There are no two ways about the fact that agriculture means everything to the people of Nagaland. Since the maximum population of the state is dependable upon agriculture alone, the local people of Nagaland consider their occupation worthy of worshipping and celebrating. And, for this reason alone they celebrate the Hornbill festival which is a joyful manifestation of the same thought.
Hornbill Festival of Nagaland has been named after the bird that goes by the same name. The picture of the bird hornbill has long been used as a symbol to depict the tribal festivals in India. The main motive of this festival is to encourage engagement among different tribes and also promote harmony among diverse cultures. The celebrations are marked by tempting food, folk music, handicrafts, rice beer and so much more to entertain the participants and the tourists.
This annual festival is organized by the State Tourism and Art and Culture department of Nagaland. The first festival was organized in 2000 and since then its a regular event in Nagaland. In all these years the festival became such a huge success that people from all parts of the country arrive here to experience the festivities. Usually, the festival is celebrated between 1st and 10th December of every year, 12km away from the capital city Kohima in Naga Heritage Village. The local people participate in the festival with the aim of reviving and displaying their unique culture and tribes through the festival.
The 2019 version of the festival will begin from 1st December 2019 and will conclude on 10th December 2019 at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama. Naga chef competition, music concerts, handloom exhibition, marathon, trekking, and photography competitions will be a part of this year’s festivities.
The week-long festival has a lot of stuff that will grab your attention. Paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, handicraft items and much more are displayed in the exhibition. A lot of stuff is also displayed to be sold which travelers may buy for their personal use or as souvenirs.
Apart from the awareness and traditional culture promoting activities the festival has a lot more to engage its young participants. Many folk dance performances, and folk music performances are scheduled to entertain the guests from across the country. Apart from the cultural performances the festival also displays traditional sports and ethnic food to grab the eyeballs.
By Road. If you get excited about road trips or are interested in exploring the highways and the byways of India then traveling to Naga Heritage village by road for the Hornbill Festival can be a memorable experience. Tourists who are arriving from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru are required to travel 2,200, 3,100, 1,300, and 3,200km respectively to reach the village. Another comfortable and budget-friendly way to reach here is via inter-state tourists buses.
By Rail. Dimapur railway station is the nearest station to reach Naga Heritage Village. From the station, one is required to travel another 80km via bus or a taxi to reach the venue of the festival. Dimapur train station receives regular and frequent trains from Kolkata and Guwahati hence one may consider traveling by rail route as well. Kamrup Express from Howrah Junction to Dimapur and Jan Shatabdi Express from Guwahati to Dimapur can be considered to travel by train.
By Air. People who are willing to visit Nagaland can opt for airways travel. Dimapur is the only airport in the state which is approx. 75km away from the Heritage village. After checking out from the airport, tourists can take a taxi or a bus to cover the rest of the distance. For international flights, the nearest airport is in Guwahati.
01 December 2019 - 10 December 2019
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