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HORNBILL FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND

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KOLKATA (ARRIVAL) – DIMAPUR - DIBRUGARH - (DEPARTURE)

Duration

13 NIGHTS & 14 DAYS

The tribes of Nagaland celebrate their festivals (every year first week of December) with gusto and fervor. More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve round agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in these festivals is compulsory.
Nagaland is known as the land of festivals as each tribe celebrates its own festival with dedication and passion. Some of the important festivals celebrated are: Tsukhenyie by the Chakhesangs in January, Mimkut by the Kukis in January, Bushu by the Kacharis in January, Sekrenyi by the Angamis in February, Aoling by the Konyaks in April, Moatsu by the Aos in May, Tuluni by the Sumis in July, Nyaknylum by the Changs in July, Tokhu Emong by the Lothas in November and Yemshe by the Pochurys in October.
Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.
For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland. It must be included in your itinerary, if you are visiting Nagaland during that time to enjoy the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland


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DAY 01 ARRIVE KOLKATA
Arrive at Kolkata International airport. Our representative will meet you outside the customs gate and escort you to your vehicle at the nearest airport parking. Later depart for hotel drive). On the way, guests relax with mineral water which remains at disposal.
`Dominique Lapierre’s ‘City of Joy,’ the city of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta is more than 300 years old. This span has witnessed its development into one of the world’s most densely peopled metropolises. And yet, there is something undoubtedly special about Calcutta. For, it combines the past and the present on a covetous plane. It amalgamates the traditional and the modern, and brings the intense and the frivolous together. At one level Calcutta is always in transition, and at another, it is firmly anchored to a tradition and culture quite uniquely its own. There are many facets to Kolkata. For one thing, it is a noted cultural centre, famed for its cinema, poetry, music, art and cinema. For another, it offers some wonderful memorabilia of the British Raj. But, above all, Kolkata is an intensely human city and the warmth and charm of its people is to be experienced to be believed.
Overnight in Kolkata

DAY 02 KOLKATA
Begin your day with special walking experience Confluence of Cultures - Journey from Bow Barracks to Burra Bazar The city has witnessed many more cultures in its past than most others would even in this globalised present. Here we will trace for you the origins and remains of the varied communities that hung their boots and called Calcutta home.Let’s check out why Chinese breakfast still rules Tiretta Bazar, where the Parsis are dwindling in numbers with each passing day and how the Armenians gave the city its oldest surviving Christian church while we pass the Anglo-Indians, the Muslims, the Marwaris, the Biharis and many more that made this city a great melting pot of diverse cultures. Later proceed City tour of Calcutta visiting the Victoria Memorial built by Lord Curzon as a marble memorial to Queen Victoria in 1905 houses the memorabilia of the early days of the British Raj. Visit the National Museum which houses the various art treasures of the land and the temple dedicated to Kali, the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat.
Continue the tour with visit to Kumartuli is a traditionally potters’ quarter They make all type of sculpture, fibre glass idol, bronze model, stone model and the shoal (tharmocol) model. Drive past by Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writers Building. Also visit the e Missionaries of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa
Overnight in Kolkata

DAY 03 KOLKATA – DIMAPUR BY FLIGHT
DIMAPUR – KOHIMA 80 KMS / APPROX DRIVE OF 2 HOURS
Today transfer to Kolkata airport for your flight to Dimapur. On arrival, drive to Kohima.
Checkin at your hotel for next three nights.
Kohima, situated in the south at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital city of Nagaland. Kohima has the advantage of being centrally located - being bounded by the state of Assam on the west, Wokha district on the north, Zunheboto and Phek districts on the east and Manipur state on the south. The Angami, Rengma and Zeliangrong communities mainly inhabit Kohima District.Overnight at hotel in Punakha Later part of the day we will visit the local market in Kohima; the interesting market will provide lots of interesting photo opportunities with its array of interesting food such as maggots on sticks. The handicraft shops with its varieties of shawls from various tribes of Nagaland are great to explore Overnight in Kohima

