India’s Hornbill Festival

The charming ‘wild east’ of India, Nagaland is on the fringe of Assam in the west and Myanmar in the east. Nagaland’s astounding hills and valleys is a place where until more recently, 16 proud Naga tribes fearlessly fought off any intruders. Today, although much of the south state is fairly developed, Nagaland still remains a strong representation of its history and culture which is reflected greatly in the spectacular 10-day Hornbill Festival; an annual mixture of displays from all 16 tribes of Nagaland, showcasing their proud heritage in a colourful parade. Each day you can enjoy a celebration of exciting dance and music performances, crafts, traditional tribal food fairs and games including ‘chilli eating contests’ and sports such as wrestling and archery.

Kohima Camp is nestled deep within a secluded forested and coincides with the annual festival along with a seamless blend of Naga Rainforest and Tribal Legacy experiences. Whilst at Kohima Camp, relive the ultimate experience of the British Raj – rich and regal luxurious interiors with a colonial flare along with personalised butler service.

Please note that the Hornbill Festival occurs on the first week of December each year. Please contact us for exact dates and details.

 

Day 1: Arrive at Kohima

Upon arrival into Diampur this afternoon, you will be welcomed by a representative and driven to Kohima Camp, Nagaland.

This unique camp is located in the foothills of the gigantic Japfu mountain, and you will enjoy a traditional welcome by the tribes of Nagaland. After checking into your luxury tent, you will have the rest of the day to relax at leisure and drink in the beauty of your surroundings.

This evening relax in the peaceful environment of the camp, enjoy a drink by the campfire and a culinary feast created by the chef, dining in the ultimate lap of nature and luxury.

Stay: Kohima Camp

Day 2: Visit the incredible Hornbill Festival

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Kisama village for the spectacular Hornbill Festival. Revel in this marvelous splash of colours as you take in all 16 tribes of Nagaland as they demonstrate the richness of diverse cultures and traditional arts that forms Nagaland.

Over the course of the festival, you will experience traditional attire, folk music and dance forms, headgear, cuisines, paintings, handicrafts and other details of the tribes and sub-tribes of the state. Not only will you be amazed at the highlights of traditional and contemporary music and art, but the parade of delicate handicraft and handloom will leave you mesmerized.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, you will be among the many spectators experiencing traditional sports such as wrestling and archery, a motor ralley and other highly entertaining events such as climbing a greased bamboo pole or chilli eating contests.

Following an exciting morning, you will return to camp to a lavish lunch as you wind down in the serene surroundings.

This evening, you have the choice to return to the capital city, Kohima to continue the festivities of the Hornbill Festival or head to the night bazaar where you can enjoy the music of talented Naga rock bands, taste some Naga delicacies, learn about traditional tribal wear at a fashion show followed by the Miss Nagaland contest.

Return to the comfort of your luxury camp for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Stay: Kohima Camp

Day 3: Continue the Hornbill festivities and discover the enchanting Kigwema village of the Angami tribe

After breakfast this morning, head out to enjoy the last day at the Hornbill festival with tribes as they captivate your attention with their spectacular costumes and traditional Naga dances and ceremonies.

Following lunch, enjoy some relaxation in the tranquility of the camp or explore the enchanting old Kigwema village of the Angami tribe, just a short a drive away.

Stroll through the lanes of the village as you explore the traditional houses with their majestic wooden pillars and experience the Angami way of life over a cup of traditional tea at a local house.

This evening, revel in the cultural festivities in Kohima for the last time. Return to the camp from the exhilarating experience with memories of a lifetime!

Sit back, relax and reflect on the Naga way of life whilst the chef prepares an exquisite meal.

Stay: Kohima Camp

Day 4: Departure from the enchanting land of the Nagas

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Dimapur airport as you bid farewell to the incredible landscape of Nagaland.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive at Kohima Kohima Camp
Day 2: Visit the incredible Hornbill Festival Kohima Camp
Day 3: Continue the Hornbill festivities and discover the enchanting Kigwema village of the Angami tribe Kohima Camp
Day 4: Departure from the enchanting land of the Nagas

Inclusions

Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from Dimapur airport by AC Innova.
  • Accommodation in Hollywood double or twin bedded luxury suite tents.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary, including tea, coffee and soft beverages.
  • Guided excursions as specified in the tour program.
  • Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable.
  • 24 hour emergency contact

 

Not Included

 

  • International or domestic airfare.
  • Any optional tour mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Government service tax of 4.5% as applicable inclusive of ‘Swachch Bharat Cess’ and “Krishi Kalyan Cess” on the total billing shall apply for all bookings. Subject to change without prior notice.
  • Taxes not mentioned in the package inclusions, insurance and gratuities on the campsite for housekeeping, food and beverage services.
  • Gratuities to service staff including guides and drivers.
  • Expenses of a personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, porterage at airports / and railway stations.
  • Professional still and video camera fees.
  • Pre or post tour accommodation and any other tour extensions.
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

 

Map

Kohima Camp Kisama Village Kigwema Village