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It was in the year 2000, that the State Government desirous of promoting tourism embarked upon an ambitious project to exploit the cultural assets of Nagaland, through a weeklong long festival to coincide with the celebration of Nagaland Statehood Day on 1st December. Thus, the inception of the Nagaland Hornbill Festival so named in collective reverence to the bird enshrined in the cultural ethos of the Nagas to espouse the spirit of unity in diversity.

Nagaland is a cultural mosaic of diverse multi-ethnicity sprung up by the several tribes that inhabit the State. Each community celebrates its myriad festivals revolving around the agrarian calender that makes Nagaland by default, a land of festivals. Twelve years on, this intangible heritage asset has been aptly tagged lined in the changed moniker – “NAGALAND HORNBILL FESTIVAL: FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS” to envcompass through collective celebration the colour and vibrant elements of all the tribal festivities and give a glimpse of Naga life to titillate cultural sensibilities. What has emerged from a local heritage event, metaphored to a national and international festival has now become a must visit and notable attraction in the travel itinerary of both domestic and international travelers.

The annual Hornbill Festival will be held for ten days, 1st – 10th December. It draws all the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland to the foothills below the lofty spurs of towering Mount Japfü wherin lies Naga Heritage Village, Kisama – the venue of hte Festival. It plays host to a weeklong medly of cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting, events, a kids carnival, floral galleria, food courts, film festival and a series of competitions in various activities.

A prominent sight at Kisama are the imposing tribal Morungs (male dormitories) that are resplendent speciments of Vernacular architecture. Every Naga community is represented in their respective Morungs. Some even accomodate the majestic log drums where male members intermittently beat the gigantic hollowed log with wooden beaters in perfect synchronization. Long before the age of modern communications, the Nagas devised indigenous methodologies of relaying messages by beating different tempos and arrangements to send out messages decipherabe only to the village members. As you hear the sound reverberate throughout Kisama it hypnotically draws you in search of the source.

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Day 1

Arrival

After your arrival at Dimapur start your journey to Kohima via shared cabs – 4 Hours Average. Kohima to Viswema buy another cab. Lunch at Viswema. Vehicle will drop everyone at last motorable point in Viswema. Trekking for 3 hours to reach the camping destination. Take rest and dinner.

Day 2

Explore the valley

Morning breakfast and then go to explore the beauty of the valley. Bath at natural stream. Lunch and dinner from us. Night stay in the camping

Day 3

Dzukou Valley to Hornbil Festival

Morning trek back to the last motor-able point. Lunch at Viswema or Kohima and then start journey to Hornbill Festival. Overnight stay at camp.
  • Two Days Dzukou valley trekking and Camping. Dinner and Lunch included.
  • 3 Days Camping for Hornbill Festival.
  • Breakfast and dinner everyday (There will be many local food stalls hence go and experiment your taste bud, alternatively you can pre-book Lunch from us). For dinner we serve north east Indian cuisines and also north Indian foods. There is option for on demand menu.
  • Accommodation- twin-sharing in a spacious light & rainproof tents.
  • Pillow, sleeping bag and solar lamp.
  • Clean toilets & washroom.
  • Charging point at designated location.
  • Travel assistance and advice before, during and after your stay
  • Recreational games
  • Photographers
  • All taxes and government fees
  • Bonfire
  • Air tickets
  • Food & beverages except the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Incidental costs due to mishap or accidents or delayed flights etc.
  • Any entry fees or camera fees not mentioned in inclusions
  • Tips to local helpers, guides, drivers etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in inclusions
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