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Also called the 'Festival of Festivals', the Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 to 10 December. The state of Nagaland is home to several tribes, which have their own distinct festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The first festival was held in 2000.

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Dzükou Valley

Dzükou Valley

12.32km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

Dotted with lush green forests, gorgeous valleys, crystal clear water and sedating ambiance, Dzukou Valley in Senapati district is often touted as an epitome of eternal beauty. Situated on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, Dzukou Valley is a paradise of exquisite landscapes that consist of the misty clouds and gorgeous valleys. Throughout the year, this place welcomes tourists and spellbinds them with its enduring grandeur.

Taphou Waterfalls

Taphou Waterfalls

42.93km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

This is a beautiful waterfall located in the heart of Manipur, which is situated in the middle of a dense forest. Trekking lovers will like this area very much. This place is very less explored by people, so the place is not much spoiled and the greenery and the sounds will blow our mind.

Diphu Hills

Diphu Hills

73.2km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

Diphu is the headquarter of the Karbi Anglong district in the state of Assam in India. This small town is a popular tourist hill station for people of nearby cities.

Singda Dam

Singda Dam

86.92km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

Singda dam is located about 20 kms from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The drive to the dam is picturesque and is surrounded by paddy fields and lush green hills. It is a very popular hiking and picnicking spot. Located at an altitude of 920 mts above sea level, the dam is a multipurpose irrigation project overlooking a beautiful lake. October to May is the best time to visit Singda dam. This is the highest mud dam in the world.

War Cemetery

War Cemetery

89.92km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

The Imphal War Cemetery is located in Imphal, the capital of the Indian state of Manipur, in Northeast India, which has an international border with upper Burma (now Myanmar). The cemetery has 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Kangla Fort

Kangla Fort

91.62km from Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

This is an old palace at Imphal in Manipur (Kangleipak). It was situated on both sides (western and eastern) of the bank of the Imphal River. But now it remains only on the western side of the bank. Only the ruins remain now. Kangla means "dry land" in old Meetei. It was the traditional seat of the past Meetei rulers of Manipur.

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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

Hornbill festival is called as the festival of all festivals and it is conducted every year from December 1 to 10. We had a wonderful two days here, seeing all the cultural events, tasting strange foods (rice wine, silk worms, dog meat- not your usual breakfast) and buying some of their crafts.

There are many tribes in the state of Nagaland, and this festival is conducted to encourage inter tribal interactions and to promote the heritage of Nagaland. The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill which is mentioned in the folklore of most of the state's tribes.

The week long festival is filled with colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs and ceremonies. Traditional art like paintings, aculptures, tattooing are also displayed. The highlights of the festival include sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, cultural medley - songs and dances, fashion shows, the Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.

Being a popular event known all over India, Kohima city is going to be filled with people coming for the festival. There are some problems with the transportation as public transportation was not so penetrated in Nagaland (at least till 2015) and also due to the cold (it is very cold in December there). If you are coming from outside of Nagaland, be prepared to take a lot of taxis/ shared taxis.


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