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Orissa is the state in eastern part of India that has been an integral part of many historic upheavals. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is a place that brings out many memories of India’s past. The city which has witnessed Kalinga war, the bloodiest war in the history of India, is a must visit tourist destination. Bhubaneswar, along with Puri and Konark, form the golden triangle of Orissa, the most admired of its tourist destinations. Here is a list of some of the amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

We are traveling through Bhubaneswar as we proceed for Hornbill festival in Nagaland. We will stop and explore Bhubaneswar during our trip.

Selected Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

1. Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj Temple - Places to visit in Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Temples are such a common sight in Bhubaneswar that it is often referred to as the ‘Temple city of India’. Lingaraj Temple is one among the famous temples of Bhubaneswar. This architectural marvel is dedicated to Harihara, a combined form of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple is a fine example of Kalinga style of architecture and is the biggest in Bhubaneswar. It has been constructed out of sandstone and laterite. The central tower of the temple is 180 feet tall, majestically adorning skylines of Bhubaneswar. Lingaraj temple is one of the most amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar, owing to its spiritual and architectural significance.

2. Puri Temple

Puri Jagannath Temple
Puri Jagannath Temple | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Jagannath Temple of Puri, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is one of the most revered places of worship for Hindus. It is one of the ‘Char Dhams’ or holy worship places of Hinduism. Puri temple is most famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, where the three main deities are placed in a decorated chariot and carried along the streets. Though located at around 50 kms from Bhubaneswar, a visit to Puri temple is an essential itinerary of all guests touring Bhubaneswar. Being located along the eastern coast, Puri beach is an added attraction. Fine white sands of the beach are too tantalizing! Puri beach is also known for sand sculptures by internationally famed artist, Sudarshan Patnaik.

3. Nandankanan Zoological Park

Moving away from temples, Bhubaneswar has natural beauty also in abundance. Nandankanan Zoological Park is spread over 400 hectares of land and is one of the most amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar. As the name suggests, it is a garden of heaven indeed. It houses a botanical garden which has attractions like medicinal garden, butterfly garden and rose garden. A paradise for all lovers of green! The zoo has some endangered and rare species of animals like white tiger and Indian pangolin. A reptile house protects all snakes and crocodiles. Visit this park to behold all forms of animal and plant life, in one go.

4. Mukteswar Temple

Another gem among temples of Bhubaneswar, Mukteswar temple is a feast for eyes. The rare architecture of the temple is what it is most famed for. A blend of traditional methods combined with experimental changes, the style of construction is totally unique. This temple built in 10th century, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Though not very huge in terms of size, it attracts lots of visitors. Arched gateway and octagonal compound wall of the temple are unlike any other. Intricate stone carvings are found everywhere in the temple, on the external walls, interiors and even on ceilings. With a structure that speaks of rich heritage, this temple is a must go place.

5. Chilka Lake

Chilka Lake
Chilka Lake | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Located around 60 kms from Bhubaneswar, Chilka Lake provides for a wonderful detour from your trip. This is Asia’s largest salt water lagoon and is known for its bio-diversity. The lake is separated from Bay of Bengal by just a narrow strip of land. Unique terrain of the area consisting of wetlands and small islands sprinkled all over, has made it home to several rare birds and animals. During migratory seasons, the lake and its surrounds will be teeming with feathered friends from around the globe. A boat ride in the waters of Chilka Lake with serene waters and amazing landscape engulfing you, something to be tried once in life at least!

6. Dhauli Hill

Dhauli Hill, the place where Kalinga war took place, is one of the most amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar, just for this reason. Kalinga war was the most iconic war in the history of India, where the great Emperor Asoka had a glorious win. But the bloodshed and aftermath of war had tremendous influence on the king, which led to his renunciation and subsequent embracing of Buddhism. Today, Dhauli Hill is known for its Buddhist shanti stupa built by Japan Buddha Sangha. There is a massive rock on which edicts of Asoka are engraved. A visit to this place will fill your hearts with awe and respect for the great warrior.

7. Konark Temple and beach

Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

A trip to the temple in Konark, dedicated to sun god, is unavoidable when you are anywhere near it. Unique chariot shaped structure of the temple finds place in every guide book on Orissa. Being located close to the shores, Konark temple and beach are mesmerizing for tourists. European sailors had nicknamed the temple as ‘Black Pagoda’ as the tower of temple appeared to be black when viewed from far seas. The stone chariot has 12 pairs of wheels carved out of stone and is driven by seven horses. Konark temple faces the east and is designed in such a way that first rays of sun fall at the feet of main deity. Such superb engineering skills in those days! This temple is definitely a matter of pride for every Indian.

8. Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves

The twin caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are vestiges of Jain influences in Orissa. These rock-cut shelters of Jain monks take you to another era and is highly regarded among the amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar. The caves are partly natural and partly man-made. The caves dating back to 2nd century have fine carvings on the walls. Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are situated on two adjacent hills. In Udayagiri, there are 18 caves while in Khandagiri, there are 15. Most famous of these caves is the Rani Gumpha, a double storied cave with magnificent sculptures in it. There are many ancient inscriptions also on the walls of several caves.

9. Orissa State Museum

Orissa museum is a storehouse of history. From Kalinga kingdom to Jain and Buddhist cultures, Orissa has been privy to lot of cultural exchanges. This museum has exhibits on all those pasts. It is divided into several sections like archaeology, numismatics and arts. It has a collection of palm leaf manuscripts also. A rare privilege to view ancient poems and epics in their original form! A must visit place for tourists with a taste for history.

10. Hirakud Dam

When the longest man-made dam in the world is located 2 to 3 hours’ drive away from Bhubaneswar, wouldn’t you love to explore it? Hirakud dam, built across Mahanadi River, was one of the first river projects of independent India. It is an engineering marvel. The reservoir of the dam is one of the largest artificial lakes in Asia. The dam, reservoir and its surrounding greenery are stunningly beautiful. There is a revolving minaret at one end of the dam, giving panoramic views of the vast expanse of water.

11. Pipli

A visit to Bhubaneswar reaches its culmination when you have bagged some indigenous stuff from here. And Pipli is just the place for this. The village Pipli, one of the most amazing places to visit in Bhubaneswar, is noted for its colorful applique work. Step into the village and you are greeted by a riot of colors. Every house and shop along the road will have something beautiful displayed outside. Applique craft, which originated as a temple art, has now gone much beyond. You can buy bags, dresses, covers or even umbrellas with the unique work on it.

Whether it is history, natural beauty or shopping that keeps you going, Bhubaneswar has something to offer for you. One thing is guaranteed, in your trip to Bhubaneswar, there won’t be a single dull moment.

 

 

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7 Amazing Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam | #OutOnRoads4Hornbill https://outonroads.com/places-visit-visakhapatnam/ https://outonroads.com/places-visit-visakhapatnam/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:27:42 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=156 Neatly tucked between Eastern Ghats and Bay of Bengal coast lies the port city of Vishakhapatnam. Also called as Vizag, this city is the largest in Andhra Pradesh. A city with rich history, it hasContinue reading

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Neatly tucked between Eastern Ghats and Bay of Bengal coast lies the port city of Vishakhapatnam. Also called as Vizag, this city is the largest in Andhra Pradesh. A city with rich history, it has also seen urban development aplenty. Vishakhapatnam is the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of India and is home to the oldest shipyard in the country. Thanks to its coastal location bounded by hills, there are several amazing places to visit in Visakhapatnam.

