Things You Need To Know About Hornbill Festival 2019

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You can reach Kohima through Dimapur, the only gateway to Nagaland. The distance from Dimapur to Kohima is 68 kms and it takes around 3 hours to reach. It has a dedicated railway station as well as an airport. However, you can go for shared taxis or the Nagaland State Transport buses.
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The Hornbill Festival termed as the ‘Festival of Festivals’ showcases the cultural mosaic of Nagaland and like every year the festival is about to kickstart from December 1st, 2019. The festival which celebrates colour and vibrancy of all the tribes encourages inter-tribal interaction giving a glimpse of Naga life.

The 10-day festival is usually observed in the first week of December every year at Naga Heritage village in a move to protect the rich culture of the state.

So, in case you are planning to be a part of this cultural extravaganza and confused about the festival, we have you covered. Check them out:

  • The Hornbill Festival was initiated by the Nagaland government in the year 2000 with a view to promoting Nagaland tourism by making the most of the cultural assets.
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  • The annual Hornbill Festival will be held for ten days, 1st – 10th December. The festival coincides with the celebration of Nagaland Statehood Day on 1st December. 
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  • All the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland come together to the foothills of Mount Japfü wherein lies Naga Heritage Village, Kisama – the venue of the Festival. 
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  • The festival offers a spread of cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting events, kids carnival, floral galleria, food courts, film festivals and a series of competitions with various activities.
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How to reach?

You can reach Kohima through Dimapur, the only gateway to Nagaland. The distance from Dimapur to Kohima is 68 kms and it takes around 3 hours to reach. It has a dedicated railway station as well as an airport. However, you can go for shared taxis or the Nagaland State Transport buses.

Where do you get ILP for Nagaland?

One of the most essential things before heading to the state is producing an Inner Line Permit(ILP). The ILP is for temporary visitors and can be extended accordingly. In order to process the ILP one can go to the DC Court, Tangan Basti, Dimapur and collect it. Make sure you carry an ID proof preferably your PAN card or Aadhaar Card and a passport size photograph.

What is ILP?

Since 1873, ILP or Inner Line Permit is the permit required to visit the three borderline states of India-Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Where to stay?

You can search for hotels online or other applications that offer pretty decent rooms with all the basic facilities. Don’t wait to book your hotels during the Hornbill festival because that’s when the prices skyrocket. Book your hotels beforehand.

Also, check the weather in advance so that it doesn’t play spoilsport on your trip.

So what are you waiting for?? Pack your bags with everything that’s warm and cozy and get lost in the colour of tribes.

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