Hornbill Festival - 07N/08D

Kolkata - Dimapur - Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata

Overview

The Kohima Hornbill Festival is the perfect occasion to meet Nagaland's 16 tribes, view their incredible cultural diversity and experience their magic.

Celebrated from December 1 to 5 each year, the Hornb ill Festival, is held at the Naga Heritage Complex in Kisama, 11 km from Kohima on the highway to Imphal. Organised with the collective efforts of all government tourism departments, important NGOs and local communities of Nagaland, the festival is a great time to visit the Northeast. This is the only time, when every clan in Nagaland, congregates to celebrate their magnificent heri tage together. What a splendid sight it is! The Angami, Ao, Sema, Lotha, Rengma, Chakesang, Sangtam, Konyak, Phom, Chang, Yimchunger, Khiamungan, Zeliang, Kuki, Kachari, Pochury and others, all in full tribal regalia come and live in their traditional habitat in this re-created village of Naga homes, where they can, at last, all be together.

One of the greatest attractions of the Hornbill Festival is the traditional styles of architecture; all very tastefully replicated at the Complex, without overdoing anything. There are the thatched, deeply angled porches of their superbly designed, amazingly different houses and the morung or bachelor's dormitory, built the traditional way-using only natural material such as local bamboo, cane, grass, wood and stones. A variety of special motifs, associated with traditional and holy symbols, adorn the beam, pillars and doorposts. Besides serving as a dormitory, the morung houses spears, shields and other weapons, and showcases the sacred hunting trophies of the village. It is at the hearth of the morung that boys imbibe tribal laws and customs from their elders.

Great musicians and gifted singers, the Ao, Sangtam, Chakesang, Angami and Sema tribes cast a spell on your senses with their mesmerising music, in the evenings. Folk songs speak of heroes and their victories in battle, while soulful love songs recount tragic sagas. The main accompaniments for the music are their much-venerated drums.

The Hornbill Festival pays tribute to the hornbill, and to the continuation of this legacy-their bond with nature. Created by their forefathers, so that they seek to live in tune with the universe.

Arrival Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Languages English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Highlights
  • Visit the Famous Jain Temples, flower Market, Howard Bridge, and cantilevered bridge - Kolkata
  • Kali Maa temple,and Victoria Memorial - Kolkata
  • Different tribes performances, and night Bazar - Kohima
  • Full day attend the Hornbill festival

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kolkata

    Arrive Kolkata and transfer to the hotel.

    KOLKATA - The word Kolkata derives from the Bengali term Kolikata, the name of one of three villages that predated the arrival of the British, in the area where the city eventually was to be established.
    Located on the east bank of River Hooghly, Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also the commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest port as well as its sole major riverine port.

    The city's documented history begins with the arrival of the English East India Company in 1690, when the Company was consolidating its trade business in Bengal. Under the East India Company and later under the British Raj, Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi.
    Kolkata has long been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary, artistic and scholastic thought. The people of Kolkata tend to have a special appreciation for art and literature; its tradition of welcoming new talent has made it a "city of furious creative energy".

    For these reasons, Kolkata has often been dubbed as the Cultural Capital of India or the Literary Capital of India.

    On arrival in Kolkata, transfer to hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 02: Kolkata

    After breakfast visit the Famous Jain Temples of Kolkata, The flower Market of Kolkata, The Howard Bridge, The cantilevered bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is similar in size to the Sydney Harbour Bridge but carries a flow of traffic which Sydney could never dream of .It is the busiest bridge in the world. Later drive to the Kali ma temple located near the banks of the River Ganges at Kali Ghat.

    Also visit Victoria Memorial that is a huge white-marble structure and the most enduring of remains of the British Raj in India. Built by Lord Curzon in memory of the popular monarch, Queen Victoria, it is a wonderful example of the Western style of architecture. It has been now converted in a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia from the days of Raj. The manuscripts, paintings and sculptures here are outstanding.

    Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 03: Kolkata - Dimapur - Kohima

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kolkata airport to board flight for Dimapur.

    On arrival in Dimapur, drive to Kohima

    On arrival in Kohima, transfer to hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 04: Kohima

    Following breakfast you will be taken to the Kisama Heritage Complex (12 kms / 30 mins) for a full day to observe the different tribes performing and to soak up the atmosphere of this great event. Enjoy Cultural Dances (All 16 major tribes), War Dances (All 16 major tribes), Folk Songs, Indigenous Games, Music (Rock Beat contest in the evening), Fashion Show (Cultural & Modern), Handloom & Handicrafts, Local Cuisine , Local drinks (Zutho, Thutshe) etc. Evening enjoy night Bazar.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Hornbill Festival
    Located in the northeastern corner of India, Nagaland, sometimes called the ‘Switzerland of the East’, is made up of sixteen major tribes, each with its own language, culture and traditions. A land of festivals, all Naga tribes celebrate their distinct festivals, which are seasonal in nature and are characterised by grand displays of colour, music and dance. Once a year, however, they all get together for a combined celebration. In the first days of December the annual Hornbill Festival takes place in the village of Kisema in Nagaland. This grand ceremony has become well known for its authenticity and exposure to the different cultures to be found in the region.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 05: Kohima

    Full day attend the Hornbill festival.

    Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 06: Kohima

    Full day attend the Hornbill festival.

    Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 07: Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata

    After breakfast drive to Dimapur airport to board flight to Kolkata.

    On arrival in Kolkata, transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 08: Kolkata Departure

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Room will be available till 1200 Noon.

    In time, transfer to the International Airport to board your flight back home/onward destination.

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