Visakhapatnam is one of the major destinations that we have on our itinerary for our #OutOnRoads4Hornbill project. We are on a 30 days expedition to Nagaland for experiencing the culturally rich India and celebrating Hornbill Festival.

Our Selected Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam

1. Submarine Museum

Submarine Museum is one of the places to visit in Visakhapatnam
Submarine Museum | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Being a port town housing a shipyard, the first thing that comes to your mind about Vizag will be obviously, ships. And when there is a museum inside a submarine, would you miss that? This amazing museum is located near the picturesque Ramakrishna Beach. INS Kursura, one of the earliest submarines of India, played a pivotal role in Indo-Pak war of 1971. After being decommissioned, the submarine was converted into a museum. This is the only one of its kind in Asia and so a trip to this museum is best among things to do in Vizag.

2. Borra Caves

Borra Caves Visakhapatnam
Borra Caves, Visakhapatnam | Image Courtesy: Rajib Ghosh Flickr

Though located a bit away from the city, Borra Caves are the most sought after among Visakhapatnam attractions. This marvel of nature is set at a height of 705 m, in Ananthagiri Hills. Borra Caves is one of the largest caves in India and is known for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Once inside the cave, you are spellbound by its enormity and rock formations. The climb up and down the narrow stairs can be trying for those with creaking knees. Nevertheless, it is surely one of the most amazing places to visit in Vishakhapatnam, if you are game for some walk and climb. For fully enjoying the tour, take the help of a guide.

3. Kailasagiri

View of Vizag from Kailasagiri
View of Vizag from Kailasagiri | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

This is a hill top destination overlooking Vishakhapatnam city and coast and is the best place for catching panoramic views of the beaches and the greenery all around. There is a ropeway to the top. On top of the hill, there are quite a few tourist attractions like toy trains, adventure games and even paragliding. The view from top is so magical, the shutterbug in you will instantly come alive! There are statues of Shiva and Parvathi on the hilltop, adding a spiritual touch to the beauty. One of the best places to visit in Vizag, not to be missed.

4. Araku Valley

Araku Valley
Araku Valley | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Taking a tour to Araku Valley is one of the best things to do in Vizag. Two hours ride from Vizag will take you to this delightful destination. The place is all about simple charms of nature. A train journey from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley passing through pristine landscape will totally bowl you over. Araku Valley is famous for its coffee plantations, so you can enjoy a hot cup in the cool place. There are some tribal settlements also, who are miles away from ties of urban life. With its pleasant climate, Araku Valley is one of the best Vishakhapatnam attractions.

5. Dolphin’s Nose

This is a major tourist attraction and one among the most amazing places to visit in Visakhapatnam. Dolphin’s Nose is a hill protruding into the sea, which is named so because of its unique shape, like nose of a dolphin. There is a lighthouse on top of the hill to guide passing ships. British rulers had established a military base on top of the hills. The place truly justifies its name, when seen from far, it looks as though a giant dolphin is wading into the ocean!

6. Rishikonda Beach

Rishikonda Beach
Rishikonda Beach | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Visit to a coastal city has to be accompanied by a beach sojourn. For this, no better place than Rishikonda. Soft sands and calm waves of this beach invite tourists to plunge into its waters. How magnificent Bay of Bengal looks from this beach! Rishikonda is one of the best places to visit in Vizag for a date with ocean. Adventurous lot can try out swimming or surfing. Take an early morning stroll along the shores and infuse positive vibes in your body!

7. Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is the pride of Eastern Ghats and is one among the most amazing places to visit in Visakhapatnam. It was named after Kambalakonda Hills. The area is comprised of dry evergreen forests with shrubs in between. Indian leopard is the most common animal of the forests. Apart from this, a wide assortment of wild creatures like jackal, pangolin and mongoose can also be spotted. It is being developed as an eco-tourism destination.

Traveling is one of the many ways to break the monotony of life. And if you are infested by the travel bug, you will look for such breaks every now and then. Why not the port city next time?

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11 Stunning Places to Visit in Pondicherry | #OutOnRoads4Hornbill https://outonroads.com/places-visit-pondicherry/ https://outonroads.com/places-visit-pondicherry/#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:28:48 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=151 A laid back holiday with a stroll along pristine beaches, a walk in the lanes laden with history, a peep into your inner self, isn’t this an enticing prospect? Head to Pondicherry for a holidayContinue reading

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A laid back holiday with a stroll along pristine beaches, a walk in the lanes laden with history, a peep into your inner self, isn’t this an enticing prospect? Head to Pondicherry for a holiday of life time. Located on the eastern coast, Pondicherry is one of the most preferred tourist destinations of south India. There are so many stunning places to visit in Pondicherry that you forget to keep count of all. Here are a few of them.

We are traveling through Pondicherry as we explore south to northeast India to learn the cultural richness of the country. Read more about our project at #OutOnRoads4hornbill.

Selected Places to Visit in Pondicherry

1. Promenade or Rock Beach, Pondicherry

Promenade Pondicherry - Places to Visit in Pondicherry
Promenade Pondicherry | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Beaches in Pondicherry are biggest attraction for tourists. Rock beach Pondicherry is one that reminds us of the French roots of the place. The 1.5 km long promenade has been built in French style, imparting an old world charm to the area. This is the ideal spot for a morning walk, enjoying the cool breeze and splashing waves. In the evening hours, the beach becomes crowded with people looking for a way to get rid of exhaustion of the day. There are many restaurants and food carts, so you can try some local street food. Several handicraft bazaars also thrive nearby, if you are interested in some shopping in Pondicherry.

2. Botanical Garden

This is one of the most stunning places to visit in Pondicherry by reason of abundant green cover in the middle of the city. The garden dating back to 1826, was constructed by French rulers. Entrance to the garden has been built in French architectural style, another memory left behind by the colonial empire. Step inside the garden and you enter another world, of tall trees and exotic plants. Today the garden is the favorite of kids are there are toy trains, aquariums, musical fountains, all to their taste!

3. Auroville

This is the destination for all spiritual wanderers and seekers. The idea of Auroville or ‘City of Dawn’ was conceived by Sri Aurobindo. This is a universal township, where people from all over the globe live peacefully under one roof. The state of the art architecture of buildings is worth applause. Matrimandir, the meditation place which glows in golden color, is the most imposing structure of the whole place. People living here are engaged in activities like agriculture and making of organic products. For those desirous of buying organic and handmade items, this is the best place for shopping in Pondicherry. The products are a bit high priced, though.

4. Manakula Vinayagar Temple

This temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is one among the stunning places to visit in Pondicherry which has a divine aura attached. Several images of Lord Ganesha are carved on stone walls surrounding the temple and on the spire. The architecture is typical Dravidian style, which was followed in olden days. This temple is highly revered among Hindu worshippers. During the days of French colonial rule, attempts were made to destroy this temple. But the place survived and today it stands testimony to the faith of thousands.

