NAGALAND

Land of festivals

Tourism in Nagaland is on growing stage with its glorious past and rich heritage and culture. For the adventurous and the intrepid, Nagaland is an ideal place for trekking, rock climbing , jungle camping and offers limitless exploration possibilities in its lush and verdant sub-tropical rain forests which are also a treasure trove of a plethora of medicinal plants. Above and beyond tourists can also experience a truly ethnic Naga Culture with the best local brews served in large bamboo mugs and exotic local cuisines which is much celebrated here.

Nagaland has many advantages in this sector over its north-eastern neighbours. For a start, Nagaland has had a tradition of hosting tourists for decades. With the partial lifting of ILP in recent years during Hornbill Festival, Domestic tourists and visitors no longer need travel permits (as they do in some other states), and the security situation has improved substantially.

The location of the region and its richness in biodiversity has become a place of attraction for tourism industry. Encompassing hills, mountains, plains and plateau, the region has many cultural groups and communities with varied cultural background and biodiversity hotspot where it lies which can easily attract tourists from the world over.

Life in rural areas is extremely engaging, more colourful and unusual compared to what travellers are used to seeing. The scenery is equally engrossing.

Festival: Nagaland is a cultural mosaic of diverse multi-ethnicity sprung up by the several tribes that inhibit the State. Each community celebrates its myriad festivals revolving around the agrarian calendar that makes Nagaland by default, a land of festivals.

Nagaland Hornbill Festival: Festival of Festivals encompasses through collective celebration the colour and vibrant elements of all the tribal festivities and gives a glimpse of Naga life to titillate cultural sensibilities. The annual Hornbill Festival is held for 10 days, 1st -10th December. It draws all the tribes and sub-tribes of Nagaland to the foothills below the lofty spurs of towering Mt. Japfu wherein lies the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama-the venue of the Festival.

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