Nagaland Hornbill Festival - The wild wild East! - F5 Escapes - Solo and Group Women only Travel Company India
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    The wild wild East!

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Dimapur and proceed to Kohima
  • Day 2 – Kohima Sightseeing. Night Carnival.
  • Day 3 – Day at Hornbill Festival
  • Day 4 -Day at Hornbill Festival and Closing Ceremony
  • Day 5 – Hike in Dzuleke. Village walk in Khonoma
  • Day 6 – Bird watching tour in Khonoma
  • Day 7 – Fly out 

If there is a part of India which is still not fully known to us, it is the North East. Nagaland, especially, feels like a land far far away in our imagination. Blessed with nature’s bounty, Nagaland is home to 16 major tribes and various subtribes. It is a land of folklore, dance and fierce historical battles, where the tribes still prefer living naturally. With the Hornbill Festival gaining worldwide popularity, this is the best time to be in Nagaland and experience their culture, dance, traditions and of course, the chilli eating competition.

Read on. Really, please read till the end! We want you to completely understand what you are signing up for and ask as many questions as you can.
Price : INR 39,000 + 5% GST
  • Early bird discount of INR 1000 if booked on or before 7th September 2019.
  • Additionally, Get a discount of INR 1500 if paid in one go.

Day 1 - 07 Dec 2019

Arrive in Dimapur and after lunch, proceed to Kohima. Although only 75 kms away, the journey will take you longer due to the road conditions. Reach your stay and relax.

Day 2 - 08 Dec 2019

Today, we will understand the history of Kohima and its ferocious Naga tribes. The British incursions into the Naga territory, beginning in the 1840s, met with stiff resistance from the independence-loving Nagas, who had never been conquered by any empire before. It took British 4 decades to conquer just a part of it. Learn about the Battle of Kohima, the turning point of the Burma Campaign. Wonder why our history books didn’t mention it! Visit the War Memorial, Museum and Church to understand it all.
In the evening, visit the Kisama village grounds, venue for the Hornbill Festival. Get a taste of the Naga culture in this vibrant festival. Overnight at Kohima.

Day 3 - 09 Dec 2019

We spend the whole day today at the Hornbill festival and its associated carnival. The activities range from dance performances to craft demonstrations, shopping, car rally and chilli eating competition. Get a taste of Naga dishes. After the merrymaking during the day, the Night bazar in the main Kohima town is a nice place to spend some time. One can buy merchandise and eat a variety of food. Overnight at Kohima.

Day 4 - 10 Dec 2019

Witness the closing ceremony of the Hornbill festival. We spend another day at the Hornbill Festival grounds. Every day here brings a different offering and programs. Get your fill of the amazing cultural extra bonanza. Overnight at Kohima.

Day 5 - 11 Dec 2019

Check out and drive up to Dzuleke.  The village gets its name from the river Dzuleke that, during its course, goes underground once it reaches the village. It is a unique place, not only for its flora and fauna but also because this hunting village has banned hunting to protect wildlife. Spend some time in this birder’s paradise and drive back to the tourist village of Khonoma. Inhabited by the Angami tribes, Khonoma has made some giant strides in ecological conservation and eco tourism. We stay today with the locals and get a guided tour of the village, understanding the ways of Angami tribe and their peaceful co-existence with nature.
Overnight at Khonoma.

Day 6 - 12 Dec 2019

Go for a guided birding tour at Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary. The sanctuary was formed when the villages, voluntarily declared a part of their forest as a reserve, for conservation. Check out after breakfast and proceed to Dimapur. We keep the rest of the day to eat well and rest after a happening trip and, frankly, bad roads. Dinner at a beautiful tree house restaurant. Overnight at Dimapur.

Day 7 - 13 Dec 2019

After breakfast, fly out of Dimapur airport, keeping the memories alive in your heart.


