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.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
If due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control. Act of God, we won't be able to refund the complete amount.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
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!
Arrival: Fly to Guwahati on 5th December 2019 by any flight that reaches by 9 pm. Take overnight train to Dimapur from Guwahati ( 11:30 PM, Naganald Express 15603).
You can also fly directly to Dimapur on 6th December. Make sure you reach by 9 am.
Departure: You can fly out from Dimapur on 11th December 12:40 pm , which is a connecting flight via Kolkata. You can also take na overnight train to Guwahati and depart from Guwahati on 12th December,
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 10-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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