The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East, India. It is a week-long event held every year from Dec 1-7 in Nagaland. The festival is a sign to revive, protect, sustain, and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and traditions.

A unique and enthralling experience from the land of blue rolling hills of Nagaland – Hornbill Festival in Kohima, entices you. Situated at an elevation of 1261 metres is the beautiful Kisama Valley exhibiting the assemblage of 17 tribes of Nagaland. From local beverages and exciting cuisines, display of assorted traditional Naga culture in the form of folk dance and competition, a heritage motor car rally, Naga wrestling, a beautiful fashion night, a pork-fat greased pole climbing contest, great public art, fantastically satiating dimsums and rice beer, and to top it all – the biggest, and arguably the best, rock contest in India. There is no dearth of options for immersing yourself i the Naga handloom and handicrafts in Kisama Village and night market in the Kohima town.

What we found unique about the Hornbill is how eclectic it is. Close your eyes, and mix this in with the gentle camaraderie and joyousness of the local people, set amidst beautiful mountain surroundings of the Patkai range. Open your eyes now and let the colors and sights of this mesmerizing festival in, which will remain lingering on for a lifetime.


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