Northeast Calling: Exploring Nagaland beyond the Hornbill Festival

If you haven't made a trip to the northeast yet, now would be a good time to start planning one. The annual Hornbill Festival will take place in Nagaland at the beginning of next month, bringing with it a host of events. From folk dances to wrestling competitions, from cooking contests to one that involves chomping down on hot Naga chillies, there is plenty to keep you fascinated. To help plan your trip, we got two experts to tell you how you can explore Nagaland beyond the festival.

Northeast calling

On December 1 to 10
At Kisama village, Hornbill–Kisama Road, Nagaland.

Meet the Konyak tribesmen
The Konyak tribe (in pic, above and right) of Nagaland was known for its vicious headhunting practice for  centuries, right until the 1970s. In fact, back in the day, they would hang the heads of their enemies on the walls of their morung (communal houses). "Today, instead of human heads, you will be greeted by the skulls of  animals they've hunted.

Northeast calling

Despite the reputation they've earned, they're lovely people. At the Hornbill Festival, they reenact scenes from their headhunting days," says Amit Rane, director of DCP Expeditions, which is conducting a trip-cum-photography workshop to the festival.

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Amit Rane

Visit a heritage village
The members of the Angami Naga tribe of Khonoma village, located around 20 km from Kohima, gave up hunting several years ago to help wildlife conservation efforts in the region. "In 1998, the village council declared 20 sq km as the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary. In Khonoma, you can meet local craftsmen and check out 200-year-old rifles used in battle," says Rane.

Call 61818464 (DCP Expeditions)

Take a peek into the lives of Naga tribes. pics courtesy/amit rane
Take a peek into the lives of Naga tribes. pics courtesy/Amit Rane 

Head to a war cemetery
The Kohima war cemetery sits at the very same spot where the Battle of Kohima took place in April 1944.

Head to a war cemetery

"The  memorial is dedicated to soldiers of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces who lost their lives here fighting Japanese forces," says Kankanmoni Deka of Guwahati-based Golden Woods Travels, which organises trips to Nagaland. He adds that history buffs could also pay a visit to the war museum, which houses informative exhibits and World War II artefacts.

Kankanmoni Deka
Kankanmoni Deka

Trek through a valley
Dzukou Valley, situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, is a beautiful piece of paradise for trekkers, flush with rolling carpets of green and meandering rivers. "The trek is an easy one, and along the way, you will pass by little villages. The villagers are incredibly warm, and are happy to meet visitors. You can even sit down for a meal with them," says Deka. Make it a three-day trek and stay overnight in a dormitory.

Call 8134025468
(Golden Woods Travels)


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There cant be a country as colorful, diversified, beautiful landscapes, architecture, foods as INDIA. @incredibleindia
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— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) September 27, 2017

Celebrate #WorldTourismDay with #Maharashtra, land of brave history & real tourist destination with lots of Heritage Sites #VisitMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/mzkMyWH21H

— MAHA INFO CENTRE (@micnewdelhi) September 27, 2017

Akan Lake, Kushiro , Japan 🇯🇵 #WorldTourismDay pic.twitter.com/UMf6XvHqGX

— Thirukumaran R (@ThiruHR) September 27, 2017

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— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) September 27, 2017

Happy #WorldTourismDay! A few pics from my trips this year (all taken with mobile phone). #WTD2017 pic.twitter.com/NwNREFiei7

— Liu Yuan (@liuyuan) September 27, 2017

India is mystic & beautiful. On #WorldTourismDay enjoy this Anu Malik ji created song showing beautiful Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/QSDQkJnmgq

— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 27, 2017

#GoodMorning with clicks from #AttabadLake aka #GojalLake:
A lake in #GojalValley #GilgitBaltistan on #WorldTourismDay #BeautifulPakistan pic.twitter.com/FiJxv5i45a

— Pakistan in Pictures (@Pakistaninpics) September 27, 2017

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— Parimal Bhakare (@parimal_bhakare) September 26, 2017

The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro (2500 BC).#BeautifulPakistan #WorldTourismDay #WTD2017 Credit: @NatGeo pic.twitter.com/nZlsaiDbHP

— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 26, 2017

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To celebrate World Tourism Day, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Tourism Awards Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at a function held in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crore in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. The tourism industry contributes 10.2 percent of the world's GDP. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry.

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