The Hornbill Festival: Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival: Nagaland

You must visit this awesome festival, at least once, which is held in the month of December every year at Nagaland. In this state, you will see different tribes with their own district ethos and lifestyle. Almost over 18 tribes which are recognized by the government take part in this. It is said that some tribes still live in the core forest and aren’t introduced to the civilization. Naga civilization is a well interweaved and cohesive entity, which lives by ancient tenets, that play the important protagonist in the contemporary life. The monsoon time here is from June to September. Kohima is the capital of this state. Though one can visit Nagaland 365 days a year, but the considered ideal time is November to March. For explorers and trekkers, the ideal time is November to July. Dzukou Valley and Japhu peak are the best attractions for the explorer. There are many festivals that happen in Nagaland from time to time.

Dzuko Valley:Once you step in the Dzukou Valley, you will be enthralled by the lovely sights of nature; the picturesque landscapes. You can do the trekking there. The trek points are located at an altitude of 2438m above sea level. This Valley is known as “Valley of the Flowers of the North-East”. The tranquility, the complete silence, the serenity of the surroundings are a complete alteration from the city life and noise.  The Dzukou Valley is situated right at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, just behind the magnificent Japfu peak. Two beautiful rivers run through the valley – the Dzukou and Japfu rivers.

JaphuPeak:To see the glazing sunrise at the height of 3048 meters above sea level from the Japfu Peak you will have to wake up realearly (around 3.30AM) and trek uphill for at least 3 to 5 hrs. From this peak, you can see the entire Kohima town with the magnificent sunrise. The peak is the main attraction for many trekkers and it is advisable that only hardcore explorers and adventurers can gothere due to uphill trek. The whole valley of the Japfu Peak has flourishing green vegetation and its reflection emerges on the lake, full of emeralds covered by the snow-clad Himalayas. The view of the adjoining cities and villages is breathtaking. The marvelously exotic Blyth’s Tragopan and other hill birds are commonly found in this area and the vegetation profiling here is sub-tropical, withthe vegetation having an extensive leaf pattern on the slopes and moderately broad leaf pattern on higher altitudes. The giant rhododendron trees are in plenty here. Indeed, a Guinness Record holder tree stands in this valley with a height of 130 ft and 11 ft girth. However, seeing these trees require a 5 hours’ trek around the Japfu peak for one glance.

Khonoma Village expedition (Nagaland) – This village is sited about 20 km away from the state capital, Kohima. The village is predicted to be around 700 years old and is famous for its forests and an exceptional form of agriculture, including some of the oldest terraced cultivation in the region. The landscape of this village is hilly, ranging from moderate incline to steep and rugged hillsides. The hills are covered with blossoming forestland, rich in various species of flora and fauna. The state bird, Blyth’s tragopan, a pheasant, now in danger of extinction, is seemingly found here. One should surely travel to Nagaland and surrounding places and  enjoy this one of the exclusive festivals in India.

 

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Sanjeev Dutta

Under the pen name of Acheles Sanju, Sanjeev Dutta is wandering and living his life to the fullest exploring India. Mr. Dutta is an avid traveler as he travels from west to east and north to south of India. He officially contributes to the Thousand Miles platform making our magazine a place for infotainment.

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