Hornbill festival is a festival that has a huge bonfire, great music, lovable triable people showing off their culture and an ambiance under the night sky which is hard to explain and even harder to forget.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland’s pride is the portrayal of their rich culture and all the tribes from Nagaland takes part in the same. It is organized by the Ministry of Travel and Tourism and the hosting city is Kohima, which is also the capital of Nagaland. This should satisfy your curiosity if you are one of those who were asking ‘What is Hornbill festival’?
But there is more to the story, a huge bonfire is set up coupled with a light and music show which forces you to dance around the fire and leaves a big good smile over your face with a melancholic ambiance.
The Hornbill festival dates fall usually around 1st to 10th of December and the weather in Nagaland during the Hornbill festival is similar to monsoon or springs.
The reasons you need to check out the Hornbill festival in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Nagaland and attend the festival of festivals also known as Hornbill festival with Justwravel.
Highlights of the trip: Hornbill Tribal festival, Green village Khonoma, Village explorations, World War II Memorial Site, Safari in Kaziranga National Park.
Day 1 : Meet at Dimapur Station and Drive to First Green Village of Asia Khonoma
Day 2 : Drive to Village and Walking tour with Zero Mobile Network
Day 3 : Trek to Dzukou Valley
Day 4 : Day at Hornbill Festival
Day 5 : Grand Closing Ceremony of Hornbill Festival
Day 6 : Departure from Dimapur
We start our journey early in the day.
Meet our team member at 6:30 am at the railway station. Roads from Dimapur to Khonoma are not very good so be prepared for a longer feeling 4-hour journey. Khonoma is the first green village in Asia which has banned cutting trees and hunting.
After checking in the homestay, we go for a village tour knowing about the superstitions and traditions.
Overnight stay at the village.
Today we start our day a little late.
After breakfast at the homestay, we drive to the village with Zero mobile network. Explore the village, go for a short hike to the hidden waterfall, plucking some fresh vegetable and bring it back to the homestay for the evening meal.
Campfire at the homestay. Dinner and overnight stay.
Today post breakfast we trek to the Dzukou Valley. Just packing our basic essentials for a day we start for Vishwema village.
The climb to the first view of Dzukou Valley is about 2 hrs of a gradual uphill hike. After that, another 30 mins of flat walk, walking in the valley.
We stay at dome camps in Dzukou Valley.
Dinner at the campsite.
Go for an early morning around the magnificent Dzukou Valley. After having sandwiches for Breakfast we start out trek down to the bas village.
Return to Homestay for Lunch. Post lunch we are free to visit the Hornbill festival venue.
Return to homestay for Dinner. Overnight Stay.
After early breakfast, we go for a 2hr village tour.
We finally reach the Hornbill festival venue and spend the complete day at the festival. Today is the best day to spend at Hornbill festival.
Return to the homestay at your own pace.
Dinner and Overnight stay at the property.
Making our return journey, it'll be time to head back to our city lives.
Due to limited connectivity, we only have 12:40 pm flight from Dimapur. So we start early from the homestay by around 6am.
You can also take an overnight train from Dimapur to Guwahati.
Transport (Point to Point basis from Dimapur and Drop to Dimapur)
Stay (on sharing basis; Homestay and Dome camps at Dzukou Valley
Meals (Breakfast on all days , Lunch Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Dinner - Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5)
Trek Lead fro Dzukou Valley
Inner Line Permit for Nagaland
Permits for festivals/village, wherever applicable
Permits for personal cameras
Anything that isn't mentioned in the Inclusions.
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