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.
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.
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