INDIA: NAGALAND HORNBILL FESTIVAL
8 DAYS // NOV 28 – DEC 6, 2015
October 24 - Arrive Kolkata, India (CCU)
Upon arrival in Kolkata, you’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby at 7pm for orientation and dinner. Overnight at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata. (D)
November 30 - Kolkata
Early this morning, we will proceed for a city tour starting with the flower markets, Howrah Bridge and followed by a visit to the Government buildings. In the afternoon, we will explore the narrow and crowded lanes of the “City of Joy." Overnight at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata. (B)
December 1 - Kolkata-Guwahati-Kaziranga National Park
Morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Guwahati. Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, has tall dense grasslands interspersed with tropical wet evergreen forests and tropical semi-evergreen forests, interconnecting streams and numerous small lakes against a backdrop of the majestic Eastern Himalayas. Two thirds of the total population of the one-horned rhinos live in this park. It also has the highest density of tiger population in any protected area in the world. Overnight at the Infinity Resort. (B,L,D)
December 2 - Kaziranga National Park
Early in the morning we go out for an exciting elephant safari to observe the wildlife in the park. The elephants will take you close to the Rhinos to provide great opportunitties to shoot from a nice angle and distance. Later that day, we will venture to a nearby village to explore and capture great photos. Our late afternoon safari by Jeep with only 3 people per vehicle is the ideal situation to capture amazing images of the rhinos and tigers we encounter. The national park with a variety of birds in the green forest is also an ideal photo focus while on safari. Overnight at the Infinity Resort.
December 3 - Kaziranga National Park-Kohima-Hornbill Festival
This morning after breakfast, we will start our 6 hour drive to Kohima – the capital of Nagaland, where the Hornbill Festival takes place.
Each of the 16 major tribes and many sub-tribes in the State has its own way of maintaining its distinctive cultural traditions and customs, through various forms of performing arts, which are an integral part of Naga festivals.
The colorful and intricately designed costumes, jewelry and beads that members wear can distinguish each of the tribal communities that dwell in the hills. The traditional ceremonial attire of each tribe is different from that of the other. There are the multi-coloured spears and daos decorated with dyed goat's hair, the headgear made of finely woven bamboo interlaced with orchid stems and adorned with boar's teeth and hornbill's feathers, and ivory armlets.
In the olden days, warriors had to prove their valor if they wanted to wear these. Overnight at the five-star Ultimate Travelling Camps for three nights.
December 4 & 5 - Hornbill Festival
Over the next two days we will photograph this beautiful festival, experiencing great culture, food and interaction with the tribes to capture some amazing images. (B,L,D)
December 6 - Dimapur-Kolkata and final departure
After breakfast drive to Dimapur airport to board our flight back to Kolkata. Please book your flights to return to the USA this evening. Everybody will have a day room. (B,L)
Itinerary is subject to change.