Assam-Meghalaya-Nagaland with Hornbill Festival
The state of Nagaland in the North East of India is home to several tribes each of which are distinct in their language, culture and customs. The festivals are important to the tribes as these revolve around agriculture, which is a major profession in the state. The Nagas consider their festivals sacred and 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 festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird, which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. If you are headed to the Hornbill festivel, it’s a great opportunity to combine this trip with a stay and safari at the popular Rhino destination – Kaziranga National Park. To make the North East experience complete a short trip to Meghalaya and its beautiful capital Shillong would just do that.
Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless.Chief Seattle
- Destination: Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya
- Nearest City (Airport): Dimapur, Guwahati, Shillong
- Nearest City (Railway Station): Dimapur, Guwahati
- Dates: 1-9 Dec (Itinerary customisable based on request)
- Level: Easy
- Price: On request
If you are going to the North East India, experience the best of the best in the wild Nagaland and Assam.
Hornbill festival is one of the most colourful festivals. It’s a celebration of local tribal art & culture, food coupled with natural beauty of the place and people. Theres quite a bit of history too – Kohima was site for one of the bloodiest battles between the British and INA supported Japanese army during the World War II. The beautifully silent war cemetry and a thoughtful World War II memorial is a testimony to that.
From colourful Nagaland, we move onto the wild Assam right in the heart of Kaziranga National Park with safaris, and stay in the wild with the Rhinos, Elephants and more such abundant wildlife.
However, the North Eastern experience cannot be complete without the customary visit to Meghalaya, the land of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia tribes. Shillong, the state capital is truly the Scotland of the East. In addition there are many place see and things to do – the bustling and beautiful Shillong, Cherrapunjee, sacred groves, pristine rivers, caves, living root bridges and more.
- Day 1 / Arrive in Dimapur
- You will be welcomed at Dimapur airport and directly move to Kohima ( 2 hrs approx) . Overnight stay in Kohima.
- Day 2 / Kohima
- You will enjoy full day at Hornbill Festival at Kisama Heritage Village, which is around 9 km from Kohima. You can see different tribes of Nagaland in Hornbil Festival. Overnight stay in Kohima.
- Day 3 / Kohima
- Morning we move to Khonoma Green village. We will walk around the village. Then again we will go to see the Hornbill Festival. Overnight stay in Kohima.
- Day 4 / Kohima – Kaziranga ( 6 hrs approx)
- Morning visit World War II Memorial and then move to Kaziranga. Overnight stay in Kaziranga National Park.
- Day 5 / Kaziranga National Park
- Morning Elephant Safari. After breakfast visit Orchid Garden. Post Lunch Jeep Safari in central range. Overnight stay in Kaziranga National Park.
- Day 6 / Kaziranga - Shillong ( 6 hrs approx)
- After breakfast directly move to Shillong. Umiam lake on the way. Sighting and overnight stay in Shillong.
- Day 7 / Sightseeing in Shillong
- Elephant falls, Shillong Peak, Cathedral Church & Golf course. Afternoon - visit to Mawphlang Sacred Grove. (For shopping visit Bara bazar & police bazar. Dinner at Cafe Shillong Heritage.)
- Day 8 / Shillong - Sohra - Shillong
- Water falls (Nohsngithiang, Nohkalikai, Dainthlen), Caves (Arwah & Krem Pubon) & Khoh Ramhah.
- Day 9 / Shillong - Guwahati Airport/Railway Station
- After breakfast directly move to Guwahati airport/railway station (4 hrs approx) for return journey.
- Please Note:
- (1) We are not responsible for any law and order, natural calamity, strikes etc. (2) Every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes, landslide, heavy snowfall etc., which are beyond our control, all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes without prior notice and any additional cost, will be borne by the guests directly. (3) Elephant seat subject to availability. (4) Booking process will be done after deposition of 50% as advance and res you are requested clear 15 days prior to start of the tour. (5) Terms and Conditions Apply. (6) For permits in Nagaland , you are requested to mail us the scanned copy of Driving License or Passport or Voter ID Card of each member Also 2 Passport size photos of each person. It takes minimum 2 days to get. Saturday and Sunday closed. (7) Permits are required for Indian Nationals only in Nagaland. (8) Rates may be changed if there is any hike regarding the Jungle Safaris and Fuel Mainly. (9) Terms & Conditions Apply.
- All Accommodation twin sharing with breakfast. ( Standard Category Rooms).
- Transportation ( All Sightseeing, transfers, long drive, pick up & drop).
- 1 Elephant Safari ( Elephant seats subject to availability).
- 1 Jeep Safari in central range of Kaziranga National Park.
- Kaziranga National Park Entry Fees.
- Drivers Allowances.
- Car Parking.
- Local Guide in Nagaland.
- All Permits for Nagaland.
- Camera fees.
- Cost for Evening snacks & Tea and lunch,Dinner and other meals.
- Cost for service not mentioned under the “cost includes” heads.
- Cost for airfare, train fare or any other internal fare.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, mineral water, porter, tip etc.
- Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
- Expenses incurred due to change in oil price, mishaps, landslide, strike, political unrest etc. In such case, extra will be charged as per actual which will be collected directly from the guest.
- Service tax.
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