Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

Celebrated with the full swing in the first week of December, Hornbill Festival is one of the most renowned festivals of north east India and Nagaland’s biggest annual festival. As the name suggests, the festival named after a bird Hornbill famous for its huge bills. In addition to this, Hornbill is adored by the Nagas (folks of Nagaland) and it can be seen in their tribal dances and songs.

Where is Hornbill festival celebrated?

Hornbill festival is celebrated at an ancient village named Kisama Heritage Village, situated nearly 10 kilometers from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

When is the Hornbill Festival?

The festival is usually on every year from December 1-7. However, from 2013 it was extended for a few extra days. It now concludes on December 10.

How is the Hornbill Festival Celebrated?

The Festival is attended by all of Nagaland’s major tribes. It features traditional arts, dances, folk songs, and games. All this takes place amidst immaculate replicas of tribal hutments, complete with wood carvings and hollow log drum instruments, which are beat in haunting symphony at the end of the day. There are plenty of handicraft stalls, food stalls, and heady rice beer to indulge in as well.

In the evenings after sundown, the main attraction is the Hornbill National Rock Concert. Bands from all over the country come to compete. This is followed by a night market in town. However, the hottest event (literally!) at the festival is undoubtedly the Naga chilli eating competition!

Travel Tips

  • The Hornbill Festival is one of the top tourist draws in Nagaland, so if you’re planning to attend, do book accommodations well in advance.
  • There’s a very handy Information Center next to the festival venue, which provides brochures listing the events at the festival and other attractions in Nagaland.
  • Entry permits are no longer necessary for foreigners visiting Nagaland. However, foreigners will need to register themselves with the Foreigner’s Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of entry into the state. Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office. Download application form.
  • Kohima doesn’t have an airport. The nearest one is in Dimapur, with flights to and from Kolkata and Guwahati. From Dimapur it’s a two hour drive to Kohima. Or, if you’re in a hurry, a 30 minute helicopter ride.


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