This winter, join us as we head to Nagaland to witness the biggest tribal cultural fiesta of North East India— The Hornbill Festival.
This celebration brings together 16 unique tribes of Nagaland and is a riot of colours, fun & frolic. From jaw-dropping cultural performances, shopping in local bazaars, participating in weird, yet fun contests to gorging on mouthwatering local food, Hornbill Festival is something that you cannot afford to miss.
Bonus Fact: Hornbill Festival hosts one of the biggest rock festivals of India.
Date: Till 10th December, 2018
Where is it celebrated?
It is celebrated at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, around 12 km from Nagaland, Kohima. The event begins at 9 am every day and one can reach here by hiring a cab or taxi.
How to reach Kohima, Nagaland?
The nearest airport for Kohima is in Dimapur located at a distance of 74 km. This domestic airport is well connected to all major cities. The second nearest airport is Imphal Airport which is around 145 km from Kohima. .
Because of its hilly terrain, Kohima does not have a railway station and . the nearest rail link is also in Dimapur.
NH39 connects Kohima to Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur. The highway co-joins from Guwahati to Shillong where several other states can also be accessed. Private taxis and buses are available to reach Kohima.
What are the things you can do here?
> Learn about traditional folk songs, art and games.
> Binge on gastronomic delights: Rice beer, pork ribs, chicken stew, etc.
> Participate in the pork fat or king chilli eating contests.
> Buy some of their finest works such as wooden handicrafts, ornaments, etc.
> Watch games like traditional archery competition and wrestling.
Where to stay?
Once in Kohima, do experience their hospitality. Ditch the hotels/resorts and opt for a homestay instead.
Till we meet again, happy travels!