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The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East. It held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists. This Festival highlights comprise of the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, Traditional Archery, Indigenous Games, Naga wrestling, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Food Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Beauty Contest, Fashion shows and Musical concert. In the evening music concerts ensure that the festive spirit carries on throughout the night.


  • Visit the spectacular Hornbill Festival at Kisama village.
  • Explore the quaint Kigwema village.

Best Season:

February – March

  • Day Wise Itinerary
  • Notes
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4

Arrive Kohima

Welcome to your ‘Hornbill Festival at Nagaland’ tour!

On arrival at airport in Dimapur, you will be transferred to the Camp, located at the foothills of the gigantic Japfu Mountain, soak in the serenity of the surroundings as you are accorded the traditional welcome of the tribes of Nagaland. You will then be accompanied to your superlative luxury tent,

Overnight stay at Kohima. (Lunch & Dinner)


After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Kisama village for the spectacular Hornbill Festival. Revel in this marvelous riot of colour as you watch all 16 tribes of Nagaland show off the rich fare of diverse cultures and traditional arts that is Nagaland. You can witness the attire, folk music and dance forms, headgear, cuisines, paintings, handicrafts, and other intricacies of the varied tribes and sub-tribes of the state. The highlight of the festival is not only the music and dance, whether traditional or contemporary, but also the display of exquisite handicraft and handloom which is bound to leave you enchanted. Adding to the excitement is a motor rally, traditional sports like wrestling and archery, a literary fest, and fun events like climbing a greased bamboo pole or chilli eating contests.

Having built up an appetite, you return to camp for a sumptuous lunch after which you can choose to relax in its serene surroundings.

In the evening, you have the option of returning to the Hornbill festival, in the capital city -Kohima. Get into the spirit of the festival as you enjoy the music of one of the many talented Naga rock bands or scour the night bazaar for local artifacts and relish some Naga delicacies. Be inspired by a fashion show featuring traditional tribal wear as well as contemporary designs or be entertained at the Miss Nagaland contest.

Overnight stay at Kohima. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


After breakfast this morning head out for your last day at the Hornbill festival. Enjoy the festivities with the tribes as they enthrall with their distinct costumes and perform traditional Naga dances and ceremonies.

Following lunch, if a little relaxation is in order, spend the afternoon at leisure in the tranquillity of the camp. Or you may wish to explore the charming Kigwema village, just a few kilometres drive away.

Kigwema is a quaint old village of the Angami tribe. Literally ‘inheritance of the house’, it is believed that many other Angami villages originated from here. In 1944 the Japanese forces came to Kigwema on their way to attack Kohima, and were provided shelter by the villagers. Walk through the lanes of the village seeing the traditional houses with their impressive wooden pillars, arriving at a local house to experience the Angami way of life over a cup of traditional tea.

Later this evening, you have the option to enjoy the cultural festivities in Kohima for the last time. Return to the camp sated from the exhilarating experience at the festival, with memories to last a lifetime!

At dinner sit back and reflect on the Naga way of life whilst the chef indulges you in an exquisite meal.

Overnight stay at Kohima. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Depart Kohima * On To Dimapur

Post breakfast, check-out from the camp and depart home with treasured experiences of ‘Hornbill Festival at Nagaland’. (Breakfast)

Notes -  

  • On Day 01, lunch will be served to guests checking-in at the hotel by 1400 hours.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Dimapur (74 kms).
By Rail : The nearest railhead is Dimapur railway station (74 kms).
By Road : Kohima is connected to Imphal in Manipur (123 kms) and Guwahati in Assam 339 kms) by road.
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