Nagaland’s biggest cultural festival is set to begin at the Naga Heritage Centre, Kisama, 12 kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. Hornbill Festival, held annually from 1st December has been attracting tourists from all over the world and has especially gained popularity for its rich cultural exhibits apart from a wide range of activities that accommodate people from all age groups.
The 10-day event will see a colourful display of everything that is rooted to the Naga culture- expressions at its best in the form of songs and dances, which have unmistakably been a part and parcel of the tribes of Nagaland. Beyond the cultural expressions are numerous celebrations in the form of art, exhibition and sale of handloom and handicrafts.
Several other highlights of this year’s Hornbill Festival include Horse Riding & Pony Cart Transportation, Hornbill International Photo Fest, Hornbill International Music Festival, Hornbill Night Carnival, Hornbill Cycle Rally, Hornbill Half Marathon and Great Hornbill Run, Pre-Christmas Gospel Night, Hornbill Angling Festival, Naga Wrestling Competition, Artists’ Corner at WWII Premises, Oldies Night, Screening of short documentary films, Choral and Folk Music Competition, Miss Nagaland, Naga Chilli Eating Competition, Trail Hounds Mountain Biking, etc. A day is also set apart as “Northeast Day”, which will feature performances from different states of the Northeast.
When and where is Hornbill Festival happening?
The 10-day long Hornbill Festival, 2017 will take place from 1st to 10th December at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. There are different events and performances lined up for each day and one can get to the venue by booking a taxi from Kohima.
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How to get to Nagaland?
By Air: Nagaland’s only airport is in Dimapur, which is 74 kilometres away from Kohima. There are only domestic flights that operate here and international travellers have to either fly in via Delhi or Kolkata, and then catch a domestic flight to Dimapur.
By Rail: Dimapur is the only rail link and although this may take a longer time, it can take you through pretty sights of the hills and mountains.
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By Road: Kohima is well connected by road to the neighbouring states of North East and this is a good option if one is up for an adventurous road trip.
Hornbill International Rock Contest
While most of the events will take place at Kisama, few others will be held in different venues. This year, the famed Hornbill International Rock Contest organized by the Music Task Force will be held at the Agri Expo, 4th Mile in Dimapur from 5th December and will culminate on the 8th of December.
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What to expect at the Hornbill Festival?
There will be lots of merry making. Whether you are looking to experience the rich Naga tradition, art, music, or simply to taste the food (that comes in different flavours), or perhaps just immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, or looking for an adventure, this Festival promises all of that and much more.