5. Auroville Beach Pondicherry

Auroville Beach Pondicherry among the places to visit in Pondicherry
Auroville Beach Pondicherry | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Another gem among beaches in Pondicherry is Auroville beach, named so on account of its proximity to Auroville. This is a famous beach and will be crowded on weekends. The waters here are shallow, making it ideal for swimming. You can also find people surfing in the waters. The long stretch of beach looks mesmerizing when the white sands sparkle in sunrays. With your feet sinking in the soft sands and cool water, this beach rejuvenates you.

6. Bharti Park

Bharti Park or Government Park is a well maintained park in Pondicherry and is one of the most stunning places to visit in Pondicherry. This is the green zone of the city, entertaining young and old alike. Kids play in the gardens and pond, while elders relax in the shades. The park houses an important monument of Pondicherry, Aayi Mandapam. The monument has an interesting history. It was built in memory of Aayi, a courtesan who was so generous that she demolished her house to build a water tank for providing water to the people of Pondicherry. Raj Niwas, the official residence of Governor is also located in the premises of the park. This building with striking architecture adds to the charm of the place.

7. Chunnambar Boat House

This is the backwater beauty of Pondicherry. Chunnambar beach is located close to the origin of backwaters. The serene waters invite tourists to sink in its beauty. Located near the Chunnambar backwaters is Paradise beach, another charming beach. A boat ride along the backwaters to Paradise beach with nature surrounding you, the ultimate pleasure ride! Water in Chunnambar is not very deep, so you can try swimming. There are some more water recreational activities, in case you are not satisfied by simply gazing and lazing around.

8. Arikamedu

Arikamedu, a lost city, is one of the most stunning places to visit in Pondicherry. It is a trip back in time. This is the place where archaeological excavations have unearthed remains of an ancient port city. A city that has records of Roman presence in India! The city was famous for manufacture of bead jewelry and the glass bead making site of this place was known all over the world. It was a part of Chola dynasty who had trade ties with Romans. Artefacts excavated here speak of the glorious past of Arikamedu. Do not miss a visit to Arikamedu, if you are a history lover.

9. Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus

Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

This church is a sacred place of worship for Christians in and around Pondicherry. The church, built in Gothic architectural style, is a major heritage landmark in Pondicherry. Consecrated more than a century back, the church still remains intact. Inside the church there are stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ. Pictures of 28 saints related to sacred heart of Jesus also adorn the walls of church. Once inside the church, you cannot but bow down before the altar, even if you are not a Christian. Such is the atmosphere of the place!

10. Gingee Fort

Though located at an hour’s distance, Gingee fort is one of the most stunning places to visit in Pondicherry. This fort was built on three hillocks and was considered as one of the most impenetrable fortresses of India. The British even nicknamed it ‘Troy of the East’. The fort was constructed by Chola dynasty in 9th century AD. Three hills on which the fort is set, are connected by walls making it a massive enclosure. Inside there are halls, granaries and even prisons. Though a trek to the top might leave you sweating and panting, it is worth a visit. Just to marvel at the intelligence of old rulers!

11. Pondicherry Museum

To learn about the heritage and history of a place, one should visit its museums. So is it with Pondicherry also. A visit to the museum will help us understand how several empires have left their marks in Pondicherry. Stone and bronze sculptures from Chola dynasty, Roman artefacts from Arikamedu excavations, remnants of French culture, all can be found here. If you missed out on Arikamedu, a trip to this museum will cover up for that. Precious stones, glass beads, Roman jars and many such rare artefacts dug out from Arikamedu can be seen here.

The sleepy little town of Pondicherry has much to offer, only if you manage to squeeze a few days out of your hectic life to relax in its shores. It is beyond any doubt that a few days spent in Pondicherry will invigorate every wandering soul.

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Nagaland Tour Guide | #OutOnRoads4Hornbill https://outonroads.com/nagaland-tour-guide/ https://outonroads.com/nagaland-tour-guide/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:58:52 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=146 Nagaland, not a much touted tourist destination, but the name Naga does evoke a sense of mysticism, right? Yes, Nagaland is indeed a land where you will come across many unknowns – land, culture andContinue reading

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Nagaland, not a much touted tourist destination, but the name Naga does evoke a sense of mysticism, right? Yes, Nagaland is indeed a land where you will come across many unknowns – land, culture and traditions! Anyone who has once set foot on this incredible land will vouch for its unparalleled beauty. This Nagaland tour guide is an attempt to unravel some of the little known facts about the state.

Digging for history

Sumi Dance Girls of Nagaland
Sumi Dance Girls of Nagaland | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

The first step to familiarizing with a state is to learn a bit about its history. Nagaland is traditionally a land of tribal people. It is home to sixteen different tribes, who have been living here peacefully, though possessing different culture and traditions. The origin of these tribes is not known. Nagaland was invaded by British and they established their supremacy over the land for a long time. The present state was formed in the year 1963.

Location and geography

Nagaland is located in the far eastern corner of India, away from all bustling activities.

  • The state is bordered by Assam in the west, Manipur in south and Arunachal Pradesh in the north. On the eastern side, Nagaland shares borders with Myanmar.
  • Though located in a remote corner, it is not a step behind others when it comes to abundance of beauty and resources. The state is largely characterized by mountainous landscape. Naga Hills arise from Assam and moves to south-eastern parts of Nagaland.
  • Nagaland is rich in terms of flora and fauna. Tropical and evergreen forests thrive here. Rhododendron, the state flower, is the ubiquitous presence in all valleys. Birds and animals also abound in this nature’s paradise. Hornbill is among the most famous birds in Nagaland. They even have a festival named after hornbill though it is not a state bird for them!

Climatic conditions

If you go by a Nagaland tour guide, you will find that most places in Nagaland have a pleasant climate throughout the year.

Ravishing Dzokou Valley in Nagaland | What you should know about Nagaland?
Dzokou Valley in Nagaland | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia
  • A monsoon abundant state, humidity levels are high in Nagaland. The months of June to September receive maximum rainfalls.
  • Summer is the shortest season and the temperatures do not go beyond tolerable levels. Winters can be cold and bitter. The climate of Nagaland varies to a large extent depending on terrain and geographical elevation. Mountainous areas experience more severe winters with mercury falling to zero.
  • If you are planning a visit to Nagaland in the winter months, do carry lots of warm clothing. Lots of thermal wear, jackets, woolens, everything needed to fight the biting cold. If the visit is in the rainy season, pack sufficient rain gear, windcheaters, gumboots and the rest.

Major tourist attractions of Nagaland

All tourist places in Nagaland speak of priceless charm. Being a state blessed with bounties of nature, it is just unblemished beauty waiting for tourists.

A Scene from Hornbill Festival - Nagaland Tour Guide
A Scene from Hornbill Festival | Image Courtesy: Maps of India
  • Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, has a mixture of urbanization and rural magic. The hills and valleys of Kohima are so overwhelming that tourists instantly fall in love with the place.
  • Mokokchung is famous for its rhododendron dotted hills. Valleys will be entirely covered with the beautiful flower during blooming seasons.
  • In Mon, you come face to face with tribal life. Naga tribal warriors are known for their tattooed faces and unique head gear.
  • In Kisama Heritage Village close to Kohima, tourists can learn everything about all 16 tribes of Nagaland. There are 16 huts built in the village, each depicting a different tribe. This is the place where Hornbill Festival is held every year.

