Day 1: Imphal
Pickup from Imphal airport and drive to the city . Relax for the remainder of the day . O/n at Hotel Imphal or similar
Day 2: Imphal
Start our day with a visit to Kangla fort, once the epicenture of power of the Manipuri rajas. Explore the complex on cycle , absorbing the greenery of the place. From here we move on to the vibrant Ema market, run primarily by women . A walk through the market will give us a good idea about the diversity and culture of the local Meiti people.
In the second half we visit the Govindji temple, one of the most iconic temples in all of Imphal . O/n at Hotel Imphal or similar
Day 3: Excursion to Loktak
We will visit Loktak, the largest fresh water lake in North East India . This 200 odd sq. kilometer lake is drained by two main rivers, namely Barak and Imphal . Since the past 10 years there has been a substantial environmental degradation of the lake due to the construction of a dam, and over fishing .
We will set out in country boats across this unique landscape , enjoying the scenic beauty as well as interacting with the local communities on the issues being faced by them. Have a local lunch in one of the floating masses in the lake .
By evening drive back to Imphal . O/n at hotel Imphal or similar
Day 4: Imphal to Kohima 137 kms; 5 hours
After breakfast drive to Kohima, the vibrant capital of Nagaland . In the evening relax around our homestay in Kigwema
Day 5: 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 to Kisama to swing to different Naga dances. Spend most part of the day at the festival venue. O/n at a homestay in Kigwema village
Day 6: Kohima to Khonoma 35 kms; 1 hour
In the morning we once again go to Kisama Heritage village to enjoy and absorb the vibrant atmosphere at the Hornbill Festival .
After lunch drive to Khonoma, enroute we stop at the World War II cemetery which was built to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the epic 1944 Battle of Kohima. O/n at a homestay in Khonoma
Day 7: 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 8: Khonoma to Dimapur 78 kms; 2.5 hours
After breakfast drop to Dimapur airport