Hornbill Festival - Nagaland
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Hornbill Festival - Nagaland
Amazing Nagaland and Hornbill feastival tour 7 days (Nov 30 th to 7 th December 2017)
Introduction: `Switzerland of the East’ – Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, molded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. With its diverse tribal culture, is a land of festivals and a narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union, Nagaland has salubrious climate throughout the year. For the adventurous, the State is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers limitless possibilities for exploring its lush sub-tropical rainforests, which are the treasure trove of medicinal plants For encouraging inter-tribal cultural interaction and bringing together the festivals of the various tribes under one umbrella, the Government of Nagaland has evolved a festival called the Horn bill festival, where one can see a mélange of Naga cultural displays at one place. The festival, in a way, is also a tribute to the horn bill, a bird most admired by the Naga people for its qualities of alertness and grandeur. This majestic bird is linked closely with the social and cultural life of the people, as is evident in tribal folklores, dances and songs. The awe and admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on almost all traditional tribal head gears worn during festivities.
Day 1 : 30 th Nov , 2017 Welcome to Dimapur
Dimapur, the "city of the river people", 80kms northwest of Kohima, is Nagaland's largest and most industrialized town. It bears little resemblance or affinity to the rest of Nagaland and functions for visitors primarily as a gateway to the state. Standing on the riverside edge of town, Dimapur's mushroom-like monuments - fertility symbols dating back to the Kachari Kingdom - are the main points of interest. It used to be the capital of the Kachari rulers and one can still see the remains of the ancient Kingdom in the heart of the old town. The ruins date back to the Ahom invasions of the 13th Century. After verifying your Nagaland inner line permits , you will proceed to Kohima Kohima. Overnight at the hotel.
Day -2 Dec -1 Kohima – This day are going to participate in grand opening ceremony of Hornbill festival
The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, which is a yearly feature in the first week of December, is a cultural extravaganza worth a watch. One can see a melange of Naga cultures on display in one place. A tourist with a keen interest in people, their customs, food habits, sports, dances and songs, will be more than satisfied. This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima and is permanently created for celebration of this festival. Here, typical Naga boys' dormitories (morungs) of each tribe areconstructed in their respective tribal architectural designs to simulate a real village scene. Naga boys dormitories (morungs) are places where impressionable boys learn to socialize and live in a community, where values of survival are taught against the backdrop of head hunting and constant fear of the enemy and animals. It is also a school where they learn the lessons of life such as bravery,loyalty, honesty and arts and crafts. Here they also learn the oral traditions of their people, their stories, myths and legends and pass it down through the generations. Hornbill Festival is the mother of all Naga Festivals, first celebrated in 2000. All Festivals of the 16 odd Naga tribes, normally celebrated over different seasons in a year, are condensed into seven-day festival, 1st to 7th December, every year. It is not, However, a reproduction of the 'real thing' but a window to the culture of the Nagas. The Festival highlights every aspect of Naga culture and tradition.Hornbill Festival offers a kaleidoscopic view of Naga culture expressed in the form of Folk dances, Arts, Architecture, Food, Traditional attires, fashion and of course, Music. Enjoy the, often superlatively expressed, hospitality and friendliness of the Nagas.
Day -3 - Dec 2 , Full day at kisama village for hornbill festival
Day 4 – Dec 3 Trek to Dzuko Valley
Trek to Dzuko Valley After breakfast, you will be travelling to the base camp from where you will start the Dzuko Valley trek. After reaching the base camp which is around 2 hour drive gets on your gear for some trekking along the lush green Dzuko Valley. The Dzuko River flows through this valley that adds to the sheer beauty of the valley. The northeastern valley of flowers, Dzukou Valley is everything spellbinding. Its heap of hills and dots of flowers with two rivers that interlace with one another is truly a sight to explore. Dzukou, the bordering valley of Nagaland and Manipur is covered in green fields and grey rolling clouds that call the rain. we will take you to this inviting destination traversing through Viswema village and the dense Japfu forest. The trails can get very steep and wet due to the morning dew drops but the thick forest truly comes alive and radiant’s in deep green shades.
