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.
Highlights of the trip: Hornbill Tribal festival, Green village Khonoma, Village explorations, World War II Memorial Site, Safari in Kaziranga National Park.
Guwahati Airport (1130 am) to en route Kohima.
Road-trip to reach the festival site, heritage village Kisama of Nagaland.
Trip to Khonoma Village. Overnight at Khonoma.
Exploration. Night carnival at Kohima.
Kohima to Mokokchung
Mokokchung to Kaziranga
Jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park. Come back and chill.
Road trip back to Guwahati Airport (around 1 pm).
Pick up from Guwahati Airport in our privately hired vehicle (please plan your flight to reach Guwahati max by 11 am). Meet your trip leader. 12 pm onwards, road trip begins! Bring on your road-trip games, get the ZNMD mode on as we set out for the 2 day road-trip to Nagaland! We are intentionally not pre-planning this night's stay and will see with you as to where the road takes us.
Pack up from our stay to set out on the road once again. Let's sing some more, tell jokes and laugh some more as we continue our journey further towards Nagaland. We intend to reach Nagaland and directly make our way to the camping facility at the Hornbill festival! Let's get into the spirit of the festival!
After 2 days of road-tripping, we take it easy on this day. Wake up leisurely, loiter around at the camp site, walk around and explore the festival site and Kisama Heritage village . Camps of the tribes performing at the festival are set up nearby and one can go around meeting the awesome Nagas. Spend the day exploring by yourself the places nearby.
We set out on an exploration trip to the Khonoma village. Khonoma village is called the first Green village of India. Let's go find out for ourselves the Why! Khonoma also speaks volumes of the courage and bravery of the Nagas telling tales from the times of the British Empire. A lot remains to be explored. Overnight, we spend in a temporary facility.
Another day at the Festival! Another day for exploration. Nearby villages (like Kigwema) and the village lifestyles, World War memorial - a lot to be seen, explored and understood of this lesser known state of Nagaland. As Nagaland gears up for the upcoming Christmas, night carnival on the streets of Kohima is another experience to be had.
Making our return journey, it'll be time to head to another village then. Mokokchung. Beautiful beyond description, they say. Let's go find out why! Some nearby village explorations, if possible.
Walk around, soak in the air of Nagaland, as we exit Nagaland today. A road-trip again. To Kaziranga in Assam! The home of the famous one horned Rhinoceros!
We'll go see the One horned Rhinoceros and other wildlife by the jeep safari in the Kaziranga National Park on this day! Spot some birds and enjoy the animals carrying on with their animal-y things in their natural habitat. We'll come back and chill on this day - contemplating over the awesome experiences on the trip. We'll share stories, talk, laugh and celebrate the awesomeness of Outdoors.
Start early morning for the road-trip back to Guwahati Airport. With great memories and new friends, we part, with promises to meet again. Please plan your flights from Guwahati Airport after 4 pm.
Transport (in privately hired vehicle from Guwahati Airport to Guwahati Airport)
Stay (on sharing basis; our campsite will be set up close to the Festival ground, twin sharing tents will be provided)
Meals (Breakfast and Dinner - veg/non veg)
Inner Line Permit for Nagaland
Permits for festivals/village, wherever applicable
Jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park
Permits for personal cameras
Anything that isn't mentioned in the Inclusions.
Expected temperatures during our trip are expected to be around 8 to 25 degrees Celsius. You are advised to pack some winter clothes along. This is part adventure part leisure trip, so you can flaunt your best dresses but are also suggested to pack some loose comfortable wear while walking. You're quite safe in wearing the clothes of your liking in Nagaland.
We suggest you to also pack a pair of trekking or sports shoes (not new) for walking. While your trip leader is going to be carrying basic First Aid kit, you are advised to bring along the medicines that are prescribed to you. And lastly, do not forget to pack some snacks to share with the group, and the biggest of smiles!