Language and culture

A Nagaland tour guide has to touch upon the cultural and language barriers that tourists might face.

  • Though all tribes have their own language, English is the official language of Nagaland. Other than this, Nagamese, which has its roots in Assamese language, is also widely spoken. If you speak English, you can get around fairly well in Nagaland.
  • As most tribals got converted to Christianity, this is the major religion of the state. But the people still preserve their ancient tribal cultures.
  • Folklores and music are integral part of Naga culture. They attach high importance to songs immortalizing their warriors.
  • Weaving and crafts are part of their life. This knowledge has been passed on over generations.
  • Headhunting which was prevalent among tribals in the past, has been abandoned, for good!

Travelling to Nagaland

Due to the remote placing of Nagaland, transport facilities are not superb. Dimapur is the only place in Nagaland which has air connectivity. Railway network is minimal and Dimapur is the point for train travel also. Road travel is unavoidable in Nagaland. There is a decent network of roads. All the major tourist attractions are connected by roads, so if you love being on road, you are not likely to face much difficulties in travel.

Festivals of Nagaland – Nagaland Tour Guide

Before you start planning a Nagaland trip, you must consult a Nagaland tour guide to know when to visit, because Nagaland is a self-proclaimed land of festivals. And you might want to watch some of them in your visit.

Moatsu Festival
Moatsu Festival | Image Courtesy: India.com
  • Hornbill Festival celebrated in the first week of December every year, is the biggest crowd puller. This is one festival where all tribes gather in one place and display their art forms.
  • Sekrenyi Festival is celebrated by Angami tribe, in the month of February. This is a festival of purification.
  • Amongmong Festival is of Sangam tribe, where they get together before harvest. It is held in September.
  • Moatsu Festival belongs to Ao tribe, who use this as a means of entertainment after hectic jungle life. It is held in May.

Foodie’s Paradise – Nagaland Tour Guide

Feasting is an essential part of Nagaland culture. Tourists exploring Nagaland are often found relishing the world of Naga delicacies. Nagaland has the hottest chilies in the world, so apparently Naga food is spicy and hot. Rice, meat and fermented products form a major portion of their meals. Every tribe has its own cuisine. Some of their food preferences like silk worm larvae and snails may not appeal to all, nevertheless authentic Naga cuisine is definitely to be tried when you are there.

Shop Till You Drop – Nagaland Tour Guide

When you come back from a unique destination, your bags should have some memoirs that will always remind you of your wonderful journey. This Nagaland tour guide will guide you on the items worth bagging up in your trip.

  • Nagaland is famous for its bamboo and cane products. Though baskets and furniture can be bulky, you can take away some curios.
  • Naga women have excellent weaving skills. Colorful shawls, bags and dresses woven intricately and decorated with beads are a must in your shopping kit.
  • Curios made of carved wood are also available in plenty. Buy some of them that depict their local customs.
  • Naga warriors used several metal tools which they themselves fashioned out. Today they display it for tourists to buy.

More travel tips

Knowing about the place where you go and its customs is the key to a happy journey. So there are a few more things that Nagaland tour guide should mention for travelers.

  • People of Nagaland are known for their warmth and hospitality. They like to play host to tourists every once in a while. Respect their customs, which might be different from yours.

  • The state is not a totally cut off place, where people roam around wearing tribal costumes. And not all Nagas eat dog meat. Try out new dishes, without fearing what might be on your platter. They know about the differences.

  • Though the state has seen enough advancements in the past decade in the matter of internet and mobile connectivity, they may not be exceptional. Try to get two different networks, so that at least one might work.

  • Foreign tourists should make a point to carry their passport on them at all times. You may be required to show it any time.

  • All tourists, whether domestic or foreign, need to take a permit for travelling to Nagaland.

  • Do not make comments about the appearance of Naga people. They look different but are proud of their heritage.

  • In Nagaland do not expect shops to stay open till late night. Nagas mostly settle early for their night, especially in rural areas.

That covers up almost everything that you need to know about this amazing land. As you set forth, you might stumble upon new information. That is what travel is about. Something new waiting at every corner.

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Vijayawada, located on the banks of Krishna River, is one of the major cities in Andhra Pradesh. This densely populated city has a vibrant atmosphere, charming visitors. Though not a stereotypical tourist destination, Vijayawada has been a stopover for tourists moving from south to northern and eastern parts of India. And all those who visited the place were pleasantly surprised by what the city had to offer. A list of selected places to visit in Vijayawada for those venturing out.

7 Interesting places to visit in Vijayawada

1. Undavalli Caves

Undavalli Caves among teh places to visit in Vijayawada
Undavalli Caves | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Located close to Vijayawada is this set of caves that boast of unique rock-cut architecture. The caves date back to 7th century and is a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions. Originally a Jain temple, it was converted into a Hindu worship place. These caves have been carved out of sandstone hillock, giving it a magnificent background. Some of the caves are huge and are built in several floors. Imagine a multi-storied cave! One floor is entirely dedicated to Jain and Buddhist sculptures. The most prominent structure is the reclining pose of Lord Vishnu. Every pillar and sculpture here bears testimony to the skills of ancient civilizations. These caves are the best among Vijayawada attractions.

2. Bhavani Island Vijayawada

A sunset @ Bhavani Island
A sunset @ Bhavani Island

This is the largest island on Krishna River and the biggest tourist attraction of Vijayawada. A ferry ride will take tourists to this place known for its lazy calmness. In this island there aren’t too many attractions that you need to hop from one to another. It is just the place for a laid back holiday, where you can spend hours cozying up in the hammocks and reading your favorite book. There are stay options also in Bhavani Island Vijayawada, so if you prefer to stay in a serene place away from the noises of the city, no better place than this.

3. Prakasam Barrage

Prakasam Barrage
Prakasam Barrage | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

This is a man-made barrier across Krishna River connecting Krishna and Guntur districts. It also serves the purpose of a road bridge. Though the main objective behind its construction was irrigation, it has become more of a tourist spot owing to the scenic beauty of the locale. The view from the barrage is awesome, especially in the night, when the entire area will be lit up with bright colored lights. There are a few eateries around, making it a perfect spot for spending an evening. Prakasam Barrage is one among the selected places to visit in Vijayawada.

4. Kondapalli Fort

Kondapalli Fort
Kondapalli Fort | Image courtesy: Wikimedia

Another prominent one among Vijayawada attractions, Kondapalli Fort takes tourists on a history outing. Originally built by Musunuri Nayaks, the fort was under several successive empires. British rulers used it for their military purposes. The fort which has seen the rise and fall of many empires will have so many stories to tell! The main entrance itself speaks for all, a massive 15 feet high door made out of a single block of granite! Situated on a hillock, it is crowded by tourists, mostly on weekends.

