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10 Nights / 11 Days Hornbill Festival - Nagaland

Day 01 (27th Nov,2011)Kolkata Kalighat

Arrive Kolkata and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kolkata.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 (28th Nov’2011)

Full day city tour of Kolkata including an evening cruise on Boat.

Day 03 (29th Nov,2011) – Kolkata-GuwahatiKaziranga

Arrive Guwahati / Kaziranga. Assistance on arrival at Guwahati pre-noon and transfer to Kaziranga National Park (240kms/5hrs).
Overnight at Landmark Woods or similar.

Guwahati, the capital city of Assam situated on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. It is the gateway to the north-eastern region of India. Guwahati is famous for several temples including Kamakhya, all of them are dates back to the Vedic and Puranic times.

Kaziranga National Park - is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world’s total population of the great Indian One horned Rhinoceros can be found. It lies on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River and is one of the oldest parks of Assam. Besides rhinos, the Asiatic Water Buffalo numbering over 1200, elephants over 1000, tigers more than 81, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer can be seen. About 400 species of birds are found in the Park.

Day 04 (30th Nov, 2011) – Kaziranga - DimapurKaziranga Safari

Early morning go for an elephant safari followed by a jeep safari after breakfast. Post lunch drive to Dimapur (120kms/4hrs). Overnight at Hotel Saramati or similar.

DIMAPUR, the “city of the river people”, 80kms northwest of Kohima, is Nagaland’s largest and most industrialized town. It bears little resemblance or affinity to the rest of Nagaland and functions for visitors primarily as a gateway to the state. Standing on the riverside edge of town, Dimapur’s mushroom-like monuments – fertility symbols dating back to the Kachari Kingdom – are the main points of interest. It used to be the capital of the Kachari rulers and one can still see the remains of the ancient Kingdom in the heart of the old town. The ruins date back to the Ahom invasions of the 13th Century.

Hornbill FestivalDay 05 (1st Dec, 2011) – Dimapur - Kohima

After breakfast drive to the Kisema village (120kms/4hrs) where the Hornbill festival is held and be a part of the festival on the inauguration day.
Overnight at Hotel Japhu or similar.

THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL of Nagaland, which is a yearly feature in the first week of December, is a cultural extravaganza worth a watch. One can see a mélange of Naga cultures on display in one place. A tourist with a keen interest in people, their customs, food habits, sports, dances and songs, will be more than satisfied. This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima and is permanently created for celebration of this festival. Here, typical Naga boys’ dormitories (morungs) of each tribe are constructed in their respective tribal architectural designs to simulate a real village scene. Naga boys dormitories (morungs) are places where impressionable boys learn to socialize and live in a community, where values of survival are taught against the backdrop of head hunting and constant fear of the enemy and animals. It is also a school where they learn the lessons of life such as bravery,loyalty, honesty and arts and crafts. Here they also learn the oral traditions of their people, their stories, myths and legends and pass it down through the generations. Hornbill Festival is the mother of all Naga Festivals, first celebrated in 2000. All Festivals of the 16 odd Naga tribes, normally celebrated over different seasons in a year, are condensed into seven-day festival, 1st to 7th December, every year. It is not, However, a reproduction of the 'real thing' but a window to the culture of the Nagas. The Festival highlights every aspect of Naga culture and tradition. Hornbill Festival offers a kaleidoscopic view of Naga culture expressed in the form of Folk dances, Arts, Architecture, Food, Traditional attires, fashion and of course, Music. Enjoy the, often superlatively expressed, hospitality and friendliness of the Nagas.Hornbill Festival

Day 06 (2nd Dec, 2011) - Kohima

Overnight at the hotel.

Kohima, now the state capital of Nagaland, is situated at an altitude of 1495 mtrs. above sea level. This hill station, with a panoramic view of the rugged Naga Hills was witness to a fifty-day and night non-stop fighting during the 2nd World War. A garrison of 3500 made a stand against a besieging army of 15,000! Visit and discover this “Battle of Tennis Court!” Have a close experience of Angami tribal village.

At Kohima – go for a walk around the Garrison Hill area to revisit the Battle of Kohima – hear about the stories of the war as it happened then. The tour culminates at the 2nd World War Cemetery where the famous battle of tennis court took place.

The beautiful Angami village of KHONOMA, 20kms northwest from Kohima, holds a special place in Naga history as the place where Angami warriors made their final stand against the British in 1879. Magnificent rice terracing surrounds the village, Hornbill Festivalirrigated by a complex system of bamboo water pipes, and twenty different types of rice are grown here, each specifically suited to the elevation, soil and aspect of the terraces. A flight of steps, approached through a traditional carved gate, leads up to thehighest point of the village from where excellent views take in the hills and the neighbouring villages.

The cathedral in Aradurah Spur is an important landmark of Kohima. The crucifix inside the cathedral carved out from the wood is the largest in India. The inscriptions were presented by the Japanese War veterans of World War II. Here, they say that, prayers are being offered everyday for those killed during the war at the battle of Kohima.

Day 07 (3rd Dec, 2011) – Hornbill Festival

Full day at the Hornbill festival.
Option to go shopping and select some souvenirs that one can take back home as lasting reminder of their visit to this region.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 (4th Dec, 2011)- Kohima - TouphemaTuophema-tribals

Visit the State Museum, the handloom and handicraft emporium is a treasure house of traditional weaves along with the souvenir shops. The State Museum showcases some of the most fascinating aspects of Naga tribal life in all its variety and wealth of tradition. It also houses some of the ancestral weaponry, carved gateposts, status pillars that record Feasts of Merit and traditional Naga costumes and jewellery. In short it gives an overview of tribal lifestyles and the history of the Nagas.

Afternoon drive to Tuophema village (40kms/2hrs)-a tourist village resort and a unique initiative on community tourism. Experience the heritage and charm of the Angami tribe.

Angami tribalsDay 09 (5th Dec, 2011)-Touphema / Mokukchung

Early morning drive to Mokokchung (142kms/5hrs) via Wokha.
Overnight at Mokokchung Tourist Lodge or similar.

Mokokchung, the district headquarter situated at an altitude of 1325 meters above sea level. This picturesque town is the cultural centre of the AO Nagas. The AO warriors used to wear the beautiful black and red handwoven shawl with its white decorated band to signify their prowess over their enemies.

Wokha region is home to the Lotha tribe. It is located at an altitude of 1314mts. above sea level. Lotha Nagas are well known for their folk songs, colourful dresses and dances.

Day 10 (6th Dec, 2011)- Mokukchung - JorhatJorhat

After breakfast drive to Jorhat (120kms/4hrs). Overnight at Heritage Thengal Manor or similar.

Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town which was planted in the British days. The Gymkhana Club still exists actively which was once the centre of the social evenings and sports in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices including developing new clones and saplings.

Day 11 (7th Dec, 2011) – Jorhat – Fly out

After breakfast drive to the airport at Jorhat to board flight for Calcutta.
On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight.

Day 12 (8th Dec, 2011)
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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