Nagaland stands on the eastern frontier of India, as culturally removed from the rest of the country as it is geographically. Basic innovations of modernity have only just begun to creep into the lives of the ancient tribes who live here. This remote land is steeped in legend and bears testimony to a history of warring factions who made their own laws of land and territory. Here, man’s courage was once tested by the number of human skulls that hung on his front wall. This macabre, albeit intriguing, culture of Nagaland, has an interesting juxtaposition with the idyllic beauty of its landscape. It is one of the remotest places in India where Nature preserves its own assets, unspoiled by human hands. A Nagaland cultural tour is an eye-opener of sorts. It exposes you to a new world where minutes and seconds have no significance. It is a celebration of free spirits in a land blessed by the Gods that the tribes worship.
Nagaland is one of Northeast India’s most beautiful destinations, brimming with culture. Various tribes have claimed this part of the land as their home. Your tour will include visits to incredibly beautiful places as Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Tuensang, and Mon. Witnessing the tribes’ lifestyles up close, steeped in their own unique traditions, will be of particular interest. You will likely never forget the experience of interacting with the various tribes of Nagaland. Please note: The following itinerary is only our suggestion, indicating one of several possibilities. We cater to your needs when arranging holidays. If you would like to modify or tailor a particular tour, just contact us; we are here to make your Northeast India tour among the very best.
Make a journey back in time as you step into a 100-year old tea estate with ancient bungalows replete with all the paraphernalia of the colonial era. This tour is a pursuit of the British planter’s life as it was on tea estates at the turn of the last century. While the trip includes several interesting activities like river rafting, wildlife safaris and interacting with local tribes, there are no fixed schedules and to-do lists. The idea is for you to sit back and relax and savour the languid pace of life on a plantation. Our guides can give you a tour of the local market where you can interact with villagers for an authentic taste of Assamese life. Or, you could just as easily relax on the veranda of the estate and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of the estate’s tea. The tour celebrates the joie de vivre of unhurried days and quiet self-reflection that have now become the relics of a bygone era. Best time to visit: September to February
Dzukou Valley bordering Manipur and Nagaland is one of the most pristine spots in the northeast not least because of the remoteness of the location; but also because of the low hanging clouds that cover the valley in fresh due every morning. The valley is replete with wild flowers cascading rivers and verdant forest with some excellent trails for trekking. our five-day tour of Dzukou Valley takes you to the heart of the valley through Vismewa village and gives you a true taste of the outdoors with overnight stay in tents. Best time to visit: September to April Please Note: All travellers must be over 18 years of age to be eligible for this trek. Previous trekking experience will be an advantage, although not mandatory. For first time trekkers, it is advisable to practice stamina- building exercises and undergo a fitness programme prior to the trip. This trek is not advisable for those with any chronic ailments like heart diseases and for pregnant women.
Hornbill Festival is the biggest and most widely celebrated festival in Nagaland. Witness the festivities up, close and personal as ethnic Naga people come together to celebrate their cultural legacy through traditional music, dance, clothes and food. Our tour takes you to the heart of the festival and gives you an intimate insight into the lives of the tribal people. Visit the first Green Village in India, spend a night in tents at a local village and get a true feel of the Nagaland countryside. Trip dates: December
Nagaland is one of Northeast India’s most beautiful destinations, brimming with culture. Various tribes have claimed this part of the land as their home. Your tour will include visits to places like Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Tuensang and Mon. Witnessing the tribes’ lifestyles up close, steeped in their own unique traditions, will be of particular interest. This is an experience like no other with an introduction to Nagaland’s history and an intriguing study in anthropology. Best time to visit: Around the year Please note: The following itinerary is only suggestive, indicating one of several possibilities. We cater to your needs when arranging holidays. If you would like to modify or tailor a particular tour, just contact us. We are here to make your India tour among the very best.
