15 Day Nagaland Hornbill Festival Tour-North East India

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In this trip, visit India's North East during the Hornbill Festival, where each of the 16 Naga tribes (belonging to the state of Nagaland) showcases its colourful costumes with beads, jewellery, ivory armlets, headgears (made of bamboo, orchids and decorated with boar's teeth and hornbill's feathers) and weapons (spears and daos). In the past, only those warriors who proved their gallantry could adorn such an attire. You will also visit the historic district of Mokokchung – the land of the Ao Nagas – the place where the American Baptist missionaries first came into contact with the savage Nagas. Visit the land of the last generation of Headhunting Konyak tribe and Lungwa village, where the village chief's house sits amidst the India-Burmese border.
Also visit Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the one horned rhinos, the Majuli islands, world's largest river island, much threatened by climate change and stay at a tea garden estate in Jorhat.
Destinations
Guwahati-Kaziranga-Kohima-Tuophema-Mokokchung-Mon-Jorhat-Majuli-Jorhat
Detailed itinerary
Dec 2: Reach Guwahati airport, the gateway to the North East India, where you will be received by our representative and transferred to the Guest House. Rest of the evening relax. (D)
Dec 3: Guwahati- Kaziranga (170 km, 5 hrs.) - Early in the morning after breakfast, drive 5 hours to reach Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot. The one animal that Kaziranga is globally famous for is the one-horned rhinoceros, that finds two-thirds of its total population in the world right here. A flurried abundance of avifaunal species (more than 400 in total), unusually tall elephant grass, marshland, numerous water bodies and intimidating broadleaf forests pitch in to make Kaziranga a world renowned wildlife conservation site. Check in at your jungle lodge and go for an afternoon jeep safari (B.L.D).
Dec 4: Kaziranga- Early in the morning embark on an elephant safari, which gives you ample opportunity to see the varied wildlife found in the park, as elephants can approach very close to these wild animals. In the afternoon, go on a jeep safari that will take you deeper into the jungle. (B.L.D)
Dec 5: Kaziranga- Kohima (210 km. 5.30 hrs)- Start your journey into Nagaland right after breakfast. On the way you will stop at Dimapur, the commercial capital and go and see the medieval ruins, temples and baths of the Kachari Kingdom, who ruled the area around the 10th century AD. The ruins point out to a culture that is predominantly non-Aryan despite having traces of Hinduism. After lunch head to Diezephe Craft Village, which houses expert weavers and craftsmen, deft in the arts of wood carving, bamboo and cane works. Reach Kohima by evening. (B.L.D)
Dec 6-7: Kohima- The capital of Nagaland is home of the Angami Nagas and characterised by their unique cultural traditions. It is a town steeped in history, a place which changed the fate of world politics in the 2nd World War when British soldiers aided by Indian Sepoys and valiant Nagas stopped the invasion of Japanese forces. Here you will visit the Kohima World War Cemetery, a memorial in honour of those officers and soldiers killed during the war and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Kohima Cathedral, largest one in Asia and Kohima State Musuem, which houses a rare collection of artefacts of each of the 16 Naga tribes. (B.L.D)
Kisama- On the outskirts of Kohima, is Naga Heritage Complex of Kisama, the venue for Hornbill festival, a cultural extravaganza showcasing the stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions of Nagaland. On both days, you will visit Kisama in the mornings and go for sightseeing around Kohima later in the day. Overnight stay at hotel in Kohima. (B.L.D)
Dec 8: Kohima- Tuophema (40 km., 2 hrs) In the morning, drive to Tuophema, a tourist village, where you get to experience traditional Naga lifestyle. The most striking feature of Touphema is the assortment of wooden huts closely stacked up next to each other with a thematic character for every hut. Each of them is outlined with intricate woodwork, spears, machetes, wooden stars and just about anything that speaks of Naga culture and traditions. Here, you will stay in one of these huts. (B.L.D)
Dec 9: Tuophema-Mokokchung (150 km., 5 hrs)- After breakfast start your 4 hrs. journey to Mokokchung, home of the Ao tribe and the first place where the Baptist missionaries came into contact with the Naga headhunters and started making the fierce hunters embrace Christianity. On the way, visit tribal houses and interact with them. Stay at a hotel in Mokokchung. (B.L.D)
Dec 10: Today you will visit the villages of Mapungchuket, Impur and Longkhum and witness the way of life of the Ao tribe. Return to your hotel in Mokokchung and stay overnight. (B.L.D)
Dec 11: Mokochung-Sivasagar (130 km., 4 hrs)- Leave for Sivasagar, the seat of Ahom Kingdom, rulers of Assam. The town is replete with traces of history and mythology through its enigmatic palaces and temples. After reaching visit Rang Ghar, the dual-storied amphitheatre for the then Ahom royalty and the seven-storied palace of Kareng Ghar with Talatal Ghar being its below-ground level three-storied secret getaway through two exit tunnels, though in ruins now, speak a lot about the ingenuity of the royal architects. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B,L,D)
Dec 12: Sivasagar- Mon (100 km., 5 hrs)- In the morning, you will start your journey to Mon, located along the India-Myanmar border and the home of Konyak Nagas is where you will experience real Naga fierceness and tradition as the last case of headhunting in Nagaland was reported in Mon in the later part of the 1980s. Here besides semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths you will find the densest landscape. Go for a trek and meet the villagers and witness the customs and traditions. Stay at a lodge. (B.L.D)
Dec 13: Lungwa- In the morning you will go to the village of Lungwa, situated on the Myanmar border. Here you will visit the chief’s house, which sits on the India- Myanmar border. The chief has dozens of wives and his house is decorated with trophies of various animal skulls. Here experience the traditions and hospitality of the Naga Konyak tribe. After lunch you can explore the villages around. Overnight in Mon. (B.L.D)
Dec 14: Mon- Jorhat (140 km., 6 hrs.)- In the morning drive to Jorhat, also called the cultural capital of Assam and has the world’s oldest and largest Tea Experimental station. Here stay at a tea estate bungalow, located amidst lush green tea gardens. (B.L.D)
Dec 15: Jorhat-Majuli-Jorhat- After breakfast you will drive to Neamatighat, Jorhat where you will take a ferry and cross over to the island of Majuli, that claims to be the largest river island in the world is much threatened by climate change and is estimated to have lost a third of its landmass to erosion in the later part of 20th century. The island is also seat of Neo- Vaishnavism and has many Assamese monasteries and is known for its crafts. In the afternoon, you will catch a ferry back to Jorhat and overnight in the hotel. (B,L,D)
Dec 16: You will be dropped at Jorhat airport for your onward journey home. Tour ends. (B)
Inclusions
All meals as indicated above (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)
14 Nights’ accommodation on tour
Transport by Multi Utility vehicles like Toyota Innova or Minibus depending on the group size.
Tour Guide including local guides in various location.
All entrance fees
02 Jeep and 01 elephant safaris
All transfers
Bottled water

Exclusions
Camera fees
Visa
Travel/medical Insurance
Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, snacks between meals
Tips for local staff Price: £ 2350/ per person on a twin sharing basis. A single supplement is available. We will advise on flights from UK/ Europe to Delhi/ Guwahati.