Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Hornbill festival is also called “festival of festivals.” The reason behind this name is that each tribe in Nagaland can enjoy their festivals together. Tribes of Nagaland Chakhesangs, Kukis, Kacharis, Angamis, and most others celebrate their festivals between January to October. Nagaland government started to organize this festival with the aim to increase state tourism as well as to bring all tribes closer. The name of this festival has been kept, keeping Hornbill in mind. This festival is compared with the color of Hornbill as Hornbill is a colorful bird filled with different colors of joy. Kisama is the village where this festival is celebrated. Kisama is 12 km away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

The Hornbill festival is organized by the tourism and the art and culture department of Nagaland. Every tribe of Nagaland takes part in this festival because tribes consider their festivals sacred and essential to participate. All tribes celebrate their festivals together as well as they show their art and crafts. Many kinds of stalls are there to sell their product like medicines that are herbal, drinks, food, art, etc. Apart from this many types of cultural activities are the highlights of Hornbill festival. Tribes show the specialty for their culture and tradition trough traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, beauty contest, fashion shows, and musical concerts. The hornbill culture is a mixture of culture and tradition of the tribal people.

Date & Timings

Entrance of Hornbill Festival from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM and Festival Dates (2022) are 1st December 2022 to 10th December 2021.

Entry Fees

20 INR per person - Everyday


30 INR per still Camera charge - Everyday


50 INR per video Camera charge - Everyday


Indian visitors must obtain the IIL (inner line permit - "ilp.nagaland.gov.in") and Foreign visitors must register with FRRO (Foreigners Registration Office) within 24 hours arrival to the state.

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