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Indian Festivals - Hornbill in Nagaland

Witness the annual gathering of the Konyak Tribes

8 days

from £5,755pp (excluding flights)

Kohima Camp, is pitched at the foothill of the gigantic Japfu Mountain, and remains here during 10-day Hornbill Festival. This annual melange of cultural displays from all 16 tribes of Nagaland, known as the last head-hunters, includes colourful pageants showcasing the cultural treasures of the Land of the Nagas.

  • Stay in incredibly comfortable luxury tents run by the Ultimate Travelling Camp
  • Experience tribal cultures with local foods and rice beer, performances and games
  • Make daily visits to the spectacular Hornbill Festival to view traditional sports like wrestling and archery
  • Search the night bazaars of Kohima for local artefacts and Naga delicacies

The festival is named after the hornbill, which is central to the folklore of the tribes. The week-long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include painting, wood carving, and sculpture are also on display.

Festival highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, a cultural medley - songs and dances, fashion shows, beauty contests, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concerts. 

Kohima is packed to bursting and while it’s great to be part of the jamboree, it’s even better to know that sunrise and sundown are spent in the comfort of your very own tent. Wrap up in tribal shawls, swap tales and enjoy pre-dinner cocktails around the campfire. Aside from the festival, there is an opportunity to visit Kohima – site of a pivotal battle during World War II, and the war cemetery.

The khaki tents of Kohima Camp are set on the mountain, each decorated in soft desert colours with colonial furniture, warm duvets and valets at your service throughout your stay. Private decks are the perfect place to sit and stargaze in the evenings and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and teak wood wardrobes remind you that this is luxury camping at its finest.

To extend your holiday in North East India consider visiting Assam, home to Kaziranga National Park, the tea gardens of Jorhat and the mighty Brahmaputra River. It takes around five hours by road to reach Assam from Kohima.

Dates

The Hornbill Festival is held annually in early December. Please enquire for specific dates and availability.

Alternative Accommodation in the city of Kohima

If you would prefer to stay in Kohima city itself our travel experts can confirm local hotels for you. Using standard, local accommodation significantly reduces the overall cost of such a trip. Please enquire.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5755 £ 650
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi


You will be staying at The Claridges, all inclusive

Day 2

Fly Delhi to Dimapur


Arrive Dimapur.
This morning, following your arrival into Dimapur after an exotic 2 hour drive through lush, rolling forests, you are greeted by a representative and transferred to your residence, The Kohima Camp. Soak in the serenity of the surroundings as you are accorded the traditional welcome of the tribes of Nagaland. You are accompanied to your well appointed luxury tents, where the check-in formalities are completed by the Guest Relations hostess

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Kohima played a key role in World War II, where the Naga tribes fought alongside Allied forces against Japan on the tennis court of the British Deputy Commissioner's house. Visit the beautiful war cemetery built on a terraced hillside for the brave hearts that died in the war and visit a private museum that holds some of the best artifacts from World War II. From here, continue to the Angami village of Khonoma, home of the Angami tribe, where you'll relish a local lunch. Admire the traditional architecture of carved gateways and surrounding stone walls, visit morungs and participate in indigenous games like wrestling with the local warriors of the Nagaland tribe, Angami.


You will be staying at The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp, full board

Day 3

Visit the Hornbill Festival.
The following three days will be at spent at the Kisama village at the spectacular Hornbill Festival. Witness the marvelous riot of colour as you watch the 16 tribes of Nagaland show off the rich fare of diverse cultures and traditional arts that is Nagaland. Here 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; you will be enchanted by the display of exquisite handicraft and handloom, music, both traditional and contemporary. Adding to the element of fun is a motor rally, traditional sports like wrestling and archery, literary fest, fashion shows, beauty contest and fun events like climbing a greased bamboo pole. In the evenings you will return to the luxurious comfort of your camp.


You will be staying at The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp, full board

Day 4

Activities at the Hornbill Festival


Tribal Villages of Kohima
Kigwema Village - just a few kilometers 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.

Angami Village - Admire the traditional architecture of carved gateways and surrounding stone walls, visit morungs and participate in indigenous games like wrestling with the local warriors.

Jakhama Village - Five kilometres drive from the camp, Jakhama is derived from 'Mejakhama' which means 'laying resistance against intruders'. The village was the first line of defence against the neighboring Manipur kingship. Jakhama's prosperous houses, built in unique styles and designs, are a sight to behold. Visit the great granaries where families can store grains for years. End your visit in high spirits with a glass of the local rice beer called 'khie'.


You will be staying at The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp, full board

Day 5

Activities at the Hornbill Festival


You will be staying at The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp, full board

Day 6

Excursion to Kohima and village Khonoma
Today explore the treasures of Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. Kohima played a key role in World War II, where the Naga tribes fought alongside the Allied forces against Japan on the tennis court of the British Deputy Commissioner’s house. Visit the beautiful war cemetery built on a terraced hillside for the brave hearts that died in the war. From here, continue to the Angami Tribe village of Khonoma. Admire the traditional architecture displayed in their wooden homes, carved gateways and surrounding stone walls. The evening will be spent in the comfort of your camp.


You will be staying at The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp, full board

Day 7

Depart Kohima
Today you bid farewell to the breathtaking terrain of Kohima and transfer to Dimapur airport to board your flight.

Fly Dimapur to Delhi


Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolis, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.


You will be staying at Trident Gurgaon, breakfast

Day 8

Fly Delhi to London

Accommodation

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The Claridges

The Claridges

Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels....

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The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp

The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kohima Camp

The Ultimate Travelling Camp showcases Kohima Camp, operational for 14 days during the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland....

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