Hornbill Festival is the cultural festival of Nagaland organised by Government of Nagaland every year in the first week of December. Hornbill Festival popular as the ‘Festival of Festivals’ in North-East region of India. Name of this festival is on HORNBILL named the most worshipped bird species. As we know Nagaland state is a Home of several tribes and majority of the population depend on agriculture that’s why most of their festival revolve around agriculture. It is one of the most vibrant and colourful event of North-East India where one can experience the diversity of tribal culture. This 10 day event takes place at Kisama Heritage Village, which is 12 km from Capital City Kohima. Hornbill Festival showcases the tribal folklore, dances and song.
Activities: The state of Nagaland have 16 major tribes and all of them participate in it and showcase their cultural diversity which they preserved from centuries. It features cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting, events, a kids carnival, floral galleria, food courts, film festival etc.
If You are rock music lover then for person like it is perfect place because in the Evening You can enjoy the beauty of ‘the biggest rock festival of India’ i.e. Nagaland Rock Concert.
The Best thing about tribal Culture is their Food. If You are Foodie then this Festival will heaven for you because you can enjoy healthy and tasty food which is unmatched. Don’t forget to try local rice and must take part in World’s Hottest competition, where you have to just eat world’s hottest chilli. (Bhut Jolokia and Naga viper Pepper)’ also known as Chilly Eating Competition.
Other Attractions are Dzukou Valley, JAPFU PEAK and the World’s Tallest Rhododendron, KOHIMA WORLD WAR-II CEMETERY, KOHIMA CATHEDRAL (Biggest in Asia), Angami villages.
- All are requested to carry good warm cloths and a shawl / small blanket for camping.
- Well fitted trekking shoes and water proof outfits are advisable for trekking. Though not by rain but dew can make your cloths wet while on trekking.
- All are requested to carry torchlight, first aid kit and prescribed medicines if any.
- Due to overuse, finding mobile network during the festival is a bit problem within the venue.
How to Reach:
Airways: Nearest Airport is Dimapur (74 km from Kohima) is directly connected with Guwahati and Kolkata.
Railways: Nearest Railway Station is Dimapur connected with Guwahati other major part of India.
Road: Nagaland State is very well connected with other neighbouring states via National Highways. Public Transport and Private Taxis also available.
Where to Stay: All categories Hotels are available in Kohima City. But the Best Place to stay in Kohima during Hornbill Festival are Pre-pitched DOME and ALPINE shaped tents at campsite.
Whom to contact: For camping inside the venue, local tours and treks, My Recommendation is https://www.facebook.com/kitemanjainfo/
Photo Credits: Bitu Chetia
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