Hornbill Festival is a ten day event that seeks to showcase Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage and traditions in all their glory. Established in 2000, the festival has since come to be popularly known as the “festival of festivals”. A unique event, it offers a peek into the cultural diversity of not only the Naga people, but all the north-eastern states of India.
The festival typically includes a host of different events ranging from cultural performances by Naga tribes to adventure sports like mountain-biking and day-hikes through the Dzukou Valley. Food festivals showcase local cuisine and include competitive eating events such as the “Naga King Chilly & Pineapple Eating Competition”.
Organised by Nagaland Tourism together with the Government of Nagaland, Hornbill also showcases art and craft exhibitions. Indigenous handicrafts, games and sports are also featured in the ten-day cultural celebration. Other events to feature in the festival include World War II rallies, rock concerts, and a “Bamboo Carnival”.
Some of the musical acts that have performed at previous editions of the festival include Temsu Clover and Band, Nagaland Collective, Run Monday Run, Cotton Country and Fifth Note. The 2022 edition saw performances from artists including the Andrea Tariang Band, Ugen Bhutia, Kediriale Lheilung and Kekhrie Ringa.
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How To Get There
How to get to Kohima
By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Dimapur Airport, roughly 74 Kms from Kohima. Dimapur Airport is well connected to major cities of India like Delhi and Kolkata.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is located in Dimapur, roughly 74 Kms from Kohima. It is well connected to Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Jorhat and Dibrugarh.
By Road: Buses run by the Nagaland State Road Transport ply between Dimapur and Kohima. There are also private luxury buses and taxis available from Guwahati, Shillong and almost all the District Headquarters of the state.
Source: District Kohima
- Camping area
- Charging booths
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
- Temperature checks
Items and accessories to carry
1. Kohima is pleasant and dry in December with temperatures carrying between 24.4°C and 11.8°C. Carry light woolens and cotton wear.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Nagaland Tourism
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