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Glimpses Of North East India- Hornbill Festival

At a glance

Nagaland possesses a primeval beauty that is not seen anywhere else is India. As one of the last places in Asia that hasn't adopted the western ways, Nagaland offers a look into traditional lifestyles of the remaining tribes of this undiscovered state. On this enchanting excursion, we will be travelling to some of India's most remote areas which may be more suited to seasoned travellers. We will be exploring places far off the beaten track, like Kohima to witness the highlights of the Hornbill festival where you will see traditional full feather-and-spear attire. With little if any tourist facilities, this will be a pioneering adventure to a beautiful destination cut off from the world.

Artists Profile:

Sonia Hawes will be hosting this holiday accompanied by our guide to show you the very best of what Nagaland has to offer. As a Colouricious representative, Sonia is there to address any concerns you may have during your holiday. This is not an artist in residence holiday however as an experienced holiday a leader and professional artist famed for her stunning sketches, she will be keen to share her knowledge and help budding sketches create their own wonderful pieces inspired by Nagaland's breathtaking scenery. Our local guide will also be on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of this incredible area for the duration of your trip.

Hornbill Festival

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  • Day 1: 29 Nov 2023 [TUE] DEPART UK

    Depart UK

  • Day 2: 30 NOV 2023 [WED] ARRIVE KOLKATA

    On arrival in Kolkata: Having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting. Amongst them will be Aahilya Holidays representative who will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on.

    He will assist you with your transfer to your hotel and assist you with check in.

    Standard check in time at all hotel is 1400 hrs.

    Visit Victoria memorial and rest of the day is at leisure

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 3: 01 DEC 2023 [THU] KOLKATA

    Full day workshop on block printing at Weavers Society followed by lunch. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 4: 02 DEC 2023 [FRI] KOLKATA

    Participate in Kantha workshop at SHE and then visit to Gurusaday museum

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 5: 03 DEC 2023 [SAT] KOLKATA – DIMAPUR – KOHIMA

    Breakfast at your hotel

    • After breakfast flight to Dimapur
    • Arrive Dimapur and stop for Lunch at local restaurant
    • Later drive to Kohima [80 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]
    • On arrival transfer to your hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

  • Day 6: 04 DEC 2023 [SUN] KOHIMA

    Breakfast is at the Hotel

    • Post breakfast we drive to the Kisama Heritage Complex (12 kms / 30 mins), for the full day, to observe the different tribal performances and to soak in the atmosphere of the rather colourful and vibrant Hornbill Festival. Enjoy Cultural Dances (All 16 major tribes), War Dances (All 16 major tribes), Folk Songs, Indigenous Games, Music (Rock Beat contest in the evening), Fashion Show (Cultural & Modern), Handloom & Handicrafts, Local Cuisines, Local drinks (Zutho, Thutshe) etc.
    • In the afternoon, explore the village of the Angami tribe, Jakhama a nd Kigwema.
    • In the evening, enjoy the Night Bazaar.

    Dinner & Stay overnight at Hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

  • Day 7: 05 DEC 2023 [MON] KOHIMA

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    • Chezami village: At Chezami village, you can visit the textile department of Nagaland Government. But do note they will be closed on Saturday & Sunday or visit Kohima state museum, handloom and handicraft emporium.
    • Lunch will be at local restaurant
    • Afternoon visit Kohima World War II cemetery and Khonoma village
    • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 8: 06th DEC 2023 [TUE] KOHIMA – DIMAPUR

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    • After breakfast visit Gurtell Boutique which is one of the best places to find colourful traditional and contemporary fabrics and designs.
    • Later drive to Dimapur [80 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]
    • On arrival transfer to your hotel
    • Later visit Diezephe village – Diezephe Craft Museum displaying woodcarving and weaving.
    • Stay overnight at Hotel in Dimapur, Nagaland

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 9: 07th DEC 2023 [WED] DIMAPUR – KAZIRANGA

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    • After breakfast drive to Kaziranga [190 Kms: 5 Hrs approx]
    • Lunch will be at local restaurant
    • Arrive Kaziranga and check-in at your hotel

    Dinner & Stay overnight at Hotel in Kaziranga, Assam

  • Day 10: 8th DEC 2023 [THU] KAZIRANGA

    After breakfast experience elephant safari.

    • Morning visit a tribal village.
    • After lunch, we will venture into the park for jeep safari. Evening enjoy Rang Sandhya.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Kaziranga.

  • Day 11: 9th DEC 2023 [FRI] KAZIRANGA - MAJULI

    Breakfast is at the Hotel.

    • Later drive to Neematighat [110 Kms: 3 Hrs approx] for ferry crossing (1 ½ hr downstream boat cruise) to Majuli.
    • Arrive Majuli and visit the monasteries and interact with local tribes and both Assamese and Mishing villages.
    • Evening enjoy Traditional dance at one of the Satras.

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Majuli.

  • Day 12: 10th DEC 2023 [SAT] MAJULI

    Breakfast at hotel.

    • After breakfast visit Mask making village, pottery making villages and participate in activities.
    • Lunch will be at local restaurant or packed Lunch from hotel
    • Stay overnight at Hotel in Majuli

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 13: 11th DEC 2023 [SUN] MAJULI - TEZPUR

    Breakfast at hotel.

    • After breakfast drive to Tezpur enroute visit a tribal village.
    • Lunch will be at local restaurant or packed Lunch
    • On arrival check-in at your hotel

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Balipara.

  • Day 14: 12th DEC 2023 [MON] TEZPUR - GUWAHATI

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    • After breakfast drive to Guwahati [5 Hrs approx] enroute visiting Sualkuchi famous for silk weaving.

    Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Guwahati

  • Day 15: 13th DEC 2023 [TUE] GUWAHATI

    Breakfast is at the hotel.

    • After breakfast towards Shillong to visit Umden – Eri silk raising village (25kms/45mins from main road at Nongpoh) & then drive to Khweng Village to witness silk raising
    • Lunch will be at local restaurant
    • Drive back to Guwahati by latest 02:30p.m to visit Handloom and Handicraft emporium and local shop such as Konyak shop at Guwahati

    Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Guwahati.

  • Day 16: 14th DEC 2023 [WED] TEZPUR – GUWAHATI - KOLKATA

    Breakfast is at the hotel.

    • After breakfast transfer to Guwahati Airport for your onward flight to Kolkata.
    • Arrive Kolkata and check-in at your hotel.

    Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 17: 15th DEC 2023 [THU] DEPART KOLKATA

    Breakfast is at the hotel.

    Fly back home

Tour Cost

SONIA HAWES THE GLIMPSES OF NORTH EAST INDIA [HORNBILL FESTIVAL]
DATE OF TRAVEL 29 November 2023
15 December 2023
Based on stay in a twin share Room GBP 2560 per person
Based on stay in a Single Private Room GBP 3290 per single

*International flights are not included in the above cost.