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Hornbill Festival - 3 Days

Why you should experience Hornbill Festival?

Hornbill Festival is a ten-day cultural extravaganza held every December 1-10 to encourage, nurture, and promote Naga tribes and people’s rich, dynamic, and diversified culture. It is the land of mythology and myths, as well as the valiant warriors and hunters lauded in the land’s folk songs. It is organised by the State Government of Nagaland and is the oldest festival of its kind among all the states of Northeast India, having started in the year 2000.

Every year in the month of December, the state celebrates this age-old celebration. For those who are unaware, this is one of Nagaland’s major indigenous warrior tribes’ ceremonies. The Nagas have a long history of preserving their culture and traditions. Travellers from all over the world go to this festival to experience the tribe’s uniqueness and spend time with the inhabitants to learn about their culture firsthand. The Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located around 12 kilometers from the capital of the Nagaland, Kohima.

Hornbill, as the name implies, is the name of a bird that has long been depicted and revered by the Nagas. The importance of this bird is depicted in the traditions and songs sung throughout the event. Naga people and warriors utilized the feathers of this bird to embellish their headgears. The government attempted to encourage people not to hunt these birds and instead protect them, but all of their efforts were futile.

This species of bird was on the verge of extinction due to widespread hunting, which was a wake-up call for Nagas. Since the festival was first held in the year 2000, it featured folk songs and dancing, traditional games, and even songs from their conflicts while today, it is a great event that attracts people from all over the world to participate.

Overview

After you arrive at Kohima you will be taken to the Hornbill festival, located at Kisama heritage village. You are going to stay at the campsite where you can explore different Naga cuisines and the beautiful village. The next day you can enjoy the cultural programs and also get a chance to interact with the various tribes. On the third day you will be dropped at Kohima after leaving the festival premises.

Itinerary

Day 1
Gather and meet at Kohima

• You will be picked up from Kohima taxi stand and taken to Kisama heritage village where Hornbill festival is held.
• After you enter the village, you will have the first glimpse of the grand celebration. Check-in at your campsite arranged in the venue of festival itself.
• Breakfast/Snacks will be provided as you settle down.
• Once you have freshened up, you are free to roam around until lunch time. You can taste various Naga cuisines from the many stalls present there.
• Come back during lunch time to the campsite and have the delicious Naga style food. Take some rest as your evening is going to be rocking with music fests.
• Have dinner in the campsite and rest for the night.

Day 2
Explore local culture

• Wake up to a fresh morning. Breakfast will be served. Freshen up and whole day is yours to explore.
• Enjoy the cultural programs that will be performed by the tribes. Also, you can communicate with the various tribes and learn about their history and culture. Do not forget to capture the special moments from the festival.
• Have lunch in the afternoon and take some rest.
• Enjoy the music shows in the evening. Have dinner and rest.

Day 3
Your trips end here

• You have to bid goodbye to this short two day trip. Wake up and pack your bags.
• After having breakfast, take last glimpse of the Hornbill festival and then you will be dropped at Kohima taxi stand from where you will be heading to Dimapur and then to your respective homes.

Trip Includes

  • • Inner Line Permit.
  • • Pick-up and drop from Kohima to Kohima.
  • • Breakfast and dinner every day.
  • • Accommodation in twin sharing tents.
  • • Nearby toiletries.

Trip Excludes

  • ● Airfare charges
  • ● All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
  • ● Trekking shoes and clothing (Any personal equipment)
  • ● Any camera fees
  • ● Hotel & driver tips if any, (since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
  • ● Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  • ● Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • ● 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.
  • ● Any Extra Sightseeing on request
  • ● Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions”
Are there ATMs on the way?

No. There are no ATMs in the village. You will have to draw enough cash in Dimapur or Kohima. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Indian rupees.

What about battery charging?

Yes, you can charge batteries en-route. Charger should be brought. Also it is adviced to carry a power bank.

Can I get to live in a tent?

Yes tents will be provided for all at the campsite.

What about the food?

Meal will be provided at the campsite

Things to carry

These are the important items you should carry during the trek. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary items required during the trek.

CLOTHING
1.  3 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Woolen Cap, Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Hand gloves

PERSONAL
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Yes, Nagaland is a safe place to travel. The locals are really good at hospitality for guests and travellers.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Hornbill Festival
From ₹3,600.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Professional
  • Sumo or car
  • Festival Tour
  • Camping
  • Kohima
  • Kisama (Hornbill Festival Village)
  • December
  • You can join our fixed group departure
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