The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, which is a yearly feature in the first week of December is a cultural extravaganza worth a watch. One can see a melange of Naga cultures on displayin one place. A tourist with a keen interest in people, their customs, food habits, sports, dances and songs, willbe more than satisfied. The festival is held at Naga heritage village, Kisama, which is about 12 kms from Kohima and is permanently created for celebration of this festival.
Assistance on arrival at Guwahati pre noon and transfer to Kaziranga National Park (240kms/5hrs). Overnight at Landmark Woods or similar. Kaziranga National Park - is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world’s total population of the great Indian One horned Rhinoceros can be found. It lies on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River and is one of the oldest parks of Assam
KAZIRANGA / DIMAPUR: Early morning go for an elephant safari followed by a jeep safari after breakfast. Post lunch drive to Dimapur (120kms/4hrs). Overnight at Hotel Saramati or similar. DIMAPUR, the “city of the river people”, 80kms northwest of Kohima, is Nagaland’s largest and most industrialized town. It bears little resemblance or affinity to the rest of Nagaland and functions for visitors primarily as a gateway to the state
DIMAPUR / KOHIMA : After breakfast drive to the Kisema village (120kms/4hrs) where the Hornbill festival is held and be a part of the festival on the inauguration day. Overnight at Hotel Cimorb or similar. A tourist with a keen interest in people, their customs, food habits, sports, dances and songs, will be more than satisfied. This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima and is permanently created for celebration of this festival.
AT KOHIMA : At Kohima – go for a walk around the Garrison Hill area to revisit the Battle of Kohima – hear about the stories of the war as it happened then. The tour culminates at the 2nd World War Cemetery where the famous battle of tennis court took place. The beautiful Angami village of KHONOMA, 20kms northwest from Kohima, holds a special place in Naga history as the place where Angami warriors made their final stand against the British in 1879. The cathedral in Aradurah Spur is an important landmark of Kohima. The crucifix inside the cathedral carved out from the wood is the largest in India
AT HORNBILL FESTIVAL: Full day at the Hornbill festival. Overnight at the hotel. Option to go shopping and select some souvenirs that one can take back home as lasting reminder of their visit to this region
KOHIMA / TOUPHEMA : Visit the State Museum, the handloom and handicraft emporium is a treasure house of traditional weaves along with the souvenir shops. The State Museum showcases some of the most fascinating aspects of Naga tribal life in all its variety and wealth of tradition. It also houses some of the ancestral weaponry, carved gateposts, status pillars that record Feasts of Merit and traditional Naga costumes and jewellery. In short it gives an overview of tribal lifestyles and the history of the Nagas. Afternoon drive to Tuophema village (40kms/2hrs)-a tourist village resort and a unique initiative on community tourism. Experience the heritage and charm of the Angami tribe
TOUPHEMA/ MOKUKCHUNG: Early morning drive to Mokokchung (142kms/5hrs) via Wokha. Overnight at Mopungchukit Guest House (16kms from Mokokchung). Mokokchung, the district headquarter situated at an altitude of 1325 meters above sea level. This picturesque town is the cultural centre of the AO Nagas. The AO warriors used to wear the beautiful black and red handwoven shawl with its white decorated band to signify their prowess over their enemies. Wokha region is home to the Lotha tribe. It is located at an altitude of 1314mts. above sea level. Lotha Nagas are well known for their folk songs, colourful dresses and dances.
MOKUKCHUNG/ JORHAT : After breakfast drive to Jorhat (120kms/4hrs). Overnight at Heritage Thengal Manor or similar. Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island.
JORHAT / FLY OUT: After breakfast drive to the airport at Jorhat to board flight for onward destination.