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Hornbill Festival

One of our most popular tours to the Mother of all festivals, showcasing the vibrant culture of various Naga tribes

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  •   Region: Nagaland
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity: Culture
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: On Request
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Rich in cultural and natural beauty, Nagaland will enthrall you from the moment you arrive. Think lush green valleys and roads lined with cherry blossoms, postcard villages that have the distinction of being amongst the cleanest in the country and Nagas, erstwhile ferocious headhunters, with beatific smiles. Nagaland indeed draws a very alluring picture in the minds of tourists.

Hornbill Festival

With 16 tribes participating, each showcasing its unique customs and traditions, the Hornbill Festival is a great way to experience the cultural diversity at one single place.

 Celebrated every year from 1st to the 7th of December in the heritage village of Kisama , the Hornbill Festival provides a window into the culture that Nagas take pride in. With great pomp and glory, the Nagas present their rituals and traditional sports of their tribes over a period of seven days. Dance troupes from all the other North Eastern states also join the extravaganza, giving us an exclusive glimpse into the cultural diversity of the entire North East.

To feel the pulse of Nagaland more closely, we shall stay in one of the Naga villages where the traditional way of life is more or less intact. Khonoma is one such village, where will get a chance to interact with the locals at close quarters.

  • Visit the Mother of all festivals
  • Witness dances and traditions of 16 different Naga tribes
  • Taste traditional food and brew of various Naga tribes
  • Live in homestays in two different villages
  • Stay in Khonoma, the first green village in India and the most picturesque in Nagaland

Day 1: Dimapur to Khonoma                       82 kms; Drive time: 3.5 hours
Pickup from Dimapur Airport to drive to the picturesque village of Khonoma. O/n at homestay in Khonoma

Day 2: Khonoma   
The picturesque village of Khonoma is a stronghold of the Angami tribe. Over here you will experience the vibrant culture of the Angami tribe, known for its weaving skills and farming practices. The terraced fields surrounded by verdant forests are sure to steal your heart. It also holds the distinction of being the first green village in India, having banned hunting and logging in the village territory.

In the morning walk around this beautiful village, to learn about the history and culture of the Angami tribe. Along the way interact with the locals and spend time with some master basket and shawl weavers, admiring their skillful work.  In the evening visit the KNCTS sanctuary for a forest walk. O/n at a homestay in Khonoma.

Day 3: Khonoma to Kohima                         25 kms; Drive time:1.5 hours
Drive to Kohima from where we proceed to the much awaited Hornbill festival, witnessing the dances and traditions of the sixteen Naga tribes. The festival will also give you an opportunity to taste the local food and drink of all the tribes. O/n at homestay in Kigwema village

Day 4: Kohima
In the morning we visit the fresh food market in Kohima, the most interesting one in all of North East. Grasshoppers, frogs, wasp larvae and many more interesting items find their way over here, revealing a lot about the local food habits. From here we head back to Kisama to swing to different Naga dances. O/n at a homestay in Kigwema village

Day 5: Kohima to Mokukchung                  180 kms; Drive time: 6.5 hours
After breakfast drive to Mokukchung in Central Nagalalnd. This picturesque town is the headquarters of the Ao Nagas. On the way we will visit Longsa village to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Sema Nagas. O/n at Hotel Whispering Winds

Day 6: Mokukchung
In the first half of the day visit the village of Mopungchuket considered the cleanest village in all of Nagaland. Meandering through the flower laden paths we walk to the tower of ‘Eteben’ where we learn the story of the local Romeo and Juliet. Walk down a bit further to appreciate the brilliant wood carvings by a local artist. In the second half of the day we visit Ungma the largest village of the Ao NAgas.  Walking the narrow streets and bylanes of this village gives us an opportunity to interact with the locals and observe the vibrant lifestyle of the Ao community. O/n at Hotel Whispering Winds

Day 7: Mokukchung to Dibrugarh             210 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Post breakfast we drive down to the plains of Assam to the tea country of Dibrugarh. O/n at Hotel Little Palace or similar

Day 8: Dibrugarh
After breakfast drop to Dibrugarh airport

Cost per person:

Included

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Transportation using Xylo or similar luxury vehicle
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Permits for Nagaland

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the "Included" section above
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