A guide for Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India

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A guide for Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
The renowned Hornbill Festival, named after the bird, is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland, in India's far north east region. The hornbill is particularly revered by the Nagas and is reflected in tribal folklore, dances and songs.

It was in the year 2000, that the Nagaland government embarked upon an ambitious project to promote the cultural aspects of Nagaland, through a weeklong long festival to coincide with the celebration of Nagaland Statehood Day on 1st December. This led to the beginning of the Hornbill festival, which is now one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East.
What emerged from a local event has now transformed into a national and international festival. It has become a must visit and notable attraction for those looking to explore the North Eastern part of India.
  • When & Where does Hornbill Festival take place?

    When & Where does Hornbill Festival take place?When & Where does Hornbill Festival take place?

    The Hornbill Festival is scheduled in the first week of December, that is from December 1st to 7th. The schedule is designed to evenly distribute fascinating programs throughout the week, which means that there is not a single boring day here. The festival is organized at the Kisama Village which is located at a distance of 10 kms from the state capital, Kohima.

  • What happens at the Hornbill Festival?

    What happens at the Hornbill Festival?What happens at the Hornbill Festival?

    The festival is organized by the state government and is attended by all of Nagaland's major tribes. It features traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and indigenous games. All this takes place amid immaculate replicas of tribal huts, complete with wood carvings and hollow log drum instruments, which are beat in haunting symphony at the end of the day.

    There are plenty of handicraft stalls, food stalls (smoked pork is a local delicacy), and heady rice beer to enjoy as well. Moreover, film festival, adventure activities, and kids' carnival are also organized here.
    However, the hottest event at the festival is undoubtedly the Naga chili eating competition.

  • Events during the Hornbill Festival

    Events during the Hornbill FestivalEvents during the Hornbill Festival

    The festival is not just about reliving past, it is also a celebration of the present. The biggest Rock Festival of the country is hosted at Kohima every year during this festival. It is believed that singing and dancing is a way of life and comes naturally to the Nagas. And the biggest rock event is no doubt a part of the vibrant Hornbill celebrations.

    Apart from this, an adventure car rally and various other contest and events are organized during this festival. Some interesting events during the festival are the Pork eating contest, the King Chilly eating contest etc. The event is full of activities such as cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting, events, kids carnival, floral galleria, food courts, film festival and a series of competitions in various activities.

    The Kohima Night Bazaar is also an interesting aspect of the Hornbill Festival. The stretch of the Kohima Main town comes alive for 7 nights with food, music, and fun. The street is overcrowded with various food stalls serving out some of the finest delicacies and it’s simply amazing walking through the hustle-bustle.

  • Travel Tips

    Travel TipsTravel Tips

    There is a very handy Information Center next to the festival venue, which provides brochures listing the events at the festival and other attractions in Nagaland.

    Make sure you bargain at the souvenir shops.

    Entry permits are no longer necessary for foreigners visiting Nagaland. However, foreigners will need to register themselves with the Foreigner's Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of entry into the state. Indian tourists need an Inner Line Permit. This is available from any Nagaland House.

    Kisama Heritage Village is usually only about a 20-minute drive from Kohima. However, heavy traffic during the Hornbill festival can increase travel time to an hour and a half.

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