Northeast India is a region of great cultural and evolved artistic capabilities. Skills of the indigenous people combined with available natural resources have opened up unique possibilities of artistry and craftsmanship. The distinct design and aesthetics of each community, the rich culture, the fervor to live in close proximity of nature, and the urge to be self-reliant has created this exceptional land of promise. The village lifestyle involves handloom and handicraft for most native tribes making it an integral occupation for many and a fringe activity for few. Cane, bamboo, silk, cotton, metal, wood, seed, stone, clay and many more available resources are used to craft goods and magic weaves. It is also a livelihood for several artisans who have made northeast proud by showcasing to the world its rich traditions. The priceless skills and ethnic practices need conservation and expansion to withstand the impact of modern age. Best time to visit: September to March
There are 16 tribes that live across Nagaland, of mixed Indo-Mongoloid lineage. It is fascinating to see the lives of these indigenous people from close quarters and see them slowly embracing modern innovations while preserving their ancient cultural customs. While on the one hand, the last surviving ‘headhunters’ of the Konyak tribe still inhabit the Ahng region of Nagaland, the grizzly human skulls once displayed on their front walls, have now changed to animal heads instead. On the other hand, the next generation of Nagas are reinventing traditional fabrics and motifs to create new designs in their forays into modern fashion. The major tribes like the Angami, Lotha, Ao, Konyak, Chang etc. each have their distinct rituals, dress, tattoos, language and customs. Tribal tattoos in fact, must be earned as recognition of individual acts of valour. This confluence of diverse cultural identities is celebrated at the annual Hornbill Festival, a major draw for tourists in Nagaland.
Nagaland is the land of festivals. With such a diverse demography of indigenous tribes, the state’s cultural calendar is full with various festivals around the year. The Amongmong Festival of the Sangam tribe is a 6-day long affair that makes the beginning of the harvest season. It is celebrated in the first week of September with much gaiety and merrymaking. The biggest festival of Nagaland of course is the Hornbill Festival. This is where all the different tribes come together to celebrate their rich cultural legacies through dance music and traditional attire. Hornbill festival is celebrated annually in the first week of December. In February, Nagaland comes alive with the vibrant Nazu Festival of the Pochury tribe. The colourful festival is celebrated through the traditional ‘khupielilie’ dance. Experienced tribal festival tour operators have all the information you need about festival dates and can plan your itinerary accordingly.
Nagaland has earned this moniker owing to its picturesque landscape amidst verdant forest, rolling meadows, and cascading rivers that remain unspoiled by the ravages of tourism. The state is slowly becoming a favoured destination for the discerning traveller. You can choose to relax and get in touch with your inner self in the tranquillity of the place; or let your senses come alive with the exhilaration of a high-adrenaline activity like trekking along one of the three mountain ranges that frame the north and south frontiers of the state. The Dzukou Valley trek is one of the most popular treks in the state and includes scaling the Japfu Peak at 3140m. Nagaland features prominently on the itineraries of the best photography tour operators in India. There is so much variety in terms of topography as well as foliage. The local wildlife is another attribute of Nagaland as the animals thrive in their natural environment undisturbed and free.
A tour of Nagaland is not complete without seeing the local art and craft of the tribal people. The Nagas are expert weavers and use traditional methods of weaving to craft intricate shawls and fabrics. A tribal village tour of Nagaland brings you in contact with Naga women spinning cotton as they hum ancient tunes, while the men craft chairs and baskets out of bamboo. A tribal village tour will take you across Khonoma, Kigwema village, Mezoma and Kisama to name a few. This tour is especially interesting for art enthusiasts looking to discover old and obscure designs. Pottery is another craft practised by the Nagas for several centuries. It’s a fascinating craft to see up close. The potters use the same wheels as their forefathers and mould the same designs they have been creating for generations. You can pick up a souvenir or two from the workshops of these local artisans.
With government initiative to promote tourism, Nagaland is now more accessible by road, rail and air. The influx of tourism has also given way to several hotel and guest houses across the state. So you can have a full day of adventure outdoors and retire to the comfort of your hotel at night. Nagaland is unlike any other place you may have visited. It is a treasure trove of natural beauty that remains largely undiscovered. The tribes, the customs and the uncharted landscape lend mystique to the place. Like much of the northeast, Nagaland has a way of drawing you in. Once you visit, you’ll want to go back for more. So whether it’s a full Nagaland cultural tour that you fancy or a tribal village tour that you’re after, come to Nagaland for a trip like no other.