Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival is Back!

Hornbill Festival in Nagaland
Hornbill Festival in Nagaland

The 22nd edition of the 10-day event cultural extravaganza which begins today includes 17 major tribes of the state coming forward and sharing their culture and traditions with the world. Right from music, dance, sports to food and handicrafts, the festival is sneak peek into the Naga life and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Visitors can choose to visit the local villages, camp at the Dzukou Valley, be a part of walkathons, enter cross-fit championships, cookouts among other events. Some of the major events at the festival include the Hornbill Music Festival (1-10 December), Nagaland Literature Festival (3-4 December) and the Nagaland Film Festival (3-5 December), Mountain Biking Race (beginning December 1), WW-II Peace Rally (December 7), International Loin Loom Festival (9-10 December) and the Hornbill Bamboo Festival (3-5 December) among others.

COVID rules for travellers

  • Carry proof of full-vaccination, you will be exempted from testing if asymptomatic and fully-vaccinated; otherwise, you will have to undertake a RT-PCR test at the point of entry.
  • No testing for children below 12 years of age, if accompanied by a parent, guardian.
  • Carry a COVID negative test report (RT-PCR/TRUENAAT/CBNAAT), undertaken not more than 72 hours before the journey, in case you are not fully vaccinated. This applies to those aged between 12 to 18 years.

Apart from the COVID regulations, Indians need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Nagaland. Foreigners will need to register with the Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) of the district they intend to travel to for the same.

The event will be streamed live on the Hornbill TV channel that is available to watch on Tata Sky and Jio TV.