DAY 04 KOHIMA –ATTEND THE HORN BILL FESTIVAL This is our day to visit and photograph one of the most amazing sights in Nagaland – the Hornbill Festival 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. 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 in Kohima

DAY 05 KOHIMA
Early morning we will go to the Kohima War Memorial; a vivid memory to the soldiers killed during WWII. Early morning and evening the tombstones have an eerie atmosphere as the mist swirls around the hill-top. From here we will go to Kisema village for the second day of Hornbill festival.
Overnight in Kohima

DAY 06 KOHIMA – TUOPHEMA (40 KMS / APPROX DRIVE OF 1 ½ HRS)
Today post breakfast visit Jakhama and Kigwema village (16 kms/ 30 mins) inhabited by the Angami tribe. Jakhama and Kigwema village situated on the southern Angami belt and are predominantly inhabited by the Angami tribes which are further divided into several clans. The villages are about 20 kms south to Kohima and are lay out on the top of the mountain with an astonishing natural view of the nearby villages and its surroundings. This entire village is encircled by terraced paddy fields giving it a pleasant look. Each village has got a traditional entrance gate. Within the village one can see the customary Angami houses some of which are elegant and shows the prosperity of the villagers in a traditional way. Here one can explore the village and interact with the local tribes and can be customized with the local life style. “SEKRENYI” is the main festival here, which helds in the month of February.
Later in the afternoon we drive to Tuophema - a tourist village resort and a unique initiative on community tourism and check in at Tuophema Tourist lodge. Tuophema, home of the northern Angami tribe, situated deep in the central Naga Hills, is a tourist village resort and a unique initiative on community tourism with all the ingredients of a traditional Angami Naga village. It was originally called Hutuophema after the Erithrina Tree in the belief that the village will triumph over the enimies of war.Later option to visit Tuophema Village and museum.
Overnight in Tuophema

DAY 07 TUOPHEMA – MOKOKCHUNG (120 KMS / APPROC DRIVE OF 4 ½ HRS)
Today after breakfast drive to Mokokchung. This picturesque town is the cultural centre of the AO tribes who are famous for their colourful dances. Enroute we visit, Longsa village inhabited by Lotha tribe at Wokha, Tseminyu Village inhabited by Regma Tribe
Tseminyu Village: Tseminyu is the home to the Rengma tribe. The whole countryside is located on gentle slopes without much difficult terrain almost the whole area could be put to use for cultivation, so the main occupation of this tribal people is agriculture and blacksmith. They practice both Jhum and terrace cultivation. “Ngada” is the main festival here which falls in the month of November. A popular belief among the ancient Rengmas is that the spirit of the death visits their graves and the homes of their relatives once every year, particularly during this festival Also visit Longkhum tribal village inhabited by the Ao Nagas. A vanguard village of the Ao’s in the days of head hunting, Longkhum is strategically situated at an altitude of 1,846m. The people of the village are hard working and the exquisite handcraft and handloom items are renowned for miles around. On a clear day it is possible to see the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal and beyond. The Ao’s have a belief that Longkhum is the resting place of the spirits of the dead on their onward journey to paradise. Local legend goes that a single visit to Longkhum is not enough and that the dead have to return to the village again to collect their souls.
Overnight in Mokokchung.

