The state of Nagaland is home to several tribes, which have their own distinct festivals. More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve around agriculture. The Nagas consider their festivals sacred, so participation in these festivals is essential.
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote 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.
The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Guwahati Airport/Jorhat Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
ROUTE: GUWAHATI – KAZIRANGA – KOHIMA – MOKOKCHUNG – JORHAT
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, irrigated 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 the highest 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.