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Hornbill Festival


The sensational Hornbill Festival will commence this year on Sunday,1 December and ends on Tuesday, 10 December.


Hornbill festival is a fusion of cultural exhibit under one roof. Hornbill festival is celebrated in “Kisama Village, the Naga Heritage Village”, which is approximately 12 kilometres from Kohima. This festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and to flaunt its extravaganza and traditions. This festival was first held in 2000.


I am an “Army Brat”, and this statement would be enough tell you about my travel life. But still, I would describe myself as a travel freak. Every semester break I visit different places in India.

Last end semester break I visited, the venue of the Hornbill Festival – “Nagaland”. I’m partially Manipuri, so my stay at Nagaland was pretty decent.

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As a student, I look forward to the cost-efficient journey, and by cost-efficient, I mean travelling through government buses other than booking a cab. I took a flight till Dimapur. To travel inside Nagaland you need to get an Inner Legal Permit (ILP). ILP is a document provided by the government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period. You can get ILP beforehand at designated offices in Delhi, Guwahati or at Dimapur on arrival. From Dimapur, I took a government bus (Nagaland State Transport) from the bus stand. It took me around one and a half hour to reach Kohima.

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From the bus stand, I took a black and yellow cab to Kisama village which took me around half an hour to reach, and here I was, at the main gate of “The Hornbill Festival”. It is a week-long festival that unites all the citizen of Nagaland regardless of their tribes, religion or caste. There is a prepossessing showcase of art and crafts. It also has various competitions held between all the tribes to keep the spirit of sportsmanship alive. These tribes have the model of their huts set up where they showcased their sculptures and served you their traditional food i.e. “Akhoni-bhaat”, pork and rice with their traditional rice beer “Zutho”served in bamboo. This festival includes Naga Morungs exhibition and sale of herbal medicine and flower shows. They also display a cultural medley – songs and dances, fashion shows, the Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert. Naga troupes sing folk songs, perform traditional dances and play indigenous games and sports. This festival reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union. There was also a “Raja Mirchi (Ghost Pepper)” eating competition which was very unique. As “Raja Mirchi” is also known as the spiciest chilli with a Scoville rating of 1,041,427 SHU. The major highlights of this festival is the Hornbill International Rock Festival, which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium.

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I took a bus back to Dimapur. I ceased the evening with a glimpse of the amazing trip I had at this amazing festival.

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