  • Accommodation for 6N on double sharing basis.
  • All transportation in an AC Tempo Traveller as per the itinerary. AC will be switched off in the hills.
    Entry tickets to the museums, monuments and Hornbill Festival.
  • Inner line permit for Nagaland.
  • Three major meals in a day with evening tea/coffee, starting from lunch on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7.
  • Local guide through the Hornbill Festival.
  • Your F5 trip lead.
  • Tolls and Parking.


  • Food, snacks other than mentioned in inclusions.
  • Alcohol
  • Camera charges
  • Activity charges other than mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Medication
  • Flights/Trains/Bus to reach Dimapur and return
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities, personal flight delays and aspect beyond our control. We will definitely facilitate an alternative and handle the contingency, the cost being yours.
  • 5% GST

Terms & Conditions

  • If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.
  •  25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.
  •  50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.
  • Last 15 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.
  • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.
Option of Deferred trip:
You have the option of parking the paid amount with us for a future trip, if you wish to cancel joining this trip 60 days or more in advance.
 Following conditions apply:
  • You need to choose the trip you would like to go with instead (the deferred trip) within 2 months of deciding to cancel.
  • The travel start date of the deferred trip should be within 6 months from the day you decide to cancel.
  • There can be only one such change and once you decide the deferred trip, the cancellation policy of that trip applies.
  • You cannot choose a short trip (less than 5 days) as a deferred trip.


  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Arrival & Departure Timings:

This trip is Ex-Dimapur. Joining us from different city?
Reach Dimapur for 1 PM on Day 1 and fly out anytime on Day 7.

Note on weather:

Nagaland will be pleasantly cold during December. You can expect maximum temperatures around 20 degrees and minimum around 10.
*Please note that now a days, climate/ weather is dependent on many factors and unpredictable hence above information might be subject to change during your actual travel days


Everyone joining is an adult and we realise that we cannot dictate the behaviour on how you should enjoy the trip. All we ask is to drink responsibly. Hangover delays are going to cost a lot, and will not be tolerated at all. So please do not test your limits and enjoy in moderation. Also, do respect your roommate’s comfort levels with the alcohol smell and avoid drinking in the room if she is not comfortable.
If you smoke, please do so outside the room, even if the rooms have ashtray.

About your stay:

  • Kohima – Your stay in Kohima is a family run homestay, conveniently located in the Kigwema suburb to make access to the sightseeing and Hornbill festival easy.
  • Khonoma – Khonoma offers stay with the locals. The house will be simple and will have shared bathrooms. This slight inconvenience will surely be compensated by the experience of living the Naga way
  • Dimapur – A beautiful, family-run homestay near to the airport.


You will get options for Continental, Chinese and North Indian food in Kohima and there will be ample opportunity to try the local Naga fare, especially in the night market, at the Hornbill festival and at Khonoma village.
Please note that Naga cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian. So while we will ensure that vegetarian food is available, the variety and options will be limited.

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace:

  • Please read the itinerary thoroughly. Consider asking questions if needed. We do not promise what we cannot deliver and we like our guests to know what they are signing up for.
  • Kohima becomes extremely crowded during Hornbill festival. You can expect longer travel timings
  • Khonoma is a green village. The tourism community there promotes local homestays as a way of sustainable tourism. We are going to stay with the locals. Since the number of rooms is limited, we will be staying in two homestays (3 and 2 rooms respectively.) which are located nearby.
  • The stays in Khonoma will have shared bathrooms. Since they are local houses, there is no concept of ensuite bathrooms. The bathrooms will have to be shared but the whole house will be for us. To gain that local Angami experience, this is a minor inconvenience. One of the houses has western toilet and another one has an Indian style toilet. Hot water is available.
  • The Hornbill Festival is becoming increasingly famous, internationally. Large number of tourists combined with the bad road conditions results in traffic jams. Please ensure that you carry your stash of snacks to munch on the way.
  • This is East, so the sun rises early and sets early. We will start our day early to finish all that we planned.

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F5 Escapes offers fixed departure all-women group tours, customized itineraries for families, groups and solo travellers. We also do in-city engagements which include #JustGo travel meetups, workshops to educate women on travel safety, sustainable menstruation, motorbiking etc.

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