The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland Dzuleke - Kohima - Mokokchung 8D/ 7N
Nagaland, the land of fascinating and hospitable tribes, is known as the ‘land of festivals’. The tribes here celebrate with gusto and infectious zest. Festivals are considered sacred and participation, though compulsory, is more by choice. Recognizing this spirit, the Government of Nagaland organizes the celebration of the Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural richness of Nagaland, and popularly called as the ‘festival of festivals’.
Named after the respected and revered Hornbill bird, and held in the beautiful hills of Kohima, the festival is a time of merry making and colorful extravaganza, where all the tribes of Nagaland participate. During this time, there are tribal performances and ceremonies, display of ethnic crafts, sports, food fairs and games. A few highlights are – Traditional Naga Morungs, exhibition of arts and crafts, food stalls, flowers shows, display of herbal medicine, fashion shows, beauty contest, traditional archery and wrestling, local games, musical concert, elaborate dances, and folk songs.
In this tour, you’ll get an elaborate glimpse of the people and culture of Nagaland. You’ll get to meet the tribes, interact with them, visit their villages and be blown away by their charming hospitality and friendliness. And not be mention, all the fun of the festival, where you’ll be participating in drinking, eating, singing, dancing and merrymaking. There is also a visit to Mokokchung which is the fascinating town of the Ao Naga Tribe thus proving further glimpse of the distant scenery of Nagaland.
A small nature sanctuary (Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary), managed by the village itself, is one of the few places where the Blyth’s Tragopan can be seen, a rare pheasant indigenous to the area. Undertake a trek to this sanctuary for good birdlife and peaceful nature, and trek to nearby villages.
Dzuleke is a pretty village of the Angami people midst lush hill scenery. The people of the village have been know for their consideration towards the jungles and conservation measure, and have lately started a responsible homestay project in the village where guests are allotted alternatively to different families and can get a chance to experience first-hand the Naga hospitality and way of life.
The charming and boutique The Heritage in Kohima was earlier the District Commissioner’s bungalow. An old property styled in typical early 20th century raj-era with high-ceilinged woody rooms and airy verandahs with armchairs for relaxing and soaking the views. Accommodation is fairly standard.
Wishpering Winds, located in the verdant hills of Mokokchung, is a cozy minimalistic guesthouse run by enthusiastic locals. Rooms are clean and with standard amenities. There are good views of the hills from the hotel and rooms.
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