Kohima Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival ?.Where the gusto of tribal culture comes in grand!

Also known as Naga Hornbill Festival, it is a popular event of Kohima where a large part of population depends on agriculture. Most of their festivals here are related to agriculture. Considered as sacred events, the tribes of Nagaland believe the participation in the festival is compulsory. The Government of Nagaland conducts the festival to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland. It also encourages the inter-tribal interaction.

Time and Venue of the Festival

Hornbill Festival is an annual event, celebrated in the first week of December. It is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama that lies about 12 km from Kohima.


The Festival is named after a bird, Hornbill. This is a widely respected bird that finds its mention in the folklore of the tribes of the state.


Hornbill Festival exhibits a medley of cultural displays under single roof. All the tribes of Nagaland participate in the festival. The aim of the event is to encourage the rich culture of Nagaland, which exhibits its extravagance and traditions.

The event provides a closer understanding of the locals. Visiting Nagaland during the Horn bill festival provides you the opportunity to enjoy the dance, song, food and custom of the place. A "Night-Bazaar" concludes the celebration of each day.


The week-long festival unifies one and all in Nagaland. People come forward to enjoy the colourful performances, sports, crafts, games, food fairs and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts like wood carvings, paintings and sculptures are on display.

The traditional Naga Morung exhibition is the highlight of the place. Other highlights of the festival include:

  • Sale of arts and crafts
  • Food stalls
  • Flower shows and sales
  • Herbal medicine stalls
  • Cultural medley-songs and dances
  • Fashion shows
  • Traditional archery
  • Naga wrestling
  • Beauty contest
  • Indigenous games
  • Musical concert

How to Reach

By Air: Dimapur(74 km) is the only airport which connects Nagaland with cities lie Delhi and Kolkata.

By Rail: Dimapur is the main railway station at 74 km.

By Road: A good network of roads connects Nagaland with Imphal, Guwahati, Shillong and Kolkata. Nagaland State Transport Buses are a good option.

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