5. Kanaka Durga Temple

Kanaka Durga Temple
Kanaka Durga Temple | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Now for a touch of divinity. Kanaka Durga temple is one of the selected places to visit in Vijayawada, provided you are a believer. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, and is said to be swayambhu deity. This means that the idol is self-manifested, nobody fixed it there! The temple is so old that it finds place in Vedic literatures. Built in Dravidian architectural style, it instantly transports worshippers to a spiritual realm. The golden crown on top of main sanctum is visible even from far. An ideal place to tune in to the divine, this is a major attraction of Vijayawada.

6. Victoria Museum

Bapu Museum
Bapu Museum | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Rechristened as Bapu Museum, this remains one of the best among Vijayawada attractions. The museum building displays an eclectic mix of Indian and European styles of architecture. It has several relics from the past which provide insights into the history of the city. Stone cut writings, coins and shields used by the kings of yore, aren’t they something that kids of today should know about? For archaeologists, it is a treat to set their eyes on so many rare items.

7. Gandhi Hill

A hillock that pays tribute to the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the selected places to visit in Vijayawada. This was the first memorial for the great soul to be constructed in India. Located at a height of 500 feet, Gandhi Hill has seven stupas surrounding the statue of Gandhiji. There is a stone slab with Gandhiji’s famous quotations engraved on it. There is also a library with a good collection of books if you want to learn more about him. A light and sound show and planetarium are the other attractions of the place. But the one that finds favor among kids is the toy train ride around the hills. Enjoy the ride, be a kid once in a while!

There are many hidden gems spread across the length and breadth of India. Pack your bags and embark on a journey to know the soul of India. You might even stumble upon some new destination.

Vijayawada is one of the destinations during our trip #OutOnRoads4Hornbill. You may love reading our plans for Hornbill festival.

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India, land of dynamic civilizations, land of colorful cultures and traditions, land of sages and mystics, has never ceased to fascinate tourists from all over the world. From north to south and east to west, every part of India has a different flavor. When thinking of exploring India, why not start from the southern tip, Kanyakumari? There are some really awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari that will fulfil the desires of every traveler. Let us have a fleeting look at them.

Oh yeah, before that, why Kanyakumari here? In fact, Kanyakumari is the starting point our journey to Kohima. We are traveling almost 4111 kilometers covering 11+ destination in 30 days for taking part in the great Hornbill Festival. You can also read about our plans for the Hornbill Festival before continuing to the best places to visit in Kanyakumari.

11 Selected Places to Visit in Kanyakumari

1. Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Devi Temple
Kanyakumari Devi Temple | Image Courtesy: IndianHoliday.com

Kanyakumari temple also known as Kumari Amman Temple, is the biggest tourist attraction of Kanyakumari. Located on the beach, the temple creates a divine atmosphere in the entire area. The Goddess here is an adolescent girl and so the name Kumari, which means girl. The temple dates back to Vedic times and it said to have been consecrated by the great sage, Parasurama.

The magnificent architecture and the awe inspiring idol of the temple attract scores of visitors. The diamond nose ring of the Goddess looks dazzling even from far. It is said that this was visible even from far seas, so ships often mistook the sparkle as a lighthouse, leading to many ship wrecks. To avoid this, the door of the temple facing the sea is always kept closed, except on special occasions.

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rocks in Kanyakumari is on my plans for the hornbill festival
Vivekananda Rocks in Kanyakumari

Located off the shores of Kanyakumari is this place which is among the most awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari. Swami Vivekananda had selected this rock, located at the confluence of three oceans, to contemplate on spirituality. As amazing as Kanyakumari sunrise is a trip to this rock island, which is dedicated to one of the most learned men in the history of India!

A ferry ride will take tourists to the island. There are two main structures, Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam. There is a museum which throws light into the light and teachings of the great saint. Meditate in the place which has still got the same powerful vibrations, perfect bliss!

3. Kanyakumari Beach

Beaches take a place among the best places to visit in Kanyakumari
Beaches take a place among the best places to visit in Kanyakumari | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

A visit to the beach and a dip in sacred waters form an integral part of your trip to Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari beach boasts of something very unique. It has the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal surrounding it. The place known as Triveni Sangam is a sacred site for Hindu worshipers.

Another astonishing fact is that in Kanyakumari, you can watch both sunrise and sunset from the same place. Advantage of being on the tip of land! Watching the crimson dot growing into the huge ball of fire over the vast horizon of ocean, Kanyakumari sunrise is magical! The beach is rocky and the sea is rough, so it is not a very good place to venture deep into the waters. Nevertheless, dip your feet in the holy ocean and feel divine energies engulfing you.

4. Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar Statue

Another attraction in the middle of sea, Thiruvalluvar statue is the first thing that captures your eyes when you visit seaside. Thiruvalluvar was a renowned Tamil poet and philosopher and was best known for his work, Thirukkural. The statue fixed on a rocky island in the ocean stands apart due to its enormity. It is 95 feet tall and is fixed on a pedestal which is 38 feet high. The pedestal is symbolic as it represents 38 chapters of Thirukkural. The slight bend around the waist of the statue is adapted from Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva. Take a ferry ride to this statue to view one of the most awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari.

5. Vattakottai Fort

Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar Statue

This is the place that lets you know about the past of this amazing destination. Kanyakumari was once under Travancore kingdom. Vattakottai fort, which means circular fort, was built by Travancore kings to fortify their territories. The fort made of granite blocks stands majestic along the coast. The fort has a picture perfect setting with parts of it jutting into the sea. Enjoy the splendid views of the placid Indian Ocean and turbulent Bay of Bengal and even the Western Ghats from this fort.

6. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace located near Kanyakumari is an addition to the list of most awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari. This palace was the official residence of erstwhile Travancore kings. The palace is a testimony to the simple lifestyle of Travancore kings. Unlike palaces in the northern parts of India, this palace is not about all gold and glitter. Intricately carved wooden doors and ceilings are the mark of the palace. Enter the rooms and you walk into another era, where kings and queens reigned. There are several ancient monuments displayed here, like swords and daggers used by the kings. A palace where history peeps from every corner, do make a point to visit this.

7. Thiruparappu Falls

Thiruparappu Falls
Thiruparappu Falls | Image Courtesy Wikimedia

Thiruparappu waterfalls will provide for a stopover on your way to Kanyakumari. Though not very gigantic in terms of size, the falls have a visual appeal. The waterfalls are 300 feet long and falls from a height of 50 feet. This place has got gushing falls almost throughout the year, so visitors can enjoy even in scorching summers. You can take a natural shower under the falls. Get drenched under the stream, with nature to accompany you. What a welcome change it will be from the swanky baths of your urban homes!

8. Gandhi Memorial

Gandhi Memorial in Kanyakumari
Gandhi Memorial in Kanyakumari

Gandhi Memorial is the place which brings fond remembrances of Mahatma Gandhi, father of nation for all Indians. The last remains of this great man were immersed in the Triveni Sangam in Kanyakumari. Before immersion, the urn containing the ashes was kept for public to pay homage. It was exactly in this place that Gandhi Memorial was built. Located on the sea shore, it resembles a temple in appearance and also in spirit. The structure has been built in such a way that on Gandhiji’s birthday, October 2, the first rays of sun fall on the place where ashes were kept.

