Hornbill festival is held from 1st – 10th December every year in Kisama Village of Kohima district of Nagaland. The heritage village is decorated with Morungs of the 16 major tribes of Nagaland. The Hornbill festival started in 2000 as a main event to promote tourism in the state and to bring all the tribes to unite them in one platform and under one roof.
- Witness the rich Naga culture.
During the festival 16 major tribes of Nagaland showcase their culture and tradition in various ways. This is in the form of colorful and joyful performances, traditional art and craft, local sports, food fairs and ceremonies. Try out your hands with the log drums inside the Morungs.
2. Visit to WWII war cemetery.
During your tour to this region, a must do is a visit to the Kohima War Cemetery, with 2337 graves and memorials located in the centre of Kohima city, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to pay your homage to the WWII martyrs of the war at Kohima. These 2337 graves consist of 1,420 Commonwealth burials and 917 Hindu and Sikh soldiers.
3. Dzukou Valley and Jafu peak trek.
Dzukou is known as the valley of flowers of the East, as during the season (July-August), the whole valley is blossomed with flowers, especially with Lily of different colours. From Japfu Peak(3,050 m), the second highest peak of Nagaland, you can see a vast spread of valleys, hills and villages. Also witness the tallest Rhododendron tree in the world (109 feet).
4. Visit Touphema Village.
The traditional Angami Naga village was built by the local community, in collaboration with the Tourism Department of Nagaland. One of the most sought-after places to visit in Kohima, Nagaland, and the village has huts built in Naga style of architecture and decorated with native décor. A recently refurbished Museum inside the village offers an extensive ethnographic collection including wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts traditional artefacts, jewellery and archaeological finds.
5. Taste Naga delicacy at their Morung.
Each of the 16 Morungs sell their delicious cuisines and delicacy. Non-vegetarians have the option of dishes of pork, beef, fish, chicken etc which are cooked in their traditional style.
6. Try Nagaland coffee at their stall.
‘Nagaland Coffee’ is a joint venture between The Department of Land Resources and a private company called Naga Coffee Pvt Ltd. Nagaland coffee gets recognition among coffee drinkers in the world. The Nagaland coffee was introduced during the Hornbill Festival 2016.
7. Explore the Naga village on cycles.
If you love to cycle, then there are lot of places to explore on cycles specially the Naga villages.
8. Pick up souvenirs for the Bamboo Pavilion.
A great place to buy souvenirs and gifts for your dear ones. There are lots of stores where you can buy woollen Naga shawl, jewelries, wood and bamboo craft items, other tradition clothes, headgears, pickles etc.
9. Sip some rice beer.
10. Taste the World’s Hottest Chilli.
The Bhut jolokia or Raja mircha is believed to be the hottest chilly in the world and is cultivated in this region. Take a bite of it. You could even take part in the chilly eating competition during the festival.