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Hornbill Festival of Nagaland

Description

Hornbill Festival often referred to as “ the Festival of Festivals”, which is a tribute to the “Great Hornbill”, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas, is held every year in Nagaland from 01st – 10th December and is a major attractions for tourists from all over the world. The festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. It is held at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, which is 12 kms from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland participate in this festival with the aim to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland. 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.

Itinerary

Destinations: Kolkata – Dimapur – Kohima – Seikhakei – Khonoma – Dimapur – Kolkata

Duration: 7 nights/8 days

Day 1

Arrive Kolkata

On arrival you will be met our representative who will welcoe you and transfer you to your hotel. He will assist you in the check in formalities and explain the itinerary to you. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

In Kolkata

Post breakfast you will embark on a city sight tour of the City of Joy, Kolkata, once the capital city of the Britishers. Kolkata is culturally a vibrant city with its blend of British and Indian architecture. You will Mother’s House headquarters of the International religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity which has been a home to Mother Teresa and her sisters since 1955, Marble Palace – a nineteenth century palatial mansion built in the Neo classical architecture style which houses many western sculptures, Victorian furniture, paintings by European and Indian artists and many varied artefacts. Then on to Victoria Memorial a large white marble building built between 1906 and 1921 dedicated to Queen Victoria now converted to a museum. Admire the splendid sculptures on the dome. Visit Parasnath Jain Temple built by Ray Badridas Bahadur in 1867which is one of the most revered shrines of the Jains in Kolkata known for its enthralling beauty with a scenic beautiful garden decorated with glass mosaics and silver European styled statues, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Riverside (Princep Ghat), Jorashankho Thakur Bari (abode of the Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore).
Drive Pass : General Post Office, Shaheed Minar, Eden Gardens, Akashvani Bhawan, Writers’ Building, Raj Bhawan, High Court, Maidan, Town Hall, Race Course, Lal Dighi Street, Andrews Church.
Drive over : Howrah Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu. Return to the Hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Kolkata – Dimapur (by air) – Kohima

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight to Dimapur. On arrival you will be met by our representative and proceed by road to Kohima, the hilly capital of Nagaland situated at an altitude of 1444 mts above sea level was founded by the British in 1878. En route you will see local women selling organic vegetable and fruits and also other local unique indigenous products. The village will welcome you with a large unique and impressive traditional gate elaborately carved with weapons, warriors and the skull of Mithun, a symbol of prosperity. After exploring this beautiful village you will return to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Kohima (Hornbill Festival)

In the morning you will have your breakfast and then embark on a sight seeing tour of Kohima, thereafter proceed to the venue of the Hornbill festival. You will visit the Visit the Kohima War Memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the 2nd British Division of Allied Forces, who made supreme sacrifices during World War II. You will also visit the Kohima Cathedral, the main church of the diocese of Kohima and noted for its architecture which incorporates many elements of traditional Naga Houses including its façade. Then proceed to the Heritage village Kisama where you will spend the rest of the day witnessing folk songs and dances of the local tribes draped in colourful attire. Visit the fairs and do some shopping of souvenirs crafted by the local tribes. Savour the local cuisine of Nagaland in the Food fairs. On the way back you will visit Village Phesama which has around 750 houses Overnight at the Hotel in Kohima

Day 5

Kohima (Hornbill Festival)

After breakfast you will first explore the Kigwema Village with to understand their lifestyle and learn about their culture. You can interact with them and get ideas about their village. Later proceed to enjoy the Hornbill Festival. You will experience the ethnic culture of the Nagas which will fascinate you. You can participate in the Night carnival at Kohima where you can see people selling different items from Christmas celebrations to Chicken barbeque. This is one very interesting aspect of the festival, when streets will be very be filled with colourful lights and flooded with people having great fun. Later return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6

Kohima (Hornbill Festival)

Today post breakfast you will be taken to the Jakhama Village, an unexplored region populated by the Angami tribes. The village is surrounded by fields and the Dzukou Valley and the Baptist Church at the entrance of the village overseeing the valley has an awesome view. Most of the houses have buffalo horns and skulls before their houses. Many Japanese soldiers supported by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had camped in and around Jakhama before they captured Kohima from the Allied forces in 1944-45. Explore this village and then continue to the Hornbill Festival. Attend the festival and take part in the cultural activities and enjoy your lunch. Thereafter you will drive to Khonoma, which is 20 kms. From Kohima and is the first Green Village of India and has declared 27 kms of its territory Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS). Later you will be taken to Seikhakie for overnight in camp/tented accommodation.

Day 7

Seikhakie – Khonoma Village

After your breakfast step out for a nature walk towards the place where jhum cultivation is practiced. Later you will be taken to see the state animal Mithun of Nagaland and then further drive on to Khonoma village for lunch which will be followed by sightseeing to see the major landmarks in the area like the Ceremonial Gates, Morung, Cairn circles, forts and historical sites. Vist Age Group house and meet the local craftsmen at work weaving shawls or making cane baskets. Then you will have lunch and will be entertained by the local youth of the village demonstrating their games and experience the taste of their locally prepared brew. Dinner and overnight at the Khonoma Homestay.

Day 8

Khonoma – Dimapur – Kolkata

Today after breakfast you will proceed to Dimapur and transferred to the airport to connect flight to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met by our representative who will meet you and assist you in the airport to connect your flight for your onward destination.
If you have time you can visit some local markets for shopping of souvenirs and silk saris and fabrics and other artefacts. And later on transfer to the airport for connecting your flight to your onward destination or back home with fond memories

The above is only a suggestive itinerary. The duration of the tour can be modified and customization done to suit your specific requirements.

Note : If you desire to visit the Kaziranga National Park from Dimapur then you will need to spend 3 extra nights , i.e. 2 nights in Kaziranga and 1 night in Guwahati, and the return will then be from Guwahati to Kolkata.

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