Hornbill Festival Tour of Nagaland

  • Days 07 Private Tour Available
  • From ₹ 59,225.00
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About this activity

  • Instant Booking
  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:7 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Heritage Tours
    • India Sightseeing Tours
    • Eco Tourism
    • Music & Festivals Tours
    • National Parks & Sanctuaries Tours
    • Nature & Sightseeing Tours
    • Photography Tours
    • Tribal Tours
    • Wildlife Safari Tours
    • Womens Adventures Tours
  • Travel StylePremium
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
    • Hindi
    • Bengali
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Asia, India,
    • Guwahati
  • Pickup

    Arrival at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

  • Drop-off

    Departure from Dimapur Airport

  • Age Range 18 - 75 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the famous Shakti Kamakhya Temple
  • Jungle safaris in Kaziranga National Park
  • Witness the biggest festival of North East India
  • Chance to explore Nagaland in one single platform
  • Introduction to various Naga tribes and their culture
  • Taste the famous Naga Cuisines
  • Visit the famous Khonoma Village
  • Visit the II World War cemetery and Museums
  • Fully escorted tour with local guides wherever necessary
Tour Introduction

The Hornbill Festival is an annual cultural event that honors the tribes of Nagaland. It takes place in a heritage village called Kisama, and it showcases the rich traditions and customs of the tribal people. This lively festival, held from December 1st to 10th, embraces the spirit of the magnificent hornbills, a family of birds known for their presence in tropical and subtropical rainforests.  

ITINERARY

Arrive in Guwahati by air and receive a warm welcome from our dedicated Eventours Travels team at the airport. While en-route to your hotel, seize the opportunity to visit the magnificent Kamakhya Temple, situated atop a hill. This revered shrine holds immense significance as the primary worship center for Tantric (Shakti) Hinduism in India. Afterward, check into a comfortable hotel for an overnight stay. If time permits, indulge in some retail therapy at the emporia and local markets. You can also embark on a delightful sunset cruise along the majestic Brahmaputra River, providing panoramic views of the city. Enjoy your overnight stay in Guwahati.

After a delicious breakfast, depart for Kaziranga National Park. Upon arrival, settle into a cozy Lodge/Resort and get ready for an exciting afternoon jeep safari, marking your first adventure at Kaziranga National Park. Discover the park’s diverse wildlife and soak in the breathtaking surroundings. As the day draws to a close, return to your Lodge/Resort for a comfortable overnight stay.

Embark on an early morning elephant-back ride to explore the central/western range of the park. Witness the captivating flora and fauna as you traverse the picturesque landscape. Afterward, return to your lodge/resort to savor a scrumptious breakfast. Following breakfast, embark on a jeep safari within a different range of the park. Your knowledgeable jeep driver will provide valuable insights into animal sightings and enhance your safari experience. Return to the lodge for a delightful lunch before setting off on another jeep safari, continuing until dusk. Conclude the day by returning to your lodge for a relaxed evening and an overnight stay.

Start your day with an early breakfast and embark on a scenic drive to Kohima, the gateway to the Hornbill Festival. Upon arrival, check into a comfortable hotel. Take a 20-kilometer drive to Khonoma village, renowned as the final stronghold of the Naga warriors who rebelled against the British Empire. Marvel at the stunning carved terraces nestled amidst the hills, dedicated to cultivating 20 different varieties of paddy. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Today, witness the enchanting Hornbill Festival in all its glory. Delight in the festivities throughout the day, indulging in the rich cultural heritage of the Naga tribes. While enjoying the festival, take the opportunity to explore notable attractions such as the World War II Cemetery, which commemorates the sacrifices of British Commonwealth and Indian soldiers. Additionally, visit exquisite churches and explore the vibrant Night Markets. The Hornbill Festival guarantees a kaleidoscope of colors and a truly memorable experience, curated by Eventours Travels.

