Hornbill Festival Motorcycle Tour
The Nagaland tribes celebrate their festivals with taste and fervor. Over 60% of Nagaland’s population lives off agriculture and so most of their festivals revolve around it. They consider their festival sacred and therefore participation in these festivals is obligatory for them. The Festival takes its name from the hornbill, the sacred and highly respected bird, which is celebrated in folklore in most of the tribes of the state.
29 Nov’19: Arrive Delhi + City Tour
Arrive New Delhi International Airport by flight. Meet our representative at exit gate & get transferred to pre- booked Hotel.
After wash & Change you will take for sightseeing of Delhi visiting guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Then drive pass through Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jahan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President’s House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy’s House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
30 Nov’19: Delhi – Guwahati (Vistara; UK 946, 1110 / 1330 Hrs)
Arrive Guwahati by air. On your arrival meet your guide at the airport and drive towards hotel. On arrival check into hotel.
In the afternoon we will take the opportunity to introduce you to your motorbikes and brief you regarding the latest local conditions and what can be expected in the coming days.
01 Dec’19: Guwahati – Cherrapunjee (170 kms / 05 – 06 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from hotel and start your ride to Cherrapunji which has the distinction of receiving some of the highest rainfall ever recorded. You will ride close to the Bangladesh border on excellent roads with very little traffic. You shall stop over at a small Khasi village en-route for a scrumptious traditional meal. Cherrapunji has much to offer including the natural root bridges and some of the deepest caves in India.
02 Dec’19: Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong (70 kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast drive from Shillong to Mawlynnong Village. Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighboring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.
03 Dec’19: Cherrapunjee – Kaziranga National Park (270 kms / 6 -7 hrs)
After an early breakfast check out from hotel and drive towards Kaziranga National park – an UNESCO World Heritage site and the home of the world famous One Horned Rhinos. On arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.
Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools. It has been declared as National Park in 1974. Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.
04 Dec’19: Kaziranga National Park
Early morning we shall go for an elephant ride – Elephant ride is the best way to behold the vigour and charm of the enchanting wildlife of the park. Return to resort for your breakfast. Mid morning explore a village inhabited by Mishing tribe and Kaziranga Orchid center. Afternoon go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park.
05 Dec’19: Kaziranga National Park – Kohima (270 kms / 6 – 7 hrs)
After breakfast check out from hotel and ride towards Kohima – the capital of Nagaland and the home of Angami Naga. On arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.
This picturesque town – Kohima is the home of the brave and daring, yet simple and innocent, Naga tribes. Lapped in the eastern frontiers of the Himalayan mountain range, Kohima is marked by an unhurried pace of life, calm and serene environs and fresh, unpolluted air, which make a welcome change for a jaded city dweller. A typical Naga town, it depicts the exotic tribal culture of the northeast and offers a panoramic view of the neighboring hills.
06 Dec’19: Kohima
After breakfast visit and photograph one of the most fascinating festivals of Nagaland – the Hornbill festival, where the various tribes of Nagaland get together to showcase their customs and traditions. Spend entire day spent at Kisama village – the location of Hornbill Festival. . If time permits visit Hornbill festival carnival (approx timing 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM). Colorful stall adored with sparkling lights, each one has something unique to offer. (Festival program as per schedule)
It was in the year 2000, the State Government of Nagaland desirous of promoting tourism embarked upon an ambitious project to exploit the cultural assets of Nagaland, through a weeklong festival to coincide with the celebrations of Nagaland Statehood Day on 1st December. Thus the inception of the Nagaland Hornbill Festival is so named is collective reverence to the bird enshrined in the cultural to espouse the spirit of unity in diversity. Today this festival has become one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior of Nagaland, where thousands of tourists from different counties are being attracted. Even if tremendous modernity have entered into their lives, but the well preserved rich tradition, their unique heritage and customs, legacy, are being displayed in this 10 days converge of cultural, dance and sporting bash.
07 Dec’19: Kohima – Day trip to Khonoma & Jakhama (20 kms / 1 hr)
Morning visit Hornbill festival ground. Later ride visit to Khonoma – the green village. Khonoma is an Angami-tribe warrior village that is known for its battles with the English and for its leading role in the Naga freedom struggle. In recent years Khonoma has become famous for its community-based conservation projects and eco-friendly tourism initiatives. we shall visit the Jakhama Village to witness the multifaceted Naga way of life. Walk through in the village takes you through paddy fields and the riverbanks where you can watch the Angamis fish and farm in their traditional ways, as they have done for hundreds of generations. As we weave through the village, we stop at local pigsties, fisheries and even a snail farm. Also see walls of houses riddled with bullet marks from World War II.
Later visit the World War Cemetery – constructed in memory of the officers and men who made supreme sacrifices during World War II. On each grave there are beautiful epitaphs engraved in bronze. The famous inscription written on the War Memorial stone reads “WHEN YOU GO HOME TELL THEM OF US AND SAY, FOR YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY”. Return to hotel and overnight.
08 Dec’19: Kohima – Day Trip to Touphema (40 kms / 02 hrs)
Morning start ride to Touphema, this village built by local community with help of Nagaland Tourism department. ouphema village is a collection of small huts build in Naga design and decorated like a traditional Naga household intending on giving the tourists the feel of living in a Naga tribal house. After visiting ride back to Kohima for Overnight stay.
09 Dec’19: Kohima – Mokochung (150 Kms / 06 – 07 Hrs)
Heading deeper into Nagaland, you will make for Mokokchung. The bustling township of Mokokchung is one of the major towns in Nagaland and is the nerve center of the Ao people. The day’s ride takes will take you on a combination of deep forested jeep tracks and double lane state roads. A fair amount of the day’s riding will be in wild country with deep muddy roads. You will most likely see no other traffic on that road.
09 10 Dec’19: Mokochung – Jorhat (110 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Today start ride to Jorhat is one of the major city in Assam. On arrival check-in into the hotel. Free time leisure relax for personal actities. Overnight at hotel.
11 Dec’19: Jorhat – Guwahati (320 Kms / 07 Hrs)
Today our last day of riding to Guwahati. Overnight at hotel.
12 Dec’19: Guwahati – Delhi + Departure (By Flight)
Morning in time transfer to airport for onwards journey.