9. Suchindram Temple

Suchindram Temple
Suchindram Temple

This temple is located close to Kanyakumari and is one of the most awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari owing to its spiritual value as well as impressive architecture. The temple is also called Thanumalayan Temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Sthanumalayan, a united form of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. This temple has been constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture with a giant gopuram, a pyramid shaped tower at the entrance. The seven storied gopuram is in white color, symbolizing the peace pervading in the area. Intricately carved images of god adorn the gopuram giving it a magnificent look.

10. Courtallam Waterfalls

Much hyped tourist destination in Tamil Nadu, Courtallam Falls, is surely a gift of nature. Though located at around 100 kms from Kanyakumari, this place is also worth a try when you are exploring the nearby areas. There are 9 waterfalls, some pretty small and some enormous. The biggest one falls from 60 m and is quite impressive. If you are scared of the mighty falls, you can try having a bath in the smaller ones. These waterfalls are dependent on rains for their supply, so if you happen to visit in extreme summers, you might be disappointed.

11. Mathur Hanging Bridge

Don’t imagine a bridge hanging in the air. This is actually an aqueduct carrying water for irrigation. As the terrain of the area is mostly hilly, this aqueduct was needed to bridge the gap between two villages. This concrete structure is supported by 28 huge pillars, the tallest pillar reaching a height of 115 feet. There is a flight of stairs to the top, allowing tourists to walk on the bridge, along the water. A walk high above the ground enjoying the scenic beauty down under, but with flowing water by your side! Isn’t that something? This bridge is truly one of the most awesome places to visit in Kanyakumari.

A trip to Kanyakumari will gift you some unforgettable moments. A place with enthralling sunrise and sunset views, majestic views of three oceans, Kanyakumari is unlike any other destination.

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11 Amazing Places to Visit in Nagaland | #OutOnRoads4Hornbill https://outonroads.com/places-to-visit-in-nagaland/ https://outonroads.com/places-to-visit-in-nagaland/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:20:15 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=122 A group of tribal dancers with colorful dresses and unique head gear, rhythmic beating of log drums and dancers swaying to the tunes, animal motifs outside every house- is this the picture that comes toContinue reading

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A group of tribal dancers with colorful dresses and unique head gear, rhythmic beating of log drums and dancers swaying to the tunes, animal motifs outside every house- is this the picture that comes to your mind when one says Nagaland? Well, the state is more or less about the same. Nagaland is a state with its own culture and traditions. There are several amazing places to visit in Nagaland, all exuding a unique charm!

My Selected Places to Visit in Nagaland

1. Dimapur

Dimapur in Nagaland is a place where the modern co-exists with medieval. One of the most amazing places to visit in Nagaland, Dimapur is the place that officially marks entry into Nagaland.

Ruins of Dimasa Kingdom in Dimapur
Kachari Ruins in Dimapur
  • Kachari ruins are the most famous among attractions of Dimapur. They are actually ruins in the literal sense, dilapidated and ignored, they still give us an idea about the prosperous days of Kachari tribe that ruled the place. The dome shaped stone pillars are quite a sight!

  • Rangapahar Reserve Forest in Dimapur is the place for nature lovers. Watch lots of animals and birds in this paradise of nature.

2. Wokha

Doyang Dam Wokha
Doyang Dam, Wokha

Wokha has been declared as ‘land of plenty’ by the government of Nagaland, due to its rich mineral reserves and fertile soil. A very scenic locale, Wokha is one of the most amazing places to visit in Nagaland.

  • Located near Kohima, this place is blessed with abundant natural beauty. There is a tourist village set up here to let the tourists get insights into life of Lotha tribe, who predominate the area.

  • Doyang River in Wokha has an unblemished beauty, devoid of all commercial tourist activities. No shouting of vendors or guides, just nature all around!

3. Dzukou Valley

Ravishing Dzokou Valley in Nagaland | What you should know about Nagaland?
Dzokou Valley in Nagaland

Located 30 kms away from Kohima, Dzukou Valley is a paradise for trekkers. This place is Nagaland’s answer to the famous Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. During spring season, lots of multi-colored, rare flowers bloom in the valley, making it look as though nature has splashed an array of colors over the valley! The valley also has a number of cold water streams running across its length and breadth. A trek in this valley is one of the most scenic and admired treks in India.

4. Mount Pauna

The third highest peak of Nagaland, Mont Pauna, is breathtakingly beautiful.

Mount Pauna
Mount Pauna
  • This peak is a part of Benreu ranges and looks heavenly as the valley is seen brimming with rhododendrons and orchids during the flowering season.

  • Benreu village is a tiny hamlet close to Mount Pauna, where one can experience the joys of simple rustic life. The villagers are known for their hospitality and warmth.

  • Mount Pauna also has lots of curiously shaped monoliths and rocks to its credit. Just walk around, you might stumble upon some of them!

5. Triple Falls

Though a part of Dimapur, the Triple Falls deserves a separate mention just by reason of its magnificent beauty. This waterfall, as the name indicates, is an accumulation of 3 dazzling white streams falling from a height of 280 ft. They form a natural pool at the bottom, enthralling tourists with pristine charm. The surroundings of the waterfall are spotlessly clean, so you can relax on the sides, watching the stunning falls and listening to its sweet purring! One of the amazing places to visit in Nagaland, do not miss out on this one.

6. Kohima

Capital city Kohima is the icing on the cake for tourists trotting to Nagaland. A place with a rich history, Kohima is a treat for all kinds of tourists.

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland
Kohima, the capital of Nagaland
  • The battle of Kohima will find its place in every book on history. Kohima war cemetery is dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the historic battles.

  • A trip to Kohima is truly fulfilling with a visit to its museum. Here you get to see the artefacts and costumes of all 16 tribes of the state.

  • Shilloi Lake is another attraction of Kohima. This picturesque lake surrounded by green cover on all sides, is also considered as sacred.

  • Touphema village has a collection of small huts intricately designed in the Naga style. Here you can blend with the traditional Naga life.

7. Khonoma Green Village

Situated at around 20 kms from Kohima is this village which is one of the amazing places to visit in Nagaland by reason of the values that the people of the village have cultivated. This is an eco-friendly village and the villagers have entirely given up hunting, their traditional way of gathering food. Instead they have turned to agriculture and have adopted a way of living that sustains their natural resources. In times where the so-called educated urban folk are least bothered about exploiting nature, simple village people have such farsightedness! Handlooms, handicrafts, basket weaving, everything here maintains a touch with nature.

8. Mokokchung

Another popular tourist destination, Mokokchung is a pretty, charming locale. Though a lively place with tints of modernization, the place still holds on to its cultures.

Mokokchung in Nagaland
Mokokchung in Nagaland
  • Longkhum in Mokokchung is a place straight out of heaven. If the beautiful rhododendron covered hills do not fill your hearts with joy, nothing else will!

  • Langpangkong Caves are a trip back to olden times. Set amidst lush greenery, these caves are thought to have given shelter to Ahom kings who ruled the place.

  • Molung village is the place where Christianity first took roots in Nagaland. Visit the place if you are interested in learning how a major portion of Naga people got converted.

