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Tribesmen at Hornbill Festival


Cultural Fireworks at India’s Hornbill Festival

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Nagaland tribes at their Hornbill Festival. This sacred event is a riotous display of culture and heritage, with tribal performances, dances, and feasts acting as a brilliant, entertaining shorthand for centuries of tradition.

When to go
From price
$10,500 pp*
Ideal length
7 nights


You’ll stay in a luxury camp nestled in the foothills of immense Japfu Mountain. While absorbing the comfort and peacefulness of your accommodation, the tribes of Nagaland will deliver a traditional welcome ahead of the festival.

Venture to Kisma village—the location of the Hornbill Festival. Gathered here are all 16 tribes of Nagaland ready to demonstrate their idiosyncratic cultures amid an itinerary that includes everything from a literary festival to climbing a greased bamboo pole.

The highlight however is the cultural presentation of each tribe, displaying their colorful attire, skilled handicrafts, culinary tics, and more distinguishing one tribe from a sub-tribe. Sit back and be enchanted by this display of cultural extroversion (while avoiding entering the chili eating contest).


Kaziranga National Park is a protected marshland and home of the greater one-horned rhinoceros. With a naturalist as your private guide, you’ll embark on a safari in this UNESCO-listed wilderness to see these endangered animals—as well as coming across elephants, tigers, and leopards—in their natural habitat.

Afterward, board a private vessel for a dolphin safari on the Brahmaputra River before visiting a 10th-century Hatimura temple. Within the lush surrounds of a private tea estate, you’ll sit down for a refreshing lunch.  

Your trip finale involves a flight to Bandhavgarh National Park. Here, in the company of an expert ranger, you’ll track majestic tigers through the wilderness. With the ranger’s experience and some luck, a sighting of these incredible predators among the grassy tracks and trees of the park is a profound ending to your intoxicating journey.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on a group of 6 traveling for 7 nights excluding international flights.