northeast India and experience the beautiful culture and tradition of different tribes in Northeast India.

There are 16 main tribes and many sub-tribes in Nagaland. Each tribe has their own way of expressing their lifestyle through tradition and culture. Performing arts is an integral part of Naga culture. During the Hornbill festival all the different tribes come together to showcase their culture. Each tribal community wears their own style of colorful attire which distinguishes them from the others.

Traditional Folk Dance

Traditional Folk Dance

Naga tribes have earned high respect for their folk dance, music, and rich cultural heritage despite of having a very modern approach to life and exposure to western culture. Their folk dances and songs portray the heroic deeds of their ancestors, praising ancient warriors and depicting tragic love stories. The Hornbill Festival is celebrated in the first week of December every year. The festival usually takes place between the 1st and 7th of December in Kohima—the capital of Nagaland. Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Department, the Hornbill Festival is a farrago of different tribes and cultures at the same time.

The Hornbill festival is held in a confined heritage village called Kisama. The beauty of the Hornbill festival is that it gives the people a chance to protect and celebrate the richness and uniqueness of their own heritage. For outsiders, it is an opportunity to experience a land filled with scenic beauty, tribal food, folk songs, cultural dances, rock fest, fashion, handlooms, handicrafts, paintings etc. The Hornbill festival is a huge event not just for the tribes of Nagaland but for the eight Northeastern states of India as well, to showcase their culture.

How to reach Nagaland?

Nagaland is connected to the rest of the country by rail, road and air. Dimapur is the only airport in Nagaland as of now. Direct flights are available from Guwahati and Kolkata and connected flights can be availed from other parts of the nation. Dimapur has a railway station that is connected to Guwahati, which has direct train lines to other parts of the nation. Kohima is connected to Dimapur, Shillong and Guwahati by road.

Naga Lady

Itinerary for Hornbill Festival in Nagaland

We have tried to include as many events and places as possible in our 8 days travel plan which can be illustrated as follows:

Day 01: 1st Dec
You arrive at kohima on the 6th of December and check in to Kere guest house. It is located just behind Kisama and is at a walking distance from the Heritage Village Dinner and other important places.

Day 02: 2nd Dec
After breakfast we plan visit the festival venue for cultural programme, check out the different tribal morungs and you can try out exotic Naga cuisine for lunch. In the evening we plan to visit Kigwema village. The day would be concluded by coming back to the guest house for dinner and leisure time.

Day 03: 3rd Dec
After breakfast we plan to visit the festival venue and spend the day getting to know the different tribes. You can enjoy taking part in the festival. We plan to have lunch at the venue. In the evening, we shall drive to kohima to get a feel of the Hornbill Festival at the night bazaar. The day shall be concluded by coming back to the guest house for dinner and leisure time.

Day 04: 4th Dec
After breakfast we plan to make a trip to Khonoma village on the western part of Kohima with packed lunch or picnic lunch. You can try rice beer in the village. We plan to get back to Kohima by late afternoon. Then we plan to visit the famous war cemetery portraying the events of World War-II and finally visit the local market.

Day 05: 5th Dec
After breakfast we plan to enjoy the last day of the Hornbill Festival and visit the Hornbill rock concert at kohima.

Day 06: 6th Dec
After breakfast we plan to drive to Touphema village and experience a stay at traditional village resort. We will spend the rest of the day at leisure andvisit to the village museum and have a walk in the village.

Day 07: 7th Dec
We plan to spend a day at Touphema. In the evening we plan to drive back to Kohima. Stay at a hotel or Morung lodge homestay ( or stay another day)

Day 08: 8th Dec
After breakfast you can move on for your departure from Kohima.

Cost: INR 34500

Cost includes:

· Stay at Kere Guest house( attached Indian toilets) for 5 nights including Bed, Breakfast and dinner.
· Guide charges.
· Stay at Touphema for 1 night including bed, breakfast, dinner and cultural programme .
· Stay at hotel Lodge including bed and breakfast.
· Cost of Transport from Dimapur or Guwahati ( to be confirmed).
· All Inner line permits.

Cost does not include:

· Airfare to Dimapur or Guwahati
· Cost of Meals not mentioned
· Alcohol of any type, soft drinks and mineral water.
· Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or      any factors beyond control


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