9. Phek

Phek is a splendid mountainside town in Nagaland. The people of the place have mostly taken up agriculture as their means of living. The terraced farms of the area have a homely look to them. There is Phek waterfall in the middle of the jungle, which requires a difficult walk through the woods to reach. Dzudu Lake, another attraction hidden inside the thickets, is as charming as a lake could be. Glory Peak in Phek is where you can spend some moments in awe, watching the queen of all peaks, Mount Everest. With jaw dropping scenery, this is one of the most amazing places to visit in Nagaland.

10. Mon

Mon is the land with rich cultural history. The villages here are ruled by ‘Angh’ or the chief, who exerts considerable power over people.

Mon in Nagaland
Mon in Nagaland
  • Konyak Nagas of Mon look different from the other tribes. With their colorful tattooed faces and blackened teeth, they might send a chill down your spine!

  • The people of Mon believe that they are the direct descendants of Noah. So they have fashioned their names also in a biblical manner.

  • Longwa in Mon is a village that shares border with Myanmar. The village chief’s house falls partly in India and partly in Myanmar. A ruler in two countries?

  • Veda Peak, the highest peak in Mon, gives you panoramic views of Brahmaputra River in India and Chindwin River in Myanmar.

11. Tuensang

Tuensang is a relatively urbanized part of Nagaland. This place is famous for its indigenous handicrafts and jewelries. Though Chang tribes were the earliest inhabitants of Tuensang, there are other tribes also and all of them live peacefully, displaying a blend of tribal traditions. Longtrok in Tuensang is famous for six enormous stone structures, which are believed to be personifications of God! Noklak is the village famed for tribal arts and exclusive cane work.

Once in Nagaland, you will notice that every place is different from others in some way, yet all the places are bound together by some common customs. A destination that will never stop mesmerizing you, Nagaland definitely deserves more applause and appreciation.

However, before you set off for Nagaland, it is good to learn a few facts about the hornbill festival in this northeast Indian state.

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What are my plans for the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland? #OutOnRoads4Hornbill https://outonroads.com/plans-for-the-hornbill-festival-of-nagaland/ https://outonroads.com/plans-for-the-hornbill-festival-of-nagaland/#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:36:22 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=102 So, we have been searching a lot about the Hornbill festival and Nagaland. People started asking me about my plans for the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland and I realize that it’s high time to shareContinue reading

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So, we have been searching a lot about the Hornbill festival and Nagaland. People started asking me about my plans for the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland and I realize that it’s high time to share my itinerary here. There’s nothing so rigid, but an outline that I wish to follow with enough room for alterations. That’s only if you have suggestions which could improve my trip outcomes.

Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland
Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland | This is the place where hornbill festival is celebrated

My Plans for the Hornbill Festival

Well, before going into my plans for the Hornbill festival of Nagaland, I must tell you a bit about the #OutOnRoads4Hornbill Project. In fact we are two men traveling from Kanyakumari until Kohima for taking part in this great festival. Why are we traveling so long, around 4000+ kilometers? We all know and believe that India is a large country with superbly diverse culture and lifestyle. We are traveling from the southern tip of India to the northeastern edge to explore and experience its cultural richness. We are going to make a documentary that focus on the landscape, food, dressing styles, and anything that we find interesting as we drive through the Indian Terrain.

We sketch to conclude our documentary at the Hornbill festival where 16 major tribes of Nagaland come together and join their hands to make it a cultural extravaganza. The entire documentary is planned for digital media and will be shot and edited by a crew of 3 members. Out of the 3, the one who stays back at our base in Kochi will focus on the editing and administrative supports while the other 2 roam, experience, and capture.

We are beginning our journey on 20 November, 2017 from Kanyakumari. A precise view of the trip would be like this…

4000+ kilometers, 11+ destinations, 30 days, and India.

Of course, a travel from Kanyakumari to Kohima cannot represent the whole India, but can reveal a bit of it.

#OutOnRoads4Hornbill Itinerary

Vivekananda Rocks in Kanyakumari is on my plans for the hornbill festival

Destination 1: Kanyakumari

That’s our starting point. Yet, there are a lot of things to see and learn about Kanyakumari more than the most famous Vivekananda rocks and the sunrise-sunset view points of the place. On 20 November 2017, we will cover as much as we can in the Cape Comorin or what we know today as Kanyakumari before we set out for Pondicherry that night.

<- Vivekananda Rocks in Kanyakumari is on my plans for the Hornbill Festival | Image Courtesy: Max Pixel

Destination 2: Rameswaram

Another thing in my plans for the Hornbill Festival is Rameswaram. The nearest point of Indian mainland to Sri Lanka, and of course, one of the most revered places in India by Hindus, Rameswaram also has some of the haunted places in the country like Danushkodi. We are trying to explore the place and experience the truth as we voyage to Nagaland. 

Danushkodi in Rameswaram is also in the list on my plans for the Hornbill Festival | Image Courtesy: Ashwin Kumar Flickr ->

Danushkodi in Rameswaram is also in the list
Beach Promenade in Pondicherry has earned its space in our travel

Destination 3: Pondicherry

We know that the beaches of Pondicherry are so renowned among the travel geeks of India. More than just the beaches, we will also explore the French connection of Pondicherry and its influence on the existing lifestyle of people there. Not just Kerala, this quiet little town on the coast of Bay of Bengal too has some of the tranquil backwaters.

<- Beach Promenade in Pondicherry has earned its space in our travel | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Destination 4: Vijayawada

This one is something unique; a city in Andhra Pradesh that is so close to its proposed capital Amaravathi, yet not the capital. It is also among those cities in the state that is commercially very much active, yet it has some tranquil places for the solitude lovers in you like the Bhavani Island. We are going to stay almost 36 hours in Vijayawada.

A sunset @ Bhavani Island | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia ->

A sunset @ Bhavani Island
Visakhapatnam has some exotic beaches

Day 5: Visakhapatnam

More beaches, and so, more seafood. In addition to the beaches, there is this wonderful Bora Caves where you can and walk into the ancient underground houses of humans. From Bora Caves you can continue your expedition to the natural beauty of Arakku Valley before you kick off to Bhubaneswar.

<- Visakhapatnam has some exotic beaches | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Day 6: Bhubaneswar

The Temple City of India has  a lot of stories to share with us. Though it has grown to the best among the Smart Cities of India, Bhubaneswar is naturally blessed and humanely preserved. While the city itself hosts many temples, there are also Konark Sun temple and Puri Jaganath Temple that we can always access easily from the capital of Orissa, and we are going to stay here for two days.

Lingraj Temple Bhubaneswar | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia ->

Lingraj Temple Bhubaneswar
Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Day 7: Kolkata

The City of Joy is one of the most lively cities in India. When population and pollution downsize Kolkata, the streets of this ancient capital of British India is a feast for food lovers. We will be spending 2 days in Kolkata for traveling around and tasting a variety of cuisines.

<- Victoria Memorial in Kolkata has become a must-visit spot on my plans for the Hornbill Festival | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Day 8: Guwahati

Guwahati, the capital of Assam, is regarded as the gateway to northeast India.  Clinched on to the foothills of Shillong plateau, Guwahati attracts many pilgrims to Kamakhya temple that is placed atop the Nilachal hill. By the way, even if you are an Indian, you need to get a permit to enter Nagaland. You can read more about it in our “A Brief About Nagaland“. We are getting our entry permit to Nagaland from Guwahati. 

