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Hornbill Festival Tour Nagaland

(1st December to 7th December, 2013)

with folded hands we unfold the mysteries of India.

Nagaland is a vibrant hill state Located in the extreme North Eastern End of India,  bounded by Myanmar in the East; Assam in the West; Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the North with Manipur in the south.It offers rich incomparable traditional and cultural heritage.

About Horn Bill Festival

The tribes of Nagaland celebrate their festivals with gusto and fervor. More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve round agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in these festivals is compulsory. 

Nagaland is known as the land of festivals as each tribe celebrates its own festival with dedication and passion. Some of the important festivals celebrated are: Tsukhenyie by the Chakhesangs in January, Mimkut by the Kukis in January, Bushu by the Kacharis in January, Sekrenyi by the Angamis in February, Aoling by the Konyaks in April, Moatsu by the Aos in May, Tuluni by the Sumis in July, Nyaknylum by the Changs in July, Tokhu Emong by the Lothas in November and Yemshe by the Pochurys in October. 

To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December.

Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. 

For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland. It must be included in your itinerary, if you are visiting Nagaland during that time to enjoy the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland.

Important features
The Festival is named after the hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. The week long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Festival highlights include Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert.

Duration : 11 Days Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Kolkata
Today arrival at International airport; on arrival meet and assist by NAMASTE TOURS representative holding a placard at arrival lounge. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Calcutta - India’s largest city is the capital of West Bengal and was founded by the remarkable English merchant trader Job Charnock in 1690. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 2 - Kolkata
Hornbill Festival Tour NagalandAfter breakfast City tour of Calcutta visiting the Victoria Memorial built by Lord Curzon as a marble memorial to Queen Victoria in 1905 houses the memorabilia of the early days of the British Raj. Visit the National Museum which houses the various art treasures of the land and the temple dedicated to Kali, the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat. Drive past by Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writers Building. Also visit the e Missionaries of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa.

Overnight at Hotel

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Day 3 - Kolkata / Jorahat
Today morning you will transfer to airport and board the flight for Jorahat.

Flight Details :
Flight Name/Number : Jet Konnect / 9W K 2623
Depart from Kolkata : 1350 Hrs
Arrival in Jorahat : 1525 Hrs
Proposed Class : Economy

Arrive at Jorhat airport, after a brief welcome you will be escorted to hotel, evening at leisure. Overnight at Leisure.

Day 4 - Jorhat – Mokokchung
Hornbill Festival Tour NagalandAfter breakfast we drive to Mokokchung (105 kms / 4 hrs approx) located at an altitude of 1325 meters above sea level, this picturesque town is the cultural center of the Ao tribes. The Ao Nagas is famous for their colourful dances. Evening visit Ungma village - the biggest Ao. Overnight at Mokokchung.

Day 5 - Mokokchung – Touphema
After breakfast, drive to Tuophema village (167 kms / 05 hrs) – in this village Sekrenyi festival is celebrated during the month of February. Evening cultural show at guest house. Over night at Tuophema village.

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Day 6 - Touphema – Kohima
After breakfast we proceed to Kohima – the capital of Nagaland (40 kms / 02 hrs), to attain the opening ceremony of Hornbill festival.

Horn Bill Festival
Hornbill Festival Tour NagalandThe Horn Bill Festival of Nagaland represents the Bcultural extravaganza of the northeast Indian state. The Nagaland festival provides tourists the opportunity to glimpse of the festive celebrations of the state. The festival starts in the first week of December every year and it continues for a week. Nagaland is the land of festivals with one festival following the other all through the year. 

Evening at leisure. Overnight at Kohima.

Day 7 - Kohima
Full day attain Hornbill Festival. Overnight at Kohima.

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Day 8 - Kohima
Full day attain Hornbill festival. Overnight at Kohima.

Day 9 - Kohima–Kaziranga National Park
After breakfast drive to Kaziranga National Park ( 217 KMS / 07 HRS).
Kaziranga National Park:

Hornbill Festival Tour NagalandIn the heart of Assam, covering an area of 430 sq-kms, is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers (sighting of tigers are difficult), elephants, hog & swamp deer, water buffaloes and almost 478 species of birds (both migratory and residents). In 1985, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique natural environment.

Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Kaziranga.

Day 10 - Kaziranga National Park
After an early wake up, you will be taken to the riding point in the Central Range (Kohoro) for an Elephant Ride. After the ride return back to the lodge, having breakfast at 7 am drive to the Central Rang (Kohora) of the park for a jeep safari. After lunch at 2.15 there will be another Jeep safari in the Western Range (Baguri) of the park. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Kaziranga.
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Day 11 - Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati – Kolkata Departure
After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport to connect the flight for Kolkata in order to take flight for onward destination.

Flight Details :
Flight Name/Number : Indigo Airline / 6E 322
Depart from Guwahati : 1520 Hrs
Arrival in Kolkata : 1630 Hrs
Proposed Class : Economy

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