Hornbill Festival

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A narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union has salubrious climate throughout the year. It is bounded by Assam in the west, Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh in the north and Manipur in the south. Sometimes referred to as the `Switzerland of the East’, Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. For the adventurous, the State is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers limitless possibilities for exploring its lush sub-tropical rainforests, which are a treasure trove of medicinal plants. The 20-lakh-strong Naga people, by nature, are fun lovers, and life in Nagaland is one long festival.

The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to travellers. Fondly known as the “Festival of festivals”, the annual event was conceived as a tourism promotion activity at Kisama, (10 Km from the capital Kohima) where one can enjoy the Naga lifestyle and culture, food, music and tradition of each of those 18-20 clans, all at the at same place. Besides the usual showcasing of Naga dance, music, art, ethnic foods, handlooms and handicrafts, many other interesting contests and activities are organized.

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Day 1

Arrival in Dibrugarh

Welcome at the airport and transfer to Dibrugarh. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Dibrugarh - Mon

Post breakfast we drive to Sibsagar to visit the Ahom monuments and temples which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. After crossing the Assam-Nagaland border, you encounter some hilly terrain. Night in basic guest house.

Day 3


After breakfast visit Longwa Village, bordering India and Burma, situated about 50 km from the district headquarters of Mon. It is one of the biggest villages in the district, some portions of this village lie in India and some in Myanmar. However, it is controlled by a chief known as Angh. Half of the house of the chief falls in India and the other half in Myanmar. The lucky villagers enjoy two citizenships, one of India and the other of Burma. It is the place where coal mine was discovered in 1907. A visit to the village will acquaint you with the culture of the tribe. They are skilled in making exquisite handicrafts. Later on visit the Shanhah Chingnyu village, where still you might find human skulls kept as a head hunting trophy. Later return to Mon Village. Night in resort.

Day 4

Mon - Mokokchung

After breakfast, drive to Mokokchung, home of the Ao Tribe. Night in basic hotel/guesthouse.

Day 5

Mokokchung - Tuophema

Drive to Tuophema Village. En route visit Wokha, the Lotha and Angami tribe belt. The time in the afternoon can be used for the exploration of the hamlet, especially the stone from where the villagers are known to take their designs for shawls and baskets. For a well spent evening, you can observe the cotton spinning by the local women along with traditional music and songs of the state. Night in the traditionally built cottages.

Day 6

Tuophema - Kohima

After breakfast, witness the traditional cultural show performed by local people. Later depart for the Khonoma Green Village situated in the midst of pine trees. Night in hotel.

Day 7 & 8


After breakfast drive to Kisama Heritage Village to witness the Hornbill festival. Whole day at the festival. Drive back to Kohima for night stay. Night in hotel. Kisama (Naga Heritage Village): the Hornbill Festival is a major event that take place within the confines of this heritage village that is about 12 Km from Kohima. It is a yearly feature held from 1st to 10th of December, where a visitor gets an opportunity to get a ring side view of the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage, its people and culture.

Day 9

Kohima - Jorhat

After breakfast, drive to Jorhat where you can enjoy a guided visit to a nearby factory, followed by a tea tasting tour of the different grades of tea produced in the factory or the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or visit some nearby villages to observe the simple and sustainable lifestyle of the Indian countryside. Later in the evening, a cultural dance performance can be organized if there’s a group of more than 4 persons. Night in hotel.

Day 10

Jorhat - Dibrugarh Airport

Transfer to Airport (according to your flight schedule). End of our services.

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