Kamakhya  Temple, Guwahati | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia ->

Kamakhya Guwahati
Ruins of Dimasa Kingdom in Dimapur

Day 9: Dimapur

Yes we are in Nagaland, and Dimapur is the largest urban area in Nagaland. Moreover, this fastest growing city of Nagaland was once the capital of Dimasa Kingdom. We are stopping here to experience the present and for investigating the past.

<- Ruins of Dimasa Kingdom in Dimapur | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

Day 10: Kohima

Yes it is the capital of Nagaland. It is a beautiful city yet least explored among the amazing places of India. When traveling to Nagaland the natural beauty and rich heritage of Kohima cannot be left untouched. This scenic small urban space in Nagaland too has an unfortunate history. Kohima was one of the places in India where World War II was fought. 

Kohima Cathedral in Kohima | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia ->

Kohima Cathedral in Nagaland
Kisama, the heritage village of Nagaland

Day 11: Kisama

Well, the cream of my plans for the hornbill festival is Kisama. In fact, the great hornbill festival is not conducted in Kohima, but in Kisama. And that’s what we are going to do in Kisama – just enjoy the festival. However, there are a few things that you must know about Nagaland before you set out for the hornbill festival, and they are here.

<- The Heritage Village in Nagaland | Image Courtesy: Maps of India

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Kisama, the Naga Heritage Village | Out on Roads Travels https://outonroads.com/kisama-naga-heritage-village/ https://outonroads.com/kisama-naga-heritage-village/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:33:56 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=83 Nagaland, the tiny state nestled in the north eastern corner of India, stands apart due to its rich culture and heritage. This state was originally inhabited by 16 different tribes with different cultures. With theContinue reading

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Nagaland, the tiny state nestled in the north eastern corner of India, stands apart due to its rich culture and heritage. This state was originally inhabited by 16 different tribes with different cultures. With the passage of time, these tribes and their cultures started to wither off. Kisama, the Naga heritage village, is an attempt by the government of Nagaland to mend the broken pieces and revive the ancient traditions of Nagaland tribes.

Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland
Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland Image courtesy: Nagaland Journal – WordPress.com

Location of Kisama

Kisama, the Naga heritage village, is located 10 kms away from capital city, Kohima. It has been picturesquely established on the foothills of majestic evergreen hills. The tribal setting in the backdrop of mountains looks picture perfect.

Facts about Kisama

A visit to Kisama, the Naga heritage village, is an indispensable part of Nagaland trip. Knowing a few things about the place will be good for planning a trip.

A Scene in Kisama, the Heritage Village
A Scene in Kisama, the Naga Heritage Village | Image courtesy: Maps of India
  • The motive behind forming the village was to preserve ancient traditions and ethnicity of tribal people of Nagaland. Without this initiative, the rich heritage would have become a thing of the past.

  • The entire village has a different appearance with a cluster of 16 houses, each depicting a different tribe. Entering the village, you feel as though you have stepped into another era!

  • Tribal houses in the village are called ‘morung’. They have thatched roof and are made of wood and bamboo. The relics of tribal culture are artfully displayed inside and outside the houses. Log drums, which are integral parts of Naga culture, are also displayed outside the houses.

  • There is a World War Museum inside the premises of the village displaying remnants of the battle of Kohima and Second World War. The museum pays tribute to Nagaland soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.

  • This is the place where the famous Hornbill Festival, the cultural extravaganza of Nagaland, is held every year. During the first week of December every year, the village comes alive with festive spirits. Lately, even international tourists have started flocking the place to witness the colorful celebration.

  • Though Hornbill festival is the biggest attraction, the village is worth a visit even in other seasons to get insights into Naga tribal culture.

Kisama, the heritage village of Nagaland
Kisama, the naga heritage village of Nagaland | Image courtesy: Maps of India

How to reach Kisama?

For reaching the heritage village, Dimapur is the nearest place which has facilities for air and rail travel. Dimapur is located 40 kms from Kisama and it takes a couple of hours by cab to reach Kisama.
If the mysterious life and culture of tribals have been fascinating you, Kisama in Nagaland is just the place for you. There is no better way to become one with the simple, yet vibrant life.

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What You Need to Know About Hornbill Festival Before Starting to Nagaland? https://outonroads.com/about-hornbill-festival-in-nagaland/ https://outonroads.com/about-hornbill-festival-in-nagaland/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:12:03 +0000 https://outonroads.com/?p=80 Did you know that the north eastern part of India has a lot of untapped potential for tourism? Nagaland, located in the eastern most tip of India is the finest example of cultural diversity blendingContinue reading

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Did you know that the north eastern part of India has a lot of untapped potential for tourism? Nagaland, located in the eastern most tip of India is the finest example of cultural diversity blending with natural beauty. Hornbill Festival, the biggest attraction of Nagaland, is the best setting to learn about this land of festivals. Know more about Hornbill Festival before you plan a trip.

A scene from the Hornbill festival of Nagaland, what is hornbill festival of nagaland | About Hornbill Festival
A scene from the Hornbill festival of Nagaland | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

About Hornbill Festival

Nagaland is a land inhabited by 16 different tribes, each of which has its own culture and traditions. Hornbill Festival is a platform where all the tribes get to showcase their talents. People from all parts of Nagaland gather at this mega event making it a vibrant celebration. A classic illustration of ‘unity in diversity’! Started by the government in the year 2000 as a ‘festival of festivals’ to promote Naga heritage, the festival has indeed met its goal.

Why Hornbill?

Angami tribe is performing during the Hornbill festival
Angami tribe is performing during the Hornbill festival | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia

This question might have already popped in your mind. Hornbill is a bird which finds place in all Naga folklores. So what better name than this to depict the ancient culture? It is ironical that this bird is almost on the verge of extinction in the state, thanks to the rampant hunting that prevailed in the past. Hornbill absent from the scene, but the name carries on.

What to expect?

The major fact about Hornbill Festival is that it is attracting more tourists with every passing year.

A Drive to Nagaland
Tribes of Nagaland | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia
  • The festival takes place in Kisama Heritage Village close to Kohima, in the first week of December every year.

  • A unique mélange of cultural performances of 16 different tribes, under one roof! This can be experienced only in Nagaland.

  • Feasting being an essential part of Naga culture, the venue will let you dig into the local delicacies. Not just eat, you can also see how it is cooked.

  • Naga tribal warriors appear on the scene in their full battle gear, with colorful costumes, ornaments and caps. Amazing how the customs and costumes of each tribe is different from the rest!

  • There are some interesting games also as part of the festival, like Naga chilly eating competition, pork eating and other traditional games like archery. Why not try a hand?

  • Tourists can interact with the veterans of Nagaland tribes to learn more about their culture. Let us hear it from the horse’s mouth!

  • The festival also has exhibitions and sale of traditional art and craft items. Unique things that you won’t find elsewhere.

  • Musical concerts are integral elements of this celebration. Lose yourself in the high spirited environment.

Doesn’t this make your heart yearn for a trip to Nagaland? It’s not all that difficult. A bit of planning and a good companion are all you need to set forth.

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