FAQs- Nagaland Hornbill Festival Experience
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FAQ - NAGALAND HORNBILL FESTIVAL


The festival is usually on every year from December 1-10 December. The dates might change so you should keep yourself updated.

Most of the festival takes place at Kisama Heritage Village, around 10 kilometers from Kohima (the capital of Nagaland). Performances begin by 9 a.m. each day. You can easily book a taxi to get there, but do ensure that the vehicle has a pass to park at the venue.The Hornbill Rock Concert, which is held in the evenings after sundown, will be happening in Dimapur again this year. Around 20 bands take part and compete. The travel time between Dimapur and Kohima is about 2 hours.

The Hornbill festival is organized by the state government and is attended by all of Nagaland's major tribes. It features traditional arts,dances, folk songs, and games. All this takes place amid immaculate replicas of tribal huts, complete with wood carvings and hollow log drum instruments, which are beat in haunting symphony at the end of the day. There are plenty of handicraft stalls, food stalls, and heady rice beer to enjoy as well.However, the hottest event (literally!) at the festival is undoubtedly the Naga chilli eating competition!

The Hornbill Festival is one of the top tourist draws in Nagaland; so if you're planning to attend, do book accommodations well in advance. However, staying in Kohima and driving down to Kisama can be a tiring experience, as there are traffic jams due to the increase in number of tourists. Therefore, UFO usually sets up camp near the venue so that we have walking access to the Festival, instead of spending hours stuck in a traffic jam. Facilities include tents, sleeping bags, eco-toilets, water, common area, phone charging points, and kitchen. It's the "happiest campsite" with bonfire, jamming, and other activities.

We also have a trek to the surreal Dzukou Valley, after spending time at the Nagaland Hornbill Festival. We trek up to the Dzukou valley to spend the night at the government guesthouse. Food is provided through the state run kitchen. A trek to Japfu peak, the second highest point in Nagaland and the highest point in Kohima Valley can also be organized.

There is a very handy Information Center next to the festival venue, which provides brochures listing the events at the Hornbill Festival and other attractions in Nagaland. Make sure you bargain at the souvenir shops.Inner line permits are necessary and can be gotten online for foreigners visiting Nagaland. However, foreigners will need to register themselves with the Foreigner's Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of entry into the state. Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Nagaland House. Kohima doesn't have an airport. The nearest one is in Dimapur,with flights to and from Kolkata and Guwahati.