The hornbill festival is known as the festival of festivals and is held in the first week of December. The festival is a culmination of the all 16 tribes of Nagaland showing their rich culture and traditions. The festivals is named after an Indian bird, Hornbill. The festivals aims to protect the indigenous tribes and culture of the Naga people. It’s a 10 day festival with night carnivals, music concerts, shopping stores etc.
The festival is celebrated in Naga heritage village in kisama, which is about 12 kms far from Kohima (capital of Nagaland).
How to reach Kohima?
If you are travelling from Delhi, flight is the best option. The nearest airport is in Dimapur city of Nagaland, which is a 3 hr drive to Kohima. Be aware of the bad road conditions in Nagaland.
The nearest railway to Kohima is Dimapur railway station.
Further for reaching Kohima from Dimapur, there are shuttle bus services and many taxis available at the airport.
During the festival, it’s better to pre-book your taxi, A taxi will roughly charge you rs. 2500 or shared taxi for approx. 700 rs.
I booked my taxi via-
Go taxi service - 8256910427
Where to stay?
Since the festival is held in Kisama village, I found living in nearby villages and camps to be better than staying in Kohima city. The city is very crowded and relatively far from Kisama.
Kigwema village, which is walking distance to Naga heritage village is the perfect stay for the festival. Living in the home-stays will let you experience the peaceful village life and you will be closer to nature. If you are up for adventure, there are multiple campsites too.
The home-stays in Kigwema shouldn’t charge you above rs. 1000 per night. The option of dorms are also available to make it a budget trip. Below are some home-stays in Kigwema-
- Japhii Homestay, kipfiizha (contact details- 8731053304)