DAY 08 MOKOKCHUNG – JORHAT (110 KMS / APRROX DRIVE OF 4 HRS)
Post breakfast drive to Jorhatand Enroute we visit Ungma, Mopungchuket and Chuchuyimlang tribal villages inhabited by the Ao Nagas.
Ungma: This is the oldest and the largest of all the Ao villages and the second largest village in Nagaland, next only to Bara Basti of Kohima. It occupies a unique position in the history of the Ao Nagas, for it is said that the whole Ao tribe founded this village when they first entered the land from their ancestral Home at Chungliyimti (now within the Sangtam Naga Territory). The rich Ao culture and tradition is jealously guarded and practiced by the villagers even today and the place is considered to be a living museum of the traditions of the tribe.
CHUCHUYIMLANG : It is the village of festivals for the Ao Nagas. The Moatsu festival, based on community bonding, takes place here from the first of May till the third. During this period, the villagers expressed their friendship towards villagers by exchanging gifts etc. The tourist village established there is a showcase of this spirit of the villagers in the most natural and uncontaminated manner. Continue overland to Jorhat . check in at the hotel.
Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town. They were planted in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices which include developing of new clones and saplings.Overnight at the hotel.
Overnight in Jorhat.

DAY 09 JORHAT – MON (140 KMS / DRIVE OF APPROX 5 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Mon (140 kms/ 05 hrs) and check in at Paramount Guest House for 02 nights.
Mon– situated at an altitude of 897 metres above sea level, Mon is the home of the Konyak Nagas. Hereditary chiefs known as Anghs (Chief) rule the Konyak and the institutions of Anghship prevail only to the Konyak Naga tribe. It is interesting to see tattooed faces, wearing featured head gears and war traditional dresses. They are known for excellent wood carving, handicraft and blacksmither. Afternoon visit Chui Village inhabited by Konyak tribe and local market. Overnight at the guest house. Chui village situated about 8kms away is known for preserving of much of its old world charm. One can see the mansion belonging to the Angh which stores hundreds of skull of animal stag fetched from hunting period. We also plenty of houses which are in traditional Knyak style with palm leaf roofing and the main pillars jutting out. The front side of their houses are decorated with horns of the buffalo
Overnight in Mon

DAY 10 MON
This morning drive to Longwa village which is a 57 kms / 02 hrs drive, One of the biggest villages in Mon district, the village straddles the international boundary between India and Myanmar with half of the Angh’s houses falling within India and the remainder in Burma. Enroute we visit Tang Village. Also visit Shengha Chingnyu Village. Later in the afternoon return to Mon.
Overnight in Mon

DAY 11 MON – DIBRUGARH (160 KMS / APPROX DRIVE OF 6 HRS)
Post breakfast visit Mon Village and later drive to Dibrugarh. Check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow. DIBRUGARH is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution. Afternoon take a tea Walk around Mancotta Tea Estate. Evening enjoy a dance performance (BIHO DANCE)by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns.
Overnight in Dibrugarh.

DAY 12 DIBRUGARH - WAKRO (190 KMS / APPROX DRIVE OF 4 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Wakro , Enroute visit Empong Village to see the Khampti tribes and also visit the Buddhist Gompa. Khamptis are one of the major tribal inhabitants of the Lohit District. They are deeply influenced by buddhist ethics and morality. The Khamptis are Buddhists of the Theraveda School. They are the only tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who have their own script for the language. Traditionally, they live on the cultivation of paddy and other crops. The social structure of the Khamptis is well organized on the basis of clan or village determined by kinship or locality. Wakro (maximum valley altitude 2000m) is the homeland of the “Mishmis” one of the Mongoliod tribes of Tibeto-Burman origin. They speak their own dialect which varies from different groups. The three major Mishmi groups are “Idus” “Tarons” and the ‘Kamans’. Mishmis are very rich in culture and may be termed as a festival loving people. They believe any day of the year is auspicious for a ceremony if provisions exist. On these days animals are sacrificed. Mishmis are nature worshipers.
Overnight in Wakro

DAY 13 WAKRO Today we visit the local Mishmi tribal villages like Kanjan Village, Pukhuri Village, and Thomba Village to learn about their rich culture and traditions and interact with the Mishmi tribe. Also visit Parasuramkund- a pilgrimage site where thousands of pilgrims come every year during Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip in the Lohit River.
Overnight in Wakro.

DAY 14 DIBRUGARH – KOLKATA BY FLIGHT (DEPART) After breakfast drive back to Dibrugarh to board flight for onward destination

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