Kisama Heritage, P.W.D. Colony, Kohima, Nagaland, India
Gear up for this year's Hornbill Festival (Kisama, Nagaland) with us. Hornbill festival is one of the most popular festivals in the whole of Northeast and the Nagaland Tourism rightfully takes away all the credit for putting the festival on the map. The festival runs for more than a week with cultural programs and events which are being conducted for past 18 Years. The festival displays the life, history, culture, traditions, and practices of the Naga people. Once at the festival, you will get to see the Naga people, dressed in traditional attire, rejoicing to the tunes and getting immersed in the charisma of the festival. Hornbill festival is one of the most visited and well-organized festivals in this part of the world. People, there are very heart-warming and they welcome you with wide smiles. The festival is held at the iconic Kisama Heritage Village which is located just about 15 kilometres from the capital city of Kohima. all the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland take part in the festival that usually takes place between 1st to 10th December every year. Hornbill festival has rightfully earned the tag of ‘festival of festivals’ because of the growing popularity and importance over the years. Each tribe has representatives who let you know about the tribe’s heritage and culture. For food lovers, Hornbill festival is almost like heaven. Traditional cuisines are a major hit there and it gets hard to not taste every dish. There’s a certain aura that attracts so many people to this beautiful festival. Be it the food, the music, the displays, Hornbill festival is almost like a heartthrob that never fails to amuse people.
Join our 6 days tour from Guwahati. First, you will also be visiting Kaziranga National Park, the world heritage site and home to one horned Rhinos. This tour particularly gives you a good experience of Nature, Wildlife, Culture and People together. More details of the itinerary is provided below
We start at 11AM n Guwahati and drive to Kaziranga National Park. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is home to the unique One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros apart from several other wild animals. After arrival at Kaziranga, check in into hotel/resort. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.
Early morning go for elephant safari into the jungles of Kaziranga National park. Elephant Safari timings are from 5-7AM. After that come back to hotel, have the breakfast and take rest. After lunch go for afternoon Jeep Safari. It will be 2 hours safari into the jungle. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.
Today after breakfast you will move towards Kigwema. On arrival at Kigwema, check in hotel and overnight stay at Kigwema. It will be of 6-7 hours journey.
Today after breakfast you will drive to Kisama Heritage Village, where the incredible Hornbill Festival is held every year from 1-10th December.
The festival is attended by all of Nagaland’s major tribes, and features traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and games. It all takes place amid immaculate replicas of tribal huts, complete with wood carvings and hollow log drums, which are beaten in haunting symphony at the end of the day. The opening speeches begin at 2pm and are followed by the performances. There are many handicraft and food stalls as well as heady rice beer to sample.
In the evening, the main attraction is the Hornbill National Rock Concert, where bands from all over the country come to compete. Later back to hotel. Overnight stay at Kigwema
Today after breakfast you will be exploring picturesque Khonoma Village, just outside Kohima and home to the Angami tribe. Later in the afternoon, we shall come back to back to the Hornbill Festival ground to explore more of the activities of the festival. overnight stay at Kigwema
After breakfast, we shall go for the local sightseeing of Kohima, including the Kohima Cathedral Church and World War 2 Cemetery a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion. After that we shall drive back to Kigwema and go to see the Hornbill Festival once again. If time permits you may also go to see Kigwema village. Overnight stay at Kigwema.
Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Dimapur Airport for your onward destination with an everlasting memory.
photo by Momo Irengbang