The Hornbill Festival held in the first week of December: “one of the best culture and music festivals in India” – Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, is a marvelous riot of colour that shows off the rich fare of diverse cultures and traditional arts that is Nagaland. Here you can witness the attires, folk music and dance forms, headgears, cuisines, paintings, handicrafts, and other intricacies of the varied tribes and sub-tribes of the state, as Meena Vaidyanathan did. Here we invite you to take a look at the festival just gone by through her words and lens, while hoping you can make it there yourself this year!  […]

Source: “The Hornbill Festival – A Visual Treat”, TBI Photo Essay by Meena Vaidyanathan, The Better India, January 22, 2013 
Date Visited: Fri Sep 16 2016 18:53:35 GMT+0200 (CEST)

The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.
NAGALAND, with its diverse tribal culture, is a land of festivals. A narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union has salubrious climate throughout the year. It is bounded by Assam in the west, Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh in the north and Manipur in the south. Sometimes referred to as the `Switzerland of the East’, Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. For the adventurous, the State is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers limitless possibilities for exploring its lush sub-tropical rainforests, which are a treasure trove of medicinal plants. The 20-lakh-strong [2 million] Naga people, by nature, are fun lovers, and life in Nagaland is one long festival.

Source: Hornbill Festival 2016 –
Date Visited: Fri May 27 2016 19:36:39 GMT+0200 (CEST)

[…] The 10-day naga carnival is one of the best culture and music festivals in India. It celebrates tribal art, music ensembles and ethnic cuisine. You get to witness the biggest rock contest in the country as well as learn about the rich cultural heritage of the place all under one roof. This festival attracts backpackers and music lovers from across the country. […]

Venue: Kohima, Nagaland
Dates: 1 to 10 December 2015
Getting There: By Air: Nearest Airport is in Dimapur, Indian Airlines operate regular flights to this tiny airport. I’ts a two hour drive from Diampur to Kohima.Nearest railhead is in Guwahati. Before embarking on a journey to Nagaland, acquiring the entry permit is a must.

Source: “Will travel for music? Nine cool Indian music festivals to attend” by Somya Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, May 22, 2015
Date Visited: Fri May 27 2016 19:25:59 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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