TOUR TO THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL OF NAGALAND
7 Nights/ 8 Days
First week of December every year.
Nagaland, the land of fascinating and hospitable tribes, is known as the ‘land of festivals’. The tribes here celebrate with gusto and infectious zest. Festivals are considered sacred and participation, though compulsory, is more by choice. Recognizing this spirit, the Government of Nagaland organizes the celebration of the Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural richness of Nagaland, and popularly called as the ‘festival of festivals’.
Named after the respected and revered Hornbill bird, and held in the beautiful hills of Kohima, the festival is a time of merry making and colorful extravaganza, where all the tribes of Nagaland participate. During this time, there are tribal performances and ceremonies, display of ethnic crafts, sports, food fairs and games. A few highlights are – Traditional Naga Morungs, exhibition of arts and crafts, food stalls, flowers shows, display of herbal medicine, fashion shows, beauty contest, traditional archery and wrestling, local games, musical concert, elaborate dances, and folk songs.
In this tour, you’ll get an elaborate glimpse of the people and culture of Nagaland. You’ll get to meet the tribes, interact with them, visit their villages and be blown away by their charming hospitality and friendliness. And not be mention, all the fun of the festival, where you’ll be participating in drinking, eating, singing, dancing and merrymaking. There is also a visit to Mokokchung which is the fascinating town of the Ao Naga Tribe.
- Visit the famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland.
- Visit the beautiful hill towns of Kohima and Mokokchung.
- Stay at a tribal home-stay in Khonoma, engage in hikes, and visit traditional homes.
- Participate in fun and local activities of the festival, such as drinking, eating, dancing and merry making.
- Visit tribal villages of Angami Tribe, Rengma Tribe and Ao Tribe.
- Interact and observe traditional tribal lifestyles.
- Be spoilt by tribal hospitality.
Minimum persons required - 1
After pick-up from Dimapur Airport, drive to Khonoma Village (2 hours) which is an historic Angami Tribe village famous for two Angami-British wars fought during 1847 and 1879. The village feels very traditional with flowering areas, pomelo trees, squash gourd vines as well as megalith monuments. Overnight will at a village home-stay.
Khonoma was the first village to ban hunting and logging, and turning into a green village. With the mission of ‘Green Khonoma”, the people of Khonoma have created a model village for eco and rural tourism in Nagaland which they are rightly proud of.
A small nature sanctuary (Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary), managed by the village itself, is one of the few places where the Blyth’s Tragopan can be seen, a rare pheasant indigenous to the area. Undertake a trek to this sanctuary for good birdlife and peaceful nature, and trek to nearby villages.
After breakfast, leave for Kohima (1-2 hours) at a height of 1,444 meters. Spend the day visiting WW2 War Memorial, museum which display Naga heritage and culture , arts and crafts emporium and local markets. Overnight will be at a clean and comfortable budget hotel.
December 5, 6
You’ll be proceeding to Kisama Heritage village which is the venue of the Hornbill Festival, to participate and witness the festival. In the afternoons, visit nearby tribal villages. Overnight will be at a clean and comfortable budget hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the hill-town of Mokokchung, (6 hours), home to the fascinating tribal Ao Nagas. En-route visit a village belonging to the Rengma Tribe where you’ll get to interact with them and visit their houses. Overnight will be at Mokokchung Tourist Lodge (basic).
Spend the morning visiting the villages of Impur, Aliba and Mopungchuket. Witness the everyday life of the Ao Tribe and get to interact with them. Later in the afternoon, visit Ungma, the largest of all Ao Naga villages. Observe the traditional lifestyle of the people. Overnight will be at Mokokchung TourIst Lodge (basic).
After early breakfast, drive to Jorhat Airport for a return flight (4-5 hours).
* Accommodations can be changed on request and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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