Day -5 Dec 4, Morning Local site seeing and hornbill festival Besides the exciting Hornbill festival which will keep tourists entertained for most of the time, Kohima and its nearby areas have a lot to offer. Tourists can take a break from the festival and visit these places. 2nd World-War cemetery War Cemetery is a historic site, which reminds of the brave warriors, who died during the Japanese Invasion at the time of World War II. This cemetery comprises around 1420 commonwealth funerals, which have stone markers on them. Commemorative inscribed bronze plate is placed over the burial of every warrior. This cemetery comprises around 1,100 British burials, 5 Canadian and 330 Indian burials. This cemetery preserves two prominent crosses at its highest and lowest points. The upper cross states “Here, around the tennis court of the Deputy Commissioner lies men who fought in the battle of Kohima in which they and their comrades finally halted the invasion of India by the forces of Japan in April 1944”. The other cross reads “When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today”. This cemetery is located in Kohima, on the battle grounds of Garrison Hill and Commonwealth War Graves Commission is the in-charge for its maintenance. Nagaland State Museum Nagaland State Museum, which holds exhibit of the evolution of Naga culture, is known as one of the major attractions in Kohima as well as Nagaland. Tourists visiting this museum can see the tribal habitats that are pre-dominant in the eastern territories of India. One of the major attractions of this museum is the collection of rare artefacts of all the 16 tribes that inhabit the state. Some of the artefacts exhibited in this museum are clan motifs, precious stones, necklaces, traditional attires and inscriptions. This art gallery also showcases the Naga Morung, which are the hut models that display variance of architecture between the tribes. Musical instruments made of bamboo and buffalo horns are also on display in this museum. Located at Bayavu Hill, this museum is at a distance of 2 km from the main town. After noon drop at Kisama village for Hornbill festival
Day 6 Dec 7 , Morning, sight seeing and Khonoma village visit . After Breakfast you are going out for site seeing and after Hornbill festival Catholic cathedral Catholic Church is considered as one of the biggest churches in the north-east region of India and is one of its kinds in the entire Kohima. In 1948, Sisters of the Missionaries of Christ Jesus came to Kohima to facilitate services at one of the civil hospital of the region. At the same time, this church began to spread Christianity, which produced substantial results. As a result of this attempt, separate diocese for the states of Manipur and Nagaland were created. The church has experienced steady growth because of the missionaries and its believers. Since then, various services offered by this church like educational and social services have spread in the whole region. Located on the Aradhurah Hill, this church is also known for its architecture, which reflects the blend of indigenous and creative art. Naga Bazaar Naga Bazaar is counted among one of the famous tourist attractions in Kohima. It is famous for the trading of livestock, which attracts many visitors. Trading of livestock means that it is the market where all living things area available including the black dog, which is the integral part of Naga Cuisine. Dressed in the traditional Naga outfit, women of the Naga tribes can be seen selling variety of handicrafts, poultry and fishery products in this market. Khonoma Village Other popular attractions around Kohima are Khonoma village and Touphema village. Khonoma Village, one of the most famous villages of Nagaland is known for being the last base of the Naga warriors rebelling against the British Empire. The hamlet is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kohima. Testimonies of the bygone years can be witnessed in traditionally carved gate, which provides access to the highest point of the village. Carved terraces in the hills draw the attention of the visitors, which are used for cultivation of 20 different types of paddy. After back to Kohima you are free to explore market and surroundings if time permits
Day 7 6th decmber 2017 – This is your departure day , after breakfast you are proceed to Dimapur and droped at Rail station or airport
Inclusuins Brakfast and dinner (veg /non veg ) One traditional Naga style buffet dinner Guide Cab/bus as per itinerary only Packed lunch for trucking day 2 bottle packaged water every day Nagaland inner line permit One each entry fee to all places of interest All rooms are twin sharing budget deluxe type Non A/c (due to winter A/c not required Hotwater for morning bath Exclusions *anything not mentioned in above * Tip , laundry , Beverages etc * Trucking Shoe / rain coat, walking stic etc *camera fee We reserve the right to change itinerary for better service , FORCE MAJEURE: Standard Force Majeure clause shall be applicable such as War, Riot, Civil commotion, Flood, Earthquake, Labor conflicts etc. Delays and disturbances in the performance of our obligations shall be deemed force majeure if cause by a case of force majeure as defined above
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