Hornbill Festival and Kaziranga
About Hornbill Festival :
The Hornbill Festival is held in the first week of December in the lap of Nagaland’s stunning natural beauty and offers a unique experience to everyone, be it photographers, food bloggers or plain travel enthusiasts.
Organised every year by the state of Nagaland to promote inter tribal interaction among the 17 tribes, the intent of this festival is to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage and promote tourism. Named after the famed Hornbill, the admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on almost all traditional tribal head-gears worn during festivities.
Travel dates : 26th Nov to 3rd Dec 2016
Detailed Itinerary :
DAY 1: 26th Nov - Guwahati – Kaziranga (5 hr Drive)
- Take the early morning flight to Guwahati .
DAY 2: 27th Nov - Jungle Safari at Kaziranga National Park
- After an early wake up call, enjoy the wilderness of Kaziranga with an elephant safari in the central zone.
DAY 3: 28th Nov - Kaziranga to Khonoma (6hr drive)
DAY 4: 29th Nov - Khonoma - Dzuleke- Khonoma
Khonoma village is located about 20 km from the state capital, Kohima, known as the first ‘Green village’ in Asia for it rich Culture, Traditional practices and Community initiated conservation of forest, The village, referred to as Khwiinoria (named after the Angami term for a local plant, Glouthera fragrantisima), is estimated to 500 years old. Khonoma village is known as the store house of scientific knowledge’s with traditional practices.
Walk around the village of Khonoma to see its Historical landmarks and cultural practices in the morning.
Post relaxed breakfast we travel to Dzuleke village one of the first community based ecotourism destinationin Nagaland via Alder based jhum cultivation sites and Khonoma Nature Conservation Tragopan Scanctury (KNCTS) site which is an initiative of the community to conserve its forest.
Lunch at Dzuleke village which will be hosted by Dzuleke Eco Tourism Board (DETB).
Return back to Khonoma Village. Night life at Thehou Ba, Dovipie Inn.
DAY 5: 30th Nov - Dzukou Valley Trek - 4 to 5 hr trek (2348 mts)
Have Breakfast and travel to Dzukou Parking site and start walking to Khonoma Dzukou for 4 to 5 hours crossing Transit areas of KNCTS to reach Dzukou. If luck favours we will be able to sight Blythe Tragopan the state bird of Nagaland. Lunch at Dzukou valley after a hard walk with the cool ice will an exotic experience.
DAY 6: 1st Dec – Khonoma – Kohima – Hornbill Festival
Organized every year by the state of Nagaland to promote inter tribal interaction among the 17 tribes, the intent of thisfestival is to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage and promote tourism. Named after the famed Hornbill, the admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on almost all traditional tribal head-gears worn during festivities.
DAY 7- 2nd Dec - Kohima to Guwahati (9 Hr Drive)
- Post breakfast, drive to Guwahati (425 kms / 09 hrs drive).
DAY 8: 3rd Dec – Departure back home
After breakfast drive to airport for back to Mumbai.
Kaziranga: Landmark Woods Visit Website
Khonoma: Doviepie Inn Visit Website
Kohima: Hotel Cimorb Visit Website
Guwahati: Hotel D Courtyard Visit Website
TRIP COST: RS. 55,000/- Per Person + Service Tax (5%)
· Transportation by 03 Innova (AC Will not run in Hill area)
· Accommodation on twin sharing basis for 07 nights
· Meal plan – AP basis
· 01 Elephant ride at Kaziranga
· 02 rounds of Jeep safari at Kaziranga
· 01 English speaking guide for Nagaland part
· Inner line permits for Nagaland.
· Entry fees
· Camera fees
· Guide in Assam
· Alcohol & Beverages
· Any expenses of personal nature
· Anything not mentioned in Cost Includes part
Trip Dates: 26th Nov to 3th Dec, 2017
Trip Cost: RS. 55,000/- Per Person + Service Tax (5%)
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