The primary objective of the Hornbill Festival is to preserve, rejuvenate, and safeguard the Naga culture and heritage. It serves as a platform to showcase the diverse traditions, local cuisines, and traditional beverages of the tribes. Additionally, it offers a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating essence of this region, its warm-hearted inhabitants, and its extraordinary cultural tapestry. The festival’s vibrant cultural performances and exhibitions make it an extraordinary experience, leaving you feeling both enlightened and enchanted.

After a satisfying breakfast, continue your onward journey to Dimapur airport for your departure flights. Reflect on the incredible memories and the cultural immersion you experienced during the Hornbill Festival, cherishing the vibrant spirit of this unique celebration.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation
Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Guwahati 1 Hotel Standard Hotel 4 Shared
Kaziranga NationalPark 2 Resort Jungle Resort 3 Shared
Kohima 3 Hotel Standard Hotel 3 Shared
Accommodation is included in this trip on breakfast plan. Rooms/Cottages are standard doubles with attached toilets and with double/twin beds. The names of the accommodation will be sent on confirmation of tours. 
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Other

Airport Transfers Are Included in This Trip on Private/Shared Basis. All Other Transportation for Sightseeing and Travel Will Be in Mini-Coaches or SUVs With Driver, Fuel and Tolls Included. 

Guide

Our In-House Guides Will Escort You Throughout the Tour. He/She Can Speak English and Hindi. Please Let Us Know in Advance If You Need a Guide Speaking a Specific Language, But That Will Be Available for Private Tours Only 

Meals
  • Halal
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Only Breakfast Is Included in this Trip. The Accommodations Serve Lunch and Dinner on Buffet and Al-La-Carte Basis and Are Available in Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Fares. Please Do Let Us Know in Advance If You Have Any Dietary Requirements. 

Insurance

Travel Insurance Is Always Recommended for Tours with Us. In This Trip Travel Insurance Is Included for Domestic Travelers, With Terms and Conditions. Please Get in Touch with Us for Coverage and Terms & Conditions. 

For International Travelers - All of Our Tours Require That You Have Medical Travel Insurance Which Includes At Least USD$55000 Worth of Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage. On Day 1 Your Tour Leader / Eventours Travels Representative Will Ask You for Proof of Coverage. If You Do Not Already Have Coverage, Please Give Us a Call and We Can Arrange This for You. Cancellation Insurance Is Recommended but Not Mandatory.

Transport
  • Mini-coach
  • All transportations by AC SUV in case of 2 Pax and 4 Pax Travel
  • All transportations by AC Mini-Coaches in case of 2 Pax and 4 Pax Travel
  • All tolls, fuel and driver expenses included
Extra Services

Please Liaise with Your Consultant Regarding Any Special Requirements You May Have for Your Travel Arrangements Such as Special Meal and Seating Requests, Room Type, Or Disabled Access.

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Flights

Other Excluded:

·         Any International or Domestic Airfares

·         Travel Insurance (Included for Domestic travelers with terms and conditions)

·         Camera Fees if any

·         Lunch and Dinner unless mentioned

·         Any Extra or personal tour unless mentioned.

·         Any personnel expenses like, drinks, bar & beverages, laundry, telephone, tips, donations, video camera fees, room service, and anything which is not included in the above.

Covid Safety

You Should Familiarize Yourself with The Travel Advisories, Entry Requirements, And Health Recommendations Issued by The Relevant Authorities for Your Destination(S). Eventours Travels LLP Will Strive to Provide You with Up-To-Date Information, But It Is Your Responsibility to Comply with All Applicable Rules and Regulations.

