Travel DatesStart: Dec 2, 2017End: Dec. 16, 2017 (15 Days)
Group SizeMinimum: 2Maximum: 12
Tour PriceLand only: £ 2350 per person on twin sharing basis
With flights: £ 2950 per person (price depends on flight prices at the time of booking)
Single Supplement: Available at £ 350
Prices are all inclusive with no hidden or local payments
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In this trip, visit India’s North East during the Hornbill Festival, where each of the 16 Naga tribes (belonging to the state of Nagaland) showcases its colourful costumes with beads, jewellery, ivory armlets, headgears (made of bamboo, orchids and decorated with boar’s teeth and hornbill’s feathers) and weapons (spears and daos). In the past, only those warriors who proved their gallantry could adorn such an attire. You will also visit the historic district of Mokokchung – the land of the Ao Nagas – the place where the American Baptist missionaries first came into contact with the savage Nagas. Visit the land of the last generation of Headhunting Konyak tribe and Lungwa village, where the village chief’s house sits amidst the India-Burmese border.

Also visit Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the one horned rhinos, the Majuli islands, world’s largest river island, much threatened by climate change and stay at a tea garden estate in Jorhat.

Destinations

Guwahati – Kaziranga – Kohima – Tuophema – Mokokchung – Mon – Jorhat – Majuli – Jorhat

Map not to scale and only for reference

Tour Map of Hornbill Festival

Detailed Itinerary


Dec 2

Reach Guwahati airport, the gateway to the North East India, where you will be received by our representative and transferred to the Guest House. Rest of the evening relax. (D)

Dec 3

Guwahati- Kaziranga (170 km, 5 hrs.) – Early in the morning after breakfast, drive 5 hours to reach Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot. The one animal that Kaziranga is globally famous for is the one-horned rhinoceros, that finds two-thirds of its total population in the world right here. A flurried abundance of avifaunal species (more than 400 in total), unusually tall elephant grass, marshland, numerous water bodies and intimidating broadleaf forests pitch in to make Kaziranga a world renowned wildlife conservation site. Check in at your jungle lodge and go for an afternoon jeep safari (B.L.D).

Dec 4

Kaziranga- Early in the morning embark on an elephant safari, which gives you ample opportunity to see the varied wildlife found in the park, as elephants can approach very close to these wild animals. In the afternoon, go on a jeep safari that will take you deeper into the jungle. (B.L.D)

Dec 5

Kaziranga- Kohima (210 km. 5.30 hrs)- Start your journey into Nagaland right after breakfast. On the way you will stop at Dimapur, the commercial capital and go and see the medieval ruins, temples and baths of the Kachari Kingdom, who ruled the area around the 10th century AD. The ruins point out to a culture that is predominantly non-Aryan despite having traces of Hinduism. After lunch head to Diezephe Craft Village, which houses expert weavers and craftsmen, deft in the arts of wood carving, bamboo and cane works. Reach Kohima by evening. (B.L.D)

Dec 6-7

Kohima- The capital of Nagaland is home of the Angami Nagas and characterised by their unique cultural traditions. It is a town steeped in history, a place which changed the fate of world politics in the 2nd World War when British soldiers aided by Indian Sepoys and valiant Nagas stopped the invasion of Japanese forces. Here you will visit the Kohima World War Cemetery, a memorial in honour of those officers and soldiers killed during the war and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Kohima Cathedral, largest one in Asia and Kohima State Musuem, which houses a rare collection of artefacts of each of the 16 Naga tribes. (B.L.D)

Kisama- On the outskirts of Kohima, is Naga Heritage Complex of Kisama, the venue for Hornbill festival, a cultural extravaganza showcasing the stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions of Nagaland. On both days, you will visit Kisama in the mornings and go for sightseeing around Kohima later in the day. Overnight stay at hotel in Kohima. (B.L.D)

Dec 8

Kohima- Tuophema (40 km., 2 hrs) In the morning, drive to Tuophema, a tourist village, where you get to experience traditional Naga lifestyle. The most striking feature of Touphema is the assortment of wooden huts closely stacked up next to each other with a thematic character for every hut. Each of them is outlined with intricate woodwork, spears, machetes, wooden stars and just about anything that speaks of Naga culture and traditions. Here, you will stay in one of these huts. (B.L.D)

Dec 9

Tuophema-Mokokchung (150 km., 5 hrs)- After breakfast start your 4 hrs. journey to Mokokchung, home of the Ao tribe and the first place where the Baptist missionaries came into contact with the Naga headhunters and started making the fierce hunters embrace Christianity. On the way, visit tribal houses and interact with them. Stay at a hotel in Mokokchung. (B.L.D)

Dec 10

Today you will visit the villages of Mapungchuket, Impur and Longkhum and witness the way of life of the Ao tribe. Return to your hotel in Mokokchung and stay overnight. (B.L.D)

Dec 11

Mokochung- Sivasagar (130 km., 4 hrs)- Leave for Sivasagar, the seat of Ahom Kingdom, rulers of Assam. The town is replete with traces of history and mythology through its enigmatic palaces and temples. After reaching visit Rang Ghar, the dual-storied amphitheatre for the then Ahom royalty and the seven-storied palace of Kareng Ghar with Talatal Ghar being its below-ground level three-storied secret getaway through two exit tunnels, though in ruins now, speak a lot about the ingenuity of the royal architects. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B,L,D)

