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Nagaland is one of the easternmost states of India bordering  Myanmar to its east. The state is inhabited by 16 different tribes and sub-tribes, each being unique and distinct in its language, culture, food and customs.  Agriculture is still the predominant occupation in this Christian state where English is widely used. The origin of Naga people and tribes is not clear and there are various theories about migration from China, Mongolia and Burma in this regard.  During this holiday to nagaland, we discover the culture of the region with the Nagaland Hornbill Festival experience near Kohima. Organized by the local government, the nagaland hornbill festival brings together the different tribes and provides the perfect opportunity to a visitor to see the Naga culture in its pomp with food, dance, songs and customs of the region. There are also music concerts by well-known bands who are invited to play at the hornbill festival in the evenings. After experiencing the Nagaland hornbill festival, we leave for the stunning Dzukou valley trek. Rich in flora and fauna, the lush rolling hills provide an amazing site to camp in the night. We end the holiday by visiting some local villages. A truly breathtaking holiday. 

Please carry your passport/authorized government identity proof with you. We can also plan a climb to Mt. Japfu (3826m), the second highest peak in Nagaland during your holiday.

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  • Nagaland has largely monsoon climate concentrated between May and October. Therefore we usually advise to visit Nagaland from October to March. In December, the maximum temperature rising to 14°C and falling down to 4°C. Therefore, it is advisable to carry a pair of warm clothes with gloves and wollens.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

Are you up for a holiday where you discover and experience famous Nagaland hornbill festival covering whole new region and its culture?? If you are, then this holiday will be on top of the list. The Nagaland Hornbill Festival will leave you amazed with the dances, songs and food of the local tribes. The stunning views of the rolling hills of Dzukou valley Nagaland are a sight to behold. The rich primeval beauty of this state will astound you and leave you asking for more!

  • Capture the splendor of Nagaland and the local tribal culture
  • Experience the Hornbill Festival
  • Trek to the stunning Dzukou Valley

  • Local guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for single occupancy
  • Tents and sleeping bags for camp night
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal gear & equipment
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas, etc. We have deliberately not included lunches and dinners during the first few days so that you pick and choose what you want at the Nagaland Hornbill Festival. Each tribe will be serving its own favourite and popular dishes. No better opportunity to get a fill of the spices of the 'Wild East'. A warning : Naga food is famous for its hot cuisine and fiery dishes. Any dish which has 'Raja Mirchi' should be approached with caution! Dinner during camping will be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Hot lunches will be provided as and when we can.Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Dimapur Airport to the hotel in Kohima. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights in the afternoon at 1530hrs. At the end of the nagaland hornbill festival trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Dimapur Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 6 of the nagaland hornbill festival trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Dimapur Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this nagaland hornbill festival experience the group will spend 4 nights in Kohima and 1 night camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you at around 8.00 am. At around 8.30 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 10.00 we should be ready for the day. The first day will be spent attending the Nagaland Hornbill Festival and witness the cultural juggernaut of Nagaland. There are plenty of food stalls serving food from different tribes. We have not included lunch during the Hornbill festival as each and every person would want to try different dishes. Please see the meal plan and trip itinerary for more details.
  • 7 Days, 6 night camping
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • max group size: 10


We will pick you up from the airport to start the journey for Nagaland hornbill festival at Dimapur and a single group transfer at 3.30 pm will be provided to our camping site near Kohima. The journey will take us at least 2-3 hours. Tea will be served as you check in. Evening is at leisure and you can explore the campsite which will be buzzing with activity due to the hornbill festival.  



After breakfast, we leave for Kisama Heritage Village, the venue for the Hornbill Festival, which is 10-12 km from Kohima. The day is usually when the cultural shows take place at the Hornbill Festival. Lunch and snacks can be procured from the various stalls serving some delicious local dishes. After experiencing Nagaland Hornbill Festival in evening, we head back to Kohima for the carnival in the city. After an early dinner, we head to the music concert venue. We call it a night with the end of the music show and head back to the hotel. 



We will head back to the Nagaland Hornbill festival venue for the day. Don't forget to take the picture you had not clicked or taste a dish that you might have missed the previous day. 



We should be fully energized today with proper breakfast for our trek to Dzukou Valley.  We will leave our big bags at the campsite, and only take our day bag with the necessary items we need for the night stay at the camp.  We will  then head to the village of Vishwema, 30-40 minutes drive away, and drive up to the trekking point.  The approach to the valley is a bit steep and in dense forest till we reach the Dzukou Point where we get our first glimpse of the bamboo clad hills of Dzukou.   A 3-4 hour trek in the rolling valley of Dzukou will take us to our camp for the night. The walk is stunning and we will stay in the dormitory in the state run guest house in the Valley. This is also a way to support the state government and local employment in the region. Meals will be provided as available in the kitchen of the guest house.  Spending a night under the star filled sky in this landscape is an experience to remember. It will be quite cold at night, so don't forget to pack your warm clothes.

3-4 hours


You can get up early morning, and leave for a walk in the valley. A great chance to see crystals frozen on the leaves of the bamboo shoots. After breakfast and taking in the morning views of the Valley, we pack up and head back via different route to Jakhama Village.  We meet up with our vehicles and head back to our campsite to rest.  The evening is at leisure an you can head to the Hornbill festival venue for dinner.  

2-3 hours


We wake up easy and after  breakfast, will leave for Kohima market to explore the city. After that our vehicles will take us to Khonoma Village. Estimated to be around 700 years old and spread across 123, the village is known for its terraced farming and agriculture. The village has traditional houses of the Angami Tribe. After strolling and exploring through the village, we head back to our campsite. If youre not tired, we can go to the Hornbill venue to take in the last night of this amazing holiday. Evening is at leisure.  



An early breakfast will be laid out and a fixed departure for Dimapur, a 2-3 hour drive. The transfer will leave at 8 am and we would suggest you take an afternoon flight from Dimapur for your onward journey.  For extended stay in Nagaland or Meghalaya, please contact our UFO office.

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