Often referred to as the “festival of festivals”, the
Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is a 10-day cultural extravaganza celebrating the
age-old traditions of the 16 tribes of Nagaland through art, dance, music, and
food. The festival aims to ensure the preservation of Naga culture and is held
every year. After a 2-year gap, Nagaland is again gearing up to organise the
festival this year. What started out as a cocktail of cultural exhibits is
today one of the most celebrated festivals of the country.
2021: 1st-10th December, 2021
Location: Heritage Village, Nagaland (10 km from
the Hornbill Tour Package
Assembly for a group picture before the performance
Hornbill Festival Highlights
Let’s check out what
adventure Hornbill bags for you.
the festival begins spend some time on Morungs – a Morungs is a place where the
young Naga boys learn to become Naga warriors.
Hornbill is a rare occasion
where all the tribal communities gather on the same ground. This is the perfect
time to converse with the tribal communities about their lifestyle, their
attires, and of course about their headhunting days.
Enjoy the tribal performances
and the biggest rock concert of the Northeast.
Get enthralled by the
thrilling traditional sports activity such as horse riding, pony cart race, and traditional archery.
Enjoy the finest
delicacies signifying the Naga culture at the stalls put up near the festival
Challenge others and
take part in traditional contests including Pork Fat Eating and King Chilly
handmade handicrafts and paintings.
Souvenir shop at Hornbill Festival
How to Reach
The main festival
takes place at Heritage village, which is just 10 km away from Kohima. To reach
Kohima, you will have to either take a flight or train to Dimapur.
Air: The nearest airport
to Kohima is in Dimapur, at a distance of 74 km. Taxies to Kohima are easily
available outside the airport.
Rail: The nearest
railway station to Kohima is in Dimapur, at a distance of 69 km. Taxis to
Kohima from here are easily available.
Where to Stay
There is a wide
range of hotels and homestays available in Kohima. There are also special tents
available near the ground.
Note that during
festival, the prices are four times higher, so haggle!
Cultural performance at Hornbill festival
Permit and Prices
If you are not an
inhabitant of Nagaland, you will be needing an Inner line permit (ILP) to enter
the state. The fee for the permit ranges from INR 50-100. You can apply for it
on www. ilp.nagaland.gov.in.
The entry fee to the
Hornbill Festival is INR 20, INR 30 for DSLR camera, and INR 50 for video camera.
The toilet charge is around INR 10-20.