Dec 12

Sivasagar- Mon (100 km., 5 hrs)- In the morning, you will start your journey to Mon, located along the India-Myanmar border and the home of Konyak Nagas is where you will experience real Naga fierceness and tradition as the last case of headhunting in Nagaland was reported in Mon in the later part of the 1980s. Here besides semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths you will find the densest landscape. Go for a trek and meet the villagers and witness the customs and traditions. Stay at a lodge. (B.L.D)

Dec 13

Lungwa- In the morning you will go to the village of Lungwa, situated on the Myanmar border. Here you will visit the chief’s house, which sits on the India- Myanmar border. The chief has dozens of wives and his house is decorated with trophies of various animal skulls. Here experience the traditions and hospitality of the Naga Konyak tribe. After lunch you can explore the villages around. Overnight in Mon. (B.L.D)

Dec 14

Mon- Jorhat (140 km., 6 hrs.)- In the morning drive to Jorhat, also called the cultural capital of Assam and has the world’s oldest and largest Tea Experimental station. Here stay at a tea estate bungalow, located amidst lush green tea gardens. (B.L.D)

Dec 15

Jorhat-Majuli-Jorhat- After breakfast you will drive to Neamatighat, Jorhat where you will take a ferry and cross over to the island of Majuli, that claims to be the largest river island in the world is much threatened by climate change and is estimated to have lost a third of its landmass to erosion in the later part of 20th century. The island is also seat of Neo- Vaishnavism and has many Assamese monasteries and is known for its crafts. In the afternoon, you will catch a ferry back to Jorhat and overnight in the hotel. (B,L,D)

Dec 16

You will be dropped at Jorhat airport for your onward journey home. Tour ends. (B)


Inclusions & Additional Information


Inclusions

  • All meals as indicated above (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 14 Nights’ accommodation on tour
  • Transport by Multi Utility vehicles like Toyota Innova or Minibus depending on the group size
  • Tour Guide including local guides in various location
  • All entrance fees
  • 02 Jeep and 01 elephant safaris
  • All transfers
  • Bottled water

Exclusions

  • Camera fees
  • Visa
  • Travel/medical Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, snacks between meals
  • Tips for local staff

Suggested Flight

All Flights by Jet Airways/ Jet Konnect

  • 9W 121W 01 NOV 5 LHRDEL*HK2 2050 1040 02 NOV
  • 9W 721W 02 NOV 6 DELGAU*HK2 1405 1625
  • 9W2642W 16 DEC 6 JRHCCU*HK2 1325 1550
  • 9W 628W 16 DEC 6 CCUBOM*HK2 2120 0010 16DEC
  • 9W 120W 16 DEC 7 BOMLHR*HK2  0225  0700

Accommodation

We try to use the best accommodation available whichever place we go. However, given the remoteness of the destination, some of them you will find very basic. Also, since you are travelling in December, it will be cold and in most of the hotels heating is not available, therefore, please ask for extra blankets at night. Hot water is not always available in the shower but will be available in the tap. In a few places you may have to ask for hot water and it will be provided in buckets. In this tour, you will have modern accommodation with facilities in Guwahati, Kaziranga, Kohima and Jorhat. Accommodation in rest of Nagaland will be basic and in Sivasagar, you will stay in a town hotel with standard amenities.

  • Guwahati Guest House, Guwahati
  • Wildgrass Resort or similar, Kaziranga
  • Razhu Pru or similar, Kohima
  • Community Cottage, Tuophema
  • Hotel Brahmaputra or similar, Sivasagar
  • Hotel Metsuben, Mokokchung
  • Helsa Guest House, Mon
  • Kaziranga Golf Resort, Jorhat

Food

Food is prepared using local, fresh produce in most places and maybe mildly spiced for Indian food, local cuisine, continental, Chinese is also available in some of the places. If you have any dietary requirements please mail us at the time of the booking and we will take care wherever possible.

Passport and Visa Requirements

A passport (with at least six months remaining validity) and a current Indian visa are required for this trip. Please note that you are required to have a passport with a machine-readable bar code. You will need to apply for your Indian visa in advance from the relevant issuing authority in your home country. In UK, this is done by and agency VFS. Please visit the website. www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Tourist.html

Travel Insurance

It is recommended that you take out appropriate insurance to cover personal accident, medical costs, repatriation, loss of baggage and holiday cancellation.

Vaccinations

Please visit your GP for guidance for vaccinations and advice for prophylaxis against malaria. Please also visit this website for more details www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx

Clothing

It is recommended to carry fleece/ jacket/coat, gloves and woollen hat as temperatures tend to drop in certain places especially in the mornings and at night. During the day, lightweight clothes will be fine. Comfortable shoes recommended as their will be moderate amount of walking.
Currency

The currency used is Indian Rupee. It is recommended to get your money exchanged on arrival at Delhi airport.

Budgeting and Tipping

There are no local payments to be done on this trip. You may however, like to budget for any snacks and drinks not included in the tour, as a guidance, a bottle of beer costs £ 1.5,
Tipping the guides and driver is at your discretion and you can budget a total of £ 30 for this.

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