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.
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.
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 ->
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 ->
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 ->
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 ->
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 ->
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
How are we traveling?
We are traveling by road on a SUV (Renault Duster) and we try to cover as much as possible on our journey. You can expect videos from each and every place – both travel videos and food videos. To watch our videos please do visit our YouTube Channel here. Oh yeah, please do subscribe and click on the notifications bell for getting regular updates from us.