Kohima is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nagaland. A hilly area, Kohima is also the second largest city in the state. There are, of course, numerous options and spots for sightseeing in Kohima that offer a great respite from the usual tourist destinations. The picturesque town of Kohima is home to the brave, daring, yet simple Naga tribes. Resting in the lap of the eastern frontiers of the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Kohima is best defined by its unhurried pace of life taking its course among the calm and serene environs. Also, the well-known destination that hosts the Hornbill Festival, a tour to Kohima may be just what you need.
A tour through Kohima takes you through a typical Naga town, which clearly depicts the exotic tribal culture of the north-eastern part of the country.
The Hornbill Festival was first initiated in the beginning as the Winter Carnival of 2000 by the BASN (Beauty and Aesthetics Society of Nagaland). Later, it was taken over by the Government of Nagaland, and launched in December of 2000 as the ‘Hornbill Festival’. This festival is celebrated to encourage intertribal interactions and also to promote Nagaland’s cultural heritage. The Hornbill Festival showcases numerous cultural displays every year and is held from the 1st to the 10th of December. It is held at the Kisama Heritage Village which is located at a distance of about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland participate in this festival with an aim to revive and protect the culture of Nagaland while proudly displaying its traditions.