 Kindly check the latest travel guidelines issued by the government for your destination and the requirements on returning (if any), such as:

1. Quarantine upon reaching your destination and/or
2. Mandatory health declaration

Availability

  • Dec2023

Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 45 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Refund and Cancellation policy 1.1 :Cancellations will be considered only if the request is made within 48 hours of placing an order. However, the cancellation request will not be entertained if the orders have been communicated to the vendors/merchants and they have initiated the process of shipping them. Refund and Cancellation policy 1.7 :If due to unforeseen circumstances, the traveler has to pay for the inclusions already mentioned in the package, refund claims for the inclusions part of the package may be considered and refunded upon submission of proper receipts, provided this was pre-informed to Eventours Travels advisor or their vendors. Refund and Cancellation policy 1.9 :In case local attractions are closed for maintenance/weather conditions/government orders/strike/curfew/natural calamity/other unforeseen reasons, Eventours Travels/vendors will try its best to reimburse the traveler the appropriate amount against the same in case a refund is possible. However, Eventours Travels/vendors are not obligated for the same and cannot be held liable for it. Refund and Cancellation policy 1.11 :Please include your order number/Invoice number (sent to you via email after ordering) and optionally tell us why you’re requesting a refund – we take customer feedback very seriously and use it to constantly improve our products and quality of service. Refunds are being processed within 21 days period however; we shall not be liable for any default caused in processing the refund amount owing to the delay caused by the processing bank.

Tour Date Change Policy

Not Available

FAQs

Once I’ve begun my trip, who should I contact for help?

Once your journey has commenced, it is advisable to get in touch with the Airline or service provider in the city/country where you are situated.

What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases. Suitcases with wheels may not work well on dirt or cobblestone roads.

Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

What clothing should I pack for one of your adventures?

We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'Trip Details' document includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each trip summary page. The checklist is tour specific and based on the experience of our ground staff.

Can you help arrange my travel visas?

Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf we have provided links on our “Visa and Travel Insurance” page to websites that will help you determine if visas are required. If you do require a visa you can arrange them yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.

How many people can join a tour?

We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 20 travelers on a trip but the average is 15. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.

What are the age restrictions on your tours?

To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although 18-to-Thirty something tours are restricted exclusively to 18-to-39-year-olds). Also, travelers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire. Our Family Adventures are open to families with children aged between 6 and 17 years of age. Our standard (non-family) adventures are open to children aged 12 years or older when accompanied by a parent (max. two children per adult). The two-children-per-adult restriction does not apply to our Family adventures.

I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin-share basis and, if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another Eventours Travels traveler of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement or rarely a mandatory single supplement. 

An optional service that may be available is called "My Room". This service allows solo travelers to request their private rooms while on tour. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each trip summary page for details.

Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

Starting and ending hotels are listed on your travel voucher and in the Trip Details document. We use a variety of hotels en route and so a complete list of hotels won't be provided until day 1 of your tour. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them phone +91-7086566971. If our office is closed please refer to the emergency phone number that is found on the Trip Details document, this number can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult an Eventours Travels Specialist before you book your adventure. 

Are airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures do not include airport transfers and so we recommend you arrange a taxi on arrival (this is the most economical and efficient way of getting you to your hotel). If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer these are usually available at an additional cost - please contact us for more information. Some of our adventures, including our “Superior” "Comfort Class", "Independent" and "Family Adventures", include an arrival transfer (departure transfers can be locally arranged at additional cost from the finishing point hotel).

What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

Trip-specific information on transportation can be found on the trip summary page however in most cases we use public transportation. We've found that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey and public transportation allows face-to-face interaction with the local people. Some of our adventures, including our “Superior”, "Comfort Class" and most adventures in Asia, use private transportation.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

How are Eventours Travels able to offer such competitive prices?

Our unique style of off-the-beaten-track, face-to-face travel is the only way to experience a destination, but it also serves to keep costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of lavish hotels and expensive Western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice is the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page, we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do daily.

Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. Please contact an Eventours Travels Specialist for price information or check under “Hotels, Transfers & City Breaks” on the tour page of our website for prices. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. Our Trip Details documentation includes suggested tipping amounts and these can be downloaded from each trip summary page.

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